Mark Elwell scored a pair of runs against UC in the Joe Nuxhall Classic.
April 9, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier batted around in a five-run first inning but four errors in the game were the Musketeers' downfall in a 7-6 loss to Cincinnati in the Joe Nuxhall Classic. Xavier falls to 14-15 and Cincinnati moves to 12-18 on the season.
Mark Elwell, Patrick Paligraf, Vinny Nittoli, Joe Forney and Daniel Rizzie singled in the first inning to set up Stephen Schoettmer's two-RBI triple. The triple was Schoettmer's fourth of the season and capped XU's five-run inning in which all nine batters came to the plate.
UC finally got on the board with a run in the bottom of the fourth, capitalizing on a pair of XU errors. Xavier starting pitcher Scott Klever retired nine-consecutive batters before UC's Woody Wallace reached on another error in the fifth. The Bearcats tacked on three more runs, again taking advantage of the miscue to pull within one, 5-4.
Klever worked into the eighth inning, securing the first out before exiting with the bases loaded. Alex Vice entered in relief, but UC was able to post three runs in the inning following Xavier's fourth error of the evening.
Xavier put on its rally caps and made a charge in the ninth. Elwell reached on an error by the UC shortstop and Paligraf drew a walk to give XU two runners with no outs. Derek Hasenbeck laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners and bring up Nittoli. Nittoli walked on four-straight pitches to load the bases.
Forney struck out before Tres Eberhardt walked. Elwell scored on the walk and pulled the Musketeers within one run, 7-6. With the bases still loaded, Rizzie grounded into a fielder's choice to end the game.
Klever (2-4) suffered the loss, despite allowing just two earned runs on six hits and three walks to the Bearcats. Alex Vice worked the final two-thirds of the eighth and gave up one hit.
The four errors tied a season high set at Georgia Southern back on March 1. XU won that game 11-4.
Matt Ring was the pitcher of record for UC, improving to 1-1 on the season. Andrew Strenge worked the ninth inning and registered his fifth save.
Xavier will square off against Miami (Ohio) at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the consolation game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic. This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season after two previous contests were canceled due to inclement weather.