Baseball - Sat, May. 1, 2010
Elgin, Ill. - For the first time in nearly a month, the Saint Xavier University baseball team tasted defeat falling 7-3 to Judson University (Ill.) in a key Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) match-up Saturday night at Hoffer Field in Elgin, Ill. The Cougars (32-13-1 overall) had been averaging nearly 13 runs per game during their 14-game win streak in April, but could only manage eight hits and three runs against the Eagles Saturday. The loss puts SXU two full games behind CCAC rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) in the conference standings with just three league games left to play for both teams. The conference champion automatically gets a bid to the 2010 NAIA Opening Round Tournament, while the next four teams in the standings make up a tournament to determine the winner of the remaining automatic bid.
Senior right fielder Zach Clements (Berwyn, Ill./Morton) gave Saint Xavier an early 1-0 lead with a RBI single to left field in the top of the third inning. An infield error by the Cougars would help score a run for the Eagles in the bottom of the fifth tying the game at 1-1. Senior designated hitter Mark Siefert (Crest Hill, Ill./Joliet Catholic) would get a RBI groundout in the top of the sixth to give SXU a 2-1 advantage and a RBI triple by senior left fielder Tony Testin (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) in the seventh would build a 3-1 lead. However, the rest of the game belonged to Judson as the Eagles scored a combined six runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take the lead and pull away. Senior left-hander Jayson Koehn (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) took the loss (8-3) for the Cougars throwing all eight innings and allowing 10 hits, seven runs (all earned) and a walk with nine strikeouts.
Saint Xavier (32-13-1 overall/20-7 CCAC) heads to Peoria, Ill., on Sunday, May 2, to take on NCAA Division I Bradley University (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.