Xavier Baseball Does Some Spring Cleaning, Sweeps Georgetown

Joe Forney drove in four Musketeers to lead Xavier to a sweep of Georgetown on Sunday.

Joe Forney drove in four Musketeers to lead Xavier to a sweep of Georgetown on Sunday.

April 6, 2014

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BETHESDA, Md. - The Xavier baseball team got a great start to its inaugural season in the BIG EAST Conference with a three-game sweep of Georgetown after defeating the Hoyas, 11-6, on Sunday afternoon.

"That was a great team win today," said head coach Scott Googins. "I really like the way our guys competed. It's a great start to the BIG EAST season, but one weekend doesn't make a season. We have to continue to get better."

Joe Forney led the offensive onslaught for the Musketeers. The preseason All-BIG EAST selection went 3-for-5 at the plate with four RBIs and a run scored. Forney also belted out his team-leading 13th double of the year.

Xavier (16-13, 3-0 BIG EAST) picked up a run in the first inning on Bo Slemons' RBI single. Georgetown (12-16, 0-3 BIG EAST) evened the game in its half of the inning, plating a run on a Nick Collins single.

Neither team scored again until XU broke through with a four-run sixth inning to grab a 5-1 lead. The Musketeers capitalized on a pair of errors by the Hoyas for the first three runs and Forney singled home the final run.

GU battled back with two runs in the bottom half of both the sixth and seventh innings. Tied at five apiece entering the eighth, XU posted back-to-back three-run innings before Georgetown tallied on in the ninth to close the game, 11-6.

Forney, Derek Hasenbeck and Daniel Rizzie drove in runs in the eighth. Rizzie followed with another RBI single in the ninth and then Forney doubled home the final two runs of the game.

Xavier picked up a quality start from Vinny Nittoli, who pitched six full innings and allowed three runs in the no decision. Only two of the runs scored on Nittoli were earned.

Sean Campbell (1-1) picked up the win after tossing the seventh and eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Daniel Przeniczny started the ninth, but allowed a run on a hit and three walks. He was replaced by Markus Kuykendoll, who secured the final out of the game.

Rizzie and Stephen Schoettmer each scored three runs for the Musketeers in the game, while David Morton crossed the plate twice. Rizzie closed the game 3-for-5 at the plate and added an RBI. Jake Forrester went 2-for-3 and Hasenbeck was 2-for-5.

The Musketeers scored at least eight runs in all three games against the Hoyas and improved to 14-2 on the season when putting up six runs or more.

Xavier will take part in the annual Joe Nuxhall Classic this week. Miami (Ohio) will host the event, which also features Cincinnati and Wright State. The RedHawks serve as the Musketeers first opponent in the four-team mid-week tournament. Game-time is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Oxford, Ohio.