March 10, 2014
Rizzie Nominated For 2014 Johnny Bench Award
The Sophomore Catcher Added To The Official Watch List For The Best Collegiate Catcher
CINCINNATI – Xavier sophomore catcher Daniel Rizzie is a nominee for the 2014 Johnny Bench Award and is on the official watch list for the award. Rizzie is one of 72 catchers in the NCAA to be nominated for the award. The sophomore is the only BIG EAST catcher to be nominated.
Rizzie is hitting for a .292 batting average this year with eight RBIs and tied for a team-high two home runs. He was named BIG EAST Player of the Week by College Sports Madness on March 4 after hitting for a .500 weekend batting average, which included a 4-for-6 performance at the plate with four runs, four RBIs and two home runs against Dayton on March 1. Last year, the Orland Park, Ill., native started in 28 games. He hit for a .298 average during conference play as a freshman and earned a spot on the 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.
The Johnny Bench Award is awarded to the top collegiate catcher at the Division I level. Johnny Bench is remembered for both his offense and being a pioneer for all present-day catchers. Bench was the first catcher to wear a protective helmet while in the field and popularized catching one-handed. The Hall of Fame member won National League MVP honors in 1970 and 1972 and won 10 Gold Gloves. Last June, Ole Miss catcher, Stuart Turner won the award.
Rizzie and the Musketeers are in action this week for a home-and-home series against Miami (Ohio). They travel to Miami for a 6:00 p.m., start on Tuesday, followed by the Musketeers’ home opener on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.
March 9, 2014
Back2Back - Women's Golf Wins Second Consecutive Tournament
Shane Crutchfield Takes Second Place Overall
RIO VERDE, Ariz. – Sophomore Shane Crutchfield (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg) shot a final round 73 (73-75-73/221) to take second place individually and lead the Xavier women's golf team to its second consecutive tournament victory by winning the 2014 Rio Verde Invitational by five strokes.
The Musketeers turned in a 299 team score in the final round at Quail Run Golf Course to finish with a three round total of 900 (303-298-299), five strokes better than second place Montana (905) and 14 strokes better than third place Toledo (914).
Crutchfield shot 221 (73-75-73) during the three-day event, finishing two shots behind Montana's Tara Green, who took the individual title.
Junior Abby Smith (Frankfort, Ky./Franklin County High School) fired a final round 74 to finish in a tie for fifth place. Senior Ariel McNair (Aurora, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) turned in a score of 77, after back-to-back rounds of 75 on the first two days of play, to grab a share of 14th place.
Freshman Grace Howie (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/The Edge School) and senior Christine Cash (Paducah, Ky./Heath High School) carded final rounds of 75 and 78, to finish tied for 24th and tied for 41st, respectively.
The Musketeers will have a couple weeks off before returning to the course. Xavier will participate in the second annual SDSU Farms Invitational, March 24-26, at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
1st Place - Xavier (303-298-299/900)
2. Shane Crutchfield (73-75-73/221)
T5. Abigail Smith (78-71-74/223)
T14. Ariel McNair (75-75-77/227)
T24. Grace Howie (79-77-75/231)
T41. Christine Cash (77-80-78/235)