Feb. 22, 2008
Coral Gables, Fla.-- Cincinnati's heralded pitcher Dan Osterbrock (Cincinnati, Ohio) settled down after giving up two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but No. 10 Miami (Fla.) did not afford UC many opportunities taking a 3-1 decision on the opening night of the college baseball season.
"We had a chance to win the game in the ninth," head coach Brian Cleary stated. "We didn't swing the bat as well as we are capable. That will come as the season progresses."
Facing what pundits project to be a team making reservations for a trip to Omaha and the 2008 College World Series, the Bearcats chased from behind for much of the night. The visiting `Cats had two men on base in the ninth inning, after Justin Riddell and Mike Spina each carded walks off of Hurricanes closer Carlos Gutierrez, but Kevin Johnson (Willard, Ohio) flailed and missed with two outs to seal the outcome.
Down 2-0, Cincinnati's Cameron Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio) leadoff the third inning with a double and moved to third base on Ryan Baker's (Portland, Maine) single to right field. With runners on the corners, Jamel Scott knocked in Satterfield on an infield error to cut the margin in half, at 2-1. Tony Campana (Springboro, Ohio) followed with a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners and card the first out of the inning. Campana then found himself picked off for the second out of the inning. Riddell's fly out was deep enough for a sacrifice fly, but was caught for the third out of the inning.
The Hurricanes struck quickly by scoring twice in the bottom half of the first frame. Jamile Weeks, who reached on a hit and later advanced to second, scored on Mark Sobolewski's single to left field for the first run of the night. Sobolewski stole second and came around to score on Joe Terdoslavich's single to left field to make it a 2-0 deficit.
Both starting pitchers exited the game after six innings of work. After yielding two runs on three hits in the first inning, Osterbrock yielded three hits and struck out eight over the next five innings. Cincinnati managed one run on four hits off of Miami's Eric Erickson.
Cleary commented, "I thought Dan (Osterbrock) was really phenomenal. For him to give up a leadoff double and comeback with two strikeouts and a weakly hit ground ball in the sixth inning was great. He held down a very good offensive team tonight. He could have gone longer, but I didn't want to do that on his first start of the season."
UC reliever Jake Geglein (Cincinnati, Ohio) worked himself into and out of trouble in the seventh. Ryan Jackson singled to start the seventh with a single through the right side of the infield. Geglien's errant throw on a pickoff attempt allowed Jackson to move to next station. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third base, and a fly out for the second out of the inning allowed Jackson to make it a 3-1 Miami lead.
Offensively, junior college transfer Mike Spina (Newberry, Fla) went 1-for-2, with a double and showed a good eye for the strike zone at the plate with two walks to highlight Cincinnati's offense.
The Bearcats and Hurricanes return to action on Saturday. First pitch from Mark Light Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.