Xavier Faces Ohio And Ohio State In Midweek Action Tuesday and Wednesday

Jernigan and the Musketeers are in action Tuesday and Wednesday.

Jernigan and the Musketeers are in action Tuesday and Wednesday.

March 17, 2014

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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.