Eighth Inning Bulldog Rally Dooms Musketeers, 2-1
April 18, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - Despite leading most of the game and receiving a quality start from Scott Klever, Xavier dropped its third-straight game in a 2-1 loss at Butler.
"Scott [Klever] pitched a great game and put us in a position to win," said head coach Scott Googins. "Offensively, we couldn't extend the lead and put them away."
Xavier (20-17, 6-2 BIG EAST) took advantage of Brian Bruening's lead-off walk to open the game. The centerfielder advanced to second on a wild-pitch and then to third on Derek Hasenbeck's fly-out. He then scored on Joe Forney's RBI sacrifice fly to give XU a 1-0 lead through one inning.
Klever was dominant on the mound for the Musketeers. The reigning BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week tossed seven-plus innings of three hit ball with seven strikeouts. The senior hurler pitched 16-consecutive innings over his last two starts without allowing a run before Butler (16-21, 4-4 BIG EAST) scored off Klever in the eighth.
After surrendering a lead-off hit to begin the frame, Klever gave way to freshman Brad Kirschner. Kirschner (1-1) retired the first two Bulldogs he faced, but then gave up a single, a walk and a two-run single as the Musketeers suddenly found themselves trailing after leading through the first 7.5 innings.
Xavier will try to avoid being swept when in takes the field in the series finale against Butler at 1 p.m. on Saturday.