Baseball - Thu, Apr. 29, 2010
CHICAGO - Led by a pair of sixth-inning homers, the Saint Xavier University baseball team continued its hot hitting and defeated Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), 13-10, Wednesday evening at Ed Glancy Field in Chicago. Junior centerfielder Anthony Maziur (Oak Forest, Ill./Northern Illinois/Oak Forest) and sophomore catcher Jim Pipolo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) each homered in the sixth to help the Cougars score five runs in the frame. SXU has now won 12 straight games and scored an impressive 147 runs over the stretch, an average of 12.3 per game.
A Cougar win looked in doubt in the early innings of Wednesday's game as IIT scored eight runs in the bottom of the second to take an 8-0 lead after two innings of play. However, the Saint Xavier bats warmed up and recorded four doubles in the top of the fourth inning, including one for two RBI by senior second baseman Matt Mueller (Burbank, Ill./Reavis). Scoring five runs in the frame, SXU would close the gap to just three, 8-5, heading into the sixth inning. Behind the two homers, the Cougars would take the lead with five more runs in the top of the sixth to go ahead, 10-8. The Scarlet Hawks would close to within one with a run in the sixth and later tie the game, 10-10, in the bottom of the eighth off a RBI single. The Cougars would not be denied, however, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth highlighted by a two-RBI single by Pipolo. Senior left-hander Jayson Koehn (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) got the victory in relief throwing the final 3.2 innings to improve to 8-2 on the year. Koehn gave up two hits, one run (earned) and three walks to go along with his three strikeouts on the day. Saint Xavier (30-12-1 overall/15-6 CCAC) holds its annual "Senior Day" on Friday, April 30, during a conference doubleheader with Judson University (Ill.). The first game will begin at 2 p.m. at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. The nine seniors (eight players and a manager) will be recognized with their parents on the field in a ceremony between games.