Musketeers Score 25 Runs, Lose Game
BOWLING GREEN, OH --- Xavierís totals would have won them 47 out of the 49 games played in 2001. But against the team with the nationís highest team batting average (.364 coming into the game), it just wasnít enough. The Xavier baseball team scored in each of the nine innings on the way to accumulating a season-high 27 hits and 25 runs. But the Musketeers lost the game by four runs. In what will go down as the highest scoring game in recent XU history, the Musketeers (20-29) fell 29-25 to Bowling Green (31-11).
Errors once again may have cost Xavier the game. The Musketeers racked up seven errors leading to 14 unearned Falcon runs. XU starter Greg Wiggers (Mantua, OH) threw three innings, giving up 11 hits and 15 runs (only eight of which were earned) in suffering the loss.
Several Musketeers produced huge offensive games. Jeff Crandell (Lothian, MD) went 5-for-5 with a grand slam, a double and six RBI. Jarret Sues (Middletown, NJ) totaled four hits in six at bats with five RBI, a home run and a double. Mark Andres (Greenwood, IN) was 2-for-7 with three RBI and a homer.
It was evident early that a high scoring game was in the works. Xavier started off with one run in each of the first two innings on the strength of singles from Eric Greenwell (Bridgeton, MO), Ty Brenning (Urbana, OH), Russ Reyes (Davenport, IA) and Lucas Dines (Albuquerque, NM) and a solo home run by Matt Tedford (Norwood, OH).
The home team countered with five runs in the first and two in the second to take the early 7-2 lead.
In the Xavier third, Sues drilled a three-run bomb to left field and put his team within two runs. But XU was outdone in the inning when BG posted eight runs in the bottom half. Three runs came on a bases-clearing double by Nick Elrod and two more came on Scott Dukateís second homer of the day. Seven of the eight runs scored in the inning were unearned as XU committed three errors in the third inning alone.
The Musketeers continued their offensive surge when they scored one run in the fourth and three in each the fifth and sixth. After Crandell led off the fifth with a base hit, Sues doubled him in. Sues would go on to score on a BG error. That was followed by a Tedford single and a Schreen double. In the sixth inning, it was more of the same. XU loaded the bases for Sues, who gladly roped a single to right, scoring one. Two batters later, Reyes placed a 2 RBI single into the left field gap.
The Falcons plated three in the fourth and four in the sixth, taking a 22-12 lead.
It was far from over. The seventh inning saw a combined total of 15 runs cross home plate. XU registered eight. Highlights in the inning included a two-run single by Andres, a two-run double by Crandell and a pair of wild pitches by Bowling Greenís David Barkholz that scored a run. The Falcons countered with seven runs of their own, making the score 29-20.
After scoring one in the top of the eighth when Andres homered and shutting down BG in the bottom, XU was left with one more chance.
The Musketeers promptly loaded the bases for the hot-hitting Crandell. The senior launched a grand slam over the right field wall, the first of his career. But it was not enough. Bowling Green brought on its closer, Clayton Boothe, who finished Xavier off and secured the 29-25 victory.
XUís 25 runs was the most since Head Coach John Morrey took over in 1993.
NOTES: - The teams combined for eight home runs in the game - BGís Scott Dukate had three home runs - It was the most runs allowed by BG in 2001 - Xavier also allowed 29 runs against Temple on March 24 - Jeff Crandell's .418 batting average is currently 24th in the country