Nittoli and the Musketeers travel to Tennessee to take on a trio of competition.
Feb. 27, 2014
CINCINNATI - The Xavier Musketeers (4-2 overall) will travel to Clarksville, Tenn., to take on the trio of Bradley, Dayton and Austin Peay in the 2014 Riverview Inn Classic this weekend. XU opens up the weekend action with an 11:30 a.m. (ET), start on Friday against Bradley, followed by Dayton at 12:30 p.m. (ET), on Saturday. The Musketeers close out the weekend with Austin Peay Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. (ET).
Xavier returned from North Carolina taking one of three games from the nationally-ranked Tar Heels. The Musketeers started the weekend with a 2-1 victory over No. 12 UNC Friday night. Redshirt sophomore Adam Hall (2-0), this week's BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week, took the mound to start and held the Tar Heels to four hits and two walks over six innings. Joe Forney led Xavier at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort, which included an RBI and game-winning run. Mitch Elliott also picked up a pair of hits for the Musketeers. XU dropped two one-run games Saturday (2-1) and Sunday (3-2) to end the weekend series.
The Musketeers are led at the plate by Derek Hasenbeck with a .400 batting average and a team-high 10 hits. Elliott, known for his speed in the outfield and the base path, is 4-for-4 on stolen bases this year with a .360 batting average. Forney, batting .280, leads the Musketeers with two doubles.
Vinny Nittoli (1-0) has pitched 11 innings in two appearances on the year, giving up six hits and one unearned run. Nittoli's best outing came this past weekend, allowing only two hits and no walks to UNC on Sunday. Freshman Brad Kirschner appeared in four games for the Musketeers and carries a 1.59 ERA over 5.2 innings pitched. Junior Daniel Przeniczny (0-1) leads XU with two saves in four appearances, including one save in the win against UNC without giving up a hit.
Bradley comes into the weekend with the best record among the four teams at 5-1 overall. The Braves are riding a two-game winning streak after winning the final two games against Arkansas-Little Rock last weekend. Sophomore Brady Wilkin leads the Braves at the plate with a .450 batting average and nine hits. Redshirt sophomore Chris Godinez has eight stolen bases in six games and boasts a .308 average. On the mound, Matt Dennis is the top reliever for Bradley. In two appearances, the freshman pitched six innings, only giving up one hit and four walks with 10 strikeouts.
Dayton comes into the weekend, 3-3, after defeating Belmont on Sunday, 4-1, during the Mule Mix Classic in Nashville, Tenn. The Flyers suffered losses to Middle Tennessee State and Lipscomb earlier in the weekend. Starter Charlie Dant (2-0) shined on the mound in the win, pitching a complete game while giving up just seven hits and two walks. Sophomore Aaron Huesman continues to be a force at the plate on the year with two home runs, 13 RBIs and a slash line of .478/.520/.826. Dayton had games against Bowling Green (Tuesday) and Kentucky (Wednesday) postponed this week.
Austin Peay split a doubleheader against Eastern Michigan Tuesday. The Govs took the first game, 8-3, and dropped the second, 9-8, to fall to 2-7 on the year. Freshman Levi Primasing (1-0) provided the longest outing for an APSU starting pitcher on the year by going six innings and allowing two runs in the win. Primasing is the only pitcher on Austin Peay's staff to pitch double-digit innings this year. At the plate, Alex Robles hits for a .385 average with a double, triple and home run on the year.