Quick Bats And Strong Arms Lift Xavier Over Bowling Green, 7-0
May 13, 2014
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Xavier (25-24) closed out its nonconference schedule and snapped a six-game losing streak by recording an all-around clean victory at Bowling Green (23-24) Tuesday afternoon, 7-0. An XU pitching effort from six different arms held BG to just two hits in the win.
After one scoreless inning from both teams, Xavier grabbed a quick lead in the second inning off a Stephen Schoettmer single, scoring Derek Hasenbeck from second. A sacrifice fly by Michael Moore and an RBI single by Brian Bruening built the XU lead, 3-0.
Xavier had a repeat performance in its half of the third. Jumpstarted by a Daniel Rizzie one-out single, XU plated another three runs on three-straight singles from Hasenbeck, Patrick Jones and Schoettmer to give the Musketeers a six-run lead.
Bowling Green's cold bats and one more run by Xavier in the ninth sealed the game and XU walked away with a road win, 7-0.
Jones had the best eye on the field, finishing 2-for-2 with three walks. Rizzie and Schoettmer recorded three hits and one run scored each. Schoettmer added two RBIs to his afternoon. Hasenbeck tallied two runs for XU on one hit and one walk.
Neither team hesitated to use the bullpen. Both teams combined to use 14 different pitchers, none throwing more than three innings.
Bowling Green could not figure out the Xavier pitching staff. Trent Astle started the game for the Musketeers and went three scoreless innings, giving up just two hits. Daniel Przeniczny, Adam Hall, Brad Kirschner, Sean Campbell and Zach Johnson combined to pitch six more shutout innings, without surrendering a hit.
Bowling Green used a multitude of pitchers to finish out the game. Cody Apthorpe started and threw 2.2 innings before giving up six runs. Seven relievers tossed the rest of the game for the Falcons.
Xavier comes back home to take on Creighton in a three-game BIG EAST series with a conference tournament appearance on the line for the Musketeers. Game one is set for 3:00 p.m., Thursday at Hayden Field.