Baseball - Sat, Apr. 11, 2009
CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University baseball team swept a big conference doubleheader against No. 29 ranked Robert Morris College (Ill.) by scores of 6-0 in seven innings and 15-1 in five innings at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. The Cougars struck early in both games scoring five runs in the first frame of game one, and four runs in the first frame of the nightcap. SXU never trailed on the day and today's victories increase its overall record to 26-9 and 15-2 in conference play. The Cougars are currently riding a 15-game winning streak which started back on March 26 against Mount Mercy (Iowa).
In game one, the Cougars rode the strong pitching of junior southpaw Jayson Koehn (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) to a 6-0 shutout. Koehn dominated the Eagle hitters and allowed just one hit in his seven innings of work striking out six Eagle batters to improve to a perfect 6-0 on the season. Koehn lowered his already NAIA-leading ERA, which stood at 0.56 prior to today's outing. SXU struck early, scoring five runs in the first inning with two outs off of Robert Morris ace Al Landini. Junior second baseman Matt Mueller (Burbank, Ill./Reavis) started off the rally with a double to right field.
The Cougar offense then recorded six consecutive hits capped by a double down the right field line by sophomore third baseman Austin Lehmann (Shorewood, Ill./Minooka). Junior left fielder Tony Testin (Shorewood, Ill./Joliet Catholic) and Mueller both finished 2- for- 4 at the plate in game one. Junior designated hitter Ken Tezak (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) and Lehmann both went 2- for- 3. Koehn's no-hit bid ended in the fourth on a shot down the third base line.
Saint Xavier once again rode hot hitting and strong pitching in game two to 10-run rule RMC, 15-1, in five innings. SXU scored in every inning pounding out 12 hits and senior rightie Rick Kehoe (Palos Heights, Ill./Richards) improved to 4-3 on the season with his five innings of three-hit, one-run baseball. Saint Xavier once again struck early with four runs in the opening frame. The back-breaking blow came in the bottom of the third as the Cougars put up six runs. Tezak led the way going a perfect 4-for-4 with six RBI in game two. He finished the day 6-for-7 at the plate.
Saint Xavier continues its 2009 season on Tuesday, April 14, with a nine-inning, non-conference contest at Lewis University (Ill.) in Romeoville, Ill. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. as the Cougars renew their storied rivalry with the Flyers. Saint Xavier coaches Mike Dooley and John Morrey are both former Lewis grads and players. SXU continues conference play on Wednesday with a nine-inning affair at Calumet College of St. Joseph with the first pitch set for 3 p.m.