Baseball - Sat, Mar. 22, 2008
Hannibal, Mo. - Behind big starts on the mound by junior righthanders Bryant Myjak (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and James Williams (Steger, Ill./South Suburban CC/Bloom), the Saint Xavier University baseball team added two more wins to its record Saturday in Hannibal, Mo. The Cougars (8-10 overall) defeated William Penn University (Iowa), 1-0, in their first game Saturday and then went on to beat host Hannibal-LaGrange College, 3-0. The SXU pitching staff allowed just two hits over the 14 innings which made up the two-game stretch.
A solo home run in the bottom of the third inning by junior first baseman Matt Van Mill (Palos Heights, Ill./Bishop McNamara) proved to be the difference in Saturday's first game, a 1-0 victory over William Penn. Sophomore leftfielder Tony Testin (Shorewood, Ill./Joliet Catholic) led the Cougars offensively with two hits in game one. Myjak threw the first four innings against WPU and allowed just one hit and no runs or walks with four strikeouts. Junior rightie Rick Kehoe (Palos Heights, Ill./Richards) earned the save pitching the final three innings and giving up no hits, runs, or walks with one strikeout. Myjak improves to 2-0 on the season with the victory, while Kehoe records his first save of the year.
In the second game against Hannibal-LaGrange, Van Mill went 1-for-3 with a run scored to help lead the offense to a 3-0 win. Testin finished the game with a RBI double, while junior centerfielder Don Skelly (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) and sophomore second baseman Matt Mueller (Burbank, Ill./Reavis) each finished with a double and a run scored. Williams threw a perfect game through his first five innings on the mound and tallied six strikeouts. Freshman righthander Joe Branigan (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) pitched an inning of middle relief and gave up one hit. Sophomore leftie Jayson Koehn (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) landed the save throwing the final inning and allowing no hits, runs, or walks with one strikeout. Williams improves to 2-1 overall this season, while Koehn notches his second save this season.
Saint Xavier (8-10 overall) is scheduled to open its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) schedule at home on Tuesday, March 25, with a nine-inning game against Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago.