Musketeers Post A 6-3 Victory Over NKU In Mid-Week Baseball Action

Brian Bruening registered four hits on the day in XU's win over visiting NKU.

Brian Bruening registered four hits on the day in XU's win over visiting NKU.

April 23, 2014

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CINCINNATI - Xavier built an early lead and held on to defeat Northern Kentucky, 6-3, at Hayden Field on Wednesday afternoon. The win improves Xavier's record to 22-18, while NKU drops to 12-26 on the year.

"It all starts with pitching and we got a great effort from Eric [Stiene]," said head coach Scott Googins. "We've got a resilient group that responded well from Tuesday's game. The bats came through and we made a few defensive plays to help us out."

Three-straight hits from Derek Hasenbeck, Daniel Rizzie and Joe Forney put the first run on the board for the Musketeers in the opening frame.

Brian Bruening opened the third with a single and Rizzie drew a walk to put runners on first and second with one down. An RBI single from Andre Jernigan delivered the first run and, following a Bo Slemons' walk to load the bags, Rizzie scored on a wild pitch to extend XU's lead to 3-0.

Rizzie added his second double of the day in the fourth, driving in Bruening in the fourth. Forney delivered his second RBI of the day with a single to plate Rizzie.

NKU finally broke through with a run in the fifth. Jordan Procyshen delivered an RBI single through the right side. The Norse threatened again in the seventh, but a spectacular double-play that went from Slemons to Jernigan to Sean Cambell covering at first thwarted the threat to hang on to a 5-1 advantage.

The Musketeers tallied one more run in the seventh when David Morton doubled home Jernigan, giving Xavier the 6-1 lead. NKU pushed a late rally with two runs in the ninth, but could not catch Xavier and lost the second half of the home-and-home series, 6-3.

Eric Stiene earned the start on the mound. The sophomore hurler allowed one run on seven hits and a pair of walks in five innings, improving to 3-1 on the season.

Sean Campbell worked two innings and both Markus Kuykendoll and Brad Kirschner pitched one.

Bruening closed the day going 4-for-5 at the dish, scoring two runs in the process. Rizzie went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI. Forney finished with two hits and two RBIs and Jernigan closed the game with a pair of hits, an RBI and run scored.

Xavier will be back in action Tuesday, April 29, as the team has a bye week in BIG EAST play. The Musketeers will travel to Wright State for a 6:30 p.m. meeting.