Lipski Helps Xavier Continue to Roll
April 20, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - The Xavier baseball team improved its winning streak to six games as the Musketeers took the first game of the Atlantic 10 series over Temple, 11-4, at Skip Wilson Field on Friday afternoon. Senior Adam Lipski went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate to help XU move its conference winning streak to four games. The Musketeers are now 18-20 on the season and 11-2 in the A-10, while Temple slips to 12-23 overall and 4-9 in conference action.
After the Owls jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning, Xavier tied and took the lead in the second and third innings as XU posted two runs on two hits in the second and three runs on three hits in the third to go ahead 5-2 after three innings. Matt Waskerwitz had the only RBI-single in the second inning.
Temple would add one run in the fourth but Xavier responded with another five-run spurt over the fifth and sixth to maintain the lead at 10-3. Kelley singled in Lipski for the first run in the fifth and Adam Pasono drove in the second run of the inning.
Neil Lindgren drew a bases-loaded walk for the RBI and first run of the sixth before a double by Waskerwitz plated the final two runs to make it 10-3.
Lipski led the way at the plate as the senior posted a career-best 4-for-4 effort at the plate with a career-high four runs scored. Freshman Pat Coffey also posted a career day as the rookie recorded his first career two-hit game and scored a run. Waskerwitz and Kelley each added two hits on the afternoon, while Waskerwitz led the Musketeers with three RBIs and Kelley added two RBIs of his own.
Senior Bill Konecny evened his record at 3-3 and picked up the win for the Blue and White. Konecny went 8.0 innings and allowed three earned on eight hits while notching six strikeouts. Joe Kohler provided the final inning of relief and allowed a run on only one hit in the four batters he faced.
The Musketeers and Owls will take the field for the second game in the series tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm at Skip Wilson Field. XU will have sophomore Charlie Leesman getting the start on the hill.