Feb. 20, 2010
BOCA RATON, Fla. - After winning its season opener, 5-3, Friday evening over Florida Atlantic, the University of Cincinnati baseball team held the Owls to three runs again on Saturday, but the Bearcats were unable to win their second in a row as FAU downed UC, 3-0, in the second game of a three-game series Saturday afternoon at FAU Baseball Stadium.
"We put some good swings on the ball today, but we just couldn't get anything going," said head coach Brian Cleary. "We've played pretty clean for two days and I'm pleased with our approach. I look for us to continue that tomorrow."
FAU's Mike Gipson went 7.0 innings for the Owls, holding Cincinnati to just two hits, while striking out four en route to picking up his first win of the season.
Senior Tyler Smith got the start for the Bearcats and ran into trouble early giving up three earned runs in the first two innings, but he, freshman Andrew Strenge, and sophomore Sam Slavik combined to give up five hits in the final seven innings without giving up a run to keep the Bearcats within striking distance.
However, the Bearcats could not get anything going offensively. Cincinnati recorded three hits, which included a single by senior Jamel Scott in the third inning, a single by junior Chris Peters in the fourth inning, and a double by junior Justin Riddell in the ninth inning.
UC plays the rubber match against FAU at Noon on Sunday, Feb. 21, at FAU Stadium. Freshman Chris McElroy will toe the rubber for the first time in the Red and Black on Sunday as the Bearcats look to win their first season-opening series since 2002.