Xavier Falls Short Of Home Opener Victory Against Toledo, 3-0

Klever and the Musketeers dropped game one at home.

Klever and the Musketeers dropped game one at home.

March 14, 2014

CINCINNATI - Xavier gave up two big innings to Toledo Friday night and lost its home opener to the Rockets, 3-0. Xavier fell to 8-6 overall on the year, while Toledo boosts its record to 6-8.

A lead-off single in the top of the third for Toledo started a small rally of hits for the Rockets and it eventually brought Zack Michael home to score the game's first run. The next inning, Tyler Baar was hit by a Scott Klever pitch and took first to start the inning. He came around to score when Tyler Grogg grounded into a double play and the Musketeers surrendered the run. Michael was the next batter and singled up the middle to score James Miglin and gave the Rockets a three-run lead, 3-0.

XU could not get the bats going to catch up to Toledo and failed to claim its first home game of the year.

Patrick Jones was the only Musketeer to have a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3. Daniel Rizzie and Derek Hasenbeck recorded the other two hits for XU.

Klever (2-2) gets tagged for the loss after going seven innings and giving up three earned runs. The righty gave up seven hits and two walks. Eric Stiene made a spotless relief appearance, giving up one hit and no runs over two innings.

Grogg finished with two hits, an RBI and a walk for the Rockets. Miglin and Michael both had multi-hit games, going 2-for-4 each.

Ryan Wilkinson picked up the win for Toledo after an eight-inning, four-hit performance to keep Xavier off the board. Adam Tyson picked up the save for the Rockets.

A change in the schedule has Xavier and Toledo playing a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon. GoXavier.com will provide live statistics for the game.