Whiting, Ind. - It was not the ending that a team boasting a collective batting average of .332 could have envisioned, but it proved to be the reality as Saint Xavier University was limited to just eight total hits and an unearned run in its final two games of the 2011 season. After an impressive 6-4 win over No. 1 seed Robert Morris University (Ill.) in the opening game of the 2011 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Baseball Tournament Tuesday, the Cougar offense sputtered over their next 18 innings of tournament play falling 5-1 to No. 4 seed Olivet Nazarene University on Wednesday before ending their season Thursday with a 4-0 loss to No. 2 seed University of St. Francis (Ill.) at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Ind. Errors also hurt SXU in Thursday's loss with three miscues leading to three unearned runs and spoiling a nice pitching performance for freshman right-hander Scott Vachon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North).
Vachon fell to 5-5 on the year with the tough loss throwing all eight innings and allowing eight hits, four runs (one earned) and a walk with four strikeouts. USF freshman starter Jacob Butler was impressive on the mound moving to 7-1 this season by going the complete game and giving up just four hits and four walks for the shutout win. USF scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning off a RBI single and a sacrifice fly that were set up following an infield error by SXU on the first play of the frame. Another infield error on what should have been the third out in the top of the fourth inning led to a RBI double by freshman center fielder David Kuhne. A RBI double by sophomore catcher Mike Nelson in the top of the fifth plated USF's fifth and final run of the game. The Cougars had their chances leaving 10 runners stranded on the base paths in the game, including a bases loaded opportunity in the eighth.
Saint Xavier ends the 2011 season with an overall record of 28-27-1. The Cougars finished in third place in the South Division of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 19-11 mark.