South Bend, Ind. – Senior lefthander Mike Klett (Plainfield, Ill./Western Michigan/Plainfield North) threw a five-hit shutout to lead the Saint Xavier University baseball team to a 3-0 win over Holy Cross College (Ind.) in the first game of a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) doubleheader Saturday at Coveleski Stadium in South Bend, Ind. Unfortunately, the day's second game did not go as smooth as the Cougars gave up 10 late runs to fall 13-2 in seven innings. Klett moved to 1-0 on the year with Saturday's victory, which gave SXU the edge in the three-game series after its 11-8 win on Friday. He racked up six strikeouts in the game to go along with one walk. With the split, Saint Xavier now stands at 16-12 on the year with an 11-8 mark in CCAC play.
Juniors Chris Klein (Huntley, Ill./Huntley) and Thomas Keating (Chicago, Ill./Joliet JC/St. Laurence) each had two hits for the Cougars in Saturday's opener. Klein went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI, while Keating went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Both recorded RBI singles in the first inning to give Saint Xavier an early 2-0 edge. Keating also had a RBI double to left field in the top of the sixth to complete the game's scoring. Freshman centerfielder Jim Augle (Oak Lawn, Ill./Richards) had a nice first game as well going 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored. In the second game, junior left fielder Brad Myjak (Tinley Park, Ill./Mount Carmel) and freshman shortstop Alec Barnhart (Hometown, Ill./Oak Lawn Community) each posted two hits, but it was far from enough to keep up with the Saints' late offensive surge. Klein and Myjak both tallied RBI singles in the top of the first inning to put SXU ahead, 2-0, but Holy Cross quickly tied things up in the bottom of the frame with a run off a RBI single and another off a double play. Unfortunately for the Cougars, the rest of the game belonged to the Saints as the visitors managed just four hits over the remaining six innings and the hosts' bats got warmed up. A RBI single in the fourth inning gave Holy Cross a 3-2 lead, but the real damage came in the sixth inning with 10 runs for the Saints off six hits and three SXU errors.
Saint Xavier (16-12 overall/11-8 CCAC) takes a break from its conference slate and heads up to Grand Rapids, Mich., for a non-conference doubleheader with Davenport University (Mich.) on Sunday, April 14. The first game of the twin bill is scheduled for 1 p.m. (eastern) start.