Here’s a recap of Day 1 of the Atlantic 10 baseball championships, being hosted by the Charlotte 49ers at Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium.
Game 1: (4) Xavier 8, (5) George Washington 2
The Musketeers scored three in the first, two in the fourth and three in the seventh to put this one away early while benefiting from three GW errors. Jon Richard went the distance for Xavier, allowing just the two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three. Selby Chidemo, Tres Eberhardt and Patrick Paligraf combined to bring in six of the eight Musketeers runs.
Xavier moves on to play the top seed, Saint Louis, at 10am tomorrow while GW was delegated to Wednesday night’s elimination game.
Game 2: (2) Charlotte 6, (7) Richmond 5
Read our full recap here.
Game 3: (3) Rhode Island 5, (6) La Salle 2
The Rams overcame four errors to move to Thursday’s winners bracket game against Charlotte and knock La Salle to the elimination game against GW. Mike Bradstreet went all the way for Rhody, giving up two runs on just five hits while striking out six and walking none. After the Rams scored two in the third, the Explorers would tie it in the top of the fifth, but three runs in the bottom of the frame was the difference for the three seed.
Game 4 (elimination game): (7) Richmond 7, (6) La Salle 2
After La Salle cut it to 2-1 after three, Richmond padded its lead by adding two in the top of the fourth, one in the sixth and two in the eighth to put the game away, taking advantage of four Explorer errors as well. Jonathan De Marte went seven strong for the Spiders, allowing two runs off of five hits and two walks while striking out five. The Explorers are eliminated from the tournament while the Spiders move on to play the Saint Louis/Xavier loser tomorrow at 5pm.
(1) Saint Louis vs. (4) Xavier, 10am
(2) Charlotte vs. (3) Rhode Island, 1:30pm
(7) Richmond vs. SLU/Xavier loser (elimination game), 5pm
(5) George Washington vs. Charlotte/Rhode Island loser (elimination game), 8:30pm