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College Baseball: St. Xavier bounces back with 5-1 win over Purdue-Calumet

Updated: April 24, 2014 10:28PM



St. Xavier’s Chris Klein’s focus is on the future, not the past.

The Cougars have no choice heading into the final week of the regular season.

After dropping both ends of a conference doubleheader Wednesday at Olivet Nazarene, St. Xavier got back on the winning track Thursday, taking down visiting Purdue-Calumet 5-1.

“We came in (Thursday)wanting to work on the things we’ve been struggling with,” Klein said. “Hopefully, we got some momentum heading into this weekend because this series is huge for us to make the conference tournament.”

St. Xavier improved to 18-25 overall heading into a three-game weekend series vs. Robert Morris. The Cougars are fighting for a spot in next week’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. Six teams are fighting for four spots in the CCAC Tournament.

“Any competitive athlete wants to play in the postseason,” St. Xavier coach Mike Dooley said. “We control our own fate. We need to win our way in, but it’s standing right there.”

Batting out of the leadoff spot, Klein knocked in two runs Thursday, including his first home run of the year, a solo shot in the fourth that put the Cougars up 3-0.

Klein later added an RBI single as part of a 3-for-5 day.

“I’ve been working on seeing good pitches early because I’ve been getting down two strikes a lot lately,” Klein said. “When I got up 2-0 a couple of times, I knew I’d see good pitches, and I took advantage.”

Tom Keating (St. Laurence) added two RBI for St. Xavier and Alec Barnhart scored twice as the Cougars slapped out 13 hits.

Dan Maton (1-2) earned the win, throwing four scoreless innings of relief, striking out three. Maton, Jeremy Dryier and Adrian Luna limited Purdue-Calumet to seven hits.

“The No. 1 thing in all of baseball is to throw strikes,” Dooley said. “We had three guys come in and throw strikes and good things happen.”

Tom Gaede had an RBI single in the eighth for Purdue-Calumet (3-22). The Peregrines stranded 13 runners.

“We’ve got a lot of freshmen (16) in key spots, and they’re doing well,” Purdue-Calumet coach Dave Griffin said. “We’ve got some pieces to work with. This game was typical; we didn’t hit with guys on base. We had our chances.”



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