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ELGIN, Ill. --- Four errors over the first two innings combined with a nightmarish six-run second inning put an end to University of St. Francis' run at a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament title as Saint Xavier University came away with an 8-4 victory in an elimination game Tuesday night. The loss ends the Saints' season at 33-26.
After giving up an unearned run via two errors in the opening inning, USF allowed both a walk and a hit batsmen with the bases loaded and committed two more errors leading to two more unearned runs in the six-run second inning to give Saint Xavier the insurmountable 7-0 lead.
Held hitless through the first six innings by Saint Xavier starter Tyler Hebel (7-5), the Saints got the bats connecting again in the seventh inning when they plated a pair of runs. They added two more runs in the eighth inning on a two-run double by junior leftfielder Pat Michalak (New Lenox, Ill./ Lincoln-Way Central), but the 7-4 deficit would be the closest they would come the rest of the night.
Despite not getting a hit through the first two-thirds of the contest, the Saints wound up out-hitting Saint Xavier, 10-8. Saint starter Kevin Mampe (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) (5-7) joined Michalak in the two-hit club for USF.