Baseball Swept in Doubleheader at No. 22 Kentucky|
March 5, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Cincinnati baseball team dropped a pair of games against the No. 22 University of Kentucky in a doubleheader played in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday afternoon. The Bearcats fell 7-0 in the first game and lost 11-4 in the second.
Senior Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) led the Bearcats with four hits on the day, two in each game. He also recorded an RBI and scored two runs in the nightcap. Sophomore Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) added three hits.
The losses drop Cincinnati to 2-9 on the year. Kentucky, which moved into the top-25 national this week, is now 11-2 on the season.
In the nightcap, the Wildcats did most of their damage early, building an insurmountable lead over the Bearcats. They put up a six-spot on the board in the third inning and added two runs in both the first and sixth innings and a single run in the second.
The Bearcats attempted a comeback, scoring two runs in the fourth inning. Senior Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) took a walk to get himself on first before sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) smashed a double off the right field wall. A UK fielding error advanced Happ to third base and allowed Glass to scamper home and get UC on the board. The next batter, senior Ryan Quinn (Sparta, N.J./Sparta), grounded out to the third baseman but gave Happ the opportunity to score and the Bearcats ended the inning by cutting the UK lead to 9-2.
Another UC run scored in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Williams. Clark led off the inning with a double and freshman Rob Blissitt, Jr., in his first-career start, laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Clark to third. Williams grounded a ball through the left side of the infield to pick up the RBI and bring the Bearcats within 9-3.
Cincinnati scored one run in the sixth but missed an opportunity for more when it had bases loaded and one out but could not bring anyone else home. Freshman Connor McVey (Mason, Ohio/Mason) singled and scored Happ. Clark followed with a single to load the bases, but neither Blissitt, Jr., nor Williams could capitalize, keeping the score at 9-4.
On the mound, Grant Walker (Brookeville, Ohio/Northmont) took the loss to fall to 0-2 for the season. The junior went 3.0 innings with eight hits, seven earned runs and four strikeouts.
UC received quality relief outings from redshirt freshman Colton Cleary (Nicholasville, Ky./Lexington Catholic) and freshman Austin Woodby (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro). Cleary went 3.0 innings in front of his hometown crowd, only allowing three hits. Woodby, who was making his collegiate debut, pitched the final 2.0 innings, facing only six batters with three strikeouts.
The Bearcats came up empty in the first game of the doubleheader, falling 7-0 behind the complete game shutout effort of Kentucky pitcher Dylan Dwyer. The southpaw limited Cincinnati to three hits and struck out eight batters.
Starting pitcher Connor Walsh (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) took the loss for Cincinnati, going 4.0 innings with three hits, four strikeouts and five earned runs. The redshirt sophomore falls to 1-2 on the season.
Sophomore Mitch Patishall (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) pitched 4.0 innings in relief for Cincinnati, recording three strikeouts while allowing four hits and two earned runs.
The Bearcats will open play at Marge Schott Stadium with a three-game series against Youngstown State beginning on Friday, March 7. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.