March 10, 2007
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CINCINNATI, Ohio---Cameron Satterwhite's eighth inning two-run home run snapped a 1-1 tie, leading Cincinnati to a 3-2 victory over Cleveland State in a non-conference thriller on Saturday at Marge Schott Stadium. The victory assures the Bearcats of their third consecutive series victory and evens the team's record at 7-7.
The story of the game was the pitching duel between Cincinnati's Dan Osterbrock and Cleveland State's Josh Hungerman. Neither team could muster much against either hurler, as the game remained scoreless into the seventh. Despite outstanding efforts by both hurlers, neither figured into the decision due to Satterwhite's late fireworks.
Both teams had chances to score early in the game, but neither broke through until the Vikings' (2-9) sole marker of the day in the seventh. Cincinnati had the first shot, but Neall French was gunned down at the plate for the third out in the second on a Michael Earley single to left. UC threatened again in the fourth, loading the bases with two outs, but leaving them packed when Ryan Baker bounced into a fielder's choice.
Osterbrock, who allowed just five base runners in the first six innings, found trouble in the seventh, prompting UC skipper Brian Cleary to summon Billy Welsh from the bullpen. Josh Geric led off with a single and moved to second when Osterbrock mishandled a sacrifice bunt attempt for an error. Nate Radtke moved both runners over with a bunt marking the end of the line for Osterbrock. Matt Madrid then laid down a perfect squeeze bunt on Welsh's second offering and all of the sudden Cleveland State had a 1-0 lead.
The Bearcats would tie the game in the bottom of the inning, finally breaking through against an obviously tiring Hungerman. With two outs, Adam Yeager
beat out an infield single and stole second. Josh Harrison
then tied the game with a run-scoring single through the left side.
In the eighth against reliever Pat McKitrick (1-1), Brian Szarmach drew a lead off walk, setting the stage for the first home run of Satterwhite's Cincinnati career on a 3-2 pitch. The Vikings threatened to make it interesting in the top of the ninth as Marc Sikora hit a pinch-hit solo home run, but Welsh retired Vasili Pahoulis for the final out.
Osterbrock had another outstanding outing, despite taking a no-decision. The sophomore struck out a career-high seven and ran his scoreless innings streak to 20 before the Vikings' run snapped the string. Still, Osterbrock has allowed just one earned run in his last 22.2 innings.
Hungerman was also up to the task as he gutted out a 130-pitch outing, allowing eight hits and four walks, but allowing just one run and striking out five.
Welsh got the win, allowing just Sikora's home run in 2.2 innings of work. The victory was his first as a Bearcat.
Satterwhite was the offensive star, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Earley's recent surge continued as he had two hits and a walk.
The Bearcats will go for the series sweep tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m. The pitching match-up will feature a pair of right-handers in Cincinnati's John Baird and Cleveland State's Brian Long.