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Xavier Beats Rhode Island, 4-2, in First Game of A-10 Championship


Bauer and Thomas Each Bat in Two Runs in 6-4 win over UMass

CAMDEN, N.J. – Win and advance is the name of the game as the second-seeded Xavier baseball team defeated third-ranked Rhode Island, 4-2, Thursday evening at Campbell’s Field in the Musketeers’ first game of the 2010 Atlantic 10 Championship. With the win, XU will play Saint Louis at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

Freshman Patrick Paligraf was 2-for-4 with two runs scored versus Rhode Island

With the win, the Musketeers extend their current winning streak to nine games, tying the school record for most wins in a row.

The Musketeers were led by senior Zac Richard who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a single while three others tallied two hits on the day as XU outhit URI, 12-5.

Xavier (26-30) got the scoring going in the third after back-to-back singles and a ground out put runners at second and third. Senior Drew Schmidt used a base hit to get both runners home, collecting two RBI, and giving XU the 2-0 lead.

Rhode Island (30-25) got on the board the very next inning after two costly XU throwing errors combined with a couple of stolen bases got Oliver Palmer home. The Rams cut into the Musketeer lead, 2-1.

With runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom of the fifth, junior Ben Thomas’ RBI single plated freshman Patrick Paligraf to set the score at 3-1 in favor of the Musketeers. Thomas is a prolific two-out hitter and that RBI was his 25th two-out RBI of the year.

The Rams got a run back in the sixth after loading up the bases. URI’s Evan Laude hit into a fielder’s choice allowing Zoey Angulo to come home. The Musketeers were able to get out of the inning with no more damage as Schmidt caught a lineout to end the inning with XU ahead, 3-2.

With pinch runner sophomore Dan Rinck on second, junior Ryan Bellamy’s base hit up the middle brought him home in the bottom of the eighth for an insurance run. Heading into the final inning, the Musketeers were holding the two-run lead, 4-2, which proved to be the final margin.

Junior Tommy Shirley (4-3) earned the win on the mound for the Musketeers after throwing seven and a third innings. He gave up two runs, neither of which were earned, and scattered five hits while striking out eight. Freshman Alex Vice tossed the final two-thirds of the right and freshman Seth Willoughby recorded his team-best seventh save of the season as he closed out the contest for XU.

Ken Graveline (6-3) was charged with the loss for the Rams. He put in 6.2 innings of work, giving up three earned runs on 10 hits.

Rhode Island was led by Palmer who was 2-for-4 with a run scored. He was the only Ram to tally more than one hit.

Xavier and Saint Louis will square off in the first game of the day tomorrow with first pitch set for 1:30 p.m. No. 5 Saint Louis defeated top-seeded Charlotte, 3-2, in the first game on Thursday.

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