Bearcats Fall To Phoenix 3-1|
Feb. 17, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team lost its second game of the season on Monday evening, falling 3-1 to Elon University in Relaigh, N.C.
Freshman Connor McVey (Mason, Ohio/Mason) earned his first-career start and recorded two hits on the night. Redshirt sophomore Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Michigan) also tallied two hits for the Bearcats.
On the mound, sophomore starter Mitch Patishall (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) and redshirt sophomore Bryan Chenoweth (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon) threw 4.0 innings a piece and combined for just three hits. Each recorded three strikeouts and Chenoweth did not allow a walk out of the bullpen.
Patishall was credited with the loss for Cincinnati (0-2) while Jake Stalzer got the win for Elon (2-0). Stalzer pitched 7.0 innings, with six hits, zero earned runs and four strikeouts.
The Bearcats wasted no time getting on the board, scoring a run in the opening inning to take a 1-0 lead. Senior Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) led off the game with a stand-up double to left center and was moved to third on a fly out by sophomore Colin Hawk (Beech Grove, Ind./Roncalli). Williams took advantage of an Elon error and scampered home for the first run of the game.
Cincinnati did not hold the lead for long, however, as Elon got scored two runs in the bottom half of the frame to take a 2-1 lead. Two early walks came back to haunt Patishall as both eventually crossed the plate in the inning. The first run scored on a single hit by Ryan Cooper and the second came on a double steal by the Phoenix.
EU added to the lead in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly by Danny Crowe for the final score of 3-1.
The Bearcats threatened a late-inning comeback for the second-straight game in the eighth inning when Drake led off the inning with a single and Williams followed with a walk. UC had two runners on and nobody out but could not capitalize, recording a strikeout and a double-play to end the inning.
The Bearcats will have a short turn around before heading back to North Carolina Feb. 21-23 for three games at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. UC will play the host team at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 and will face Radford at noon on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Missouri at noon on Sunday, Feb, 23.