Bearcats Drop 6-2 Decision vs. UMass-Lowell|
March 1, 2014
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team lost 6-2 on Saturday morning against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. The game was played in Blacksburg, Va., as part of the Virginia Tech Invitational.
The UML River Hawks played a lot of small ball, scoring one run in four innings and putting up two runs in another. They got to Cincinnati starting pitcher Mitch Patishall (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) early with an RBI double in the first, a bases-loaded walk in the second and another RBI double in the third before chasing Patishall from the game after 2.0 innings pitched.
Patishall took the loss, falling to 0-3 on the season while the Bearcats drop to 2-6. With the win, UMass-Lowell advanced to 4-1.
Redshirt freshman Colton Cleary (Nicholasville, Ky./Lexington Catholic) pitched seven solid innings of relief for the Bearcats, scattering six hits.
Senior Ryan Quinn (Sparta, N.J.) led UC offensively, earning two hits to bring his batting average to .346 on the season.
Redshirt sophomore Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Michigan) knocked a single in the bottom of the seventh inning and has hit safely in all eight games of the 2014 season. In total, he has collected 11 hits with a .367 batting average.
The Bearcats got on the board in the bottom of the third inning thanks in part to a UMass-Lowell fielding error. With Quinn sitting on second base, sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) hit a popup high in the air to the left side of the infield. The River Hawks defense misplayed the ball and it dropped to the ground, scoring Quinn from second base to make the score 3-1.
A leadoff triple in the sixth inning by senior Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) contributed to another run on the board for Cincinnati. Sophomore Colin Hawk (Beech Grove, Ind./Roncalli) hit a ground ball to the shortstop but picked up the RBI as Williams scampered home to cut the lead in half at 4-2.
UMass-Lowell also scored one run in the fifth and two runs in the ninth inning to give the game the final score of 6-2.
Cincinnati closes out the Virginia Tech Invitational on Sunday, March 2 with a game against the host Hokies. The Bearcats will seek revenge after falling to VT 4-1on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will be aired live on ESPN3.