Bearcats Topple Cougars in Home Opener, 11-3|
Feb. 29, 2008
CINCINNATI -- The University of Cincinnati overcame a three-run deficit to come from behind for an 11-3 victory against Chicago State for its first win of the 2008 campaign.
At the plate, the Bearcats (1-3) were keyed by freshman Justin Riddell, who went 3-for-5, with two RBIs and two runs scored. Sophomore Jamel Scott provided a spark in the No. 2 spot in the order, going 2-for-3, adding three stolen bases and two runs. Junior Mike Spina added two hits and three RBIs on the day, while senior Tony Campana and Kevin Johnson each went 2-for-4.
For the second time in as many starts, Bearcats pitcher Dan Osterbrock allowed two runs in the first inning to fall behind early. Osterbrock allowed two runs in six innings the previous Friday in a 3-1 loss at No. 10 Miami (FL).
"I thought Dan did a nice job of maintaining his confidence after we fell behind early," said head coach Brian Cleary. "It was nice to see our bats come alive this afternoon. We did a much better job of putting the bat on the ball, and situational hitting."
Scott mishandled Michael Carpen's routine ground ball on the first at-bat of the afternoon. After a sacrifice bunt moved Carpen to second, a throwing error by Spina allowed Matt Haug to reach safely, and put runners on the corners. Josh Applebaum's double plated the first run of the game. A ground out scored Haug for the second CSU marker of the frame.
After Osterbrock struck out the first two Cougars batters of the second inning, Lacelle McKinley reached on a bunt single and stole second. A fielding error allowed McKinley to come around to score and make it a 3-0 game.
Osterbrock stopped Chicago State (0-4) from adding to the difference and in seven innings on the mound the Bearcats lefthander struck out six batters and yielded four hits.
Trailing 3-0, Cincinnati scored six times in the bottom half of the second inning. Cameron Satterwhite started the action with a single and Ryan Baker followed with a base on balls. After a pop out, Riddell's first hit plated Satterwhite. Michael Obyc's RBI double scored Baker and cut it the margin to 3-2. After Campana reached on an infield single, the bases were loaded for Scott who singled to left and moved everyone up one station, tying the game at 3-3. A single by Josh Harrison scored another run and put UC in front, 4-3. Spina's two-run single made it a 6-3 Cincinnati edge.
Leading off the UC third, Johnson doubled down the left field line for his first hit of the season. The following two batters, Riddell and Obyc each reached base safely. Johnson scored on an infield single by Campana and Riddell came home on a fielder's choice. Obyc found his way home on an errant throw making it a 9-3 Cincinnati lead.
Scott started the sixth with a single and moved to second on his third stolen base of the afternoon. The diminutive second baseman came around to score on Spina's RBI single to left field to make the lead 10-3.
With one out in the eighth inning, Dustin Alvey singled to right field and advanced 90 feet after a walk. Riddell notched his third hit of the day and scored Alvey from second base to set the final margin, at 11-3.
Justin Schulteiss gave up three hits, but also struck out three over the final two Chicago State at-bats to set the final score.
The Bearcats continue their series against Chicago State with a doubleheader at Marge Schott Stadium on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. The second half of the twin bill gets underway 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.
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