Musketeers Down Explorers in Series Finale, 9-1
April 11, 2010
CINCINNATI- The Xavier baseball team started the game with a big three-run first inning and never looked back as they downed La Salle 9-1 in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Hayden Field. With the win, XU improves to 8-24 overall and 4-5 in the Atlantic 10, while the Explorers slide to 11-18 overall and 6-3 in Atlantic 10 action.
Two-time rookie of the week Jon Richard earned his fifth win of the season after tossing seven innings. He gave up five hits and struck out three batters. Cody Weiss was credited with the loss after five innings of work. Weiss gave up five earned runs and eight hits while striking out three Musketeers.
The Musketeers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after the first inning. Drew Schmidt was the first Muskie to get on base after being walked. Phil Bauer was up next and doubled to left field which scored Schmidt. Ben Thomas homered to right field, his first homer of the season, off Weiss’ first pitch which brought in Bauer.
The Blue and White next scored in the fourth inning when Ryan Bellamy hit a solo home run to left field. This was the second homer for Bellamy this season. Scmidt doubled to center field in the fifth inning. He advanced to third when Bauer flied out. Thomas was up to bat next and singled to left field which allowed Schmidt to come home.
The sixth inning started with Zac Richard slicing a single through the right side. Ryan Bellamy reached first on a fielder’s choice with Richard out at second. Neil Lindgren singled to center field which advanced Bellamy to second. A passed ball thrown by La Salle’s Joe Vincent advanced Lindgren and brought Bellamy home. John McCambridge hit a bunt which allowed Lingren to also come in.
The Xavier defense held strong until the Explorers got their sole run n the ninth. Tony Negrin ran home off a single to left field from a single by Kevin Jones.
Xavier next participates in the Joe Nuxall Classic. The Musketeers will take on the Miami Red Hawks Tuesday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. in Oxford.