March 3, 2013
CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati completed a three-game sweep of New York Tech on Sunday afternoon, topping the Bears 7-3 Sunday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium.
With the win, Cincinnati has won four ballgames in a row and improved its record to 4-5 on the season.
The Bearcats collected 10 hits, led by freshman catcher Woody Wallace’s season-best three base knocks, along with one run scored and one RBI. Two other Bearcats produced multi-hit games: Jr. OF Justin Glass (2 for 4, 1 run, 1 RBI); and Fr. 1B Jeff Murray (2 for 4).
Redshirt freshman right-hander Connor Walsh started the ballgame and lasted 2 1-3 innings before giving way to Sr. LHP Thomas Gentile, who picked up the win after pitching 2 2-3 frames and allowing just one run.
New York Tech (0-3) took a quick one-run lead in the top of the first inning. Center fielder Robert Loftus singled up the middle, stole second and advanced to third on a single by 2B Ali Rodriguez’ single to right field. A fielder’s choice groundball by RF Dan Lackner allowed Loftus to score.
Cincinnati responded with a run in the bottom half of the first to tie the game 1-1. Freshman third baseman Devin Wenzel walked with one out before stealing second and advancing to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Glass then drove in Wenzel with a single up the middle for an RBI.
New York Tech took its second lead of the ballgame in the top of the third. After Bears LF Joe Daru walked with one out, Gentile relieved Walsh and got the first batter he faced to hit into a fielder's choice. After a steal and walk, NYIT catcher Bryan VanVranken singled to left field for an RBI and a 2-1 Bears lead.
UC again had an answer for NY Tech’s offense, taking a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third with two runs. Rookie second baseman Forrest Perron walked, advanced to second on a single by Glass and went to third on a fly out. An errant pickoff throw to third base by VanVranken allowed both Perron and Glass, who stole second during the error, to cross home plate.
The Bearcats scored another pair of runs in the fourth frame to take a 5-2 lead. With runners on the corners and no outs, R-Fr. OF Taylor Schmidt drove in Jr. Brendon Neel with a liner to right field that saw Wallace get thrown out at second. After Schmidt was caught stealing, redshirt sophomore outfielder Ethan McAlpine hit an infield single to third base, stole second and advanced to third on a second throwing error from VanVranken. While Perron drew a walk, McAlpine scored on a wild pitch for UC’s fifth run.
New York Tech produced its third run of the ballgame in the fifth inning after Daru hit a leadoff double and Rodriguez singled for an RBI.
Cincinnati tacked on runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to secure the victory. Wallace scored on a passed ball in the sixth and hit an RBI single in the seventh. Wenzel and McAlpine executed a double steal that allowed McAlpine to score from third in the eighth.
Second-year right-handers Matthew Lathuras and Bryan Chenoweth combined for four scoreless inning of relief for the Bearcats, while striking out five Bears and allowing just two hits.
Cincinnati will play its first midweek game at 4 p.m. Tuesday when it travels to Lexington, Ky. to face No. 13 Kentucky.