Derek Hasenbeck connected on his team-leading fifth homerun of the season.
May 4, 2014
CINCINNATI - Xavier fell behind early and battled back to tie the game at seven, but eventually succumbed to St. John's, 8-7, in the third game of the BIG EAST weekend series. XU slides to 24-21 (7-5 BIG EAST) overall, while SJU moves to 30-15 (10-2 BIG EAST).
Zach Lauricella delivered a double down the left field line that plated a pair of St. John's runners to open the scoring in the second frame, spotting the Red Storm a 2-0 lead.
The Musketeers got one of the runs back in the home half of the second. After reaching on an error, Bo Slemons later scored off of Jake Forrester's single that was then misplayed by SJU's centerfielder Alex Caruso.
St. John's used RBI's from both Bret Dennis and Lauricella in the top of the third to extend its lead to three, 4-1. But, Xavier would answer in its next at-bat.
A three-run fourth by the Johnnies provided them with a four-run cushion, 7-3. Singles by Robert Wayman and Dennis drove in the three runs.
Xavier evened the score at seven-all with a four-run outburst in the sixth. Rizzie delivered an RBI single after Brian Bruening singled to lead-off the inning and Hasenbeck doubled to put runners on second and third.
The Johnnies moved back on top, 8-7, with one run in the sixth on the second RBI walk of the game. Three-consecutive singles loaded the bases for Wayman, who drew the base on balls.
Xavier put a runner on third in the bottom of the seventh with just one out, but failed to push him across home. St. John's closed out the game, 8-7.
Hasenbeck and Rizzie led the Musketeers at the plate, each delivering an RBI and scoring twice. Hasenbeck finished 2-for-4 with a double and homer, while Rizzie went 3-for-5 with a double.
The two teams combined to throw 10 pitchers in the contest, four for the Musketeers and six for the Red Storm. By the time it was all said and done, Marcus Kuykendoll (0-1) took the loss for Xavier after giving up one run in one and a third innings.
Matt Clancy (2-3) was credited with the victory for SJU and Joe Kuzia worked the final two outs for his 10th save.
Xavier will be back in action next weekend at Seton Hall. The two teams will square off in game one on Friday night and close the series with a Saturday doubleheader.