Xavier University Athletics


March 22, 2014

Xavier Comes Away Empty-Handed In A Doubleheader Against Illinois

The Musketeers Fall Victim To Early Deficits And Lose Two On Saturday

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Xavier came up short in both games of a Saturday doubleheader at Illinois after trailing early and falling by scores of 6-1 and 6-2. With the two losses, XU dropped to 12-9 on the year.

Illinois (10-10) jumped out to an early lead with a Ryan Roper single up the middle, bringing home Casey Fletcher from third. Roper eventually came home to score in the same inning on a double steal attempt to grab a 2-0 lead. In the fourth inning, Roper drove in another run with a double and later scored when Adam Walton singled to right field.

The Fighting Illini built their lead to six, 6-0, before the Musketeers got on the board in the eighth with a Joe Forney single, which brought home David Morton to cut the lead to five. The rally in the eighth ultimately fell short for the Musketeers and XU lost game one, 6-1.

Derek Hasenbeck kept his hot streak going with another multi-hit afternoon, going 2-for-4 in game one. Tres Eberhardt had one hit to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.

Vinny Nittoli (3-1) made his 42nd career start as a Musketeer, moving into a tie for eighth in XU history, and pitched six innings giving up three earned runs in a losing effort. Ryan Castellanos (2-1) picked up the win with 7.1 innings of work, allowing just one earned run on seven hits.

Illinois scored first in game two when Fletcher singled to left field in the second inning to score Jason Goldstein from second. Xavier answered in its half of the third inning after Forney sent a ball deep enough into center field to score Jake Forrester on a sac fly, tying it at 1-1.

The Illini took the lead back in the third when Will Krug came home on Ryan Nagle's single to left center, making the score 2-1. Illinois scored four more runs over the next two innings to jump out to a 6-1 advantage.

XU tallied one more run in the seventh after Stephen Schoettmer reached on a fielder's choice and Brian Bruening scored on a throwing error by Illinois. Xavier fought hard late, but failed to cut the lead any further, losing game two, 6-2.

Forrester led the Musketeers at the plate with a two hits and a run scored. Bruening had the other run for XU on a 1-for-4 afternoon.

Scott Klever (2-3) took the loss after pitching six innings for the Musketeers and giving up six runs. John Krevitz (2-1) earned the win, going eight innings and giving two runs in game two. Nick Blackburn picked up the save after one inning of work in the ninth.

Both teams meet Sunday afternoon for the final game of the four-game series. The finale is slated for a 1:00 p.m. (ET) start with live statistics provided by FightingIllini.com​


March 21, 2014

Two Big Innings Help Xavier Record Game One Win Over Illinois, 6-2

Hasenbeck, Morton Homer To Propel The Musketeers To 12th Win Of The Season

CHAMPA​IGN, ILL. - Three-run innings in the third and ninth helped the Musketeers hold off the Illini in game one of the four-game series, 6-2. Xavier (12-7) found the hot bats on the road to earn the win, while Illinois (8-10) struggled to rally at home.

Hasenbeck opened up the scoring for the Musketeers in the third inning with a two-run home run, his third of the year, just clearing the left field fence. Tres Eberhardt scored on the homer. XU scored one more run in the same inning after Daniel Rizzie singled to right center, scoring Vinny Nittoli from third and giving Xavier a 3-0 lead.

Illinois answered in its half of the sixth with a Reid Roper two-run jack to cut the XU lead to one, 3-2.

Xavier nursed the one-run lead until the top of the ninth inning. Leadoff hitter David Morton sent a home run over the right field wall to build the XU lead, 4-2. Two more runs in the inning off of RBIs from Brian Bruening and Rizzie earned the Musketeers a 6-2 victory and game one on the road.

Adam Hall (3-0) picked up the win after pitching 6.1 innings and allowing two runs on three hits and four walks. Brad Kirchner earned his second save on the year after 1.2 innings of no-hit work.

Hasenbeck batted .500 on the night with two RBIs, a walk and the big homer that gave Xavier the initial lead. Eberhardt extended his hitting streak to 12 games with another multi-hit game, his third in the last four games, and scored twice to run his team-leading total to 21. Rizzie finished 2-for-4 with two runs driven in for the Musketeers.

Drasen Johnson (2-3) was tagged with the loss after going 2.1 innings and letting in three runs.

March 19, 2014

Quick Start For Ohio State Dooms Xavier Baseball In 10-3 Loss

Hasenbeck Led Three Musketeers With Multi-Hit Games.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State scored three runs in each of the first two innings and Xavier was unable to overcome the deficit in a 10-3 road loss to the Buckeyes.  Derek Hasenbeck went 4-for-5 at the plate, while Vinny Nittoli and Stephen Schoettmer each connected on a pair of hits.

Trent Astle took the rubber for Xavier (11-7) and was tagged for six runs, five earned, in the first two innings before settling down. Ohio State (13-6) put up three runs in the first on a homerun, RBI groundout and RBI single.

The Buckeyes tacked on three more runs in their next at-bat, with all three runs scoring on sacrifice flies. The Musketeers took too long to return the first fly ball, which was sent deep toward the wall and allowed the rare two-RBI sac fly.

Xavier squandered a great scoring chance in the fourth when Joe Forney opened the inning with a double and reached third on a Hasenbeck single. However, the next three Musketeers were retired to end the threat.

Two more Musketeers reached base in the fifth, but again the Buckeyes closed the door.  XU finally got on the board in the sixth on Brian Bruening's sac fly that scored Hasenbeck, who reached on a single. Another pair of Musketeers was stranded on the base paths in the inning.

Patrick Jones belted a two-run double in the eighth inning, cutting Xavier's deficit to three and putting pressure on Ohio State. Hasenbeck singled to lead off the inning, but was later retired on a fielder's choice. After Daniel Rizzie drew a walk, Jones knocked the two-RBI double to left center.

Ohio State answered Xavier's eighth-inning charge, tacking on four insurance runs in the home half of the eighth. The Buckeyes connected on four hits and walked once to cause the damage.

Xavier had its opportunities, with each team registering 11 hits, but the Musketeers stranded 11 runners on the bases. Ohio State converted its chances into runs and left just four runners stranded on the evening.

Astle (1-1) took the loss for Xavier after allowing six runs, including five earned, with two strikeouts and two walks.  Daniel Przeniczny worked a scoreless seventh, but was tagged for one run in the eighth and was pulled before securing an out.

Alex Westrick faced two batters in the eight, but also allowed a pair of runs before securing an out. Sean Campbell entered and closed out the frame, but not before surrendering a run to the Buckeyes.

T Tully (2-0) picked up the victory for OSU, tossing five innings of five-hit ball. Gianonatti gave up two hits and a walk, but kept XU off the board for his first save of the season.

The Musketeers will stay in the Big Ten, traveling to Champaign, Ill., for a four-game weekend series against Illinois. First pitch for Friday's game is slated for 4 p.m.

March 19, 2014

Xavier WBB Announces 2014 Brian Neal Girls Basketball Camp Dates

Various Camps Available Throughout June And July

CINCINNATI – Brian Neal, the XU head women's basketball coach, and his staff have announced the dates for their 2014 Girls Basketball Summer Camps that will be held on the campus of Xavier University.

“Our camps guarantee an exciting and fun experience for all ages,” said Neal. “The camps will provide an amazing opportunity for growth, emphasizing on fundamentals, team concepts, skill development and competitive play. Our camps and coaching staff are geared to make an invested interest in the development of each camper. All participants will receive instruction from the Xavier Women’s Basketball coaches and players.”

For more details visit our website at www.briannealbasketballcamp.com or contact the women’s basketball director of basketball operations Garry Horton at hortong1@xavier.edu or (513) 745-3763.

Day camp is geared towards students in grades K-8th and is designed to help develop offensive and defensive concepts as well as basketball terminology. Day campers will focus on the fundamental aspects of the game including ball handling, passing, defense, and team play. Day camp is conducted primarily by members of the Xavier Women’s Basketball Team and Coaching staff. Day camp begins each day at 9am and concludes at 4pm.

Cost Per Session - $175
Day Camp Session 1: June 9-12

Day Camp Session 2: July 21-24
All campers receive camp T-shirt and camp certificate

Come and join us for Brian Neal’s elite camp. This camp is designed for the serious minded, advanced player looking to take their game to the next level. Campers will receive position breakdown and individual instruction from Coach Neal and the Musketeer staff. Elite camp will be geared towards helping campers work on all different aspects of the game, including ball handling, shooting technique, offensive skills and team concepts. Position play is the main focus and players will work on skills that will make them a better all-around player. This camp is for students entering grades six through 12 in the fall. Elite camp begins each day at 9am and concludes at 5pm.

Elite Camp -$100 for 2 Days & $50 for 1 Day

All campers receive camp T-shirt and camp certificate


March 18, 2014

Xavier Cruises To 14-0 Victory Over Ohio On Wednesday

Early Runs In The First Two Innings Sealed The Deal For The Musketeers

CINCINNATI – Multi-hit games by Xavier's top of the order batters Tres Eberhardt, Joe Forney and Derek Hasenbeck helped XU secure its third-straight victory with a win at home against Ohio, 14-0.

Xavier (11-6) opened up the scoring early by taking advantage of a throwing error in the first inning by Ohio (4-13), bringing home Eberhardt to take the lead. Forney went home two batters later and Hasenbeck scored on a wild pitch to give XU a three-run lead, 3-0.

Eberhardt came through again in the second inning with a double down the left field line, scoring Stephen Schoettmer from third. The Musketeers tallied one more in the fifth before putting the game away in the sixth with a five-run inning that featured RBI singles by David Morton, Forney and Hasenbeck to extend the lead to 10.

XU added insurance runs with two-run homers in the seventh by Chase Puente and eighth from Jake Forrester to give Xavier the victory at Hayden Field, 14-0.

Eberhardt continued his hot streak with two hits, two walks, two RBIs and three runs. The senior infielder extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Hasenbeck went 2-for-5, scoring two runs and driving in two. Forney finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. Morton, making his first collegiate start, finished with a run and an RBI at the plate, but made three diving catches in center field to preserve the XU lead.

Eric Stiene (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the victory in his first collegiate start after going six strong innings without surrendering a run. The lefty carried a perfect game into the sixth inning before giving up a two-out hit to Ty Black. An inning of work by Sean Campbell, Markus Kuykendoll and Jason Hall each closed the game for Xavier.

Gerry Salisbury (0-3) took the loss for Ohio after only pitching one inning and allowing four runs.

The Musketeers travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State Wednesday night. First pitch is slated for 5:05 p.m. OhioStateBuckeyes.com will provide live statistics and subscription-based video of the game.​

March 17, 2014

Men’s Golf Takes 13th Place at Talis Park Challenge

Next Event Is March 31 In Memphis, Tenn.

NAPLES, Fla. — The Xavier University men's golf team finished in 13th place at the 2014 Talis Park Challenge on Monday, Mar. 17, at The Talis Park Golf Club in Florida.

The Talis Park Golf Club plays to a par-72 layout and a length of 7,025 yards. Designed by Greg Norman and Pete Dye, the acclaimed Talis Park course is one of only two in the world created by the distinguished partnership. Golf Digest recently named the course one of the top-20 in Florida.

Vanderbilt’s Carson Jacobs (70-73-72/215) and Austin Peay’s Marco Iten (73-73-69/215) were co-medalists of the event, while the Commodores (283-289-299/871) took home the team championship with runner-up Wichita State (288-304-298/890) finishing 19 shots behind.

Yuki Kato (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) shot a 3-over 75 on the final day to finish in a tie for 33rd place with a two-day score of 232 (78-79-75). Freshman Matt Wetterich (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle HS) fired rounds of 78, 81 and 81 to grab a share of 54th place. 

Sophomore Matt Gerard (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) saved his lowest score of the even for the third round, turning in a 5-over 77 (84-80-77/241) to take 58th place. Junior Tanapol Vattanapisit (Rayong, Thailand/The Pendleton School) registered a 246 (78-85-83), good for 65th place

Junior Korey Ward (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) shot 78 and 80 in the first two rounds, respectively, but had to withdraw from the event due to injury.

The Musketeers will have two weeks off as they prepare for the Memphis Intercollegiate set to begin Monday, March 31 at the Colonial Country Club. XU will be a part of the 14-team field that includes Arkansas State, Austin Peay, Belmont, Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Dayton, Georgetown, Louisiana, Missouri State, Oakland, South Alabama, Western Kentucky, UMKC and tournament host Memphis.

13th Place - Xavier University (312-320-316/948) +84

T33. Yuki Kato (78-79-75/232) +16

T54. Matt Wetterich (78-81-81/240) +24

58. Matt Gerard (84-80-77/241) +25

65. Tanapol Vattanapisit (78-85-83/246) +30

WD. Korey Ward (78-80-WD/WD) +14


March 15, 2014

Xavier Takes Both Games Of The Doubleheader Against Toledo Saturday

The Musketeers Used Two Victories Saturday To Take The Weekend Series Against The Rockets

CINCINNATI – Xavier reached double-digit victories on the season after sweeping a Saturday afternoon doubleheader against Toledo, 1-0 and 7-1. The Musketeers ran their record to 10-6, while the Rockets dropped to 6-10.

Joe Forney had two big games for XU, including scoring the winning run in game one. The Musketeers' first baseman finished the day with four hits, two runs and one RBI.

Game one went to extras after both teams failed to score a run through nine innings. The pitching duel between Sam Shutes (7.0 innings) and Adam Hall (8.1 innings) was back-and-forth with each starter giving up only three hits. The game remained scoreless until the 13th inning when Forney scored from second after Vinny Nittoli shot one up the middle and Xavier walked-off with a 1-0 victory.

Every XU starter reached base at least once in game one. Forney was the only Musketeer to record multiple hits, going 2-for-6.

Brad Kirschner (1-0) earned the win after tossing the final 4.2 innings in relief and not allowing a hit or walk. The losing pitcher was Kyle Slack (0-4), who took the loss after allowing the winning run in the 13th.

The bats came alive for the Musketeers in the second game. In the first inning, Xavier took advantage of two Toledo errors to score Tres Eberhardt and Derek Hasenbeck and take the lead, 2-0. XU rallied in its next inning for three more runs from Michael Moore, Eberhardt and Forney to build its lead to five, 5-0.

Toledo scored its lone run of the game in the fifth when Tyler Grogg singled and brought home Lucas Sokol.

Xavier added on two insurance runs in the sixth and won game two of the doubleheader, 7-1.

The Musketeers' top of the order hitters Eberhardt, Forney and Hasenbeck were the driving force behind XU's offense, totaling six hits (two each), four RBIs and five runs. Bo Slemons chipped in a pair of RBIs and Michael Moore scored twice.

Nittoli (3-0) worked out of a few jams in the early going, but allowed just one unearned run on the day and tallied the win. The redshirt senior dropped his ERA to 0.38 over 24 innings pitched.

Ross Achter (1-1) took the loss after going 1.2 innings and allowing five runs for the Rockets.

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