Xavier Downed By Vanderbilt, 11-0, In NCAA Regional Opener
May 31, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Xavier fell in its opening game of the 2014 NCAA Regionals to Vanderbilt, 11-0. The loss drops XU's record to 29-28, while VU improves to 42-18.
Lightning in the area forced a stoppage that delayed the start of the contest over an hour-and-a-half.
The two pitchers were electric through the first three and a half innings, with both of them cruising until Nittoli issued a free pass and hit-by-pitch in the fourth. Vandy's Xavier Turner poked an RBI double that clipped the top of Joe Forney's glove and went for an RBI double.
A single, double and wild pitch in the fifth resulted in the Commodores second run of the game. The floodgates then opened up, as VU put up seven runs in the sixth to take command of the game, 9-0. Two more runs for Vandy in the seventh closed the scoring, 11-0.
Xavier's best scoring opportunities came in the third and eighth innings. Stephen Schoettmer and Michael Moore delivered consecutive one-out singles in the third. But, a strikeout and fly out ended the opportunity.
Moore doubled with two outs in the eighth and Mitch Elliott followed with a walk. Once again the Musketeers failed to push across a run.
A native of Franklin, Tennessee, Moore led the Musketeers at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort. Schoettmer and Rizzie collected XU's other two hits.
Nittoli (6-4) went five innings, allowing five runs on six hits and four walks in the losing effort. The Musketeers used a total four pitchers in the contest.
Tyler Beede (8-7) picked up the win for Vanderbilt. He worked eight innings and struck out 14 batters, a career-high.
Xavier will play the No. 3 seed Clemson Tigers at 1 p.m. (CT) on Saturday. The Tigers dropped an 18-1 decision to No. 2 Oregon in a Friday afternoon contest.