Bearcats Shutout Vikings In Opener, 8-0

March 9, 2007

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CINCINNATI, Ohio---Steve Blevins pitched eight shutout innings and Cincinnati scored five times in the sixth to break open a close game, highlighting the Bearcats' 8-0 win over Cleveland State on Friday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium. The victory moves the Bearcats within one game of a .500 record at 6-7. Cleveland State slips to 2-8 with the defeat.

Blevins (2-3) turned in his best outing of the year, limiting the Vikings to four hits and a walk and striking out five. A costly error in the sixth opened the floodgates for UC as the hosts turned a 1-0 lead into a 6-0 cushion. Cameron Satterwhite matched a career-high with three hits to lead the way, while Adam Yeager and Ryan Baker each knocked in two runs. Baker and Tony Campana added two hits apiece.

Cincinnati jumped on the board early, getting consecutive doubles to right and right center by Josh Harrison and Neall French. The Bearcats would threaten every inning, leaving runners in scoring position all but once in innings two through five. On the mound, Stephen Procner was doing just enough to limit the Bearcats, while Blevins was in control of the Vikings' bats.

The bottom of the sixth started innocently enough as French drew a lead-off walk and Brian Szarmach chopped a potential double play ball back to Procner. The Viking lefty whirled for a throw to second, but launched it into centerfield and all hands were safe. Satterwhite made him pay for his mistake, following with an RBI single and two batters later, with Dylan Henry now throwing, Baker followed suit. The top of the order produced a run-scoring single by Campana and a bases loaded walk to Yeager to make it 5-0. Harrison then ripped a fly to deep center that Baker tagged on for a run, but Campana was gunned down at the plate trying to score from second on the play to end the inning.



The Bearcats would add two more in the last of the eighth, getting Baker's second RBI single of the day and a sac fly off the bat of Yeager.

After Blevins departed, Adam Calez pitched a scoreless ninth with a pair of strikeouts. In two appearances this week, the junior has five punchouts in two innings of work.

Rich Ranells collected two of Cleveland State's four hits. Procner took the loss, falling to 0-3 after allowing four runs and six hits in five-plus innings of work.

The two teams will meet in game two of the series at 4 p.m. tomorrow. The expected pitchers are a pair of lefties; Dan Osterbrock for UC and Josh Hungerman for CSU.