Weekend Recap: Xavier vs Lipscomb
While Xavier Basketball was dancing this weekend the Xavier Baseball team made its own journey down to Nashville, Tennessee to take on the Lipscomb Bison in a three game series. The Musketeers were only able to snag one of the three from the Bison's. The Musketeers were able to win the last game 5-1. Hopefully they can piggy back off the win and use it against Ohio at 4:00
Game 1 Xaiver 2 Lipscomb 5
The Bison's came to play early in this one. In the bottom of the first Lipscomb would get an early 2-0 lead. The Bison's pitching was good though four only letting Xavier get two hits. In the top of the 5th Xavier would begin to get things going. Bruening and Jernigan would lead off with a pair of singles, putting Bruening into scoring position. Xavier would have runners on 2nd and 3rd with only one out, but would not be able to capitalize. However, that taste of blood in the 5th would carry over in the 6th. Bruening would jack a two run homer to tie the game up at 2s. The Bison's stayed composed and would not be rattled. A 2 run inning in the 7th would put Lipscomb back in the lead and then another run in the 8th would make it a 5-2 game. The Bison's would end the day for the Muskies with two strikeouts and fly out.
Game 2 Xavier 1 Lipscomb 11
The next day was not a day for the Musketeers to remember. Simply, it was not the best day for the Muskies. A combination of cold bats and strong Lipscomb pitching would hold Xavier to a total of 5 hits. Lipscomb had 11 runs off 9 hits, that my friend is some efficient base running. Lipscomb would do most of its damage in the 5th and 8th innings combining for a total of 8 runs. The lone Xavier run was scored in the top of the 3rd off a Bannon sacrifice fly to send Jones home.
Game 3 Xavier 5 Lipscomb 1
Hey when you're feeling down, boot and rally correct? That is exactly what Xavier did. Trent Astle a sophomore LHP pitched a complete game. Allowing only 1 run, 6 hits, and striking out 10 Astle pitched a gem of a game. The offense would reward Astle's amazing performance with runs. Top of the 2nd Schmidt would have a solo homer. Bannon would then did a sac fly to get Hasenbeck home. Then in the 5th Forney would single to send home Soria. 3-0 midway through the 5th. Finally top of the 9th, the musketeers would add a little cushion to protect Astle's gem. Hasenbeck would have a lead off solo homerun to make it 4-0. Not to be left out of the scoring mix again Soria would double to left center to send Puente home and make it 5-0. Astle would finish them off in the 9th and Xavier would win 5-1.