Baseball - Thu, Mar. 26, 2009
CHICAGO - Junior catcher/designated hitter Ken Tezak (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) hit three of five home runs on the day for Saint Xavier University en route to a doubleheader sweep of Mount Mercy College (Iowa) in non-conference baseball action Thursday at Richard Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. SXU won both games via the 10-run rule with the first game ending, 12-2, in five innings and the second, 11-1, in six innings. The Cougar bats were hot throughout the day combining for 27 hits and five homers. Tezak now leads the team with five home runs on the young season. In game one, Saint Xavier took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on a RBI single by senior first baseman Matt Van Mill (Palos Heights, Ill./Bishop McNamara). Van Mill finished 5-for-7 for the day with three singles, a double, a homer and three RBI. The Cougars plated four runs in the second inning, five in the third and two more in the bottom of the fourth on their way to 11 hits in the game. Tezak went 2-for-3 in game one with two of his home runs. Senior leftie Kyle Zilis (Oak Forest, Ill./Marist) went all five innings allowing just four hits and two runs, while striking out five. Zilis improves to 3-1 on the season with the victory. In the nightcap, the Cougar bats stayed red hot pounding out 16 hits on the way to a big 11-1 victory. SXU received fine pitching performances from sophomore Austin Lehmann (Shorewood, Ill./Minooka), freshman Tom Simek (New Lenox, Ill./St. Laurence) and sophomore Joe Branigan (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South). The trio combined to hold Mount Mercy to one run on four hits in the six-inning contest. Lehmann notched his second win of the season to improve to 2-0 this spring. Highlights in the second game included: Tezak's third homer of the day, a grand slam by junior shortstop John O'Brien (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) off the right field foul pole and Van Mill following up O'Brien's shot with a solo homer of his own. Saint Xavier (14-9 overall/3-2 CCAC) returns to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play with a nine-inning game against Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) Friday at 3:30 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Milwaukee, but was changed to Saint Xavier due to unplayable field conditions at Cardinal Stritch. The Cougars will wrap up their three-game conference series with the Wolves on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago.