Baseball - Thu, Apr. 21, 2005
CHICAGO - Sophomore second baseman Craig Buske (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) went 4-for-7 on the day with two RBI, but the Saint Xavier University baseball team could not complete the non-conference sweep of St. Ambrose University (Iowa) Wednesday at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. The Cougars rallied to win game one, 8-4, however, SXU could not overcome a three-run first inning by the Fighting Bees in game two falling 4-3, in the nightcap.

In Wednesday's first game, sophomore shortstop Nick Tantillo (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) had the hot bat going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and a RBI. Junior designated hitter Chris Gruber (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) tallied two hits with a double and two RBI, while sophomore catcher Brian Grupp (Granger, Ind./Mishawaka Penn) also finished with two hits and a RBI. St. Ambrose scored three runs in the top of the third inning, but the Cougars answered with five runs in the fourth and three more runs in the fifth to secure the victory. Freshman leftie Jake Curran (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) picked up the win on the mound for SXU pitching all seven innings and giving up nine hits and four runs (three earned), while collecting three strikeouts.

A two-RBI double by SAU first baseman Jake Miller in the first inning of game two helped give the Fighting Bees an early 3-0 lead. In the second inning, RBI singles by sophomore third baseman Shane Longest (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington) and Buske, respectively, trimmed the St. Ambrose to one, 3-2. Miller picked up another RBI on a fifth inning single to put SAU ahead, 4-2. With two outs and the bases loaded, freshman leftfielder Clark Campos (Stickney, Ill./Morton) recorded a RBI single in the sixth inning to bring SXU to within one, 4-3, but Longest was thrown out at home plate attempting to score from second. Freshman righthander Joe Zotto (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) pitched all seven innings for the Cougars allowing nine hits and four runs.

Saint Xavier (22-16 overall, 9-2 CCAC) hosts Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Olivet Nazarene University on Thursday, April 21, for a key conference match-up at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field. Game time is set for 3 p.m.