March 20, 2013
CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati baseball recorded a 4-3 win over Northern Kentucky Wednesday evening at Marge Schott Stadium, marking the first time the two greater Cincinnati area schools had played each other since the 1996 season.
Bearcats junior designated hitter Brendon Neel went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, leading a UC offense that totaled 10 hits. Junior outfielders Justin Glass and Matt Williams each hit 2 for 4, rounding out Cincinnati’s three multi-hit performances.
Bearcats sophomore right-hander Art Warren recorded his first collegiate win after going one inning and striking out one while allowing no runs, while senior RHP Andrew Strenge recorded his second save of the season.
UC led off the bottom of the fifth inning with back-to-back walks by freshman infielders Jeff Murray and Devin Wenzel. Freshman catcher Woody Wallace sacrificed the runners over on a bunt to put runners on second and third for Neel, who doubled down the left-field line scoring both runners and bringing the score to 4-3 in favor of the Bearcats.
UC redshirt junior right-hander Christian McElroy started the ballgame and lasted 2 1/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits with three strikeouts before giving way to Sr. LHP Thomas Gentile, who pitched 1 2/3 frames and allowed two runs on two hits while recording three strikeouts.
Northern Kentucky starter Fr. Aric Harris went three innings and tallied two strikeouts while allowing two runs on seven hits.
Cincinnati opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Glass and freshman infielder Ian Happ hit back-to-back one singles before Murray walked to load the bases for Wenzel, who also walked to bring in the first run of the game. Woody Wallace hit into a fielder’s choice to bring in Happ for the Bearcats’ second run.
NKU got on the board in the third inning. Right fielder Hunter Morey led off with a walk and senior shortstop Bradley Vanderglas followed with an infield single, putting runners on first and second. A Bearcat error loaded the bases for Brett Cisper, who was hit by a pitch to bring in NKU’s first run of the ball game bringing the score to 2-1.
Gentile replaced McElroy and was able to get out of the inning with the score remaining 2-1.
In the top of the fifth, NKU took the lead scoring two runs. The scoring began when sophomore Josh Myers led off with a triple to right field. Vanderglas followed with an RBI double to left-center to tie the game at 2-2. Following Vanderglas was Cisper, who singled up the middle scoring Vanderglas and giving the Norse a 3-2 lead.
Devin Wenzel extended his hitting streak to 13 games and has now reached base safely in all 17 games this season.
Cincinnati next plays on Friday at 7 p.m. when it travels to Tampa Bay, Fla. to face the University of South Florida. Redshirt freshman RHP Connor Walsh is slated to get the start for the Bearcats.