March 18, 2011
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati baseball team overcame the elements to defeat Western Michigan University 3-2 Friday at Marge Schott Stadium.
Cincinnati (8-5, 0-0 BIG EAST) scored the first two runs of the game in the bottom of the third inning when senior outfielder Justin Riddell (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) hit a groundball to right field, scoring senior shortstop Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City).
Riddell set up UC's second run after executing a double-steal play with freshman outfielder Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll). Riddell baited a throw to second base from WMU's catcher and avoided a putout long enough for Glass to steal home.
Inclement weather caused a 3-hour, 40-minute stoppage in play with one out in the top of the fifth inning. Prior to the delay, senior RHP Dan Jensen (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) threw 4.1 scoreless innings while striking out three.
Freshman RHP Matt Ring (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) entered the game after the delay and pitched 2.2 innings, allowing one unearned run and striking out three to pick up his first career win.
The Bearcats added a third run in the bottom of the fifth inning when junior 2B Sam Vandenheuvel (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) scored when Broncos centerfielder Jack Scanlon dropped a fly ball hit by Peters.
Western Michigan attempted a comeback in the eighth inning when an error on a possible double-play groundball set up the Broncos' first run.
With the score 3-1, junior LHP Cory Hough (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) entered the game in relief of Ring with runners on the corners and no outs. He got out of the inning without allowing a run.
After WMU picked up another run in the top of the ninth, Zach Isler
(Union, Ky./Covington Catholic) went into the game with the tying run at second base and two outs. The sophomore RHP struck out Broncos DH Grant Simotes to end the game and pick up his first career save.
The Bearcats, who have won seven of their last eight games, will play a doubleheader against Western Michigan starting at 1 p.m. ET Saturday at Marge Schott Stadium.