Junior Michael Lucas delt the two-hit shutout and tied a career high with eight strikeouts in XU's 5-0 win over La Salle in the series finale.
May 13, 2007
CINCINNATI - Senior Andy Zellers had a career day, while junior Michael Lucas tossed his first shutout of the season to help Xavier sweep La Salle, 5-0, in Atlantic 10 action at Hayden Field on Sunday afternoon. The sweep also sets a new record in program history with four A-10 series sweeps. With the win, XU is now 24-27 on the season and stand in sole possession of fourth place in the A-10 at 15-9. The loss drops the Explorers to 16-29 on the season and 8-16 in conference action.
The Musketeers would open the game by welcoming La Salle starter Drew Gerhart with three straight singles to score the first run of the game. Adam Pasono led off the inning with the first single before Neil Lindgren moved him to second and Jordan Wolf drove the third ball back up the middle to pick up his only RBI of the day.
Zellers would then add to the 1-0 advantage with his first homerun of the season. The senior deposited the 3-1 pitch over the left field fence to give XU the 2-0 lead and all of the momentum.
A three-run sixth would seal the game as Wolf started the inning with a single to short. After swiping his 17th stolen base of the year, Wolf advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a single to left center by Robbie Kelley. Zellers then stepped to the plate and delivered a double into the right centerfield gap to plate Kelley before Drew Schmidt drove in his fourth RBI of the weekend, making the score 5-0.
Lucas, now 3-6 on the season, went the distance for the second time this season and picked up his first shutout after throwing a two-hitter. The junior only allowed one hit in the fourth and fifth innings, while tying a career high with eight strikeouts on the afternoon.
Zellers led the way offensively for the Musketeers. The senior went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs, two runs scored, a double and his first homerun of the season. Wolf and Pasono also ended the day 2-for-4, while Wolf tallied an RBI.
The sweep gives this Xavier squad a place in the program record books as they become the first team to sweep four conference opponents in a season. The previous mark of three sweeps in a conference season was set by the 2002 team that advanced to the A-10 Championship and was also the last time the Musketeers made an appearance in the tournament.
Xavier will take tomorrow off before starting a five-game stretch to finish out the season. XU will travel to Toledo on Tuesday afternoon for a 3:00 pm start with the Rockets. The Musketeers will send senior Dan Graham to the mound. After the game at Toledo, XU will return home to face Butler on Wednesday afternoon before welcoming UMass to Hayden Field for the final A-10 series of the season.