Baseball - Mon, Apr. 9, 2007
Whiting, Ind. - Senior catcher Brian Grupp (Granger, Ind./Mishawaka Penn) had another big game at the plate to help lead Saint Xavier University to a commanding 15-3 win over Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) in eight innings of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) baseball action Monday at Block Stadium in Whiting, Ind. The Cougars improved its conference mark to 5-1 with the victory and got back its winning overall record at 12-11.

Grupp went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, three runs scored, and three RBI to lead the SXU offense. Freshman centerfielder Zach Clements (Berwyn, Ill./Morton) had a huge game as well going 2-for-5 with two homers, two runs scored, and three RBI. On the mound, junior lefthander Kyle Zilis (Oak Forest, Ill./Marist) got the start and pitched well over the game's first five innings allowing just four hits, two runs (one earned), and no walks in addition to eight strikeouts. Senior rightie Shawn Bosler (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) threw the final three innings and gave up one hit, one run (earned), and three walks with a strikeout. The Cougars racked up 21 hits in the game with every batter in the line-up recording at least one hit on the day.

CCSJ scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI double, but the lead was short-lived as SXU posted four runs in the top of the third inning to take the lead for good. A two-RBI double by Grupp highlighted the four-run inning for Saint Xavier. Senior designated hitter Ryan Buchler (Schererville, Ind./South Suburban CC) added a two-RBI double of his own in the fourth inning to plate both runs of the inning for the Cougars and extended the lead to 6-1 after four frames. Both teams added a run in the fifth and the Crimson Wave tacked on another one in the sixth, but SXU scored eight unanswered runs over the seventh and eighth innings to end the game an inning early (per conference mercy rule).

Saint Xavier (12-11 overall/5-1 CCAC) continues its season on Tuesday, April 10, with a non-conference home game against University of St. Francis (Ill.). The game will start at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago.