Feb. 19, 2007
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.---Cincinnati scored four times in the top of the fifth, snapping a five-all tie and leading the Bearcats to their first win of 2007, a 9-7 decision over Austin Peay on Monday afternoon at Raymond C. Hand Park. The relief pitching of sophomore Michael Hill coupled with timely hitting from a number of Bearcats led to Brian Cleary's 240th win as head coach at Cincinnati.
After a shaky start to the game by fellow sophomore Dan Osterbrock, Hill turned in 3.2 outstanding innings, striking out a career-high six and earning the first victory of his collegiate career. Hill worked out of a jam in the fifth when he allowed three walks, the only base runners of his stint, by getting Tyler Farrar to pop up with the bases loaded and two outs.
Holding a 9-5 deficit heading into the bottom of the ninth, Austin Peay (2-1) threatened to make it interesting, scoring twice and leaving a runner on third as Billy Welsh preserved his first save of the year.
Josh Harrison, Michael Obyc and Neall French led the offense which produced 11 hits, combining for eight of the nine RBI and six hits. Harrison pushed his team-leading RBI total to 10 with four, while French recorded three hits for just the second time in his career.
The Bearcats went small ball to take a 1-0 lead in the first as Tony Campana reached on a bunt single, stole two bases and scored on a Harrison sacrifice fly. Austin Peay exploded for four runs in the second, with a hit and run RBI double by J.B. Gilbert and a two-run single by Farrar doing the bulk of the damage.
Trailing 4-1, Harrison single handedly brought UC back in the game, ripping his fourth home run of the year to right center with two men on to knot the score at four. The lead wouldn't last long and neither would Osterbrock's time on the hill as a sacrifice fly by Josh Kemph pushed the hosts back up by a run.
The big inning for the Bearcats came in the fifth as the visitors took the lead for good. With the bases loaded, Michael Obyc dropped a two-run double down the right field line, pushing UC up by one. One batter later, French drove a two-run single into left for the Bearcats final markers of the day.
Ryan Gilboy had two hits to lead the Governors, while Matt Smith scored a pair of runs. Stephen Huff (0-1) was saddled with the defeat after allowing four runs in two-plus innings of work.
The Bearcats will now face a short turnaround as they will leave Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon for a three-game series at North Carolina A&T. Action from Greensboro gets underway at 3 p.m. on Friday.