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College Baseball: St. Xavier rebounds to clinch tourney spot

Brian McQuillan St. Xavier bats against St. Francis St. Xavier Friday April 26th 2013 Chicago. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

Brian McQuillan, of St. Xavier, bats against St. Francis at St. Xavier, Friday, April 26th, 2013, in Chicago. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 29, 2013 7:47AM



St. Francis and St. Xavier both entered the final series of the regular season with their postseason chances in peril.

It was the perfect time for the Saints to put together what outfielder David Kuhne called one of their best offensive games of the season.

Kuhne’s leadoff triple sparked a three-run first inning and visiting St. Francis never looked back Friday, rolling to an 11-3 win in a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference game.

The win clinched St. Francis (29-22, 19-11 after Saturday) a spot in next week’s CCAC Tournament.

“Whenever I play on this field, I have a big game for some reason” Kuhne said. “This was a big win. Now we’re focused on getting a better seed and focused on bigger goals.”

Kuhne finished 3-for-5 with two triples, a single, a walk, four runs and two RBI as St. Francis pounded out 17 hits.

St. Xavier (23-18, 18-12 after Saturday) had nine hits and drew 12 walks but stranded a whopping 20 runners.

“This game sums up our season well,” St. Xavier coach Mike Dooley said. “We have opportunities and we don’t do anything with it. Guys start pressing and it gets worse and worse.”

But the Cougars turned things around on Saturday, sweeping St. Francis 4-1 and 6-5 while Trinity Christian was being swept 17-4 and 10-5 in 10 innings by Olivet Nazarene. That vaulted St. Xavier past Trinity Christian and into the CCAC Tournament.

Joe Ruge and Tim Reichert had RBI singles in the first as the Saints grabbed a 3-0 lead on Friday.

St. Xavier got a run back in the bottom of the frame thanks to three walks and a hit batsman, but the Saints scored twice in the fourth on RBI singles from Reichert and Brandon Mendoza (3-for-5) and once in the fifth to extend the lead to five.

“It was very important to keep scoring,” said Coal City product Jesse Gregurich, who had two hits. “Normally we start fast and then fade away. (Friday), we kept going strong.”

Reichert added an RBI double and Ruge produced a sacrifice fly in the sixth before the Saints tacked on three runs — two unearned — in the seventh.

Brian Villanova produced an RBI single in the fifth and fellow St. Laurence alum Tom Keating (2-for-4, 2 walks) had an RBI double in the eighth for the Cougars.

Ryne Gill (7-2) earned the win for the Saints, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and five walks over five innings.

Mike Witas (St. Laurence) had three hits for St. Francis.



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