Baseball - Thu, Mar. 29, 2007
Michigan City, Ind. - Behind nine strikeouts over five innings of relief for senior righthander Ryan Quigley (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic), the Saint Xavier University baseball team was able to hold on and defeat Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Purdue University-North Central (Ind.), 5-3, Thursday in Michigan City, Ind. The victory keeps the Cougars perfect in league play at 4-0 and also gives the team its fourth straight win to improve to 10-8 overall on the season. PUNC falls to 13-11 overall and 4-1 in the CCAC.

Quigley came in to relieve sophomore starter Dan Miller (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) to start the fifth inning and and earned the win (4-0) pitching the remaining five innings of the ballgame. He allowed just three hits and three walks over the stretch. Miller gave up nine hits and three runs (all earned), and no walks over the game's first four innings. He also finished with two strikeouts on the day. Offensively, SXU was led by sophomore centerfielder Don Skelly (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) with a 3-for-3 showing at the plate in addition to a run scored. Senior designated hitter Ryan Buchler (Schererville, Ind./South Suburban CC) was tough as well going 2-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored.

The Cougars jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning behind a RBI single from Buchler followed by a two-RBI single later in the inning by senior catcher Brian Grupp (Granger, Ind./Mishawaka Penn). SXU added another run to its lead in the top of the second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman left fielder Tony Testin (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic). PUNC charged back in the third and fourth innings scoring three runs and cutting the SXU lead to one, 4-3. However, a throwing error by PUNC's catcher in the ninth helped give the Cougars an insurance run and solid pitching late by Quigley was all the insurance the team needed to nab the 5-3 victory.

Saint Xavier (10-8 overall/4-0 CCAC) heads to Grand Rapids, Mich., this weekend to play four games against non-conference rival Aquinas College (Mich.). The Cougars open the weekend on Saturday, March 31, with a 12 p.m. (eastern) doubleheader followed by a Sunday (April 1) doubleheader also starting at noon.