Joliet, Ill. – Saint Xavier University junior right-hander Scott Vachon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) earned a spot on the first team of the 2013 All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Baseball Team when the honors were announced by the conference office Monday morning. Vachon went a perfect 7-0 on the mound for the Cougars this season and turned in a career-low 3.19 earned run average (ERA) and team-leading 51 strikeouts over 62.0 innings of work. He finished the 2013 campaign tied for sixth overall in the conference in wins (7) and 10th overall in strikeouts (51). It is the first time in his SXU career he has earned all-conference recognition.
Joliet, Ill. – Saint Xavier University junior right-hander Scott Vachon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Baseball Pitcher of the Week Tuesday when the award was released by the conference office. Vachon led the Cougars to a pair of wins last week in key conference competition against Robert Morris University (Ill.) and University of St. Francis (Ill.). With his two victories on the week, he kept his perfect win-loss record intact finishing the 2013 campaign with a 7-0 mark and a team-best earned run average (ERA) of 3.19.
Joliet, Ill. – Needing a doubleheader sweep Saturday to keep its postseason hopes alive, the Saint Xavier University baseball team did just that taking a pair from Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) at Silver Cross Field in Joliet, Ill. The Cougars (23-18 overall/18-12 CCAC) got a huge pitching performance from junior right-hander Scott Vachon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) in game one en route to a 4-1 victory, his seventh of the year at 7-0, and then scored a run in the top of the ninth of game two to complete the sweep with a 6-5 win. With Olivet Nazarene's sweep of Trinity Christian College Saturday, SXU still has a chance of qualifying for the six-team CCAC Baseball Tournament next week. TCC heads to Whiting, Ind., on Monday, April 29, for a make-up game against Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) and needs a win to take the final playoff berth or the Cougars get in.
CHICAGO – Junior first baseman Thomas Keating (Chicago, Ill./Joliet JC/St. Laurence) went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI, but the Saint Xavier University baseball team were outhit 17-9 and fell by a score of 11-3 to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) Friday afternoon on "Senior Day" at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. The Cougars (21-18 overall/16-12 CCAC) had their chances leaving 20 runners stranded on the base paths in the nine-inning affair. Senior left-hander Mike Klett (Plainfield, Ill./Western Michigan/Plainfield North) suffered the loss (2-1) pitching the first 5.2 innings and allowing 13 hits, eight runs (all earned) and two walks with a pair of strikeouts. With the loss, SXU's chances of earning a postseason berth in next week's conference tournament become very slim.
CHICAGO – A two-run homer to left field by senior designated hitter Mike Pokers (Lansing, Ill./Andrean) in the bottom of the eighth inning helped the Saint Xavier University baseball team score three late runs in the second game of a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) doubleheader with Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) and capture a 8-6 victory Wednesday afternoon at Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field in Chicago. The Cougars dropped the first game by a score of 8-5 and desperately needed a win in the late game to keep its postseason hopes alive as one of the six teams competing for a spot in next week's CCAC Tournament. SXU also got a RBI single from sophomore third baseman Bryan Villanova (Chicago, Ill./St. Laurence) in the seventh inning to spark the late three-run surge. With the split, Saint Xavier sits at 21-17 overall and 16-11 in conference play.
Bensenville, Ill. – Junior right-hander Scott Vachon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) improved his season record to 6-0 and struck out 11 batters in leading the Saint Xavier University baseball team to a 3-2 victory in game one of a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) doubleheader with Robert Morris University (Ill.) Monday evening at Geils Field in Bensenville, Ill. Unfortunately, the Cougars could not carry that momentum into the late game falling to the host Eagles by a score of 4-2 in the nightcap. Vachon threw all seven innings of Monday's opener and allowed just seven hits, two runs (one earned) and two walks. With the split, SXU now sits at 20-16 overall and 15-10 in the conference standings.