Baseball - Wed, Apr. 5, 2006
CHICAGO - With the game tied, bases loaded, and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, a wild pitch by Robert Morris College (Ill.) freshman reliever Mike Warner allowed Saint Xavier University senior left fielder Chris Gruber (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) to score the game-winning run from third as SXU defeated the Eagles, 6-5, in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action Wednesday at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. With the victory, the Cougars (10-20 overall/2-1 CCAC) collected their second conference win in two days after defeating Trinity Christian College, 14-2, on Tuesday, April 4.
RMC got on the scoreboard first with a run in the top of the second inning on a sacrifice fly. An error by Robert Morris junior catcher Marc Albano in the bottom of the fourth allowed senior right fielder Luke Gregerson (Lyons, Ill./Morton) to score the game-tying run from second base. The Cougars took the lead, 3-1, in the fifth inning on back-to-back RBI doubles from senior shortstop Brendan Christy (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and Gruber, respectively.
However, in the top of the sixth with one out and runners at second and third, SXU loaded the bases with an intentional walk and RMC senior centerfielder Dirk Miller sent a grand slam out of the ballpark on the next at-bat to give the Eagles the 5-3 advantage. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Cougars tied the game, 5-5, on back-to-back RBI singles by freshman first baseman Matt Van Mill (Palos Heights, Ill./Bishop McNamara) and sophomore right fielder Joe Miller (Chicago, Ill./Gordon Tech), respectively. SXU loaded the bases in the ninth thanks in part to a single by Gruber and he proved to be the hero scoring the game-winning run from third on the Robert Morris wild pitch.
Saint Xavier (10-20 overall, 2-1 CCAC) continues its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) slate on Thursday, April 6, with a home game against Illinois Institute of Technology (Ill.). Game time is set for 3 p.m. at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago.