Offensive Outburst Powers Xavier Baseball Past Butler, 16-2

Freshman shortstop Andre Jernigan ripped off three hits in the game, all going for extra bases.

Freshman shortstop Andre Jernigan ripped off three hits in the game, all going for extra bases.

April 19, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS - The offensive fireworks exploded for Xavier baseball, which defeated Butler, 16-2, to squash a three-game skid. XU scored one in the first, two in the third, four in the fourth and then nine runs in the ninth to blow the game wide open. Xavier is now 21-17 on the season and 7-2 in the BIG EAST, while Butler dropped to 16-22 overall and 4-5 in league play.

Daniel Rizzie was one of three Musketeers to homer, including Stephen Schoettmer and Andre Jernigan. The round-tripper for Rizzie was his team-leading fourth of the season. He finished the game 3-for-3 at the plate with five RBIs and three runs scored. The sophomore catcher also singled twice and walked twice in the game.

Jernigan went 3-for-5 at the dish, adding a pair of doubles to his long ball, and drove in four runs with a pair of runs scored. Schoettmer added a pair of RBIs and runs scored to go along with his two hits. After homeruns today, Jernigan and Schoettmer are tied with Vinny Nittoli and Derek Hasenbeck for second on the team with three long balls.

Xavier had been stymied at the plate in its last three outings, scoring just one run combined in the first two games at Butler and a midweek contest against Cincinnati.

In total, the Musketeers belted out a season-high 20 hits to go along with a season-best 15 RBIs. The 16 runs scored tied the Musketeers' season best, matching their total against Dayton (3/1) and Georgia State (3/7).

Nine batters recorded hits for Xavier, which included seven Musketeers with mult-hit efforts. In addition to Rizzie, Jernigan and Schoettmer, Hasenbeck (2), Bo Slemons (2), Michael Moore (3) and Patrick Jones (3) posted multi-hit efforts.

Nittoli (5-2) was masterful on the mound, allowing just two runs in seven innings. The senior rang up seven Bulldogs on the season without giving up a walk, running his season total to 42 Ks and just 11 free passes. His season ERA sits at 1.82.

Jason Hall worked the final two innings, surrendering a pair of hits and walk before closing out the Bulldogs.

Xavier will play a home-and-home series against Northern Kentucky this week. Tuesday's game at NKU is slated for a 3 p.m. start.