Miami's Quick Start Dooms Xavier In 14-9 Loss
April 8, 2014
OXFORD, Ohio - Miami (Ohio) jumped out to an 11-1 lead after the first two innings and Xavier was unable to complete a rally in a 14-9 loss on Tuesday in the Joe Nuxhall Classic. With the loss, the Musketeers fall to 16-14, while the RedHawks improve to 13-17.
"We had a rough start tonight and got behind early," said head coach Scott Googins. "We battled and fought our way back into the game, but the early deficit was too much to overcome."
Miami jumped on Xavier starter Eric Stiene in the first inning, ruining the hurler's unblemished ERA, en route to a three-run inning. All three runs were scored with two outs meaning Stiene went 25.1 scoreless innings to open the 2014 campaign.
Jake Forrester and Stephen Schoettmer answered with consecutive hits in XU's next at-bat to get one of the runs back. But, MU put up eight runs in the second to grab an 11-1 lead and take control of the game for good.
Xavier made a dent in Miami's lead with two runs in both the third and fourth innings. A run by the RedHawks in the fifth extended the margin to seven, 12-5.
The Musketeers had a bases-loaded opportunity in the sixth, but were unable to capitalize and the RedHawks added two more runs in the eighth.
A ninth inning rally by the Musketeers fell short. Bo Slemons, Daniel Rizzie and Derek Hasenbeck delivered RBI singles and Nittoli brought home Xavier's fourth and final run in the ninth to bring the final score to 14-9.
Rizzie finished 2-for-5 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and runs scored. Schoettmer's 2-for-4 performance led to an RBI and run, while Forrester tallied a pair of runs in the game.
The Musketeers will play Wright State in the consolation game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. Miami (Ohio) will host the game in Oxford, Ohio at McKie Field.