March 2, 2013
CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati baseball team collected a season-high 15 hits Saturday evening en route to a 17-3 win over New York Tech at Marge Schott Stadium.
Cincinnati freshmen Forrest Perron and Devin Wenzel each produced three hits and combined for 11 RBIs, which included Wenzel’s first grand-slam home run as a Bearcat. UC junior Brendon Neel went 2 for 3, scored three runs and drove in two, while junior left fielder Justin Glass went 2 for 5 and scored twice.
Senior right-hander Andrew Strenge pitched five strong innings for UC, allowing just two earned runs and striking out six Bears. Freshman LHP Mike Conrad allowed one run in the sixth inning before sophomore Grant Walker and redshirt sophomore Alex Lilley combined for two scoreless innings out of the Bearcats bullpen.
The Bearcats took control of the ballgame in the third inning by a count of 5-1 after batting around the lineup and producing five runs on six hits. Freshman SS Colin Hawk hit a one-out double down the left-field line and scored on Perron’s double to left field. Wenzel then drove in Perron with a single to left-center field. After Glass singled and Happ walked to load the bases, rookie first baseman Jeff Murray hit an RBI single before Neel followed with an RBI double that hit off the right-center wall.
After tacking on a run in the fourth inning on a Wenzel RBI single, UC again batted around the order in the fifth inning, but this time they exploded for six runs. With one out and the bases loaded, Perron walked for an easy RBI and a 7-2 lead. Up next came Wenzel, who belted a fly ball down the left-field line over the wall for his first collegiate grand salami.
After each team traded runs in the sixth inning, UC added four insurance runs in the seventh, led by two-RBI doubles from both senior catcher J.P. Jackson and Perron to close out the scoring.
Cincinnati and New York Tech will conclude the series at 1 p.m. Sunday. Redshirt freshman RHP Connor Walsh will climb the hill for UC and will face NYIT sophomore righty Jimmy Bulva.