Willoughby Sets School Saves Record In 3-2 Win Over Ohio State
April 17, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Junior Seth Willoughby picked up his 24th career save Tuesday night as XU defeated Ohio State 3-2 in non-conference action. With his eighth save of the season, Willoughby became the all-time saves leader at XU while starter Scott Klever improved to 2-4 with the win in 5.1 innings.
Xavier (16-21) improved to 4-2 over teams from the Big 10 conference this season. Xavier defeated Michigan twice and Indiana previously.
Willoughby came on to pitch in the bottom of the ninth in relief for Alex Vice. The XU closer got the first OSU batter to fly out and gave up a single and a two-out walk. A rare wild pitch moves the OSU runners to second and third while a two-out intentional walk loaded the bases. Willoughby was up to the task, however, as he fanned Brad Halberg to seal the XU win.
Klever gave up just one hit and struck out three Buckeyes in the win while Alex Westrick and Vice combined for three strikeouts in relief.
Brian Bruening was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the second and crossed the plate on a wild pitch to give XU the 1-0 lead. OSU answered with two runs in the bottom of the second to take the 2-1 lead.
The Musketeers tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth. Designated hitter Vinny Nittoli led off with a walk and moved to third on a one-out single by Mitch Elliott. Nittoli crossed the plate on a well-placed RBI sacrifice bunt by Joey Noble.
The Musketeers took advantage of Buckeye mistakes in the top of the fifth as junior Mark Elwell led off with a walk and advanced to third on two straight Buckeye wild pitches. Nittoli brought Elwell home with a RBI ground out that gave XU the 3-2 lead.
The Xavier pitching staff was up to the task as they held the Buckeyes scoreless for five innings to close out the game and seal the win.
The Musketeers will return to action Wednesday as they travel to Indianapolis, Ind. to face Butler. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.