Baker's Blast Leads to Victory, 7-3|
March 25, 2008
CINCINNATI-- The University of Cincinnati's Ryan Baker knocked a two-run home run over the right field wall to start the scoring and Michael Obyc went 2-for-2 with a run-scoring single in the sixth inning to key Cincinnati's 7-3 victory over Toledo. The win caps UC's 15-game homestand.
Josh Harrison opened the UC second inning with a bunt single and Baker followed with his team-leading third homer of the season. Cameron Satterwhite continued the hit parade with an infield single and an error on Obyc's sacrifice bunt put two runners on base. A sacrifice moved the runners into scoring position and Tony Campana's base hit plated Satterwhite. The RBI single gave Cincinnati a 3-0 lead.
The Rockets (7-11) responded in the third inning when Aaron Dudley's base hit plated Jake Swint to cut the lead to 3-1. The RBI single chased Bearcats' starting pitcher Kevin Johnson out of the game in favor of Brian Sand. Sand inherited a bases loaded situation and induced a groundball doubleplay to stop the Rockets' threat.
With two outs in the sixth inning, back-to-back doubles by Jim Vahalik and Jared Hoying made the score 3-2. Ryan Satterlee followed with a single to score Hoying and knot the score, at 3-3.
Cincinnati (9-9) took the lead back in the bottom sixth. Obyc led off with a hit and moved to second on Peters' second sacrifice bunt of the game. Two batters later, Jamel Scott's double to right field drove-in Obyc to give UC a 4-3 lead.
UC added to its lead with a run in the home half of the seventh. With two away, Baker and Satterwhite both walked. Obyc's second hit of the afternoon brought Baker around to score and padded the advantage, 5-3.
Campana, who finished the day 3-for-5, reached safely with a bunt-single to start the bottom of the eighth. After a failed pickoff attempt and a fielder's choice, Campana stood at third and Scott at second. Mike Spina's fly out advanced Scott to third and scored Campana. Scott came home on a passed ball to set the final count at 7-3.
Billy Welsh and Jake Geglein combined for three innings of shutout relief to seal the win. Sand, who sat out all of last season, tossed three and two-thirds innings of work to earn his first collegiate victory. The redshirt freshman allowed two runs on four hits en route to the win.
Cincinnati returns to action tomorrow against its second Mid-American Conference foe in as many days when its travels to face Ohio. UC and OU are scheduled to meet at Chillicothe's VA Memorial Stadium with the action beginning at 5 p.m.