Musketeers Drop 15-6 Decision to Akron
JOHNSON CITY, TN --- The Xavier baseball team fell to 2-4 today, losing to Akron (1-1) by a score of 15-6. It was the second time the two teams met in as many days. Xavier committed a season-high six errors in the game.
XU starting pitcher Matt Raih (De Kalb, IL) lasted just two innings, giving up five hits and seven runs (four of them earned). The Zips avenged yesterday’s loss to Xavier by smashing three home runs.
It was a seesaw battle through the first five innings. After Akron took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, Xavier responded in the top of the second when Mark Andres (Greenwood, IN) doubled and Jay Denit (Burtonsville, MD) singled him in. Denit scored two batters later when catcher Eric Armstrong (Ft. Wayne, IN) drove a single into right-center field. The Zips countered in their half of the inning when Mike Langguth delivered a three-run bomb over the left field fence off Raih. XU scored two more in the top of the third on Russ Reyes’ (Davenport, IA) two-run double. The Zips countered again in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs, two of which came on a Jim Gemler home run.
That was how it stayed until the top of the fifth. Xavier plated two more runs thanks to another RBI double from Reyes. But Akron blew the game wide open in the fifth when Ryan Lucas belted a round tripper, scoring two. Two singles, a triple, and a wild pitch later, the Zips had scored five runs and taken a 12-6 lead.
From a pitching standpoint, the Musketeers had a rough day. Jared Cutter (Aurora, IN) came on in the third, but he was also unsuccessful. The senior gave up six hits, five runs (four of them earned) and struck out two. Sophomore Kevin Cave (Levittown, PA) was brought on in the eighth, and gave up three earned runs and four walks in one inning’s work.