Jernigan and the Musketeers welcome Toledo for the home opener.
March 13, 2014
CINCINNATI - The Xavier Musketeers, 8-5 overall, open Hayden Field for the first time this season for a weekend series against the Toledo Rockets, 5-8 overall. Friday's game is set for 3:00 p.m., followed by a 1:00 p.m., start on Saturday. The two teams close out the series at noon on Sunday.
Xavier, winners of three of the last four games, won at Miami (Ohio) Tuesday night, 6-5. Andre Jernigan, College Sports Madness National Player of the Week, knocked home two runs and ended the night going 2-for-4. Tres Eberhardt went 2-for-2 with three stolen bases, two runs and one RBI.
Xavier and Toledo met once already this season in Greenville, S.C. The Musketeers claimed its season opener against the Rockets, 6-4.
Jernigan has been a force at the plate for the Musketeers over the past four games. The redshirt freshman has six hits and 11 RBIs over the last four contests. Michael Moore leads the team with a .353 average and recorded seven RBIs on the year. The long ball has been plentiful this year for the Musketeers. Vinny Nittoli, Derek Hasenbeck and Daniel Rizzie each have a pair of home runs on the season.
Nittoli, 2-0 and member of this week's BIG EAST Honor Roll, holds a 0.53 ERA (39th nationally) over 17 innings pitched. The redshirt senior has allowed just one earned run and two walks in his three appearances. Hall (2-0) carries a 3.27 ERA into the weekend and is second on the team with 22 innings pitched over four starts. Klever (2-1) leads the team with 13 strikeouts and holds opponents to a .242 batting average.
The Rockets took one of three games from Charleston Southern in its weekend series. Toledo lost the first two games, 2-1 and 6-3, before claiming the third game on Sunday, 3-2.
Deion Tansel leads the Rockets at the plate with a team-high .440 average and 22 hits. Tyler Barr follows with a .359 average and one of Toledo's two home runs on the year.
Ross Achter (1-0) appeared in five game this season and carries a 1.50 ERA with 10 strikeouts over 12 innings pitched. Ryan Wilkinson has team-highs in starts (four), innings pitched (25) and strikeouts (18).
GoXavier.com will provide live statistics for each game this weekend.