Klever went deep in the game, but could not pick up the victory.
May 2, 2014
CINCINNATI - Xavier baseball put up a fight, but failed to overcome St. John's at Hayden Field and lost, 7-3. The Musketeers (24-19, 7-3 BIG EAST) fell into third place in the BIG EAST, while the Red Storm (28-15, 8-2 BIG EAST) moved one game ahead of XU in the standings.
"Today's game was hard fought," said head coach Scott Googins. "They played a little bit better than we did today, but tomorrow is a new day and we'll be ready to play."
SJU wasted no time and put up the game's first run in the first inning. Jarred Mederos snuck a hit past Andre Jernigan to bring in the first run on the afternoon.
In the next half inning, Matt Harris found the gap in left center to let Robert Wayman score from first. The Red Storm built on their lead in the fifth inning with a two-run homerun by Bret Dennis.
XU did not go away. Vinny Nittoli came to bat with two outs and sent a long bomb into right field to score two and cut the SJU lead to one, 4-3.
St. John's used one swing of the bat from Michael Donadio to plate three runs in the eighth on a ball that just made it over the left field fence. The Red Storm built the lead to four and ultimately won by the score of 7-3.
Slemons recorded the only multi-hit game for the Musketeers, going 2-for-4 with one run scored. Vinny Nittoli had a solid afternoon with one walk, two RBIs and one long ball in the sixth.
Scott Klever (5-4) went eight innings, keeping his pitch count low all game, but failed to hold off the SJU bats. The senior allowed seven runs on eight hits in the losing effort. Eric Stiene came in for relief in the ninth and held St. John's scoreless.
James Lomangino (5-4) pitched seven innings and allowed just one earned run on five hits, while striking out eight Musketeers. Thomas Hackimer threw hitless frames in the eighth and ninth to close out the game.
Donadio and Dennis each had a homer in Friday's matchup. Dennis finished the afternoon 2-for-5 with two RBIs and one run scored.
These two teams meet Saturday afternoon at Hayden Field. The second game of the weekend series is set to start at 1:00 p.m. with live statistics and video coverage provided by GoXavier.com.