Sophomore Tres Eberhardt scored two of Xavier's four runs against UC.
April 11, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio --Junior Seth Willoughby tied the career saves record at Xavier with his 23rd career save Wednesday afternoon in Xavier's 4-1 win over Cincinnati in the third-place game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic at Miami (Ohio). With the win, XU improved to 14-19 on the season while UC fell to 11-21.
Willoughby came on to close in the top of the ninth and promptly got UC designated hitter TJ Jones to fly out to right field and Braden Kline to strike out. The XU closer then gave up rare back-to-back walks before sealing the win by striking out pinch hitter Matt Williams to seal the win for Xavier.
Xavier took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Tres Eberhardt and Vinny Nittoli. First baseman Brian Bruening scored the first run after reaching on a fielder's choice and Eberhardt crossed the plate on Nittoli's single.
Cincinnati tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth thanks to a RBI double by right fielder Justin Glass.
XU answered in the bottom of the sixth though when Michael Moore hit a two-out double to right field then came home on an error by UC second baseman to give the Musketeers a 3-2 lead.
Derek Hasenbeck ended the top of the seventh with a bullet throw to Eberhardt at third base that caught UC catcher JP Jackson attempting to steal. It was Hasenbeck's second throw-out of the game.
Eberhardt scored his second run of the game in the bottom of the eighth when he took advantage of a Thomas Gentile wild pitch to give XU a 4-2 lead. He finished the game with three hits in four at bats with one RBI and two runs.
Xavier out-hit Cincinnati 12-5 and recorded at least one base runner in all but one inning.
The Musketeers return to conference play Friday as they host Saint Louis in the first of a three-game series. First pitch from Hayden Field is set for 3 p.m.