Xavier Takes Extra-Inning Thriller over Eastern Kentucky
April 18, 2007
CINCINNATI - In an extra-inning thriller at Turkey Hughes Field, Xavier found a way to win the game after letting a two-run lead slip away in the bottom of the ninth inning in non-conference action at Eastern Kentucky. The Musketeers used a sacrifice fly from Matt Waskerwitz to plate the winning run in the top of the tenth and held on to down the Colonels, 8-7, in the team's first extra-inning contest of the season. The win puts XU at 17-20 on the season, while EKU stands at 15-17-1 overall.
Robbie Kelley knocked a one-out single to right field to get the top of the 10th going before a double by Chris Lozan put runners at second and third. An intentional walk to Tyler Aholt loaded the bases before Waskerwitz drilled a fly ball to center to allow Kelley to score and give the Blue and White the 8-7 lead and the game.
EKU got on the board first in the bottom of the third with a solo homerun before a four-run sixth gave Xavier the 4-1 advantage. The Colonels cut the lead to 4-3 after the home half of the sixth before the Musketeers responded with two runs in the top of the seventh. Eastern Kentucky would not give up as the home team answered with two runs in the home half to keep the XU lead to just one at 6-5.
After an insurance run by Xavier in the eighth gave the Blue and White a 7-5 cushion, David Hartman came in to try and close the door. Hartman would allow his first earned run since March 9 and also give up another to knot the score at 7-7 after nine complete before Waskerwitz helped the Musketeers win their fifth straight game and 13 of their last 15 games.
Jordan Wolf continued to stay hot at the plate as the senior finished the day 3-for-5 with an RBI. Kelley ended the afternoon 2-for-5 with two runs scored, while Neil Lindgren, Steve Brown, Aholt and Waskerwitz each added a hit.
Hartman, despite allowing the two runs in the ninth, picked up his first win of the season and struck out two in his 2.0 innings of work. Senior Dan Graham got the start on the hill and allowed three earned on six hits in 5.0 innings. Joe Kohler and Brett Greenwell provided the other three innings of relief.
The Musketeers will have tomorrow off and head to Philadelphia to take on Temple this weekend in a three-game A-10 series with the Owls. Senior Bill Konecny will start the opener on Friday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 pm with the games on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1:00 pm.