Xavier Fails To Overcome Early Deficit, Loses To Cincinnati, 2-0

Bruening continued his hot streak Tuesday night.

Bruening continued his hot streak Tuesday night.

April 15, 2014

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CINCINNATI - Xavier baseball fell behind early at Marge Schott Stadium and suffered a loss to crosstown-rival Cincinnati, 2-0. The Musketeers (20-15) failed to build on its four-game winning streak, while the Bearcats (15-20) snapped its two-game losing skid.

"Trent [Astle] gave us a great start tonight," said head coach Scott Googins. "Markus [Kuykendoll] also gave us a good effort on the mound. It was disappointing that against our rivals our offense came out flat, but we'll regroup for a big conference series at Butler this weekend."

Cincinnati plated the first run of the game in the opening inning. With runners on first and second, Devin Wenzel singled to left center to score Ryan Quinn, giving UC the lead, 1-0.

The Bearcats earned another run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Connor McVey to score Wenzel.

Xavier had an opportunity late in the game with runners on first and third, but could not convert and lost to UC, 2-0.

Vinny Nittoli had the only multi-hit game for the Musketeers, going 2-for-4 with one double. Brian Bruening continued his hot streak from the weekend with another hit Tuesday night.

Trent Astle (2-3) took the loss after going seven strong innings and giving up two runs on eight hits. Markus Kuykendoll threw one inning of hitless relief in the eighth.

Grant Walker (2-3) pitched a complete-game shutout to earn the victory. He held the Musketeers to just six hits and three walks.

Wenzel finished the night with two hits, an RBI and a run for UC.

Xavier, a perfect 6-0 in conference, returns to BIG EAST action Thursday to take on long-time rival Butler in Indianapolis, Ind. The first of the three-game series is set to start at 3:00 p.m.