Another Game, Another Close Loss For The Bearcats|
Feb. 18, 2007
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.---Close but no cigar. That has been the story of the early portion of the 2007 season for the University of Cincinnati baseball team. On Sunday at Austin Peay, that theme was on display again as the Bearcats dropped a 4-3 decision to the Governors. The setback drops UC's record to 0-4 this season, with three of the defeats coming by just a single run.
Of the three areas of play-pitching, hitting and defense-the Bearcats excelled at just the first, getting an outstanding effort from sophomore Steve Blevins. The preseason honors candidate struck out a career-high nine in 6.1 innings of work, but was the victim of a Bearcats' offense that produced just six hits. Blevins falls to 0-2 with the defeat.
The other two areas were concerns for Cincinnati, as the visitors couldn't solve Austin Peay (2-0) senior lefty Matt Reynolds. Reynolds (1-0) struck out seven in six-plus innings of work, and then handed the mound over the Ben Wilshire for the final three frames. UC was also shaky on defense, committing three errors, including a pair in the first inning.
Adam Yeager and Michael Obyc combined for four of the six hits by the Bearcats, with the latter gathering his first multiple-hit game of the year. The other story of the day was the end of Josh Harrison's career-best 18-game hit streak, as the sophomore went 0-for-4.
Cincinnati fell behind in the first as a wild throw by Yeager and an errant pick off attempt by Blevins pushed Levi Cheshire to second with two out. Matt Kole then drove a Blevins' offering inside the right field line for an RBI double and a 1-0 Governor lead.
The Bearcats finally broke through against Reynolds in the fifth as Obyc lined a double to left center that scored Cameron Satterwhite. With runners on second and third and two out, Reynolds got Tony Campana to ground out to end the threat.
The hosts pushed the lead to 3-1 with a pair of runs in the sixth. Josh Meeker snapped the tie with a single through the right side that scored Cheshire and moved Ryne Mantooth to third. Meeker then broke for second as Blevins spun to pick him off. As Meeker got caught in a run down, Mantooth raced home for the third run of the day for APSU.
UC drew within a run once more on a Satterwhite RBI double in the seventh, but this time Wilshire got Campana to ground out as UC left runners on the corners. Austin Peay tallied its final marker of the game in the seventh when Ryan Gilboy scored on a wild pitch.
The Bearcats had one final push up their sleeve as Satterwhite totaled his second RBI of the game with a fielder's choice. Wilshire rebounded to strike out Neall French and end UC's final scoring opportunity of the game.
Meeker led an Austin Peay offense that also had six hits with two, while Cheshire scored two of the four runs.
UC will look for its first win of the year on Monday, taking on Austin Peay at 3:30 p.m. ET. Dan Osterbrock will take the mound for the Bearcats, meeting APSU's David Vicini.