The Week Ahead: Golf Championships, Baseball Rivalry Highlights Slate
April 22, 2012
By Lindsay Brash
Men’s and women’s golf compete at the BIG EAST Championship, while baseball faces crosstown rival Xavier twice. Here’s what the week looks like in Bearcats Athletics.
In the middle of the BIG EAST Championship, the women’s golf team will look to improve on their seventh place standing after day one of competition. The Bearcats started the tournament on Sunday posting a 315 at The Watson Course at Reunion Resort and Club. They hit the links tomorrow at 8 a.m. paired with Georgetown. The third and final day of competition is on Tuesday.
Looking to turn things around, the Baseball team faces cross-town rival Xavier for the second and third time this season. The Bearcats play the Musketeers away and at home this week. The team makes the short drive to Xavier on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. game. On Wednesday, the two teams battle at Marge Schott Stadium. First pitch is 6:30 p.m. The team returns to campus on Friday for a three game series against Rutgers. The series opens with a 6:30 p.m. game. The series continues on Saturday with a 4 p.m. first pitch before concluding on Sunday with a 1 p.m. battle.
The women’s track team looks to carry on the momentum from their All-Ohio Championship title last weekend into this weekend’s Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Both the women’s and men’s team will get a chance to compete on the site of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championship, when they hit the track on Friday and Saturday. The Drake Relays is the last meet for the Bearcats before they travel to the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship, the next weekend.
The lacrosse team closes out the BIG EAST portion of their schedule on Saturday, when they travel to South Bend, Ind. to battle Notre Dame. The game is the Bearcats last chance to capture their first BIG EAST win in program history. The game is scheduled for 12 p.m.
The men’s golf team heads to Orlando, Fla. for the BIG EAST Championship. The tournament starts on Sunday and features rounds on Monday and Tuesday.
This Weeks Schedule Women’s Golf
8 a.m., Monday: UC at BIG EAST Championship, Reunion, Fla.
3 p.m., Tuesday: UC at Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio
6:30 p.m., Wednesday: UC vs. Xavier, Marge Schott Stadium
6:30 p.m., Friday: UC vs. Rutgers, Marge Schott Stadium
4 p.m., Saturday: UC vs. Rutgers, Marge Schott Stadium
1 p.m., Sunday: UC vs. Rutgers, Marge Schott Stadium
All day, Friday: UC at Drake Relays, Des Moines, Iowa
All day, Saturday: UC at Drake Relays, Des Moines, Iowa
12 p.m., Saturday: UC at Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.
All day, Sunday: UC at BIG EAST Championship, Orlando, Fla.
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It was another busy week for the baseball team as they played five games, two of which were away. The team opened the week with a 7-0 loss to Kentucky. The Bearcats traveled to Lexington, Ky. on Tuesday, where three home runs by the Wildcats proved fatal. Left-hander Brad Mergen started the game but after 3 2-3 innings was relieved by Ryan Atkinson who struck out five Wildcats, while allowing only one run on one hit. On Wednesday, the Bearcats traveled up I-71 to battle Ohio State, where they defeated the Buckeyes, 6-5. Matt Williams paced the offense with a career-high four stolen bases, along with going 3 for 3 with two RBIs. Jake Procter produced a home run, while the Bearcats posted 11 hits including two hit performances from Sam Vandenheuvel and Joey Bielek. On the defense, pitcher Thomas Gentile struck out seven batters in four innings. The Bearcats returned home to Marge Schott Stadium for a three game series against St. Johns. They opened the series with a 14-1 loss on Friday. Andrew Strenge pitched for the Bearcats but couldn’t overcome St. Johns offense, which ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in runs scored. The Bearcats lone run came in the bottom of the second when Braden Kline drove in T.J. Jones from second base. On Saturday, a late rally by St. Johns proved fatal as Cincinnati fell 9-4. The Bearcats tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning, but St. Johns came back to score five runs in the top of the ninth. Justin Glass and Joey Bielek led the offense by going 2 for 5 with a run scored. The Bearcats finished the game with 10 hits, while T.J. Jones posted a game-high-tying two RBIs. Trying to end the series on a high, the Bearcats dropped a 9-0 decision on Sunday. The team’s offense was stopped by St. Johns pitcher Kyle Hansen who posted a complete-game shutout after striking out 16 batters. Justin Glass was the only Bearcat in the starting lineup not to strikeout as he posted a 3-for-4 outing. Pitcher Christian McElroy posted another quality start, allowing three runs in six innings.
Competing at the BIG EAST Championship, the tennis team fell 4-3 in their opening round against Rutgers. The match came down to a three-set game with Ashleigh Witte playing Morgan Ivey. Witte took the first set 6-4 before falling in the second set 7-6. In the third, Witte started off slow and fell 6-1, giving Rutgers the victory. Carly Wilson won a quick 6-2,6-3 decision, while Sierra Sullivan recorded at 6-2, 6-1 victory. Safiyya Ismail’s match went to three sets, as she came out victorious with 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 sets. On Friday, the Bearcats beat Seaton Hall 4-0 in consolation play. In doubles play, Jasmine Lee and Ashleigh Witte posted an 8-5 victory, while Kristina Georgieva and Safiyya Ismail won a 8-3 match. In singles play, Ismail, Witte and Georgieva defeated their opponents to give the Bearcats the victory.
The lacrosse team closed out their home season and honored their nine seniors this week. In their second to last home game on Friday, the team fell 17-8 to UConn. Megan Bell led the offense for the Bearcats with a career-high four goals, while Laura Simanski posted two goals. Kylie Ramsland scored to make the score 6-4 going into the half but the Huskies improved their lead right out of the gate in the second with two goals in the first minute. On Sunday, the Bearcats looked for their first win as they honored their seniors but no. 2 Syracuse was too much to match, as Cincinnati was defeated, 22-5. After being honored, senior Laura Simanski recorded two goals to help led the Bearcats, along with Kylie Ramsland who also tacked on two. The Bearcats were the first to score within 46 seconds of the match, while the game went back and forth for the first six minutes before Syracuse went on as 7-0 scoring run. Goalie Jennifer Walsh posted eight saves in the game.
The men’s golf team placed 11th at the Ball State Invitational, as junior David Tepe posted his best finish of the spring season as he tied for 11th place. Tepe shot rounds of 75-70-76=221 in the final tournament before the BIG EAST Championship. The team ended the event after shooting rounds of 385-370-397=1152. Freshman Jared Howard posted the lowest score on Sunday, going 2-over par 72 to finish in 18th place at 77-74-72=223.
The women’s golf team opened the BIG EAST Championship with a seventh place standing after the first round. The Bearcats sit one point behind fifth Seton Hall and St. Johns, after posting a round of 315. In individual competition, Olivia Dose stands at a tie for 10th place after shooting a round of 75. After shooting a opening round of 79, Andrea Malek and Alex Carl are tied for 23rd, while Maria Roos carded an 82 for 30th place.