March 12, 2013
CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati baseball team fell to the Purdue Boilermakers 7-4 Tuesday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium.
Cincinnati (4-9) redshirt junior right-hander Christian McElroy started the ballgame and lasted three innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. Senior lefty Thomas Gentile relieved McElroy in the fourth and pitched five frames, allowing just one run with five strikeouts. Freshman southpaw Mark Downs pitched a scoreless ninth in his second collegiate appearance.
Purdue starter R-Sr. Robert Ramer went 8 2-3 innings and tallied seven strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season.
Four Bearcats – Fr. 3B Devin Wenzel, Jr. DH Brendon Neel, Fr. C Woody Wallace and Fr. 2B Colin Hawk – each produced multi-hit games with two base knocks a piece, which accounted for eight of UC’s 10 hits. Wallace and Hawk both added two RBIs.
Purdue (5-9) took a quick four-run lead in the top of the first inning. First baseman Angelo Cianfracco drove in the first run of the ballgame on an RBI single up the middle. The Boilermakers went on to score three more runs on two hits and five walks to jump out to an early 4-0 lead.
Cianfracco added another RBI in the second inning that scored Kyle Wood on a sacrifice fly to right field, which extended the Purdue lead to 5-0.
In the top of the fourth inning Purdue added a sixth run when freshman Jack Picchiotti singled to centerfield driving in scoring Wood for the second time bringing their lead to 6-0.
UC closed the gap to four with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Wenzel led off with a single, followed by a double down the left-field line by Neel to put runners on the corners with no outs. Wallace then singled to left, allowing Wenzel to score. Two batters later, Hawk grounded out to the shortstop, but Neel was able to score from third base on the play.
Purdue scored its final run of the game in the sixth inning when Amaro executed a safety squeeze that allowed Talbott to score from third base.
The Bearcats rallied for a pair of runs in the ninth inning. Wenzel and Neel led off with a single and a double, respectively, before Wallace hit a grounder to shortstop that allowed Wenzel to score. Two batters later, Hawk lined a single to left field that allowed Neel to cross home plate.
The rally would end, however, after Purdue opted to insert Patrick Kenney into the ballgame for Ramer. Kenney then struck out the first batter he faced to end the ballgame.
Ramer was dominant early on as Cincinnati did not record its first hit until junior OF Justin Glass singled to left field with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Cincinnati will play again on Wednesday at 4 p.m. when it travels to Lexington, Ky. to face No. 9 Kentucky.