Ring's Complete Game Shutout Leads Bearcats to 5-0 Win|
Feb. 21, 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A pitching gem by redshirt junior Matt Ring (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) and four hits from senior Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) paced the Bearcats to a 5-0 win over Wake Forest University on Friday night in Winston-Salem, N.C. The game was the first of three for the Bearcats at the Wake Forest Invitational.
Ring went the distance, pitching 9.0 innings with three strikeouts. He scattered four hits and only recorded two walks on the night. The complete game shutout was the first of its kind for Cincinnati since May, 2012. The nine innings pitched is also a career high for the redshirt junior, topping his previous high by three innings.
Cincinnati took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. For the second-straight game, Williams led off the game with a stand-up double to immediately put a runner in scoring position for the Bearcats. He took third base on a wild pitch from WF pitcher Jack Fischer and scored the game’s first run on a groundout by Happ.
UC tacked on another run in the third when three straight singles by Drake, Williams and Happ loaded the bases for sophomore Colin Hawk (Beech Grove, Ind./Roncalli). Hawk grounded into a double play, but Drake scampered home to give the Bearcats a 2-0 lead.
Another run scored for the Bearcats in the sixth inning after a standup triple by senior Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) put a runner on third with one out. Freshman Connor McVey (Mason, Ohio/Mason) earned his first-career RBI with a bouncer to the third baseman, increasing the lead to 3-0 for Cincinnati.
Cincinnati scored two more runs in the seventh for the 5-0 final margin. Quinn singled and Drake followed with a double to bring one run across and back-to-back groundouts scored Drake.
In addition to pitching and hitting, the Bearcats’ defense also was on display in the game. In the bottom of the first inning Happ made a diving catch to his left to force a double play and three batters later, Quinn made his own diving catch to end the inning. Quinn showed off his glove work again in the fourth when he snagged a low liner for the third out and Hawk got in on the action in the fifth inning with a lunging stop to his left to throw out a runner at first. Happ kept up the defensive effort with a leaping grab to record the second out in the eighth.
Cincinnati will continue its time at the Wake Forest Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 22 when its plays Radford University at noon. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The weekend concludes on Sunday, Feb. 23 with a noon tilt against the University of Missouri.