Xavier Outlasted By Charlotte In 8-7 Loss

Freshman catcher Daniel Rizzie connected on the first home run of his career in the eighth inning.

Freshman catcher Daniel Rizzie connected on the first home run of his career in the eighth inning.

April 20, 2013

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CINCINNATI - Xavier lost for the first time in its last eight games in an 8-7 decision to Charlotte on Saturday afternoon. The Musketeers were led by Derek Hasenbeck's three RBIs and Daniel Rizzie's two RBIs, which included his first-career home run.

Charlotte (23-16, 7-4 A-10) got on the scoreboard first with a solo home run from Shane Basen in the opening frame and put Xavier in an early hole. Xavier (21-16, 8-3 A-10) answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Mark Elwell, Patrick Paligraf, Joe Forney and Vinny Nittoli reached safely to start the Musketeer rally and all four players scored in the inning.

Hasenbeck picked up two of his RBIs on a single up the middle, while Forney and Rizzie registered the other two RBIs in the first.

The Niners struck for three runs in the fifth to even the score. Charlotte used three hits, three walks and error to tally the runs.

Hasenbeck struck for his third RBI just a half inning later. Forney walked and advanced a bag on Nittoli's groundout. Hasenbeck drove a 2-1 pitch into left field to plate Forney and give XU its second lead of the game, 5-4.

The Musketeers added a run in the seventh. Paligraf doubled down the left field line before advancing on a sac bunt from Forney. Schoettmer layed down a perfect squeeze bunt for the RBI.

Charlotte used four hits and another Musketeer error to score two runs in the bottom of the eighth, tying the score at six-apiece.

Rizzie stepped to the plate as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the eighth and drilled his first-career home run. Facing a 2-1 count, Rizzie turned on the pitch and belted it over the left field wall to lift Xavier to its third lead of the game, 7-6.

In the back-and-forth affair, the Niners struck again for two more runs in the top of the ninth. Four more hits and XU's third error allowed Charlotte to regain the lead, 8-7.

Schoettmer singled with one out in the ninth and took second on a wild pitch. XU's third baseman attempted to stretch the wild pitch into an extra bag and was called out at third on a close play. Charlotte secured the final out to close the game.

Xavier starter Alex Westrick tossed 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and four walks. Scott Klever worked two and two-third from the bullpen, allowing two runs - one earned - on three hits. Klever struck out four batters.

Alex Vice took the loss, giving up two runs on five hits and a walked batter. The loss drops Vice to 1-2 this year.

Charlottes Hunter May (7-0) earned the win after tossing two innings and giving up just one hit. John Hamilton started for Charlotte and allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks.

Xavier and Charlotte will meet at noon on Sunday in the rubber match.