March 5, 2010
The University of Cincinnati baseball team used a grand slam by Logan Jackson to cap a nine-run sixth inning that propelled the Bearcats to a 15-5 victory over Youngstown State in the series and home opener, Friday at Marge Schott Stadium.
UC tallied 13 hits on the day and moved its record to 4-3 on the year. YSU (1-3) had three errors and stranded 11 runners on base.
Jackson's grand slam, ripped over the left field wall, came with UC down 4-0 in the sixth inning. YSU starter Aaron Swenson, who had given up only a pair of hits in the first five innings, hit Chris Peters to start the sixth, then gave up a single to T.J. Jones, and walked Kevin Johnson before facing Jackson.
Alex Oles relieved Swenson, and re-loaded the bases, facing only three batters. Oles walked Cory Hough, Jimmy Jacquot hit a double down the left field line, and Justin Riddell was hit by a pitch. Oles was pulled for Kevin McCulloh who walked Mikel Huston. Jamel Scott reached on a fielder's choice and Jacquot scored on a throwing error from the first baseman. Some heads-up baserunning from Riddell brought him home as well. Chris Peters flied out to center field, scoring Huston. Jones singled to left field scoring Scott, but McCulloh recorded two more outs to end the inning. UC scored nine runs on five hits and an error in the frame, stranding a pair of runners.
UC added two runs in the seventh, and four in the eighth, making the final tally 15-5.
Jackson finished 3-for-5 with four RBI, Huston was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, and Jacquot was 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and three runs scored. Jones had a pair of hits, an RBI, and a run scored.
The Bearcats were in an early 4-0 hole. Dan Jensen started for UC, giving up four runs in the first inning. He pitched the first two innings, giving way to Brian Garman in the third.
Garman went four innings of shutout ball, surrendering three hits and striking out six. Brian Sand scattered four hits over two innings, and Johnson worked a scoreless ninth, striking out one.
The Bearcats return to action Saturday, taking on the Penguins in game two of a three-game affair. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. ET, with UC's Tyler Smith (0-1/4.22 ERA) scheduled to toe the rubber against YSU's Blake Aqaudro (0-0/10.80 ERA).