The Musketeers Raid The Hit Column At Wright State In The Win, 9-4
April 29, 2014
FAIRBORN, Ohio - The Xavier baseball team had a strong offensive night on the road at Wright State and defeated WSU, 9-4. The Musketeers (23-18) swept the season series against the Raiders (25-17) with the win Tuesday night.
After two and half innings of scoreless action, Wright State tallied the first run of the game when Alex Boeri took advantage of a throwing error and scored the first run on the XU mistake.
The Raiders answered the Musketeer attack in the next half inning with one swing of the bat. With the bases loaded, John Brodner tripled to bring home all three runners and regained the lead for WSU, 4-3.
A slight rain delay in the sixth inning did not slow down the XU bats. Once play resumed, Schoettmer singled and knocked in his third run of the game when Bo Slemons crossed the plate. Michael Moore then tripled in the next at-bat to score Schoettmer and Xavier grabbed its second lead of the game, 5-4.
The bats stayed hot in the eighth for XU. Vinny Nittoli led off with a single and eventually came home on Moore's second triple of the game. Moore scored easily on the next batter when Brian Bruening sent a double to left center. One more run in the eighth and the ninth sealed the game and the Musketeers started off the week with a road victory, 9-4.
There was no shortage of hits for Xavier Tuesday night, combining for 17 hits. Each starter recorded at least one hit and six different players had multi-hit games. Schoettmer finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBIs and one long bomb. Moore tripled twice on the night and earned a pair of RBIs. Slemons and Daniel Rizzie registered three hits on the night.
It was a group effort on the mound for the Musketeers. Zach Johnson made his first start of the season and tossed four innings. Johnson allowed two earned runs on five hits and struck out two.
WSU starter Luke Mamer threw five innings and gave up three runs on seven hits.
Brad Macciocchi had the only multi-hit game for the Raiders, going 2-for-4.
Xavier carries the hot bats back home to take on rival Cincinnati Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. GoXavier.com will provide live statistics for the game.