White Team Evens Baseball's Blue/White Series with 8-1 Win
Oct. 17, 2009
CINCINNATI - With an 8-1 win Saturday afternoon, the White Team evened XU baseball's Blue/White series to two games apiece to force a game five to be played Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 2:45 pm. Senior Zac Richard recorded a double and a home run in the contest to lead the White Team's offense.
The White Team got on the board first after freshmen Vinny Nottoli and Seth Willoughby were walked to open the second frame and both advanced on a wild pitch. With runners at second and third, freshman Kevin Maas was walked to load the bases with not outs. Junior John McCambridge flied out to center field but collected an RBI with the sacrifice as Willoughby made it home. Senior Drew Schmidt also collected an RBI with a sac fly, scoring Schweinfest. With runners at first and second, senior Zac Richard sent a ball just out of reach of the right fielder for a double, scoring both runners. The White team took the 5-0 lead into the bottom of the inning.
Z. Richard got his second hit of the day in the top of the fourth as he sent a long ball over the left field fence. The White Team scored two more in the fifth as Willoughby led off with a ground-rule double to right and Schweinfest followed with a single throught the left side. Freshman Kevin Maas' ground-rule double plated Willoughby to put White up, 8-0.
The Blue Team broke up the no-hitter in the bottom of the sixth as freshman Seth Dawes led off with a single to the third baseman. Sophomore Matt Kleifges followed with a double to center field to move Dawes around to third. Freshman Patrick Paligraf was put out at first but Dawes made it home to score Blue's first run of the contest. After six innings, the White Team held the 8-1 advantage.
Freshman Jon Richard got the win for the White Team after tossing four innings of no-hit ball. Junior Ben Thomas took the loss for the Blue Team after throwing two innings giving five runs on three hits.
The series-deciding fifth game of the Blue/White series is set for Tuesday, Oct. 20. First pitch is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. at Hayden Field.