March 9, 2013
CINCINNATI — Junior outfielder Justin Glass produced a season-high four hits, but it was not enough after the University of Cincinnati baseball team suffered a 7-3 come-from-behind defeat to Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium.
With UC (4-7) leading 3-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Eastern Michigan (5-9) batted around the lineup and scored six runs on six hits to take a 7-3 advantage.
The Bearcats saw several scoring opportunities come up empty after they had the misfortune of hitting into five double plays, including four of the inning-ending variety. In the second, third, and sixth innings, UC saw its first two batters safely reach, but were unable to come up with a base hit with runners in scoring position.
UC redshirt freshman hurler Connor Walsh picked up his fourth no decision of the season after tossing a season-best 6 1-3 frames, allowing just one run on five hits and striking out five.
Glass went 4 for 5 with one run scored and one RBI to lead a Cincinnati offense that produced 11 hits. Freshman first baseman Jeff Murray hit 2 for 3 with an RBI, while classmate and designated hitter Woody Wallace rounded out UC’s multi-hit performances with a 2-for-4 effort, driving in one run.
Cincinnati broke a scoreless tie with one run in the in the bottom of the sixth inning to go up 1-0. Freshman second baseman Forrest Perron led off with a walk before freshman third baseman Devin Wenzel singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. Glass then roped a single up the middle of the infield for an RBI single that allowed Perron to score. With an opportunity to extend to lead, freshman shortstop Ian Happ flew out to center field before junior right fielder Brendon Neel grounded into his second double play of the ballgame.
Eastern Michigan answered the Bearcats with one run in the top of the seventh to tie the score 1-1.
UC came up with two runs in the bottom half of the eighth inning and appeared on its way to securing the win. Glass led off with an infield single where he hustled down the line and beat the pitcher to first base. After Happ walked, giving runners on first and second with no outs, Murray drilled a liner to right field that allowed Glass to score. Following a strikeout, Wallace drove in Happ with a grounder to first base, which put the Bearcats in front 3-1.
UC and Eastern Michigan will play the series finale 1 p.m. ET Sunday at Marge Schott Stadium. The starting pitchers for both teams are to be announced.