Jacob Bodner has been sensational against A-10 competition this season.
May 20, 2013
CINCINNATI - The fourth-seeded Xavier University baseball team will travel to Charlotte, N.C., where it will meet the No. 5-seed George Washington Colonials in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship.
Xavier (30-24, 16-8 A-10) finished one game behind Saint Louis, Charlotte and Rhode Island, which shared the A-10 regular-season title. George Washington (25-30, 15-7 A-10) were one of two teams tied for seventh heading into the final weekend of play and swept La Salle to jump into fifth-place.
The A-10 Championship is being hosted by Charlotte at the Robert and Miriam Hayes Stadium. First pitch between the Musketeers and Colonials will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning in the first game of the tournament.
XU staked claim to the No. 4 seed in the A-10 Championship and will meet No. 5 George Washington in the opening game of the tournament at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Saint Louis, Charlotte and Rhode Island finished with identical 17-7 conference records to share the regular-season title, but SLU took the top seed after tie-breakers were applied. Charlotte took the two-seed and Rhody the three-seed. La Salle and Richmond round-out the field with the sixth and seventh seeds.
Xavier In The A-10 Championship
This marks the sixth time in the last seven seasons and tenth time in XU's 18 years in the A-10 that Xavier advanced to the conference tournament. The Musketeers took the title in 2009 after finishing as the runner-up in 2008. XU finished third in 1996, 1997, 2003 and 2010, fourth in 2007, fifth in 2002 and sixth in 2011. Xavier and George Washington have never met in the A-10 Championship.
Last Meeting - George Washington
XU dropped two-of-three in last season's weekend series in the nation's capital on the next-to-last weekend of the season. An offensive outburst launched Xavier to an 11-4 in Saturday's game, but the Musketeers fell, 4-2, in game one and, 3-5, in game two.
Team Comparison: XU vs. GW
Xavier played all three of the teams that took the conference crown (Saint Louis, Charlotte and Rhode Island), finishing with a 4-5 record in those games and just one game behind them in the standings. By comparison, GW only played one of the top four teams - Charlotte - and was swept. The Colonials played all four teams that finished at the bottom of the standings, posting a 10-2 mark in those games.
Hasenbeck Closes Season On High Note
Derek Hasenbeck was a huge reason for Xavier's wins in the final two games of the season. In XU's game againt Butler on Friday, Hasenbeck opened the ninth inning with a lead-off double before being replaced by a pinch runner. A squeeze bunt later scored the game-winning run. Hasebeck followed with a perfect day at the plate on Saturday, drawing two walks before singling and doubling. The sophomore came to the plate with runners on the corner in the ninth and dropped a game-winning sac bunt. In his last six at bats, Hasenbeck has two doubles, a single, two walks and RBI sac bunt.
What a Relief
Relief pitcher Jacob Bodner had a tremendous week on the mound, posting a 3-0 record in three relief appearances. The sophomore hurler did not surrender a hit, nor walk, and struck out half (4) of the batters he faced. Bodner improved his record to 6-1 overall and lowered his ERA to 2.79. During A-10 play, Bodner made nine appearances and registered a perfect 0.00 ERA. Opponents are hitting only .208 off of Bodner.