Bruening had two hits and two RBIs in Saturday's game against St. John's.
May 3, 2014
CINCINNATI - In what started as a pitcher's duel, Xavier took the first lead, but failed to hold on to as it fell to St. John's ,3-2, at Hayden Field. The Musketeers (24-20, 7-4 BIG EAST) fall two-games behind the Red Storm (29-15, 9-2 BIG EAST) in the BIG EAST standings.
After six and a half innings of scoreless baseball, the Musketeer offense broke the scoring drought. Third baseman Stephen Schoettmer, centerfielder David Morton, and second baseman Michael Moore each singled in the bottom of the seventh to load the bases with one out.
Right fielder Brian Bruening hit a double down the right field line to score the first two runs of the game and give Xavier a 2-0 lead heading to the eight.
St. John's answered in the next half inning, loading the bases with two outs in the eighth off Xavier left-hander Brad Kirschner.
Red Storm left-fielder Michael Donadio collected two RBIs on a base hit. A balk plated another run for the Red Storm to give them the 3-2 lead heading to the bottom of the eighth.
Xavier threatened in the eight, with left-fielder Joe Forney leading off with a single. A sacrifice hit from shortstop Andre Jernigan and an error at first by St. Johns advanced Forney to third but Xavier failed to score.
St. John's threatened again in the ninth, using a single and a sacrifice hit from Tyler Sanchez to move third baseman Robbie Knightes into scoring position. A sensational throw from Jake Forrester to home plate on a single to right field from Robert Wayman prevented the Red Storm from adding to their lead.
Xavier had one final opportunity to even up the score or take the lead, but St. John's right hander Joe Kuzia made quick work of the Musketeers with a 1-2-3 inning to end the game.
St. John's right handed reliever Thomas Hackimer earned the win, and closer Kuzia picked up the save.
Xavier will face St. John's for the final game of the three game series Sunday at noon, with live statistics and video coverage provided by GoXavier.com.