Home runs and three RBI apiece from Peyton Burdick and Zach Weatherford were not enough on Tuesday as Wright State was outslugged by Xavier, 9-8, at Nischwitz Stadium.
On a chilly, windy afternoon, the Raiders and Musketeers combined for six home runs. It was an RBI single off Raiders’ senior right-hander Evan Moores in the top of the 10th inning that lifted Xavier.
Wright State fell to 15-7 and will meet 9-14 Xavier this afternoon at the Musketeers campus in Cincinnati.
The Raiders claimed an early 2-0 lead. After Seth Gray was hit in the helmet with a Marko Boricich fastball, Weatherford lined a two-run home run over the right-center field fence to put the Raiders on top 2-0.
Riley Perlich retired the first two hitters of the third inning, but a mistake in the zone allowed Conner Grammes to hit a solo home run against the wind down the left-field line.
After allowing a run in the top half of the frame, the Raiders answered with four in the bottom half on a three-run homer against the wind by Peyton Burdick, and an inside-the-park home run by Zach Weatherford down the right field line on a ball that was misplayed by right fielder Jake Shepski.
Wright State’s 5-1 advantage was short-lived, though, as Xavier chased Perlich from the game with three runs in the fourth and then grabbed an 8-7 lead in the sixth.
Quincy Hamilton smashed a pinch-hit home run with one out in then bottom of the sixth to tie the score at 8-8, but the Musketeers plated the RBI single in the 10th and then the Raiders were unable to score in the bottom of the frame, stranding two base runners.
Weatherford’s two home runs (one inside-the-park) brings him to four on the season, tied with Burdick (also homered Tuesday) for the team lead.
The Musketeers victory Tuesday brought the all-time series to 39-33, still in favor of the Raiders.
Tuesday’s loss was the Raiders’ first contest of the season not decided in 9 innings.