Baseball - Wed, Apr. 18, 2007
Palos Heights, Ill. - Led by three hits apiece by five different batters in the line-up, the Saint Xavier University baseball team unleashed 19 hits and 13 runs on Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Trinity Christian College (Ill.) to post a 13-7 victory Wednesday in Palos Heights, Ill. Freshman shortstop John O'Brien (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) led the Cougars at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, four runs scored, and four RBI.
In addition to O'Brien, freshman right fielder Tony Testin (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI, while senior catcher Brian Grupp (Granger, Ind./Mishawaka Penn) went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and a RBI. Freshman centerfielder Zach Clements (Berwyn, Ill./Morton) also finished with three hits in addition to three RBI and senior second baseman Craig Buske (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) was the final SXU hitter to tally three hits to go along with his two RBI in the game. Senior righthander Ryan Quigley (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) notched his fifth win on the mound (5-0) going six innings and allowing three hits, three runs (all earned), and five walks with five strikeouts.
The Cougars never trailed in the game taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning following a RBI single by Buske. Both teams scored three runs in the second inning to make the score, 4-3, but SXU got big RBI hits from O'Brien and Clements to help plate four runs in the third to extend its lead to five runs, 8-3. A two-RBI single by Testin in the top of the fifth allowed the Cougars to pull ahead by eight, 11-3. The Trolls added two runs apiece in both the seventh and ninth innings, but it was not enough as SXU added two runs over the final three innings to secure the big conference victory.
Saint Xavier (19-12 overall/10-1 CCAC) returns home to take on CCAC rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) in a non-conference match-up on Thursday, April 19. The Cougars will play one nine-inning game against the Fighting Saints at 3 p.m. Thursday at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago.