Stephen Schoettmer is riding a 12-game hitting streak as the Musketeers head to Evansville for w weekend series.
April 11, 2013
CINCINNATI - The Xavier baseball team will travel to Evansville, Ind., for a weekend series with Evansville. The Musketeers have won nine of their last 13 games and enter the weekend at 15-15 overall. The Aces are 14-20 and are in the midst of a three-game losing streak.
Games are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (CT), 1 p.m. (CT) and noon (CT) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. All three games will be held at the Charles H. Braun Stadium on Evansville's campus.
Xavier finished 1-1 in the Joe Nuxhall Classic, dropping a 7-6 decision to host Cincinnati before defeating Miami (Ohio), 7-6, in the consolation game. Joe Forney drove in the game-winning run in Wednesday's ninth-inning walk-off win over MU. Stephen Schoettmer registered four RBIs in the two games and Mark Elwell scored three times.
Last Meeting - Evansville
This will be the first meeting between XU and UE since 1994 when both schools were members of the MCC. The Musketeers swept a doubleheader with the Aces, 5-3 and 5-4.
Schoettmer's On Target
Third baseman Stephen Schoettmer is in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak. During the streak, the senior is batting .405 with 17 RBIs, nine runs scored, six doubles and two triples. Schoettmer has four triples on the season, ranking 51st in the nation.
Richard A Workhorse
Jon Richard has thrown 52.0 IP through four games this season, giving him 315.0 for his career. The lefty ranks fifth all-time at XU after passing Jeff Barger's (1998-01) 293.0 IP. His sights are now set on Mike Creevy's 321.0 IP from 2004-07. Richard has a career-best 3.29 ERA so far this season, topping his 3.76 ERA in 2011, and is 4-2. He has struck out 43 batters and issued just 13 walks.
As a team, Xavier has hit 69 doubles, 36th most in the nation, and averages 2.30 doubles per game, an average that ranks 12th. Vinny Nittoli has a team-best 11 doubles, while Patrick Paligraf sits second with 10. Mark Elwell and Derek Hasenbeck each have eight. In total, 17 Musketeers have registered a double, including eight who have at least three doubles on the season.
Xavier's offense has really picked up this season. The Musketeers rank 14th in the nation with a .316 batting average. Coupling a top batting average with a top 15 doubles-per-game average helps Xavier rank 42nd in scoring, posting 6.6 runs per game and besting last season's 4.54 scoring average.