May 6, 2011
Brian Blasik went 3-for-4 with a run and RBI on Friday.
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DAYTON, Ohio –
In the first game on the newly-dedicated Woerner Field at Time Warner Cable Stadium
, University of Dayton baseball shut out Xavier behind another complete-game from junior right-handed pitcher Burny Mitchem.
Dayton (26-19, 11-5 A-10) improves to 6-0 when Mitchem starts on the mound in conference games this season. The Farmington, Mich., native went nine innings with six strikeouts and allowed just five hits in his third consecutive complete-game and first complete-game shutout of his career.
Mitchem (6-2) leads a Dayton pitching staff which has thrown four consecutive complete games without allowing a run in the last 21 innings.
The Flyers were a homerun shy of hitting for the cycle in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. Zach Stewart led off with a walk and later, with one out, Jimmy Roesinger drove in Stewart with a single to center field – the first of three straight Flyer hits. Mike Coughlin hit his third triple of the season to drive in Roesinger. Jonathan Castine drove in Coughlin with a double to right field. With two outs, Brian Blasik recorded the first of three hits to drive in Castine.
On two doubles, the Flyers added two more runs in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead. Blasik had one of the doubles in the inning and finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate with one run and one RBI. C.J. Gillman had the other to increase his season total to 18 -- the second-most in the A-10.
Mitchem retired the last seven Xavier batters to notch his sixth win in the last seven appearances.
Xavier falls to 23-21 and 8-8 in A-10 play. Musketeer starter Jon Richard (3-4) threw his second complete game of the season, but gave up six runs on 11 hits.
Friday's game lasted just one hour and 53 minutes, making it the shortest game of the season for Dayton.
A combined 26 runs were scored in last season’s series opener against Xavier on April 30, 2010.
The Flyers and Musketeers meet tomorrow in a rescheduled 11 a.m. ET first pitch at Woerner Field at Time Warner Cable Stadium. The first pitch was moved up two hours to avoid impending rain.
Before Friday’s game the University of Dayton Division of Athletics dedicated its baseball field to honor former player and long-time supporter Larry Woener ‘76 and his wife Rosemari. The baseball facility was christened Woerner Field at Time Warner Cable Stadium to honor the Woerner’s dedication and support of the University. >>read more