Baseball Drops 7-4 Decision at UCF|
March 22, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team dropped its second game in a three-game series against UCF 7-3 in Orlando, Fla. The series is the opening weekend of American Athletic Conference play for the Bearcats.
Cincinnati held a slim 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning before UCF exploded for five runs in the frame to take a 6-2 lead.
The Bearcats tried to make a comeback in the ninth inning while trailing 7-3 and loaded the bases with no outs. The team was only able to score one run, for the final margin of 7-4.
Offensively, seniors Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) and Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) and sophomore Forrest Perron (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) led Cincinnati with two hits apiece. Glass scored two runs and four different players recorded an RBI. Additionally, senior Ryan Quinn (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) was walked three times in the game, setting a new career mark.
Cincinnati got on the board first in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) reached first base safely after a UCF fielding error and stole second. Perron blooped a double down the leftfield line to score Happ and put the Bearcats ahead.
In the bottom of the second, the Knights answered immediately when Sam Tolleson led off the frame with a solo homerun over the left field fence to tie the game at 1-1.
The Bearcats got one back in the top of the third, making the Knights pay for two walks to Glass and Happ. With two runners on base, sophomore Devin Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) singled through the left side to score Glass and put the visitor’s back on top 2-1.
Redshirt sophomore Connor Walsh (Wayne Pa./Radnor) controlled the game through the third and fourth innings, sitting down six-straight UCF batters. The righty struck out the side in the third inning and used two groundouts on two pitches and a flyout to end the fourth.
The Knights broke through in the bottom half of the sixth inning, scoring five runs off four hits. Walsh allowed back-to-back singles to lead off the inning and a throwing error on an attempted sacrifice bunt scored the tying run. Two more runs came home for UCF on a single by Jordan Savinon before head coach Ty Neal pulled Walsh in favor of reliever Bryan Chenoweth (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon). The redshirt sophomore inherited one runner and walked another before another double scored two more for UCF. The Knights ended the inning with a 6-2 lead.
UC and UCF each added one run in the seventh and UC scored in the ninth for the final 7-4 tally.