Xavier Gets Back on Track with Win over Cincinnati
April 24, 2007
CINCINNATI - A big eight-run seventh inning allowed Xavier to down crosstown rival Cincinnati, 9-5, under the lights at Schott Stadium on Tuesday night. The Musketeers pounded out seven of their nine hits in the seventh inning and three costly UC errors allowed the Blue and White to take the lead for good. The win moves XU to 20-21 on the season, while the Bearcats drop to 21-18 overall.
Xavier lit up the scoreboard with an eight-run seventh as two costly UC errors allowed runners at second and third with no outs to start the inning. Neil Lindgren got the inning started by reaching on a throwing error by the UC shortstop. Three straight singles followed by Jordan Wolf, Sean Farrell and Adam Lipski. Wolf's single to center got past a diving Tony Campana but the backup by Brian Szarmach was too late and the ball squirted away from Szarmach to allow Lindgren to reach third and Wolf to trot in standing at second. Farrell's single plated the two runners as the sophomore picked up the first two Xavier RBIs of the game.
The single by Lipski moved Farrell to second but a high throw by the right fielder Cameron Satterwhite to third allowed both runners to advance and left runners at second and third for freshman Zac Richard. Richard would send a deep shot off the centerfield wall to plate two more runs for the Musketeers and knot the score at 4-4, while leaving runners again at second and third with no outs.
Junior Tyler Aholt stepped to the plate and took the 1-2 pitch down the third base line and off the third baseman's mitt to plate Kelley and Richard and give Xavier its first lead of the game. Aholt moved himself into scoring position on the throw in from the outfield and no outs remained on the scoreboard. After a fly out to center by Matt Waskerwitz moved Aholt to third, sophomore Adam Pasono picked up his 16th RBI of the season with a single to left centerfield to score Aholt for the final run of the inning.
Cincinnati would plate its final run of the game as Josh Harrison roped a single to left to allow Tony Campana to score from third. Campana reached on a one-out double down the right field line.
Xavier would get an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Lindgren blasted a 3-2 shot up the middle. A misplayed fly ball to right off the bat of Wolf put runners at second and third with one out and gave way to Farrell. The sophomore would pop a foul ball down the third base line where Harrison made a superb diving play to snag the out but it allowed Lindgren to slide in safely around the catcher to move the score to 9-5.
The Bearcats struck first with a three-run third inning capped by a two-RBI double by Neall French. French would come around to score the final run of the inning after a double by Satterwhite.
UC added its fourth run of the game in the following home half after a homerun by Ryan Baker pushed the Cincinnati lead to 4-0.
Farrell led the way offensively for XU as the sophomore finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs and a run scored. Seven other Musketeers had a hit in the game with Richard and Aholt each tallying two RBIs. Eight out of the nine starters each scored a run.
Dan Graham picked up his first win of the season as the senior went 6.0 innings allowing four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. Joe Kohler came in after the big inning to relieve Graham and allowed only one run on two hits in 2.0 innings of work. David Hartman came in to throw a scoreless ninth allowing only two hits.
The win marked the first time since the 2004 season that the Musketeers swept their crosstown rival.
The eight-run seventh was the second most runs scored in an inning by Xavier this season. XU tied an NCAA record against Richmond with 14 runs in the third inning.
The Musketeers will be on the road again tomorrow night as the Blue and White head north to Columbus to take on Ohio State in a 6:30 pm matchup. Freshman Zac Richard will get the nod for XU. Looking ahead, Xavier will hit the road again this weekend for its final Atlantic 10 road trip of the season. The Blue and White will travel to Rhode Island (10-23, 7-8 A-10) to take on the Rams.