March 7, 2009
CINCINNATI - Junior Kevin Johnson (Willard, Ohio/Willard) gave up just three hits in six innings of work leading the University of Cincinnati baseball team to a 16-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader against Bradley University Saturday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium. Johnson earned his win of the season and it marked the first win of the season for a Cincinnati (3-4) starting pitcher.
After a scoreless first inning, Cincinnati jumped in front with three runs on three hits. Sophomore Justin Riddell (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) led the inning off with an infield single and two batters later, sophomore Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City) drew a two-out walk, moving Riddell to second base. Riddell scored on a single to center field by junior Jimmy Jacquot (Swansea, Ill./Belleville East). Junior Jamel Scott (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) came to the plate with runners on first and second base and belted a double down the right field line scoring Peters and advancing Jacquot to third base. During the next at-bat, a wild pitch plated Jacquot, improving the Bearcat lead to 3-0.
UC tacked on two more runs to its lead in the third inning courtesy of freshman Dorian West's (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) second home run of the season. Senior Mike Spina (Newberry, Fla./Newberry) led off with a single to left field and stole second base to move into scoring position. Two batters later, West hit a towering home run over the left field wall, lifting the Bearcat advantage to 5-0.
The Bearcats widened its cushion in the fifth inning and it all started with a single by junior Lance Durham (Forest Park, Ohio/Roger Bacon). Durham moved to third base on an error by the shortstop, allowing Riddell to reach base. A walk by West loaded the bases and Durham came home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of junior Beach Brooks (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven). After a fly out, Jacquot delivered a three-run home run to right field extending the Cincinnati lead to 9-0.
From that point on, Cincinnati scored four runs in the seventh inning and three runs in the eighth inning, before Bradley got on the board with two runs in the ninth, to defeat the Braves 16-2.
Four UC players accumulated two or more hits led by Scott's three. Jacquot led the team with four RBI.
The Bearcats and Braves are scheduled to begin game two of the doubleheader at 4:25 p.m.