March 11, 2009
CINCINNATI - A 3-for-4 performance at the plate by junior Lance Durham (Forest Park, Ohio/Roger Bacon) and 4.2 impressive innings of relief by junior Dan Glozer (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) led the University of Cincinnati baseball team to a 7-4 win over Xavier University Wednesday evening at Marge Schott Stadium. The Bearcats have won three consecutive games and five of their last six, improving to 6-5 on the season.
Xavier (6-5) scored two runs in the first inning and one run in the top of the second to take a 3-0 lead, before the Bearcats struck in their half of the second. Durham led off the inning with a single up the middle and scored all the way from first base on a double by sophomore Justin Riddell (Lexington, Ohio/Lexington Catholic). A single by sophomore Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City) followed by a walk by freshman Dorian West (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) loaded the bases with no outs.
A fielder's choice eliminated Riddell at home, but the bases remained loaded for sophomore Nick Rohlfs (Loveland, Ohio/Moeller). Rohlfs drew a four-pitch walk that plated Peters, and a fielder's choice by junior Jamel Scott (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) scored West, evening the game at 3-3. After Scott stole second base, a single through the left side by senior Cameron Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) scored two runs, giving UC is first lead of the day, 5-3.
The Musketeers closed within one run, 5-4, with a run in the top of the third, but Cincinnati quickly widened its lead with two runs in its half of the frame. Durham led off the inning with a solo home run, his second of the season, which was followed by a double off the bat of Riddell. Riddell moved to third base on a fly out and proceeded to score on a single into left-center field by West that opened the Bearcat lead to 7-4.
After the third inning, pitching took over as neither team could cross the plate resulting in a 7-4 Bearcats win.
Glozer earned his first win at UC, and senior Jake Geglein (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) picked up his first save of the season.
Cincinnati concludes an 11-game homestand this weekend when it welcomes Western Michigan to Marge Schott Stadium for a four-game set. The series begins Friday, March 13, at 4 p.m.