Junior Brett Ratajczak brought home Saint Xavier's lone RBI Thursday against Olivet
Junior Brett Ratajczak brought home Saint Xavier's lone RBI Thursday against Olivet
Saint Xavier
Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.)
Baseball - Thu, Mar. 31, 2011

Bourbonnais, Ill. - A pair of first-inning errors by Saint Xavier University enabled Olivet Nazarene University to score two early unearned runs and it proved to be the difference in a 3-1 loss in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) baseball action Thursday afternoon at Watson Field in Bourbonnais, Ill. After retiring the first two Tiger batters in the bottom of the first, an infield error by the Cougars kept the inning alive and led to an early 2-0 deficit. Senior right fielder Joe Dispensa (Chicago, Ill./St. Joseph's College/Mesa CC/St. Rita) and freshman shortstop Justin Smykowski (Crestwood, Ill./Shepard) each finished the game with two hits to lead the SXU offense, while junior designated hitter Brett Ratajczak (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) provided the team's lone RBI.

Sophomore right-hander Mike Stirling (Thornton, Ill./Mount Carmel) took the loss (2-1) for the Cougars. Stirling went seven innings and allowed six hits, three runs (one earned) and a walk with three strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Lucas Fritsch (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) threw a perfect eighth inning in relief of Stirling. After taking a 2-0 lead after one inning of play, the Tigers extended the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning on a two-out RBI single by senior right fielder Chris Hammett. SXU would finally answer in the top of the eighth when Ratajczak found a hole with a two-out RBI single to make the score, 3-1. However, that would be the end of the scoring for both teams on the day. The Cougars left 10 runners stranded on the bases in Thursday's game, their first CCAC loss of the season.

Saint Xavier (13-13-1 overall/6-1 CCAC) wraps up its three-game conference series with Olivet Nazarene on Saturday, April 2, with a doubleheader at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. The first game is scheduled for a 12 p.m. start.