Baseball - Fri, May. 12, 2006
oliet, Ill. - Senior right fielder and 2006 NAIA Region VII Player of the Year Luke Gregerson (Lyons, Ill./Morton) went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBI to help lift the No. 1 seeded Saint Xavier University baseball team to a 5-4 victory over No. 4 seed Iowa Wesleyan College in day two action Friday at the 2006 NAIA Region Tournament at Silver Cross Field in Joliet, Ill. Gregerson also earned the save, his team-high seventh of the season, in relief Friday throwing the final one and a third innings, striking out three, and allowing no hits, runs or walks.
In addition to Gregerson, senior left fielder Chris Gruber (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) also had a nice outing at the plate for SXU going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Freshman righthander and 2006 All-Region Team selection Dan Miller (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) got the start on the mound for the Cougars and threw solid. Miller went the first six innings and gave up just three hits, four runs (two earned), and two walks with a strikeout. Iowa Wesleyan finished with only three hits in Friday's nine-inning affair.
Saint Xavier scored four runs in the top of the third inning to take a 4-0 lead sparked by a one-out, two-RBI double from Gregerson down the left field line. IWC answered in the bottom of the fourth with four runs of its own after a fielding error and back-to-back walks loaded the bases with no outs. Consecutive hits in the next two at-bats plated three of the four runs for the Tigers and a sacrifice fly later in the inning tied things up, 4-4, heading to the fifth. After two scoreless innings, SXU broke up the tie in the top of the seventh thanks in part to a fielding error by IWC at second base that brought Gregerson home from second. The Tigers stranded three base runners in the final three innings to help give Saint Xavier the 5-4 victory.
The Cougars (29-24 overall, 16-2 CCAC) advance in the 2006 NAIA Region VII Tournament and will play at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, against the winner of Saturday morning's No. 2 seed William Penn University (Iowa) and No. 3 seed University of St. Francis (Ill.) match-up at Silver Cross Field.