Vinny Nittoli went 2-for-2 at the plate and scored two runs.
May 24, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Xavier took an early lead, but Saint Louis rallied to defeat the Musketeers, 6-4, in the Atlantic 10 Championship. XU concludes the season with a 32-26 record, including a 16-8 mark during league play. SLU improves to 39-19 (17-7 A-10) on the season.
Xavier built an early four-run lead on Saint Louis, scoring one in the second and three more in the third. Vinny Nittoli crossed the plate on Daniel Rizzie's RBI single. In the following inning Derek Hasenbeck drove in Selby Chidemo and Patrick Paligraf punched in the final two runs with a single.
The Billikens battled back with two runs in both the fourth and fifth. Fernandez and Bozarth registered RBIs in the fourth and Levine and Fernandez pushed runs across in the fifth.
The Musketeers had a great scoring chance in the home half of the seventh. Vinny Nittoli singled up the middle and went first to third when Joe Forney reached on a throwing error. Forney later stole second, but XU failed to capitalize.
The missed opportunity came back to haunt Xavier, as Saint Louis put up two runs in the eighth to grab a 6-4 lead. Consecutive singles put runners on the corners for Kelly, who reached on a fielding error that allowed the first run to score. Vigliarolo doubled home the second run of the inning.
Nittoli, who started on the mound for Xavier, finished the game 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks and two runs scored. He pitched four innings and allowed two runs on five hits with three strikeouts. Alex Westrick tossed three innings of relief, also giving up two runs on five hits.
Marco Mejia earned the win for Saint Louis, surrendering just one hit in the final four innings. He improved his record to 3-2. SLU's starter Josh Moore tossed five innings and allowed all four Xavier runs.
This Xavier team left its mark on the record books. The 32 wins ties for the second most all-time, equaling the win totals from the 1987 and 1997 seasons.
XU took third place in the A-10 Championship, its last as members of the conference. Xavier will be joining the BIG EAST on July 1. The Musketeers also finished third in 2010, on season after claiming the championship in 2009.