The Week Ahead: Baseball, Lacrosse Host BIG EAST Opponents
April 2, 2012
By Lindsay Brash
Baseball, lacrosse host BIG EAST opponents this week. Here's a look at what's ahead:
Action continues for the women’s golf team at the Marsh Landing Invitational in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The team will look to improve their standing as they go into the second and third day of competition on Monday and Tuesday.
Deep in the 2012 season, the baseball team sees very little break in games as they play away and home this week. The Bearcats open this weeks schedule on Tuesday when they head to Athens, Ohio to battle Ohio University. First Pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. The team returns home to Marge Schott Stadium on Thursday for another three game BIG EAST series. The Bearcats will face the University of South Florida at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. They close out the series at noon on Saturday.
Women’s tennis plays in their second to last home game of the season this week by welcoming a local rival. The Bearcats host their neighbor across the river, Northern Kentucky on Wednesday. The meet is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center on the University of Cincinnati’s campus.
The lacrosse team returns home from the road to play their second BIG EAST opponent of the season. The Bearcats welcome Georgetown to Nippert Stadium for a late afternoon game, starting at 3:30 p.m. The team will look to their seniors to guide them to their first BIG EAST win in program history.
After sweeping their home meet, the track and field team splits up for the second time this season, as one team heads north and the other heads south. The first group of Bearcats will head to Tampa, Fl. for the USF Invitational. The one-day meet is all-day on Friday. The second group of Bearcats makes their way to Oxford, Ohio for the Miami Invitational on Saturday.
This Week’s Schedule Women’s Golf
All day, Monday: UC at Marsh Landing Invitational, Ponte Vedra, Fla.
All day, Tuesday: UC at Marsh Landing Invitational, Ponte Vedra, Fla.
6 p.m., Tuesday: UC at Ohio, Athens, Ohio
6:30 p.m., Thursday: UC vs. USF, Marge Schott Stadium
6:30 p.m., Friday: UC vs. USF, Marge Schott Stadium
12 p.m., Saturday: UC vs. USF, Marge Schott Stadium
2 p.m., Wednesday: UC vs. Northern Kentucky, Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center
Track and Field
All day, Friday: UC at USF Invitational, Tampa, Fla.
All day, Saturday: UC at Miami Invitational, Oxford, Ohio
Results from last week’s action:
The lacrosse team opened the BIG EAST portion of their schedule looking for a win but the offensive strengths of Louisville was too much, as they were defeated 18-7. Laura Simanski, Megan Bell and Marissa Pierson paced the Bearcats offense, each scoring two goals. The team hit the road on Friday, where they fell 16-8 to Loyola. The Bearcats came out of the gate strong with Rachel Mercier scoring 39 seconds in the match. Goalkeeper Jennifer Walsh made 10 saves, while Pierson scored back-to-back on a Bearcat 4-1 scoring run. Looking to turn fortunes around, the Bearcats faced Oregon on Sunday where they battled to erase an 8-0 deficit and bring the game within three, but in the end dropped a 20-10 decision. Mercier posted one goal to continue her scoring streak, while Simanski and Pierson posted four goals each in the contest.
The baseball team ended their losing streak as they went 2-2 in games this week. The team opened the week with a dominating 17-8 victory at Dayton. The Bearcats offense showed its strength with 24 hits in the contest, their most since joining the BIG EAST. Justin Glass hit career-high five RBIs as he went 4 for 5 with two scoring runs. Matt Williams produced a grand slam in the sixth, along with pounding in five runs. The Bearcats carried the momentum to the weekend, opening their series with Pittsburgh with a 2-0 win. Pitcher Zach Morris, who pitched eight innings, paced the shutout, while Jake Proctor recorded one RBI after hitting 3 for 4. Jake Saylor gave the Bearcats the other RBI, as T.J. Jones went 2 for 3. On Saturday, Pittsburgh’s starting pitcher stopped the Bearcats offense cold, as UC fell 6-0. Joey Bielek, on a six-game hit streak, produced the lone multi-hit game, going 2 for 3 and a walk. Forgetting about the loss, the team mounted a late comeback in the eighth on Sunday to push the game to 11 innings, but was defeated 10-9. Glass continues his strong season, as he posted four RBIs and went 3 for 3. In his first career start, Ethan McAlpine proved he has a strong future as a Bearcat, going 3 for 4 with three runs scored. Glass and McAlpine gave the team the tying runs, as McAlpine scored on a wild pitch and Glass drove in the ninth run.
The tennis team looked to extend their win streak but was defeated 6-1 by Marquette. The Bearcats two victories came from Safiyya Ismail and Kristina Georgieva’s 8-4 doubles win, along with Ashleigh Witte whose singles match was pushed to three sets, where she came away with a 6-2, 6-7, 10-7 victory. Georgieva played three sets, falling 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, while Ismail dropped a 6-4, 7-5 decision.
Hosting their home meet, the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, the track and field team swept the competition. The women’s team posted 191.5 points for the victory, while the men’s team recorded 156 points to beat 12 teams in the field. In the event categories, Kathy Klump won the 800 and 1,500 meters and Tariq Sanders earned two victories in the long jump and triple jump. On the men’s side, Eric Finan (5,000 meters), Chris Littleton (discus) and Brian Zimmerman (javelin) all came away with event wins. Emelie Larsson throw a 50.44 in the women’s javelin, beating her own school record and placing her in the top-10 nationally.