Senior Matt Waskerwitz had a career-high two doubles in Xavier's record-setting third inning on Saturday afternoon in Richmond.
April 7, 2007
RICHMOND, Va. - Xavier University tied a seven-year old NCAA record en route to downing Richmond, 17-5, in Atlantic 10 action this afternoon at Pitt Field. The Musketeers recorded 12 hits in the third inning to tie the NCAA record for most hits in the third inning and ended the game with 17 runs on 24 hits to remain in second place and move a half game back from Charlotte (8-1) in the A-10. XU improves to 12-19 on the season and 7-1 in the A-10, while the Spiders drop to 18-13 and 6-2 in conference action.
After starting the inning with a groundout, Xavier rattled off 11 straight hits and got a clutch two-out double by Matt Waskerwitz to plate 14 runs on 12 hits and tie a seven-year-old NCAA record. Waskerwitz had two doubles in the inning to earn his team-leading tenth and 11th doubles of the season. He also recorded four of his career-high five RBIs in the inning.
With the 12 hits in the third inning, all singles and doubles, Xavier tied a record that has not been achieved in seven years. The last team to accomplish the feat was Long Island, who tallied 12 hits in the third against Mount St. Mary's on April 10, 2000. The 12-hit plateau was reached on two other occasions when Clemson did it against Maryland on March 21, 1998 and UNLV established the record against U.S. International on May 2, 1981.
The Blue and White got on the board first in the top of the second as Neil Lindgren drew a one-out walk. He advanced to second after Drew Schmidt grounded out to the pitcher before Waskerwitz picked up his first RBI of the day by knocking in Lindgren with a single up the middle.
The Spiders would answer in the bottom half of the second and knot the score at 1-1. Starter Charlie Leesman fanned the first two batter of the inning before allowing a two-out single to UR's Andrew Justice. Justice would then steal second before Matt McKenna drove him in to tie the game.
XU answered with the big inning in the third before Richmond picked up three runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the seventh to round out the scoring for the home team. Xavier would get two more in the top of the sixth to finish the run column for the visitors.
Senior Adam Lipski finished with a career day at the plate, going 4-for-6 to establish a new career high in hits. He added two runs and two RBIs to go along with the four singles. Waskerwitz also had a career day with his five RBIs, two doubles in the third inning and four total hits. He finished 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored. Jordan Wolf added three hits and finished 3-for-5 at the dish with an RBI and two runs scored. Lindgren took home team-high honors with three runs score and ended the day 2-for-4 at the plate.
The sophomore Leesman picked up his second win of the season after getting a little help from the offense. Leesman allowed four earned on nine hits in 6.0 innings and struck out four in 29 batters faced. Classmate Joe Kohler came in to throw the final 3.0 innings, which tied his career high for innings pitched. Kohler allowed only one earned on four hits and retired two of the 12 batters he faced by way of the strikeout.
The Musketeers will return to action tomorrow afternoon as Xavier will look to claim the series from Richmond tomorrow afternoon. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:00 pm with XU's Michael Lucas (1-4, 5.40 ERA) in line to get the start.