Feb. 23, 2008
Coral Gables, Fla.-- Cincinnati used a home run by Jamel Scott to start a three-run rally in the fifth inning, but UC succumbed to the long ball in the end, falling for the second time in as many nights, by a count of 6-4 to Miami (Fla.).
"Michael Hill gave us everything we needed tonight," said head coach Brian Cleary. "I thought our pitching gave us a chance to win. We didn't swing the bat as well as we needed to in certain situations. If we continue to work hard and develop we are going to have a good team."
For the second time in as many nights, Miami (Fla.) (2-0) jumped out to an early lead. In the bottom half of the first, Blake Tekotte hit a lead off single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. With one away, Yonder Alonso's single scored Tekotte for the fi rst run of the game.
The Bearcats (0-2) scratched onto the scoreboard with a run in the third inning to knot the game, at 1-1. Scott singled with one out and two pitches later Tony Campana's line drive to center fi eld fell in front of a diving Tekotte and rolled to the wall. Scott scored on the play and Campana ended up with a triple. The next two Bearcats were retired on strikes to put a halt to the threat.
On the fi rst off ering to the plate by Miami reliever John Housey, in the fi fth inning, the 5-3 Scott smashed a letter-high fastball into the scoreboard beyond the leftfield fence to give Cincinnati a 2-1 edge. The ensuing two batters reached safely, Campana via a single to center fi eld and Josh Harrison on a base on balls walked. After a sacrifice bunt by Mike
Spina moved the runners into scoring position, Alvey's fl y out to left fi eld plated Campana and moved Harrison to third. A wild pitch allowed Harrison to score and make it a 4-1 Cincinnati lead.
UC's Hill found himself in trouble in the sixth, yielding a lead off double and hitting a batter before Jason Hagerty placed a drive into the palm trees beyond the 365-foot marker in right fi eld for a three-run homer that tied the score, at 4-4. Hill retired the next two batters he faced before giving way to Adam Calez, who fi nished the inning. The Cincinnati starter gave up four runs on eight hits and struck out four.
Calez struck out the only batter he faced in the seventh before handing the ball over to Billy Welsh. Welsh fi nished the seventh unscathed, allowing Justin Schultheiss to start the eighth inning.
The fi rst batter Schulteiss faced, Dave Dinatale rapped the second Miami home run of the night to give the Hurricanes a 5-4 advantage. Two batters later, Ryan Jackson tripled to right-center field and later scored on a wild pitch to make it a two-run Hurricanes advantage.
Carlos Gutierrez entered the game in the ninth and registered a scoreless frame for his second save of the series.
Cincinnati faces Miami (Fla.) in the series finale at 1 p.m. on Sunday.