Eberhardt Delivers Walk-Off Single For Musketeers
May 14, 2013
CINCINNATI - Tres Eberhardt hit a single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Xavier the 5-4 walk-off win against Akron on Tuesday afternoon at Hayden Field. It was the second hit of the afternoon for Eberhardt.
A misplayed grounder to shortstop allowed Bodner to reach safely at first base and Chidemo to advance to third. Eberhardt fought to a full count before hitting a ground ball up the middle and past the diving second baseman for the game-winning RBI.
Bodner, who pitched the top half of the ninth inning, picked up the win for Xavier. He improved to 4-1 on the season.
Xavier strung together four-consecutive hits to take a 2-0 advantage in the fourth. Bo Slemons started the stretch with a single to center field and moved to third on Jake Forrester's double that hit off the wall in left center. Seth Dawes and Stephen Schoettmer delivered RBI singles to score Slemons and Forrester, respectively.
Joe Forney and Slemons poked back-to-back doubles in the sixth frame to score Xavier's third run of the contest. Slemons later scored on a sac fly from Schoettmer, his second RBI of the game.
Elwell opened the seventh with a line-drive single to left field, took second on a wild pitch and stole third on the very next pitch. The Musketeers were unable to add the insurance run as the next three batters were retired.
The inability to plate Elwell almost haunted Xavier. Akron struck for four runs in the top half of the eighth with RBIs from Matt Rembielak, Devan Ahart, Billy Salem and Jared Turocy. The Zips connected on six hits in the frame to tie the game at four and set up Eberhardt's heriocs.
Vinny Nittoli took the mound for Xavier to start the game and pitched six innings of scoreless baseball. He struck out three, while allowing two hits and two walks.
Sean Campbell replaced Nittoli and allowed four runs in 1.2 innings before exiting with two runners on base. Vice took over and was tagged for a pair of hits before retiring the final Zip.
Akron's JT Brubaker lasted 5.2 innings before giving way to Joe Vazquez. Brubaker surrendered four runs on eight hits, walked one batter and struck out five. Vazquez worked 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Pat Dyer took the loss, falling to 0-4 on the season.
The Musketeers travel to Indianapolis to meet Butler in the final regular-season series of the year. Both teams are vying for a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championships. Xavier sits at 14-7 and tied for fourth place, while Butler sits in eighth place at 11-10. Game one will be held on Thursday at 3 p.m. at Bulldog Park on Butler's campus.