Sophomore Mike Stirling rang up seven strikeouts in his complete game win over Trinity Christian
Sophomore Mike Stirling rang up seven strikeouts in his complete game win over Trinity Christian
Saint Xavier
Trinity Christian College
Baseball - Mon, Apr. 18, 2011

CHICAGO - Sophomore right-hander Mike Stirling (Thornton, Ill./Mount Carmel) was impressive on the mound in helping lead Saint Xavier University to an 8-1 win over Trinity Christian College (Ill.) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) baseball action Monday afternoon at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. The game was originally supposed to be played last Friday on Trinity Christian's campus in Palos Heights, but poor field conditions moved the game to Chicago. The Cougars racked up 15 total hits in the ballgame led by senior right fielder Joe Dispensa (Chicago, Ill./St. Joseph's College/Mesa CC/St. Rita), who went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Stirling picked up his fifth victory of the year (5-1) throwing all nine innings and allowing just six hits, one run (unearned) and no walks with seven strikeouts.

Freshman left fielder Chris Klein (Huntley, Ill./Huntley) also had a nice showing at the plate Monday for Saint Xavier going 2-for-5 with a triple, a run scored and two RBI. Dispensa would ground out to third base to bring home SXU's first run in the top of the first inning. An infield error and a wild pitch in the bottom of the frame would help tie things up, 1-1. However, the rest of the game belonged to the Cougars as seven unanswered runs over the next eight innings proved to be the difference. In the top of the third, RBI singles by senior center fielder Anthony Maziur (Oak Forest, Ill./Northern Illinois University/Oak Forest) and junior catcher Jim Pipolo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) would make the score, 3-1. Klein would extend the lead to three runs, 4-1, in the sixth on a RBI single to left field. A RBI double by Dispensa in the seventh made it, 5-1, and forced a pitching change by the Trolls. Junior second baseman Tom Simek (New Lenox, Ill./St. Laurence) would record a RBI single to right field in the eighth and Klein would post a RBI triple down the right field line in the ninth to highlight the rest of the scoring.

Saint Xavier (22-18-1 overall/14-4 CCAC) hosts CCAC foe Trinity International University (Ill.) at Ferrell Field on Tuesday, April 19, for a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start.