Musketeers Take Two From Minutemen In Saturday Doubleheader
May 11, 2013
CINCINNNATI - After a rainout on Friday forced a Saturday doubleheader, Xavier responded with a pair of victories over Massachusetts to run its record to 26-23 overall, 13-7 in the Atlantic 10. UMass fell to 11-30 overall and 4-16 in conference play.
The Musketeers won the opening game 15-3 thanks to a season-high 14 walks and held on to win the second contest 4-3 after the Minutemen made a late charge.
The series finale will begin at noon on Sunday with a special ceremony honoring nine senior Musketeers starting approximately 15 minutes before first pitch.
The Musketeers scored nine runs in the first inning on three hits and seven walks. Derek Hasenbeck delivered a two-run double to get the scoring started for XU. Bodner was hit by a pitch to score the next run and Mark Elwell delivered another two-run double.
The scoring continued with an RBI walk by Hasenbeck, giving him three RBIs in the inning. Vinny Nittoli plated the final run of the stanza with a ground out deep in the whole to the short stop. Massachusetts' starting pitcher Andrew Grant (2-7) struggled to get the ball over the plate and was chased out of the game after just a third of an inning. Grant was charged for all nine runs in the frame.
Bodner led the charge with a pair of RBIs in a five-run third inning. Xavier's starting second baseman delivered a two-run single with the bases loaded.
Jon Richard also had a great day on the mound. Richard worked six innings of one-run ball and struck out six batters. The senior hurler continued his move up Xavier's record books. He now stands fifth all-time with 207 Ks.
Elwell, Nittoli and Bo Slemons also registered multiple RBIs in the game. Each Musketeer drove in two runs. Xavier's defense also came through in the contest with three diving grabs in right field. Nittoli plucked one that was headed to right center and Daniel Rod nabbed two more after entering the contest.
Several season highs were set in the game for XU. Xavier scored 15 runs on two other occasions this season, wins at Ohio and at home versus St. Bonaventure. The Musketeers were patient at the plate and were rewarded with a season-best 14 walks. Xavier eclipsed the eight free passes issued by Cincinnati in April.
Klever pitched 7.2 innings before giving way to Alex Vice who closed the final 1.1 innings for the Musketeers to earn his seventh save.
The win improved Klever to 5-4 on the season. He scattered seven hits and two walks throughout the game.
Things got interesting for Vice and the Musketeers in the ninth. The Minuteman scored two runs on four hits and twice had the go ahead run on base. Vice secured the final out on an unassisted groundout to Forney at first.
Conor LeBlanc earned the start for UMass, giving up four runs on seven hits and five walks. Ron Wallaced worked the final two innings for the Minuteman.