Zellner's Pitching Gem Freezes Penguins|
March 8, 2014
CINCINNATI – Freshman Andrew Zellner (Farmersville, Ohio/Valley View) earned his first-career win on Saturday afternoon, lifting the University of Cincinnati baseball team to a 1-0 victory over Youngstown State University at Marge Schott Stadium.
In just his third collegiate appearance, Zellner went 7.1 innings, scattering only three hits with two walks and collecting a career-high four strikeouts. The righty gave his best performance to date and combined with redshirt sophomore Bryan Chenoweth (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon) for the shutout, the second of the season for the Bearcats.
Cincinnati improves to 4-9 on the season and has won back-to-back games for the first time this year. The two victories also locks up the series win for the Bearcats. Youngstown State falls to 1-9 with the loss.
Chenoweth entered in the game in the seventh inning with two runners on and only one out. After walking the first batter he faced, he recorded a strikeout and a groundout to get out of the inning unscathed and preserve the win for Cincinnati.
The relief pitcher was credited with the save, his first of the season and third of his career. He threw for 1.2 innings with one walk, and one strikeout and gave up no hits.
The Bearcats only needed one run to win the game, and they got it in the seventh inning. Sophomore catcher Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) took first base after getting hit to lead off the inning and was replaced by pinch runner redshirt junior Ethan McAlpine (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller). He advanced to second and third on back-to-back groundouts by senior Ryan Quinn (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) and freshman Connor McVey (Mason, Ohio/Mason). With two outs and the go-ahead runner 90-feet away, senior Matt Williams showed his experience by drilling a double down the left field line to put UC on the board.
The 1-0 victory was the first of its kind for Cincinnati since the Bearcats won with a single run against UConn on May 5, 2012.
Cincinnati will close its home series against the Penguins of Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.