Xavier Faces Ohio And Ohio State In Midweek Action Tuesday and Wednesday
March 17, 2014
CINCINNATI - The Xavier Musketeers (10-6) are back in action this week on Tuesday afternoon to take on Ohio at Hayden Field, starting at 3:00 p.m., then travel to Ohio State to play the Buckeyes on Wednesday at 5:05 p.m.
Ohio (4-12) found itself on the wrong side of a series sweep by St. Bonaventure. The Bobcats lost three-straight games over the weekend at home to the Bonnies, 6-4, 24-6 and 14-3. Ohio comes into Tuesday's game losing eight of its last nine. Mitch Longo is OU's best offensive weapon, leading the team with a .410 batting average, two home runs, 25 hits and 13 RBIs.
Eric Stiene (0-0) is set to start Tuesday for the Musketeers, his first start of his collegiate career. Through three appearances, the redshirt sophomore has yet to give up a run, only surrendering four hits over eight innings of work and holding opponents to a team-best .154 batting average.
Ohio State (11-6) pulled out the sweep against Siena this past Friday and Saturday. The Buckeyes took game one, 8-5, then claimed the next two, 7-3 and 7-1. Ronnie Dawson leads the Buckeyes with a .393 average. OSU's pitching staff holds opponents to a .245 average on the year and has allowed just four home runs in 17 games.
Freshman Trent Astle (1-0) mans the mound for Wednesday's game against Ohio State. The true freshman sports a 1.76 ERA over 15.1 innings, while striking out seven on the year.
Xavier is coming off a series victory over Toledo Friday and Saturday. The Musketeers surrendered game one, 3-0, but bounced back to win games two and three, 1-0 and 7-1. Joe Forney had two big games for XU, including scoring the winning run in the first game on Saturday. Nearly spotless outings by starters Adam Hall (2-0) and Vinny Nittoli (3-0) on Saturday held Toledo without an earned run and set up the Musketeers for the victories.
Patrick Jones has a team-high .342 batting average on the year for the Musketeers, driving in four RBIs and scoring three runs. Forney has a team-high 22 hits and eight doubles to go along with his .293 batting average. Andre Jernigan has a team-best 13 RBIs and 15 hits on the year.
GoXavier.com will provide live statistics for Tuesday's game against Ohio. OhioStateBuckeyes.com will provide live statistics and a subscription-based video feed for Wednesday.