March 4, 2007
Game One Box Score |
Game Two Box Score |
CINCINNATI, Ohio---Cincinnati capped a strong weekend in its home opener, splitting a doubleheader with Dartmouth on Sunday at Marge Schott Stadium. The Bearcats rode a fine pitching performance by Dan Osterbrock in the opener to a 4-0 win, before dropping the finale of the twin bill by an 8-4 score. The split leaves UC's record at 5-6 heading into a regional battle with Kentucky on Wednesday.
The Bearcats wasted little time going to work in the opener, getting an infield single and stolen base by Tony Campana to open the first inning. After an Adam Yeager single and steal, Josh Harrison put the Bearcats on the board with a run-scoring single to right. Kyle Rapp followed with an RBI groundout and Harrison scampered home on a fielding error by Dartmouth.
UC would remain scoreless until the last of the sixth when Cameron Satterwhite led off by driving his team-leading sixth double into the right center field alley. Two batters later, Satterwhite scored when Michael Earley lifted a sacrifice fly to right.
Meanwhile, Osterbrock was in control of the Big Green. After allowing a first inning infield single, the sophomore lefty didn't yield another hit until the sixth. With the bases loaded and just one out in the frame, Osterbrock got a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Ray Allen to squelch the threat. Dartmouth tried to rally once more in the top of the seventh, but Osterbrock got Andrew Nacario to fly out to center with runners on the corners to end the game.
Yeager paced the Bearcats' offense in the first game with a pair of hits and a run scored. Osterbrock gathered his second win of the season, twirling a three-hit shutout with three walks and five strikeouts.
Cincinnati threatened to run away early at the outset of the second game as Campana scored the first run of the game, coming in on a Satterwhite ground out. In the second, Earley came up big as he launched a ball just inside the right field foul pole for his first collegiate home run with a man on.
With UC leading 3-0, the game took a dramatic turn in the third as Dartmouth sent 11 men to the plate and exploded for six runs. The big play came early as a muffed throw at second base on a potential inning ending double play ball gave the Big Green new life. The visitors made the Bearcats pay, as they dropped balls all over the field on the way to six runs. Five different players tallied RBI in the frame as Dartmouth went ahead for good.
The visitors would score twice more in the fourth inning, getting one run on a wild pitch and another on an RBI single by Damon Wright.
Following the slow start, Russell Young settled in and held the Bearcats to just one hit in innings three through six. In earning the win, Young hurled six innings, allowed only four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. UC got its final run of the day in the seventh on a Campana RBI single.
Neall French was the only Bearcat to gather multiple hits in the finale, as he went 2-for-4. Erik Bell collected four of Dartmouth's 12 hits, while Nick Santomauro and Jason McManis each had two.
As stated, the Bearcats will head to Lexington on Wednesday to put its two-game win streak against the Wildcats on the line. Kentucky entered this week ranked as high as 21st nationally and was 11-0 entering today's play. First pitch at Cliff Hagan Stadium is set for 4 p.m.