Xavier Experiences Déjà vu, Defeats Butler In Ninth
May 18, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - For the second-straight day, Xavier scored a run in the ninth inning to defeat a scrappy Butler team, 4-3. Derek Hasenbeck led the Musketeers going 2-for-2 at the plate with a run scored and two RBIs, including the game winner.
The win gives the Musketeers their 30th of the season, improving to 30-24 overall and 16-8 in the Atlantic 10. Butler falls to 25-27 and 12-12 in conference play.
Leading off the ninth, Selby Chidemo drilled the first pitch he saw to left center for a double. Mark Elwell dropped a sac bunt, his second of the game, to advance Chidemo to third. After Tres Eberhardt drew a walk, Hasenbeck dropped down a perfect squeeze bunt to put Xavier in front, 4-3.
Alex Vice worked the ninth for his ninth save of the season. The Bulldogs put runners on first and second with one out, but Vice induced consecutive fly outs to center field to close out the game. Jacob Bodner was credited with the win, improving to 6-1 on the year.
The Musketeers struck first with two runs in their first at bat of the game. Hasenbeck drew a two-out walk and scored on Vinny Nittoli's team-leading fifth home run.
Starting pitcher Tyler Koors cruised through the first three innings, but Butler broke through with a pair of runs in the fourth. A single by Jack Dillon provided a base runner for Jimmy Risi, who connected on his seventh home run of the season.
Chidemo led off XU's next at bat with a single and moved to third on first Elwell's sac bunt and Eberhardt's fly out to deep center. Hasenbeck ripped a two-out RBI single to put Xavier back in front, 3-2.
BU picked up its third run in the fifth. Bob Akin singled up the middle and Dillon was hit by a pitch. With two down in the inning, Risi hit a very soft looping single that landed just to the front of second base. Akin never stopped running and scored from second when Xavier failed to make a play.
Koors worked six innings, allowing three runs on six hits with three strikeouts before giving way to Alex Westrick. Westrick got the first two batters out in the seventh before being relieved by Bodner.
Butler's Gunner Johnson pitched 4.2 innings and gave up three runs on four hits. Kyle Allen allowed three hits in two innings of relief and Will Shierholz took the loss for Butler. Chase Byerly secured the final two outs.
Rain forced the game to be held at Butler's Bulldog Park. Originally, the two teams were going to meet at Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians.
Xavier has already secured a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship, but awaits the results of today's games to determine its seeding and opponent. The conference will release the seeds later Saturday evening.