Baseball Drops Two in Doubleheader at Virginia Tech Invitational|
Feb. 28, 2014
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team lost two games in an afternoon doubleheader as part of the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, Va. The Bearcats lost to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell 1-0 in the opening game and fell 4-1 to Virginia Tech in the nightcap.
Sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) and redshirt sophomore Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Michigan) each tallied two hits on the day. Drake hit one single in each of the two games to keep his hitting streak alive at seven games. He has now hit safely in every game this season.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Bearcats and the River Hawks of UMass-Lowell battled through six innings of a scoreless tie before UML took advantage of a UC throwing error and scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. With a runner on third base, UMass-Lowell’s Jacob O’Keefe dribbled a ball to shortstop Ian Happ who was charged with an error on an errant throw to first base. O’Keefe was safe and the runner crossed the plate for the only action of the game for either team.
Junior Spencer Drake (Louisville, Ky./Wabash Valley JC) was charged with the loss after pitching 0.2 innings in relief. Starting pitcher Ryan Atkinson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) left the game after 5.1 innings pitched. The junior allowed only two hits and struck out five batters for the Bearcats.
Offensively, the Bearcats registered four hits, including one apiece from Drake, Happ, sophomore Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) and sophomore Woody Wallace (Lewis Center, Ohio/Oglentangy).
In the second game, starting pitcher Matt Ring (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) struggled early and gave up a four-spot to the Hokies in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and nobody out, a sacrifice fly brought home the first run of the game for the Hokies while a flyout and a single scored three more to put VaTech ahead 4-1.
The Bearcats fought to find their offense for a majority of the game, but finally broke through with some small-ball in the seventh inning. Sophomore Colin Hawk led off the inning with a double to the wall near the right field foul pole and advanced to third on a groundout by senior Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll). Sophomore catcher Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) followed with another ground out to pick up the RBI.
Ring was given the loss and fell to 1-1 on the year while Cincinnati moves to 2-5 following two losses on Friday.
UC is back in action at the Virginia Tech Invitational on Saturday, March 1 with its second game against UMass-Lowell. Sophomore Mitch Patishall (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) is scheduled to take the mound for the Bearcats and the first pitch is set for 11 a.m.