Bannon Drives in 3 as Xavier Wins 7-5, Eliminates Washington
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rylan Bannon drove in three runs, and fourth-seeded Xavier beat Washington 7-5 Sunday night to stay alive in the Nashville Regional.
The Musketeers (32-29) won their eighth in nine games while improving to 4-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Big East champs will play UC Santa Barbara on Monday needing two wins to advance to their first Super Regional.
After losing 5-4 to UC Santa Barbara earlier Sunday, the Musketeers scored seven in their first three innings.
Bannon and Andre Jernigan each hit home runs in the first. Bannon followed with a two-run double in the second and scored on Daniel Rizzie's single. Joe Gellenbeck added an RBI single, then David Morton made it 7-0 with an RBI single in the third.
Washington (33-23) scored twice in the bottom of the third and took advantage of a throwing error to score three in the fourth.