Vinny Nittoli pitched six shutout innings in the win at UMass.
April 24, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. -- The Xavier baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Massachusetts with a 7-0 win Sunday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. With the win, Xavier improved to 21-18 overall and an even 6-6 in the Atlantic 10.
Redshirt freshman Vinny Nittoli improved to 5-1 with the win. The Musketeer right hander pitched six solid innings of four-hit shutout baseball. Nittoli struck out four batters and gave up just one walk in the win. Dennis Torres was pegged with the loss in 4.1 innings of action.
Offensively the Musketeers were led by senior center fielder John McCambridge as he went 4-for-5 and scored two runs. Senior shortstop Phil Bauer and freshman right fielder Brian Bruening each went 3-for-4 at the plate with Bauer scoring one run and Bruening earning one RBI.
McCambridge got things started in the top of the first with a lead-off double down the right field line. Senior Ben Thomas brought McCambridge home with a RBI single. Thomas finished the day with two RBIs.
Thomas crossed the plate on a two-out RBI single by sophomore Seth Willoughby to give XU a 2-0 lead after one inning.
In the top of the fourth the Musketeers scored twice more. Willoughby scored on a passed ball by the UMass catcher and senior catcher Ryan Bellamy crossed the plate on a RBI single by Patrick Paligraf that extended the XU lead to 4-0.
The Musketeers posted two more runs in the top of the fifth when McCambridge scored on a sacrifice fly by Bellamy. Bruening brought home Bauer with an RBI single that gave XU a 6-0 lead.
Thomas capped off the 7-0 win with a deep solo homerun to right field. The blast was the senior's 11th homer of the season.
The Musketeers return travel to Marge Schott Stadium for annual two-game slate with the Cincinnati Bearcats on Tuesday and Wednesda. Xavier will be the home team for Tuesday's game at 3 p.m. and the Bearcats will be on the bottom of the scoreboard on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.