Winter Haven, Fla. - Sophomore first baseman Mike Pokers (Lansing,
Ind./Andrean) racked up nine hits, including three doubles and a triple, to
help the Saint Xavier University baseball team pick up three wins over the
final seven games of its Florida trip last week. Pokers also posted five runs scored and five
RBI over the seven-game stretch for the Cougars. SXU ended the trip with a 4-10-1 overall
record. Fielding errors plagued the team
throughout the week, especially in the latter half with the Cougars posting 20
miscues over the final seven games.
Saint Xavier split doubleheaders with Notre Dame College (Ohio) and
Morningside College (Iowa), while logging a win against Concordia
University-Ann Arbor (Mich.) and falling to Bethel College (Ind.) and Point
Park College (Pa.).
In Thursday's doubleheader
against Notre Dame College, the Cougars got off to a good start jumping out to a
6-4 lead through the first six innings of game one. However, the Falcons tied the game with two
runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra frames and won the game with a
sacrifice fly in the eighth. Freshman
outfielder Brad Myjak (Tinley Park, Ill./Mount Carmel) and senior right fielder
Joe Dispensa (Chicago, Ill./St. Joseph's College/Mesa CC/St. Rita) each
finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI, while sophomore third
baseman Jonathan Atkins (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Bradford) posted two RBI and a
run scored. The offense clicked in the
late game with SXU exploding for 12 runs in the third inning en route to a 17-6
victory. Senior centerfielder Anthony Maziur (Oak Forest, Ill./NIU/Oak Forest) had the big bat for the Cougars going
3-for-5 with a homer, three runs scored and five RBI. Sophomore Mike Stirling (Thornton, Ill./Mount
Carmel) got his first win of the year (1-0) throwing all six innings and allowing
10 hits, six runs (all earned) and three walks with a strikeout.
SXU carried its offensive
momentum into Friday's first game against Concordia University-Ann Arbor, which
proved to be an 11-0 victory in just five innings. Junior designated hitter Brett Ratajczak
(Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) had a home run and racked up three runs and
three RBI toward the winning effort.
Pokers posted two hits, a run scored and two RBI for Saint Xavier as
well. Freshman left-hander Scott Koziol
(Burbank, Ill./St. Laurence) was sensational on the mound for the Cougars
allowing no hits or runs over the five-inning affair, while also posting a walk
and five strikeouts. Unfortunately,
SXU's next game against Bethel College did not go as well as the Pilots broke a
1-1 tie through three innings with six unanswered runs to earn the 7-1
decision. Dispensa led the Cougars
offensively with two hits, while Maziur recorded the team's lone RBI.
In Saturday's doubleheader
against Morningside, Saint Xavier overcame four errors in the first game to
pick up the 11-4 win. Myjak posted three
hits, a run scored and two RBI, while Ratajczak went 2-for-3 with a run scored
and two RBI as well. Freshman right-hander
Scott Vachon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) earned the win on the mound
for SXU pitching six innings and allowing seven hits, two runs (both earned)
and two walks with six strikeouts. In
game two, the Cougars could not sustain a late lead and posted five errors in a
7-6 loss to the Mustangs. SXU gave up
three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lose the game. Myjak had another solid game going 2-for-3
with a pair of RBI, while Ratajczak also went 2-for-3 with two runs
scored. Before heading back to Chicago
Sunday, the Cougars dropped a tough morning game to Point Park by a score of
9-0. Maziur and junior catcher Jim Pipolo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) were the only two SXU players to record a
hit in the finale.
Saint Xavier (4-10-1 overall) returns
to action on Saturday, March 12, with a road doubleheader against NAIA foe
Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio).
The first game in the twin-bill is scheduled for 12 p.m. (central) at
Chillicothe Paints Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.