Baseball - Mon, May 3, 2010
Peoria, Ill. - Managing just three hits in the game, the Saint Xavier University baseball team struggled to put runs on the scoreboard and fell to NCAA Division I Bradley University (Ill.), 15-2, Sunday night at O'Brien Field in Peoria, Ill. The Cougar pitching staff had difficulty slowing down the Braves' offense as well with five different hurlers seeing the mound and giving up a combined 18 hits and 15 runs. Senior outfielders Tony Testin (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) and Zach Clements (Berwyn, Ill./Morton) each scored a run in the game for SXU, while sophomore catcher Brett Ratajczak (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) went 1-for-1 and recorded the team's lone RBI.
Bradley scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning to get its offense going behind a RBI single and a two-RBI double. After a scoreless third inning, the Braves offense got going again scoring at least a run in each of the next five innings to build a 15-0 advantage heading into the top of the ninth. Bradley would walk the bases loaded with one out in the ninth when Ratajczak hit a RBI infield single to give SXU its first run of the game. An infield error would plate one more run for the Cougars before the game ended on a strikeout. Freshman right-hander Mike Pokers got the loss (2-2) for SXU throwing the first three innings Sunday and allowing four hits, three runs (all earned) and no walks with a strikeout. Saint Xavier (32-14-1 overall/20-7 CCAC) takes a couple of days off before continuing its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) slate with a home game against Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) on Wednesday, May 5. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago.