Losing always hurts. It's supposed to.
The last loss, when there's no more baseball to be played, hurts the most.
Xavier University's baseball team needed two wins on Sunday at Prasco Park.
The Musketeers only got one.
Xavier beat Connecticut 5-4 Sunday afternoon to force a second game in the evening against the Huskies to decide the Big East Conference Tournament champion and the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament.
After the second game, a 10-6 loss, the Musketeers walked as a group into the outfield and circled up for the last time.