March 25, 2009
LEXINGTON, Ky. - For the first time in nearly two years, the Kentucky Wildcats lost a home non-conference game as the University of Cincinnati baseball team snapped UK's 29-game home non-conference winning streak with a 12-6 triumph Wednesday evening at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Kentucky's last home non-conference loss came against Morehead State on April 18, 2007 and Cincinnati won its third consecutive game, improving to 12-8 overall.
Senior Mike Spina (Newberry, Fla./Newberry) led the Bearcats at the plate going 3-for-5, while junior Lance Durham (Forest Park, Ohio/Roger Bacon) drove in four runs and freshman T.J. Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) added three RBI. It was Durham's second consecutive multi-RBI game.
Seven Bearcat pitchers held UK to six hits, and junior Dan Glozer (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) earned his second win of the year.
The Bearcats struck quickly as a lead-off walk by sophomore Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City) and a one-out single Spina placed runners on first and second base with one out. Durham drove home both Peters and Spina on a two-RBI double to left-center field, pushing UC to an early 2-0 lead.
Kentucky responded with two runs in the first and one run in the second to take its first lead of the game, 3-2.
The Bearcats converted two UK errors into a run in the top of the third inning, knotting the contest at 3-3.
Cincinnati put together a two-out rally in the fifth inning that started with a two-out single through the left side by sophomore Justin Riddell (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic). After junior Beach Brooks (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven) was hit by a pitch, a single through the left side by senior Cameron Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) plated Riddell and put the Red and Black in front, 4-3. Jones drilled a double into right-center field that scored Brooks and Satterwhite, widening the lead to 6-3. Sophomore Nick Rohlfs then tacked on another run with a RBI-double that expanded the UC cushion to four runs, 7-3.
The Wildcats capitalized on a Bearcat miscue in the bottom of the seventh to close its deficit to two runs, 7-5, but Cincinnati responded with four runs on three hits in the top of the eighth. UC scored its four runs on a RBI single by Durham, a RBI hit-by-pitch to Brooks, a RBI walk to Brooks, and a UK wild pitch.
The Bearcats did not stop there as UC scored one run on an RBI single by Durham in the ninth, increasing the lead to 12-5.
The Bearcats travel to Piscataway, N.J., to take on Rutgers for a three-game BIG EAST Conference series beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 27.