March 15, 2009
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team collected just one hit in the first five innings, but the Bearcats strung together five key hits in the sixth and seventh innings to defeat the Western Michigan University Broncos 4-3 in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium. Trailing 3-2 in the seventh inning, back-to-back solo home runs by junior Beach Brooks (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven) and senior Cameron Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) lifted Cincinnati (9-6) to the win.
After three scoreless innings, Western Michigan (3-12) used two extra base hits and a single to manufacture two runs and take a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning.
Three clutch Bearcat hits in the sixth inning allowed UC to tie the game at two. Freshman Dorian West (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) delivered a one-out, pinch-hit single into right field and advanced from first to third on a double down the left field line by fellow freshman Kendal Coleman (Hillsboro, Ohio/Hillsboro). With two outs, senior Mike Spina (Newberry, Fla./Newberry) lined a single into right-center field that plated West and Coleman and tied the game at two.
Just as UC tied the game, a solo home run by Jack Scanlon in the Bronco seventh, lifted WMU back in front, 3-2.
Just as Western Michigan took the lead, Cincinnati responded and took its first lead of the game, 4-3, courtesy of back-to-back solo home runs by Brooks and Satterwhite. Brooks’ home run was his first round-tripper as a Bearcat.
Junior Andrew Burkett (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) pitched 2.0 innings of scoreless relief, earning his second win of the season, while senior Jake Geglein (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) retired the Broncos in order in the ninth inning to preserve the 4-3 win.
UC has five days off for final exams, before hitting the road for its conference opening series at Pittsburgh March 20-22. The three-game series between the Bearcats and Panthers begins Friday, March 20, at 3 p.m.