Game Two Box Score
CINCINNATI-- Cincinnati's Josh Harrison registered two hits in each game of Saturday afternoon's doubleheader against Chicago State, but UC did not provide as much support in the nightcap, splitting the twinbill with a 7-4 victory and a 3-2 loss at Marge Schott Stadium.
In the first game of the day, the Bearcats found the scoring column with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jamel Scott singled and stole second and then Harrison followed with an RBI single for the day's first run. Not to be outdone, Harrison stole second and came around on a dropped pop up in the infield to give the Bearcats a 2-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Harrison and Mike Spina were stationed on second and third base with two outs when Kevin Johnson doubled down the right field line to plate both runners and give UC a 4-0 advantage.
After Chicago State scored a run in the sixth, Dustin Alvey led off the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run. With one away, Nick Rohlfs reached on a fielding error, stole second and scored on Tony Campana's single to make it a 6-1 lead. A Campana single in the eighth to allow Justin Riddell to come around and score to make it a 7-1 game.
Chicago State launched back-to-back home runs, a two-run shot by Josh Applebaum and a solo homer by John Wilson in the top of the ninth to narrow the margin to 7-4. With one on-base and none out, UC relief pitcher Jake Geglein entered the game and retired three straight CSU batters to earn the save.
UC starting pitcher Nick Johnson allowed one run, on three hits, in five and one-third innings of work for his first collegiate victory. Brian Garman shined in two and two-thirds of shutout relief before giving way to Kevin Johnson and Geglein, who earned the save.
In the second game of the afternoon, Cincinnati starter Michael Hill looked like he was on his way to a quick first inning before a fielding error continued the inning. Singles by Applebaum and Matt Haug allowed Chicago State to crack through for the first run of the game. Lucas Grow's two-run double to right-center field gave CSU a 3-0 lead.
Hill allowed two hits over the next five innings, but was the loser for UC. Geglein and Sanford combined for a shutout seventh inning.
The three unearned runs were all the Cougars would need for right-handed pitcher Robert Vargas, who gave up seven hits in seven innings en route to the abbreviated complete game win. Vargas induced three strikeouts and gave up five walks in his first win of the year.
Cincinnati looked to be on-track for a big inning in the second when with one out, Ryan Baker's solo home run made it 3-1.
The Bearcats manufactured another run in the third inning to make it a one-run game. Riddell started things with a walk and Campana followed with an infield single. Following a sacrifice bunt by Scott, runners were in scoring position for Harrison who lifted a fly out to plate Riddell. Campana advanced to third on the play, but in a theme that was apparent for the rest of the game he remained 90 feet away from home. Cincinnati left a base runner stranded at third base, coming up empty, in two of the final three innings.
Cincinnati and Chicago State face off in the fourth and final game of the weekend series on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.