March 24, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. — The University of Cincinnati baseball team fell to University of South Florida 8-5 Sunday afternoon at USF Baseball Stadium.
Cincinnati (7-13, 0-3 BIG EAST) twice built a one-run lead in the early stages of the ballgame, but USF (13-11, 3-0 BIG EAST) responded with runs in the bottom half of the inning each time.
Freshman catcher Woody Wallace went 2 for 4 with his first collegiate home run and junior outfielder Justin Glass went 2 for 5 with two RBIs to lead a UC offense that totaled 10 hits.
UC senior left-handed pitcher Thomas Gentile made his first start of the season and was ran after allowing one run on one hit and three walks in 1-3 of an inning. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Art Warren came out of the bullpen and allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits with one walk and a career-high five strikeouts in 3 2-3 innings.
The Bearcats scored the first run of the ballgame in the top of the first inning. Freshman right fielder Forrest Perron led off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later, freshman second baseman Ian Happ belted a double to deep center field that allowed Perron to score easily for a 1-0 UC lead.
Gentile ran into trouble early in the bottom half of the first frame, hitting the leadoff batter, allowing a single and walking the third batter to load the bases with no outs. After Gentile struck out DH Jimmy Falla for the first out of the inning, he threw a wild pitch that allowed SS Kyle Teaf to score. Another walk loaded the bases before Warren entered the game to relieve Gentile. Warren got the job done; striking out RF Austin Lueck and getting 3B Levi Borders to hit a weak groundout, stranding three runners and keeping the score tied 1-1.
Cincinnati momentarily regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Wallace singled to right field and then stole second. Freshman first baseman Jeff Murray hit into a fielder’s choice that got Wallace caught into a pickle, but heads up base running by Murray allowed him to reach second during the scramble. Junior DH Brendon Neel stepped up to the plate and lined a single to center field, which allowed Murray to charge in from second and gave UC a 2-1 advantage.
USF plated three runners in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead. Borders hit a one-out single to left field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Following an Anthony Diaz walk, 2B Nik Alfonso hit a single to shallow right field, driving in Borders and Diaz, who advanced home after Perron’s throw from right field hit off his back and bounced out of play. The next batter Teaf hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field, which drove in Alfonso, who on the previously play advanced to third when the ball went out of play.
Glass’ two-run single in the top of the fifth inning tied the score 4-4. Redshirt sophomore CF Ethan McAlpine hit a leadoff single to left field and then stole second base before senior infielder J.P. Jackson walked. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third with one out, before Glass stroked an opposite-field liner to left field that allowed McAlpine and Jackson, who made his first start at third base for the Bearcats, to cross the dish.
UC redshirt freshman RHP Bryan Chenoweth relieved Warren in the bottom of the fifth and allowed a leadoff triple to James Ramsay, followed by an RBI single by Falla that gave USF a 5-4 lead.
Chenoweth was relieved by Sr. RHP Andrew Strenge with runners on the corners and no outs in the bottom of the seventh. Strenge induced a 6-4-3 double play and allowed a weak infield single, for two USF runs and a 7-4 lead.
UC got one run in the top of the eighth when Wallace mashed a 2-1 pitch that left the stadium and landed onto Elm Drive past left field for his first collegiate home run and a 7-5 USF score.
The Bulls added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Teaf hit a sacrifice bunt for an RBI.
UC resumes midweek action Tuesday when it welcomes the Ohio University Bobcats to Marge Schott Stadium for a 6:30 p.m. ballgame.