Bearcats Fall to Radford Despite Ninth Inning Rally|
Feb. 22, 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team dropped a 6-5 decision against Radford University on Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem, N.C. in its second game of the Wake Forest Invitational. The Bearcats scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but could not complete the comeback.
Sophomore Devin Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) led the Bearcats with two hits and two RBIs. Redshirt sophomore Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Michigan) added two hits and has hit safely in all four games this season.
Sophomore Mitch Patishall (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) takes the loss for Cincinnati (1-3) to fall to 0-2 on the year. The righty threw 3.2 innings with three earned runs, three walks and two strikeouts.
Radford’s Dylan Nelson picks up the win after 6.1 innings pitched and Radford improves to 2-4 on the year.
Staring at a 6-1 deficit entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Bearcats mounted a comeback, scoring four runs before finally taking the loss. Sophomore Colin Hawk (Beech Grove, Ind./Roncalli) led off the inning and was hit by a pitch to take first base. Radford pitching followed with three-straight walks to senior Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll), freshman Connor McVey (Mason, Ohio/Mason) and Wenzel to bring in the first run of the inning. Senior Ryan Quinn hit an infield single that scored Glass then advanced on a RU throwing error that scored McVey to make the score 6-4. Drake followed with an RBI single that scored Wenzel for the 6-5 tally, but a popup ended the rally.
Radford grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning by taking advantage of a shaky start for UC hurler Patishall. The sophomore walked one batter and hit another then both came around to score on a double by Blake Sipe.
Cincinnati immediately got one run back in the bottom half of the second inning with two doubles by Glass and Wenzel. Glass hit his shot to right field to kick off the inning and two batters later, Wenzel snuck his through the gap in right center to bring home Glass and put the Bearcats on the board.
The Highlanders put up a three-spot in the top of the fourth inning and tacked on another in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead. The Bearcats used three pitchers in the fourth inning, throwing both junior Grant Walker (Brookeville, Ohio/Northmont) and redshirt sophomore Bryan Chenoweth (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon) in relief. In the two innings, UC pictures combined for three hit batsmen, two wild pitches, one walk and four hits.
The Bearcats will close out the Wake Forest Invitational on Sunday, Feb. 23 with a matchup against the University of Missouri. The first pitch is scheduled for noon.