Baseball - Sat, Apr. 14, 2007
CHICAGO - Behind two hits and two runs scored from senior designated hitter Ryan Buchler (Schererville, Ind./South Suburban CC), the Saint Xavier University baseball team picked up a 3-1 victory over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Saturday at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. The Cougars (14-12 overall/7-1 CCAC) also got nice pitching performances out of senior starter Shawn Bosler (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) and sophomore reliever Dan Miller (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic). Bosler threw seven strong innings to notch the win (1-0), while Miller came in to pitch the final two innings and record the save, his fifth of the season.
Bosler finished the game allowing just five hits, one run (earned), and a walk with three strikeouts. Miller faced just six batters over his two innings of relief work and put ITT down 1-2-3 in both frames. In fact, both Bosler and Miller were able to combine to put the Scarlet Hawks down 1-2-3 in each of the final five innings. SXU recorded eight hits in Saturday's ballgame compared to just five for IIT.
The Scarlet Hawks got on the scoreboard first in the top of the third inning when freshman third baseman Patrick Ennes hit a RBI double to the gap in left-center to put his team up, 1-0. Saint Xavier tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the fourth when senior third baseman Nick Tantillo (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) brought home Buchler from second on a RBI single to right-centerfield. Back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the sixth inning led to a RBI on a fielder's choice by freshman first baseman Mark Siefert (Crest Hill, Ill./Joliet Catholic) later in the inning to give SXU a 2-1 advantage. The Cougars added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when freshman right fielder Zach Clements (Berwyn, Ill./Morton) drew a walk with the bases loaded and two outs.
Saint Xavier (14-12 overall/7-1 CCAC) will host a doubleheader Sunday against conference rival Robert Morris College (Ill.). The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and will be a nine-inning conference game, while the second game of the day will be a seven-inning, non-conference affair.