Baseball - Thu, May. 6, 2010
Pewaukee, Wis. - Behind huge offensive performances by sophomore catcher Jim Pipolo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) and senior left fielder Tony Testin (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic), the Saint Xavier University baseball team finished its regular season slate in grand fashion with a pair of big victories over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) Thursday afternoon in Pewaukee, Wis. Pipolo just played the first game, but finished a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles, a homer, two runs scored and six RBI. Testin combined for five hits, including two home runs and a triple, as well as four runs scored and five RBI over the twinbill. The Cougars (35-14-1 overall/23-7 CCAC) won the first game, 18-7, in just six innings and then carried the momentum over to game two, a 6-0 win in seven frames.
SXU trailed, 6-5, after three innings of play in game one, but then the bats took over out-scoring CSU, 13-1, over the next three innings to end the game early. In addition to Pipolo and Testin, senior shortstop John O'Brien (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) also had a solid outing in the first game going 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and four runs scored. Senior first baseman Ken Tezak (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) was just as tough finishing with three hits, three runs scored and a RBI. Freshman right-hander Mike Stirling (Thornton, Ill./Mount Carmel) got the win (6-2) for Saint Xavier throwing the first five innings and allowing nine hits, seven runs (all earned) and a walk with three strikeouts.
Senior right fielder Zach Clements (Berwyn, Ill./Morton) had the hot stick in the nightcap going 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and four runs scored. Senior left-hander Jayson Koehn (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) and freshman right-hander Mike Pokers (Lansing, Ill./Andrean) worked together on the mound to keep the Wolves off the scoreboard in the second game. Koehn got the win (9-3) throwing the first four innings and giving up just a hit and a walk with seven strikeouts. Pokers wrapped up the final three frames allowing just one hit with a pair of strikeouts. SXU led, 3-0, after three innings and added its final three runs over the fifth and sixth frames.
Saint Xavier (35-14-1 overall/23-7 CCAC) finishes second in the final CCAC regular season standings with a 23-7 mark and will host a four-team, double-elimination tournament next week that features the second-place through fifth-place teams in the conference. The winner of the tournament will join CCAC champion University of St. Francis (Ill.) in the NAIA Opening Round Tournament, which begins on May 18.