CHICAGO – Posting just two hits in the game, the Saint Xavier University baseball team could not generate any offense and fell 10-0 in seven innings to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) Friday afternoon at Silver Cross Field in Joliet, Ill. The Fighting Saints had plenty of offensive production with 15 hits for its 10-run output. Junior catcher Tony O'Shea (Valparaiso, Ind./Mount Carmel) and sophomore left fielder Brad Myjak (Tinley Park, Ill./Mount Carmel) both went 1-for-2 at the plate to lead the SXU line-up Friday. With the loss, Saint Xavier falls to 21-9 overall and 8-2 in the conference standings, while USF moves to 18-10 overall and 8-3 in league play.
Sophomore right-hander Scott Vachon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) got the loss (2-2) on the mound for the Cougars. He went all six innings and allowed 15 hits, 10 runs (six earned) and a walk with one strikeout. A RBI double for St. Francis gave them an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. A pair of errors by SXU to go along with a two-RBI single and a three-homer by the Fighting Saints in the second inning extended the advantage to 6-0. Two sacrifice flies and a RBI single by USF in the fourth plated three more runs, while a RBI single in the seventh ended the game early due to the 10-run lead.
Saint Xavier (21-9 overall/8-2 CCAC) wraps up its three-game series with the Fighting Saints on Saturday, March 31, with a home doubleheader at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. The first game is scheduled for a 12 p.m. start.