March 23, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- Despite outhitting South Florida and blanking the Bulls in all but one inning, the University of Cincinnati baseball team fell to USF 8-2 Saturday evening at USF Baseball Stadium.
An eight-run USF (12-11, 2-0 BIG EAST) third inning proved the difference in an otherwise low-scoring ballgame. The Bulls sent 14 batters to plate, producing six base hits while stranding three as UC used three pitchers in the third.
UC (7-12, 0-2 BIG EAST) freshman right-handed pitcher Mitch Patishall (0-3) made his third collegiate start and pitched scoreless first and second innings before getting charged with six runs in the third.
Bearcats sophomore right-hander Ryan Atkinson entered the third inning with bases loaded and no outs and allowed a pair of runs before giving way to freshman left-hander Mike Conrad, who pitched tremendously for the Bearcats, allowing no runs in 4 1-3 innings while giving up just two hits and one walk and striking out two.
Juniors Matt Williams (3 for 4) and Justin Glass (3 for 5) accounted for half of Cincinnati's 12 hits. Glass added two RBIs, while freshmen Forrest Perron and Jeff Murray each drove in one run. The three hits for Williams was a season high.
USF starting pitcher, junior lefty Nick Gonzalez, allowed two runs on eight hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings to earn his second win of the season.
UC got on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Glass led off with a single and freshman second baseman Ian Happ walked to put runners on first and second with no outs. Freshman catcher Woody Wallace reached first base on a wild strike-three before Murray was hit by a pitch, allowing Glass to score.
The Bearcats recorded their second run in the fifth inning. Redshirt sophomore outfielder Ethan McAlpine led off with a double to center field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Perron drove in McAlpine with a sacrifice fly to center field, making the score 8-2 USF.
With USF going to its bullpen in the top of the eight innings, UC rallied for two more runs to close the gap to 8-4. Following a double play, Williams hit a double down the left-field line before McAlpine and Perron walked to load the bases. The Bulls made their second pitching change of the inning, electing to have southpaw Lawrence Pardo face Glass, who clubbed a single to left field that drove in Williams and McAlpine.
Cincinnati and South Florida will conclude the series with Game 3 starting at 10 a.m. Sunday at USF Baseball Stadium. Senior lefty Thomas Gentile (1-0, 4.76 ERA) will take the mound for the Bearcats, while USF is expected to start Sr. RHP Joey Lovechhio (2-1, 5.73 ERA).