Baseball - Fri, Apr. 20, 2007
CHICAGO - Behind an outstanding relief pitching performance by freshman left-hander Jayson Koehn (Beecher, Ill./Beecher), the Saint Xavier University baseball team rallied to defeat Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.), 8-5, in conference action Friday at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. Koehn came in to pitch in the third inning and threw 5.2 innings of middle relief allowing one hit, no runs, and no walks with six strikeouts to notch his second victory of the season (2-3).
Calumet plated five runs in the game's first three innings thanks in part to six walks allowed and two errors in the field by the Cougars. However, in the bottom of the third, SXU cut into the Crimson Wave's 5-0 lead with four runs of its own led by a two-RBI double from freshman first baseman Mark Siefert (Crest Hill, Ill./Joliet Catholic). The Cougars took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the fourth sparked by a RBI double from freshman right fielder Tony Testin (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic). The final two runs for Saint Xavier came in the form of RBI singles from senior designated hitter Ryan Buchler (Schererville, Ind./South Suburban CC) and Testin in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. SXU finished with 11 total hits in the ballgame.
Buchler went 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks, a run scored, and two RBI, while Testin went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and two RBI. Siefert was 1-for-4 on the day with a run scored, a stolen base, and two RBI. Freshman centerfielder Zach Clements (Berwyn, Ill./Morton) finished with two runs scored and a stolen base as well. Sophomore rightie Dan Miller (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) pitched the ninth inning for the Cougars and recorded his seventh save of the season by putting CCSJ down 1-2-3 to end the game.
Saint Xavier (20-13 overall/11-1 CCAC) continues its home stand on Saturday, April 21, with a CCAC doubleheader against Trinity International University (Ill.). The first of the pair of seven-inning games is scheduled for a 12 p.m. start.