Baseball - Thu, Apr. 3, 2008
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University head baseball coach Mike Dooley picked up his 600th career victory in dramatic fashion Thursday afternoon. In the second game of a non-conference doubleheader with St. Ambrose University (Iowa), junior centerfielder Don Skelly (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) just beat the tag at home plate and scored the game-winning run from second base for a thrilling 5-4 win by the Cougars in the bottom of the eighth of the scheduled seven-inning game. SXU also won the first game of the twinbill, 6-2, led by a stellar pitching start by junior rightie Dan Miller (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic).
"Although I get credit for this win on my coaching record, this is truly a milestone win for the program," said Dooley. "Wins, like the ones today, come from hard-working players and I have been fortunate to coach a lot of great players over my career at Saint Xavier University. Also, the dedication and sacrifice of my assistant coaches is second to none. This win is truly a testament to the greatness of the program as a whole."
Sophomore shortstop John O'Brien (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) had the hot bat in Thursday's first game going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Sophomore leftfielder Tony Testin (Shorewood, Ill./Joliet Catholic) and sophomore catcher Ken Tezak (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) also both finished with two hits in game one. SXU led 5-0 after three innings thanks in part to Miller keeping the St. Ambrose bats in check early. Miller finished the game allowing eight hits, two runs (both earned), and no walks with three strikeouts over all seven innings. He improves to 3-2 on the season with the victory. Both of the Fighting Bees' runs came in the top of the seventh inning along with three of the team's eight total hits.
Testin helped provide the thrilling finish to game two by hitting a two-out single to left field that drove home Skelly from second base in the eighth inning. Freshman righthander Jeff Dobie (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South) earned the win on the mound pitching all eight innings and allowing 11 hits, four runs (all earned), and a walk with three strikeouts. Dobie improves to 2-2 on the year with the victory. The Cougars had a 4-0 lead going into the fifth inning, but the Fighting Bees put up three runs in the fifth to cut the lead to a run. SAU tied the game, 4-4, in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly.
Saint Xavier (16-13 overall/1-2 CCAC) continues its home stand on Friday, April 4, for a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) game against Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.). The nine-inning affair is slated for a 3 p.m. start at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago.