March 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team jumped out to a 2-0 lead through five innings, but after Villanova University tied the game in the sixth, the Wildcats scored three runs in the eighth inning to defeat Cincinnati, 5-2, Friday afternoon in the BIG EAST Conference opener for both schools.
The Bearcats fell to 11-8 on the season and 0-1 in BIG EAST play, while the Wildcats improved to 16-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
Cincinnati jumped in front early as senior Jamel Scott drew a walk to start the game and quickly moved into scoring position by stealing second base. Scott moved ninety feet closer to home plate on a sacrifice bunt from junior Mikel Huston, and during the next at-bat, Scott scored on a RBI-single off the bat of junior Chris Peters, placing UC on top, 1-0.
The Bearcats used the same model to manufacture another run in the third inning as it did in the first. Freshman Jake Proctor reached first base when he was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame and stole second base on the first pitch of Scott’s at-bat. Once Proctor was at second, Scott put down a sacrifice bunt that pushed Proctor to third base and a sacrifice fly by Huston plated Proctor, upping the UC advantage to 2-0.
Junior Dan Jensen pitched well for Cincinnati giving up just two hits through five innings, but the Wildcats, who came into the game ranked second in the BIG EAST in batting average, started the sixth inning with a single, a double, and another single to cut its deficit to 2-1. UC traded a double play for a run during the next at-bat, and junior Brian Sand relieved Jensen and struck out the next batter, sending the game into the seventh inning tied at two.
Villanova took its first lead of the game in the eighth inning when the Wildcats put strung together three singles with two walks to score three times and take a 5-2 lead.
VU’s Brian Streilein retired 10 of the final 11 UC batters to earn the complete game victory and up his record to 3-0.
Peters lead UC with two hits and drove in a run and pushed his average to .309 for the season.
The Bearcats and Wildcats continue their three-game series on Saturday, March 27. The game is set to begin at 1:15 p.m.