CHICAGO – Managing just 10 total hits and one run on the day, the Saint Xavier University baseball team dropped a non-conference doubleheader to Indiana Institute of Technology (Ind.) Thursday afternoon at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. The Cougars (30-17 overall) lost the opener, 3-0, despite outhitting the Warriors, 7-6, in the game. SXU then posted just three hits in the nightcap and fell by a 2-1 score. Saint Xavier did get two solid complete game performances from senior left-hander Michael Gaffigan (Orland Park, Ill./Western Carolina/Triton CC/Sandburg) and junior righty Lucas Fritsch (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg).
Gaffigan threw all seven frames and allowed six hits, three runs (two earned) and two walks with four strikeouts in Thursday's first game. He falls to 3-2 on the year with the loss. Junior catcher Tony O'Shea (Valparaiso, Ind./Mount Carmel), sophomore left fielder Brad Myjak (Tinley Park, Ill./Mount Carmel) and freshman centerfielder Tyler Peper (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) each finished with two hits to lead the SXU offense. Indiana Tech got a RBI single in the top of the second inning and took a 2-0 lead in the third off a sacrifice fly to right field. The Warriors also took advantage of an infield fielding error in the fourth that eventually led to the game's final run on another sacrifice fly to right field. The Cougars had their chances leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the second and keeping runners at second base in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Senior shortstop Adam Koglin (Henderson, Nev./UNLV/Silverado) went 2-for-3 with a run scored for Saint Xavier in the late game. Freshman third baseman Andy Kovarik (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) drove in SXU's lone run going 1-for-3 with the lone RBI. Fritsch suffered his first loss of the season (4-1) giving up seven hits, two runs (both earned) and three walks with six strikeouts over the seven-inning game. A two-RBI single to right field in the top of the second gave Indiana Tech its only two runs of the game. It would prove to be all the Warriors would need as the Cougars scored Koglin in the bottom of the sixth on a groundout by Kovarik, but went down in order in the seventh to end the game.
Saint Xavier (30-15 overall/16-6 CCAC) hosts a key conference game against Trinity Christian College (Ill.) on Friday, April 20. The nine-inning affair will start at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field.
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