March 1, 2013
CINCINNATI — On a frigid Friday evening, the University of Cincinnati baseball team used a three-run fourth inning to open the scoring and propel them to victory over New York Tech in their home opener, 12-0. In addition to the season-high 12 runs, the Bearcats offense exploded for 13 hits. The win upped the Bearcats’ record to 2-5 on the season.
In his third start of the season, Cincinnati starting pitcher Christian McElroy dazzled, going 5 2-3 innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out six en route to his first win of the season. In addition, the 5 2-3 innings pitched is the highest for any Bearcat pitcher this season.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when shortstop Colin Hawk hit an RBI-groundout to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, the designated hitter Forrest Perron ripped a two-run single to add to the lead.
The Bearcats played add-on in the fifth. Ian Happ and Jeff Murray each recorded one out singles and Happ scored on a safety squeeze by Matt Williams to make it a 4-0 game.
The Bearcats put up a six spot in the bottom of the sixth to blow the game open. Justin Glass laced an RBI-single to kick off the scoring. Two batters later, Happ was walked to force in a run and two batters after that, Williams was walked to force another run and make it a 7-0 game. Woody Wallace followed Williams with a two-run single and pinch hitter Brendon Neel capped the scoring with an RBI-single to make it 10-0 in favor of the Bearcats.
The Bearcats scored their final two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run double by Ethan McAlpine.
Five Bearcats hitters collected two hits and four players collected two RBIs. Happ went 2 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Perron and Woody Wallace each tallied two hits and two RBIs.
This was the first game of the season for the New York Tech Bears as they fall to 0-1. Head Coach Bob Malvagna made his managerial debut.
Ryan Dillabough got the start for the Bears and suffered the loss tossing 4 1-3 innings, surrendering six hits, four runs (earned) and four walks while recording two strikeouts.
The Bears threatened in the top of the first with a pair of singles by Joe Daru and Dan Lackner but Daru was stranded at third as Bryan VanVranken struck out to end the inning. Lackner recorded two of the three hits for the Bears, both singles.
Cincinnati and New York Tech will lock up in Game 2 of the three game series Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. RHP Andrew Strenge (0-2, 9.00) will get the start for the Bearcats and he will be opposed by RHP Jose Checo (first start) of the Bears.