March 24, 2009
CINCINNATI – Despite collecting just six hits, the University of Cincinnati baseball team turned 10 walks into seven runs as the Bearcats defeated the Miami University RedHawks 11-5 Tuesday evening at Marge Schott Stadium.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first, UC (11-8) scored all six of its second inning runs with two outs in the second inning to take a 6-1 advantage. Walks to junior Beach Brooks (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven) sophomore Nick Rohlfs (Loveland, Ohio/Moeller) and sophomore Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City) loaded the bases for the Red and Black with two outs. Junior Jamel Scott (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) put UC in front with a two-RBI single, before senior Mike Spina (Newberry, Fla./Newberry) added a run on an RBI single to left field.
The second-inning damage continued as junior Lance Durham (Forest Park, Ohio/Roger Bacon) plated Scott and Spina on a double that caromed off the center field fence. During the next at-bat, Durham crossed home plate on a sophomore Justin Riddell (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) single, increasing the Bearcat lead to five runs, 6-1.
Junior Kevin Johnson (Willard, Ohio/Willard) pitched 5.0 innings, struck out seven RedHawk batters, and gave up three earned runs, including two on a Brad Gschwind two-RBI double in the fifth inning, before the Bearcats gave their southpaw pitcher further run support in the bottom of the fifth.
With the bases loaded and one out in the UC half of the fifth, two balks in one at-bat scored two runs and moved the runner from first to third base. The runner on third scored on a Peters RBI knock, widening the Cincinnati lead to 9-3.
After UC tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning, the RedHawks (8-10) collected two runs in the ninth, but the Miami rally ended on a strikeout as UC defeated the RedHawks, 11-5.
UC’s 11 runs marked the eighth time this season that Cincinnati has scored 10-plus runs in a game. Six Bearcat players drove in a run and Johnson improved to 2-0 on the season.
The Bearcats head down to Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday, March 25, to take on Kentucky. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Cliff Hagan Stadium.