Senior Seth Dawes helped lead XU to a win on Senior Day with two hits and the lone run scored.
May 12, 2013
CINCINNATI - Senior pitcher Tyler Koors was dominant in leading Xavier to a 1-0 victory over visiting Massachusetts on Senior Day at Hayden Field. Koors tossed a complete game shutout, improving his record to 5-5 and lifting the Musketeers to a 27-23 record, including a 14-7 mark in the Atlantic 10.
Koors scattered seven hits throughout the nine innings and never wavered in the contest. He struck out six Minutemen and walked none.
Fellow seniors Seth Dawes and Stephen Schoettmer delivered the only run of the game in the fifth inning. Dawes lifted a ball down the right field line that was misplayed by Minuteman Kellen Pagel. Dawes was running hard out of the batter's box and took second on the error. Schoettmer delivered a full-count RBI double down the left field line.
Massachusetts (11-31, 4-17 A-10) got a lead-off single in the first inning from Ryan Cusick. Cusick stole second and advanced to third when Derek Hasenbeck's throw went in the dirt and into the outfield. Koors clamped down and retired the next three batters on a fly out to shallow center, strikeout and harmless grounder to Paligraf at shortstop.
The Minuteman got another runner to third base in the fourth inning with two outs, but Koors buckled down and forced a lineout that went right to Selby Chidemo at second.
UMass doubled in each of the seventh and eighth innings, but Koors closed the door each time and did not allow the runners to advance.
Dawes led the charge at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort on senior day and scored the lone run of the game. The only other hits for the Musketeers were Schoettmer's RBI double, his 10th of the season, and a single from Tres Eberhardt in the third.
Aaron Plunkett (0-6) also went the distance in the game, pitching all eight innings for Massachusetts. Plunkett threw an incredible 149 pitches, walking six Musketeers and giving up four hits.
Xavier plays host to Akron on Tuesday afternoon at Hayden Field, with a scheduled start time of 3 p.m. The Musketeers will then close the regular season with a three-game series at Butler starting on Thursday.