Charlotte Edges Xavier, 3-2, In Series Finale
April 21, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier dropped the series finale to Charlotte, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon. The loss puts both teams at 8-4 in the Atlantic 10, with Xavier holding a 21-17 overall record and Charlotte now sitting at 24-16.
The first four innings of the game featured a pitching duel between Xavier's Tyler Koors and Charlotte's Brock Hudgens. However, the Niners were able to get through for two runs in the fifth inning, scoring on RBI singles from Shane Basen and Justin Seager.
The Musketeers responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Stephen Schoettmer led off with a single and advanced to third on a wild pitch and ground out by Jake Forrester. Daniel Rizzie flied out to right field, allowing Schoettmer to score on the sacrifice fly.
Charlotte tacked on a run in the eighth on a lead-off home run by Brett Lang. Trailing, 3-1, XU answered with its second run of the game in its at-bat in the eighth. Mark Elwell drew a two-out walk and easily scored on Patrick Paligraf's triple to deep left center.
It appeared as though Xavier was going to tie the game on a Joe Forney hit to Charlotte's shortstop, who briefly bobbled the ball and then made a high throw to first. However, Niners' first baseman Seager was able to lay down a tag on Forney for the final out of the inning.
Tyler Koors worked 7.2 innings and gave up just the three runs on nine hits and two walks. Koors struck out a season-high-tying eight batters in the outing, matching his strikeout total against St. Bonaventure. Jacob Bodner picked up the final four outs to give Xavier a chance in the ninth.
Derek Hasenbeck walked with one out in the inning, but was retired when Schoettmer grounded into a double play to close the game.
Hudgens went eight innings in the win, improving to 4-0 on the year. Charlotte's starter registered a season-best 10 strikeouts, while allowing two runs on five hits and a walked batter. Ryan Mas closed out the game for his third save.
Xavier will continue its seven-game home stand on Tuesday when Bowling Green comes to town. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. at Hayden Field.