Xavier Closes Out Season With 5-4 Walk-Off Win
May 19, 2012
CINCINNATI -- It was a walk-off win for the Musketeers in the 2012 season finale as they defeated Saint Joseph's 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth. With the win, Xavier closed out the season with an even 28-28 record and a 13-11 in the Atlantic 10.
With the game tied a 4-4, the Musketeers rallied to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. Sophomore Vinny Nittoli led off the inning with a pinch-hit single and advanced to second on a Hawks error.
Jacob Bodner checked in to the game to pinch run for Nittoli. Paligraf stepped to the plate and laid down a bunt that was misplayed by the SJU pitcher, allowing Bodner to score from second base and giving the Musketeers the 5-4 win.
Saint Joseph's took a 3-0 lead with runs in top of the first, fourth, and sixth but XU rallied bottom of the seventh.
Mitch Elliott led off the seventh with a walk and moved to second on bunt single by Selby Chidemo. Elliott scored on a sacrifice fly by Paligraf to cut the SJU lead to 3-1. Elwell drove Chidemo home with a single that made it a one-run ballgame.
Derek Hasenbeck came up big with a two-out two-RBI single that gave XU a 4-3 lead after seven innings.
The Musketeers needed a little help to clinch a spot in next week's Atlantic 10 tournament. Unfortunately, Richmond's 14-inning marathon win over Fordham clinched a spot in the tournament for the Spiders and bumped XU from the contest.
Prior to the game, the Musketeers honored the career of their lone senior, Nathan Mutsch.