Bearcats Top In-State Rival Wright State 12-3|
March 18, 2014
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati baseball team scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to blow open a tie game and earn a 12-3 win over visiting Wright State, Tuesday in non-conference action at Marge Schott Stadium.
Sophomore Devin Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) finished 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and a pair of runs scored to lead the UC attack. Senior Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) drew three walks and scored three runs while sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa.) walked twice, scored twice and had a hit and 2 RBI.
With one out in the fifth, senior Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) and Glass walked and Happ was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wenzel belted a single through the hole at short to score Williams. Sophomore Colin Hawk (Beech Grove, Ind./Roncalli) was up next and caromed a single off the WSU hurler, plating Glass. With the bases still loaded, senior Ryan Quinn (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) was hit by a pitch to score Glass. Freshman Jake Richmond (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was also hit, scoring Wenzel. The Bearcats left the bases loaded, and stranded six in the game.
UC added to its lead, scoring a pair of insurance runs in both the sixth and seventh innings.
Freshman Austin Woodby (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) picked up his first-career win, throwing three scoreless innings with a strikeout. Sophomore Mitch Patishall Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) started, scattering five hits and three runs over four innings, walking three and fanning one. Junior Grant Walker (Brookeville, Ohio/Northmont) gave up two hits over the final 2.0 innings and struck out one. Darion Nunn took the loss for the Raiders, giving up four runs on three hits in three innings.
Wright State was on the board first, scoring a run in the first ahead of Happ's RBI double in the bottom of the frame that plated Williams and knotted things up at 1-1.
WSU's Joe Ford poked a two-out single over Richmond's head at first base, giving the Raiders a 3-1 lead. The damage could have been worse, but a spectacular diving catch by Happ in centerfield closed out the inning.
UC opens up American Athletic Conference play this weekend, heading to Orlando to take on the UCF Knights in a three-game set at Jay Bergman Field. Game times are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.