March 8, 2013
CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati baseball team could not overcome a nine-run fourth inning and fell to Eastern Michigan 10-4 Friday evening at Marge Schott Stadium.
Senior right-hander Andrew Strenge pitched three-plus innings for the Bearcats, allowing five earned runs and striking out four. Senior Thomas Gentile allowed five runs in the fourth inning. Sophomore Grant Walker pitched two-plus innings, allowing no runs and one only one hit. Redshirt sophomore Matt Ring pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings for the Bearcats, striking out two and allowing no runs on two hits.
Redshirt freshman outfielder Taylor Schmidt led Cincinnati with two hits, including his first triple of the year. Schmidt, as well as true freshmen Ian Happ, Jeff Murray and Collin Hawk all chipped in for the Bearcats with one RBI. Seven of the nine Cincinnati starters had a hit in the game.
The Bearcats took the lead in the first inning by a count of 2-0 on one hit and two walks. Happ ripped an RBI single up the middle to score freshman Forrest Perron. Murray followed with an RBI groundout to first base that scored Justin Glass.
In the second inning, junior catcher Adam Sonabend connected on his first homerun of the year to pull Eastern Michigan back within one.
The Eagles batted around the lineup in the fourth inning, scoring nine runs on eight hits to take a 10-2 lead.
The Bearcats scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Eagles lead down to six runs. Schmidt smacked an RBI triple that scored freshman catcher Woody Wallace. Later in the inning, Hawk added a sacrifice fly that scored Schmidt.
Eastern Michigan senior Neil Butara got the win for the Eagles after pitching five innings and allowing four earned runs, while Strenge took the loss for the Bearcats. Devon Bronson pitched three scoreless innings for the Eagles and Taylor Dimmerling also threw one scoreless frame.
The Eagles improved to 4-9 on the year while Cincinnati moved their record to 4-6.
Cincinnati and Eastern Michigan will play the second game of the series at 1 p.m. Saturday. Redshirt freshman righty Connor Walsh will take the mound for UC and will face Eastern Michigan senior lefty Brian Hill.