Xavier Ousted By Dayton In Pitcher's Duel At A-10 Tourney
May 25, 2011
CAMDEN, N.J. - Senior Brian Muransky turned in a career effort, but it was not in the cards for the No. 4 Xavier baseball team which was eliminated from the 2011 Atlantic Baseball Championship by No. 3 Dayton 1-0 in walk-off fashion Wednesday night at Campbell's Field.
The second loss of the day ended the Musketeers season at 30-27. The Flyers, which lost earlier in the day to La Salle, improve to 31-26 and will have to wait until Thursday's first game to find out their opponent.
Muransky was untouchable in the complete game effort allowing just three hits and striking out seven. Prior to the game winning hit, Muransky allowed just one runner reach third base.
That runner to reach third led off the fourth with a fly ball triple that left fielder Mark Elwell couldn't pick up in the light blue sky of twilight. Muransky retired the next hitters on a groundout, strikeout and fly out to end the first scoring threat of the night for either team.
He came back to do the same in the bottom of the seventh after giving up a leadoff walk to pinch hitter Joe Gayda. After a sac bunt, Muransky induced a groundball out to short and struck out Mike Coughlin to end the inning.
The third time that the Dayton's leadoff runner reached came in the ninth on a walk. Muransky recorded the two outs, and intentionally walked the next batter before facing Jimmy Roesinger who singled up the middle. Xavier center fielder John McCambridge's throw to the plate couldn't beat Danny Glover to the plate.
Like the Flyers, Xavier had trouble mounting any offensive chances on the night. The biggest scoring threat came in the sixth with two outs. Senior Phil Bauer and sophomore Seth Willoughby hit back-to-back singles, but the Musketeers weren't able to cash in a run.
Cameron Hobson (5-6) went the distance for the Flyers to earn the complete game shutout. He allowed five hits and struck out 11 batters.
The pitcher's duel resulted in a game time of 1 hour and 48 minutes.