Junior Tom Simek had two hits, two runs scored and two RBI for Saint Xavier Wednesday
Junior Tom Simek had two hits, two runs scored and two RBI for Saint Xavier Wednesday
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Saint Xavier
Trinity Christian College
Baseball - Wed, Apr. 20, 2011

CHICAGO - Junior second baseman Tom Simek (New Lenox, Ill./St. Laurence) posted two hits, two runs scored and two RBI on the day as the Saint Xavier University baseball team split a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) doubleheader with Trinity Christian College (Ill.) on a frigid Wednesday afternoon at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. The Cougars (23-19-1 overall/15-5 CCAC) dropped the opening game by a score of 8-5, but bounced back with a 6-2 victory in the late game. SXU was propelled to its game two win by a solid pitching performance by sophomore right-hander Lucas Fritsch (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg). Fritsch threw the first six innings of the nightcap and allowed six hits, two runs (both earned) and no walks with five strikeouts. He is now 4-2 on the season.

The bats could not warm up fast enough for the Cougars in the day's first game. Behind just five hits as a team, Saint Xavier was able to plate five runs, but it was not enough as the visiting Trolls belted out 10 knocks, including a three-run homer to center field in the fifth, to pick up the 8-5 victory. Trinity Christian led 7-0 heading into the bottom of the third before SXU got three runs back on a RBI single by senior center fielder Anthony Maziur (Oak Forest, Ill./Northern Illinois University/Oak Forest) and a two-RBI double by senior right fielder Joe Dispensa (Chicago, Ill./St. Joseph's College/Mesa CC/St. Rita). An error by the Trolls would help plate another run for the Cougars in the fourth to make the score, 7-4. Both teams would score a run in the sixth, but SXU would go down in order in the seventh to end the game. Senior right-hander Joe Branigan (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) took the loss (4-4) throwing six innings and giving up 10 hits, eight runs (five earned) and a walk with six strikeouts.

Following three scoreless innings to start the nightcap, Simek came up big in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out, bases-loaded single to right field that brought home two runs and highlighted a four-run frame for the Cougars. A RBI single by freshman shortstop Justin Smykowski (Crestwood, Ill./Shepard) and a passed ball plated two more runs for SXU in the fifth to make it, 6-0. Trinity Christian would score a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, but that would complete the game's scoring as freshman right-hander Chris Klein (Huntley, Ill./Huntley) threw a perfect seventh inning, including a strikeout, to secure the win for the Cougars.

Saint Xavier (23-19-1 overall/15-5 CCAC) takes Thursday off and returns to conference play on Friday, April 22, with a key game against rival University of St. Francis (Ill.). The nine-inning game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start at Ferrell Field.