Baseball - Fri, Apr. 3, 2009
CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University baseball team rode an early offensive attack in order to defeat Trinity International University (Ill.), 17-11, in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action Friday at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. The Cougars (19-9 overall/8-2 CCAC) extend their current win streak to eight games with Friday's victory. SXU struck early with a five-run first inning and never trailed in a mistake-filled game as both teams combined to commit nine errors. Offensively, junior shortstop John O'Brien (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) led the way with two homers and five RBI in the game.
Saint Xavier got off to a fast start thanks to homers in the first inning by O'Brien (4) and freshman catcher Jim Pipolo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg). O'Brien's was of the three-run variety and Pipolo's (1) a two-run shot to left field, the first of his collegiate career. The Cougar offense struck once again in the third inning putting up six runs. In the game, every Cougar in the starting lineup scored at least a run. Junior designated hitter Ken Tezak (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run. Senior centerfielder Don Skelly (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) went 3-for-4 with two doubles on the day.
Despite the productive performances at the plate, SXU struggled both defensively and on the mound. Senior rightie Dan Miller (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) improved to 4-2 on the season despite giving up seven runs and eight hits in five innings of work. Only two of the runs were earned due to Cougar errors. Miller did strike out seven TIU batters Friday. Saint Xavier used an assortment of pitchers after Miller, but none were able to hold the Trojans scoreless.
SXU (19-9 overall/8-2 CCAC) continues conference play Saturday with a home doubleheader, wrapping up the three-game season series with Trinity International. The games were originally scheduled to be played at TIU in Deerfield, Ill., but unplayable field conditions will move the twinbill to Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field. Game time is scheduled for 12 p.m. (central) for the two seven-inning contests.