March 2, 2008
CINCINNATI-- Sophomore Tyler Smith struck out 11 Chicago State batters and solo home runs by Kevin Johnson, Ryan Baker, and Tyler Goodro in the bottom of the fifth inning gave the University of Cincinnati baseball team the lead on its way to a 7-4 victory on Sunday afternoon. The offensive trio of Johnson, Baker, and Goodro registered seven hits and scored four runs batted in to lead UC.
"Tyler (Smith) put himself in a hole by not being able to field his position, but he pitched well today" stated head coach Brian Cleary. "Kevin Johnson worked hard on his swing this past week. We are starting to see the hitter he can be. Jamel (Scott) did a good job offensively. He's been stealing bases, having good at-bats, and giving great energy out there."
A victim of his own miscues, Smith (1-1) fell behind early, but more than made up for them by striking out a career-high 11 over eight innings of work. The right-hander gave up three runs on three hits and did not allow a walk en route to his first Division I win.
Smith committed a throwing error that allowed the first batter of the game, Michael Carpen to reach second base. Carpen moved to third on a wild pitch and scored the game's first run on a ground out.
In the second inning, CSU's John Wilson doubled and scored via Patrick Hernandez's single to make it a 2-0 game.
With one away in the UC half of the second, Johnson reached on a base hit and moved to second when Baker walked. Goodro's single through the left side cut the lead in half, at 2-1.
In the Cincinnati third, Josh Harrison hit a double and a single by Johnson brought him around to tie the game, at 2-2.
After Wilson launched a solo home run off of Smith in the fourth inning, Chicago State (1-6) moved in front by a count of 3-2.
Johnson racked up four hits in five at-bats, including a solo home run down the right field foul line with two outs in the fifth inning to knot the game, at 3-3. The ensuing two Bearcats, Baker and Goodro each followed with homers to left field off of Cougars reliever Colin Marshall to give the home side a 5-3 lead.
In the sixth inning, Scott served as the catalyst with a one-out single up the middle. The UC second baseman stole second and advanced to third on Harrison's ground out. With Chicago State's William Lawrence utilizing a windup motion, Scott stole home to make it a 6-3 Cincinnati advantage.
Cincinnati (3-4) padded the lead when Camerron Satterwhite tripled to left field to start the seventh inning Cincinnati seventh inning. Pinch hitter Dustin Alvey ripped a hit up the middle against a drawn-in infield to make it a 7-3 lead.
After 100 pitches, Smith gave way to A.J. Upton in the top of the ninth inning. An error and two walks loaded the bases and caused Upton to leave the game. With the bases loaded and none out, CSU's Wilson to knocked an RBI single off of Cincinnati's Evan Sanford to cut the lead to 7-4. Sanford retired the next three batters on strikes to earn his first save of the year.
In the midst of a 17-game home stand, Cincinnati returns to action on Wednesday, March 5 when it hosts Marshall. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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