Scott Googins ties Xavier career wins mark in victory over UC, 8-5

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OXFORD, Ohio – Xavier baseball head coach Scott Googins tied the school record with his 287th career win as the Musketeers pulled off a comeback 8-5 win against crosstown rival UC on Wednesday at the Joe Nuxhall Classic – hosted this year by Miami University at Hayden Park.

Xavier improves to 12-22 overall with the win, while UC dropped to 16-18 overall.

Googins, in his 11th season, ties former XU skipper John Morrey (1993-2004) who compiled 287 wins over a 12-year career.

· Nate Soria led the Musketeers with a 3-for-4 day, bashing a pair of doubles to go with a run scored and an RBI. Soria has now scored in four straight games and has five hits in his last seven trips to the plate.
· Dan Rizzie (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI) and Ethan Schmidt (2-for-4, R) added multi-hit games. Rizzie leads the team with 14 multi-hit games in 2016.
· Rizzie’s solo homer in the eighth was his fifth of the season.
· Chris Givin (1-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) connected for his first career triple in the sixth, plating a pair of runs and tying the game.
· Andre Jernigan (1-for-1, R, RBI) and Joe Gellenbeck (1-for-5, R) also added hits for XU.
· Rylan Bannon reached base for the 13th straight game, walking and scoring a run in the first inning.
· The eight runs were tied for the fifth-most scored by XU this season. It was the 10th
· XU worked five walks as a team and has earned at least four passes in seven of its last 10 games. The Musketeers have drawn 46 walks (4.6 per game) during the span.

· Trent Astle made the start and lasted four innings, striking out three and allowing four earned runs.
· Greg Jacknewitz entered in the fifth with the bases loaded and no outs, proceeding to get XU out of a big jam. The junior lefty struck out two and allowed just one run to cross on a fielder’s choice to keep it 4-2.
· Jacknewitz would finish the night with 2.1 innings of one-run ball, while striking out five.
· Trey Schramm came on in the seventh with the bases loaded and one out, but wiggled out of the situation by getting a fly ball to left. Joe Gellenbeck was able to alertly double up the UC runner at third on the play to end the inning.
· Schramm exited after the eighth, closing his afternoon with 1.2 innings of hitless relief.
· Garrett Schilling worked around a walk in the ninth, striking out one and picking up his fifth save of the season.


FIRST INNING: Chris Givin and Rylan Bannon worked back-to-back walks to begin the inning before Dan Rizzie doubled down the left field line to score Givin. With one out, Blaine Griffiths lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to bring Bannon across the plate and make it a 2-0 lead.
SIXTH INNING: Trailing 5-2, Nate Soria began a one out rally with a double down the left field line. Ethan Schmidt followed with a single to left, putting runners on the corners. After a fly out by Will LaRue, Andre Jernigan chopped an infield single to score Soria. Chris Givin batted next and cleared the bases with a triple to right center. Rylan Bannon then reached on a throwing error, allowing Givin to cross and giving Xavier a 6-5 lead.
SEVENTH INNING: Joe Gellenbeck led off the inning with a single to center, advancing to second on a passed ball. With one out, Nate Soria doubled down the left field line to make it a 7-5 lead.
EIGHTH INNING: Dan Rizzie launched a one out solo homer to left field to make it 8-5.


· Xavier begins BIG EAST Conference play, traveling to Washington, D.C. to face Georgetown for a three-game series. First pitch is set forFriday, April 15 at 4 p.m. ET.

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