Palos Heights, Ill. – Managing just five hits on the afternoon, the Saint Xavier University baseball team fell to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Trinity Christian College, 7-1, in the first of a three-game weekend series with the Trolls Friday afternoon at the TCC Baseball Field in Palos Heights, Ill. Freshman centerfielder Jim Augle (Oak Lawn, Ill./Richards) provided SXU with its lone RBI of the game on an infield groundout in the top of the fifth inning. Senior right-hander Lucas Fritsch (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) suffered the loss (4-2) on the mound for the Cougars throwing the first seven innings and allowing 11 hits, seven runs (six earned) and a walk with three strikeouts. With the loss, Saint Xavier falls to 13-9 overall and 8-5 in conference play. TCC improves to 13-12 on the year and 9-4 in the CCAC.
No SXU player recorded more than one hit in Friday's game. The Trolls took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth following three RBI singles in the frame. The Cougars responded in the fifth with freshman second baseman Brian McQuillan (Evergreen Park, Ill./Brother Rice) scoring from third base off Augle's groundout. Trinity Christian added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth scoring one off a wild pitch and the second off an RBI single up the middle. An RBI single and a sacrifice fly by the Trolls in the seventh completed the game's scoring. Senior lefty Mike Klett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) came in to relieve Fritsch for the eighth inning and threw well. Klett allowed no hits, runs or walks, but did hit a batter to put a runner on base.
Saint Xavier (13-9 overall/8-5 CCAC) continues the series with Trinity Christian College on Saturday, April 6. The Cougars host the Trolls for a doubleheader starting at noon at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago.