Baseball team off to slow start

By: Andrew Utz ~Staff Writer~

The Xavier baseball team has been busy over the past two weeks, playing 11 games in the beginning of March.

The team has only won one game since starting the eleven-game run.
On Feb. 28, Xavier traveled to the University of Louisville for a doubleheader.
Xavier won the first game 2-1, with sophomore Brad Kirschner pitching a shutout through the first six innings.

Xavier held on to win despite Louisville loading the bases in the ninth. In the second game, Xavier fell 6-3.

The Musketeers sacrificed two early runs but held a one-run lead into the eighth. Coming into the eighth inning, sophomore pitcher Greg Jacknewitz walked three players.
This forced Xavier to change to reliever Daniel Przeniczny. Louisville secured a three-run play and an extra run to secure their victory.

Xavier played Louisville to a 2-0 loss the next day.
The following weekend, Xavier was in Alabama to play a series against Auburn, running March 6-8.

Senior Joe Forney is returning as one of the leaders as Xavier looks to defend its title.
Senior Joe Forney is returning as one of the leaders as Xavier looks to defend its title.

In the Friday game, the Muskies earned only two runs from Brian Bruening and fell 7-2. Starting pitcher Kirschner allowed six walks and six runs in his four innings before being replaced.

On Saturday, the Musketeers extended the Tigers to 11 innings before falling.
In the final game on Sunday, Xavier could not finish a rally and fell 10-6.
Sophomore Trent Astle started on the mound and allowed nine runs in four innings.
Senior Selby Chidemo hit a three-run homer but couldn’t secure the win.
After a three-day break, the Musketeers went to Dayton,, ohio to play Wright State in a doubleheader.

In the first game, the team was shut out 5-0 despite tallying five hits. The following game was another hard loss for Xavier, dropping 6-3.

Senior pitcher Eric Stiene allowed a run before putting away 15 straight but allowed three singles and a walk in the sixth.

On March 13, the Musketeers were in New Orleans to play a weekend series against Tulane. The Muskies fell short the entire weekend, losing 3-2 after 10 innings on Friday and shut-outs on Saturday (1-0) and Sunday (10-3).

On March 17, Xavier faced Miami (OH) at Prasco Park in Mason.
The Musketeers have struggled out of the gate opening with a record of 4-15/5-14 and look to get things rolling again as they continue playing on the road until their first home game on March 27 against Northern Kentucky.