Rizzie and the Musketeers go into the Joe Nuxhall Classic on a hot streak.
April 7, 2014
CINCINNATI - Coming off of its sweep of Georgetown over the weekend, the Xavier baseball team will take part in the annual Joe Nuxhall Classic held between the Musketeers and local-foes Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio) and Wright State. XU opens the event with Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio.
Xavier (16-13) began its first conference season in the BIG EAST in grand fashion by sweeping Georgetown. XU sits in first place in the conference standings and is the only team to make it through the first weekend undefeated, although Creighton has yet to play a league game.
Daniel Rizzie, a member of this week's BIG EAST Honor Roll, and Joe Forney led the offensive attack, with both batters hitting .467 over the weekend. Rizzie finished with four RBIs, five runs, a pair of doubles and a triple. Forney knocked home five runs and scored three times.
Eric Stiene continued his streak of dominant pitching over the weekend and will take the mound on Tuesday. The sophomore hurler tossed three scoreless innings with four strikeouts. He is 1-0 on the season and has yet to yield a run in 24.2 IP. Trent Astle (1-2) will take the mound for XU on Wednesday.
Miami (Ohio) enters the matchup with a 12-17 record after taking two-of-three games against Akron last weekend. The Musketeers defeated the RedHawks, 6-5, when the two teams met on March 11 earlier this season. Andre Jernigan went 2-for-4 at the plate for XU, driving in two runs in the game. Trent Astle earned his first collegiate win in the contest.
Wright State (15-14) and Cincinnati (11-18) square off in the early game on Tuesday. The Raiders are 1-3 in their last four games and had a game against the Musketeers cancelled last Wednesday due to rain. The Bearcats dropped a three-game series versus Temple and are 3-7 in their last 10 contests.
Miami (Ohio) is hosting the tournament at McKie Field at Hayden Park in Oxford, Ohio. Live stats will be provided via www.muredhawks.com.