College Baseball: Trinity Christian rolls over St. Xavier
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media April 5, 2013 8:48PM
St. Xavier University's Alec Barnhart (left) bobbles the ball and missed the tag on Trinity Christian College's Peter Krygsheld as he steals second base during their baseball game in Palos Heights Friday, April 5, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 8, 2013 6:50AM
Trinity Christian coach Justin Huisman has been waiting for his offense to break through in the clutch.
In Friday’s game against St. Xavier, both teams had plenty of scoring chances, but it was Trinity that had all the big hits in a 7-1 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference South Division game in Palos Heights.
“We’ve struggled hitting early in the season, but it’s starting to come now,” said Trinity’s Ryan Kiesel, who had two RBI singles. “This game will definitely be a momentum builder. It’s all about confidence for us.”
The seven runs the Trolls (13-12, 9-4) pushed across were far more than starting pitcher Danny Britt needed.
Britt (3-2) went the distance, allowing five hits and one unearned run. He struck out seven and walked two.
“Getting ahead of hitters was the key,” he said. “Strike one is always the biggest thing for me. The offense was huge (Friday). We know we have the talent and the potential and this is the kind of day we’ve been looking for.”
Trinity struck first with three runs in the fourth as Peter Cupery (2-for-4) and Joe Presutti singled and Mike Diebold walked to load the bases with one out.
Chris Tidmore delivered a sacrifice fly before Steve Brewer (2-for-4) and Kiesel delivered consecutive two-out RBI singles.
St. Xavier (13-9, 8-5) got a run back in the fifth when a groundout by Jim Augle (Richards) drove in Brian McQuillan (Brother Rice), who had walked to start the inning.
Britt shut the Cougars down the rest of the way. St. Xavier left nine runners on base.
“Our problem all year has been we don’t hit with guys on base,” St. Xavier coach Mike Dooley said. “We’ve got to get going offensively.”
Trinity added two runs apiece in the sixth and seventh with Kiesel and Cupery adding RBI singles and Tidmore producing another sacrifice fly.
Illiana Christian product Peter Krygsheld had two hits for Trinity.