Xavier Splits Saturday's Double-Header Against Rhode Island
April 21, 2012
KINGSTON, R.I.-- The Musketeers split Saturday’s double-header at Rhode Island by winning the first game 14-5 and falling in the second game by a 9-5 margin. With the split, Rhode Island took the three game Atlantic 10 series and improved to 24-16 overall and 11-4 in the A-10 while Xavier fell to 18-23 overall and 6-6 in the conference.
Junior Jon Richard picked up the win in game one to improve to 3-4 on the season. The lefty pitched seven innings and gave up three earned runs while striking out six Rams. Redshirt-junior Tyler Koors went six innings in the loss in second game.
Mitch Elliot knocked a solo homer in the second inning of the first game of the day.
The Musketeers got the offense going with a five-run top of the fourth. Brian Bruening got the ball rolling with a two-out single and came home on an RBI double by Daniel Rod. Seth Dawes reached when he was hit by a pitch and an infield single by Mark Elwell loaded the bases for Patrick Paligraf. The XU shortstop was hit by an errant pitch to bring home another run. Selby Chidemo capped the inning with a two-out three-RBI triple that gave XU a 5-1 lead.
The Musketeers earned five runs again in the top of the sixth capped by a two-RBI single by Tres Eberhardt and a two-RBI double by Elliott.
In game two the Rams scored three times in the fourth and seventh, to go along with two runs in the sixth and one run in the eighth to take the series in the 9-5 win.
Elliott continued his big offensive outing in the second game as went 3-for-4 with a RBI, a run, and a triple. He went 5-for-8 with four RBI in both games.
The Musketeers return to action Tuesday, April 14 as they begin the annual two-game cross-town derby against rival Cincinnati. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hayden Field with the series finale scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday at UC’s Marge Schott Stadium.