CHICAGO - Freshman left fielder Chris Klein (Huntley, Ill./Huntley) went 3-for-7 on
the day with a double, triple, four runs scored and two RBI to help lead Saint
Xavier University to a doubleheader sweep of Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.)
in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) baseball action Tuesday at
Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago.
The Cougars (16-16-1 overall/8-3 CCAC) also got a pair of solid starts from
sophomore right-handers Mike Stirling (Thornton, Ill./Mount Carmel) and Lucas Fritsch (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg).
Stirling threw all seven innings of the first game, a 6-5 victory, and
allowed 10 hits, five runs (three earned) and no walks, while fanning six
batters to improve to 3-1 on the year.
Fritsch went the first five frames of the 9-5 win in the nightcap giving
up six hits, four runs (two earned) and no walks with four strikeouts to move
to 2-2 this season.
The Cougars put four runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second
inning of Tuesday's opener to take an early 4-0 advantage paced by a two-RBI
single by sophomore catcher Tony O'Shea (Valparaiso, Ind./Mount Carmel). The Wolves would chip away at the deficit
scoring a run in both the top of the third and fourth innings before SXU added
two more in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI groundout and a sacrifice
fly. A pair of infield errors by Saint
Xavier in the top of the seventh made things interesting in the final inning
allowing Cardinal Stritch to plate three runs.
However, SXU would end the game on a fielder's choice with the bases
loaded to capture the 6-5 victory.
O'Shea led the offense in the first game going 3-for-3 with a RBI.
Senior catcher Jim Pipolo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) had the hot bat in game
two going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth. After a pair of SXU fielding errors helped
CSU score two runs in the top of the second, the offense took control of the
game scoring nine unanswered runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to
take over the game for good. The Cougars
scattered nine hits in the game with Pipolo leading the way. Klein, sophomore first baseman Mike Pokers
(Lansing, Ill./Andrean) and senior right fielder Joe Dispensa (Chicago,
Ill./St. Joseph's College/Mesa CC/St. Rita) each scored two runs for SXU in the
Saint Xavier (16-16-1 overall/8-3 CCAC) takes a break from conference
play and will host Saint Ambrose University (Iowa) for a game on Friday, April
8. The nine-inning affair will start at
3:30 p.m. at Ferrell Field in Chicago.