Xavier Heads To Louisville, Ky., For A Three-Game Weekend Series
March 27, 2014
CINCINNATI - The Xavier Musketeers are back in action for the weekend taking on another nationally-ranked opponent in Louisville Friday night at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. A non-conference contest with fellow BIG EAST member Butler is set for Saturday at noon.
The Cardinals join a list of ranked teams XU has played during the 2014 season, including No. 14/12 North Carolina, No. 17 Indiana and No. 17 Kentucky.
Xavier (12-11 overall) fought hard in Kentucky Wednesday evening, tying the game on two separate occasions at 3-3 and 6-6. A late inning fielding error gave Kentucky an opening to take the lead and win, 9-6.
Derek Hasenbeck, a member of this week's BIG EAST Honor Roll, continues to swing the hot bat for the Musketeers, building his hitting streak to 10 games after going 1-for-4 in Lexington. The junior is hitting .337 on the year and leads the team with 33 hits and three home runs. Joe Forney is right behind Hasenbeck with 31 hits, 10 of them being for doubles. XU's starting first baseman hits for a .298 average on the year.
The Musketeer's weekend rotation remains one of the best in the BIG EAST. Vinny Nittoli (3-1) holds a 1.20 ERA and has been tagged for only four earned runs in five starts this year. Adam Hall (3-0) remains undefeated through six starts. The redshirt sophomore boasts a 2.45 ERA, while holding opponents to a .195 average. Senior Scott Klever (2-3) is second on the team with 15 strikeouts and leads XU with 39 innings pitched.
Louisville (18-6) is coming off a victory at Western Kentucky Wednesday, 5-3. The Cardinals used a seventh inning rally to grab the lead from WKU and sealed it with another run in the ninth. Louisville is led by Jeff Gardner with a .380 average and 31 RBIs.
Butler (10-13) was in action Wednesday and defeated Wabash on the road, 6-2. The duo of Chris Maranto and Marcos Calderon head the Butler offense with .338 and .325 averages respectively. This will be the first matchup between XU and Butler since both teams joined the BIG EAST, but will not count towards conference records as it is not a part of league play. The Musketeers took two of three games at Butler last year in A-10 Conference play.
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