March 27, 2009
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -
The University of Cincinnati baseball team used a six-run seventh inning and a solid pitching performance from Brian Garman to earn a 6-3 win over Rutgers in BIG EAST Conference action, Friday at Bainton Field.
Garman went seven innings, scattering one run on eight hits while stranding seven Scarlet Knights runners. He struck out four and walked one. He moved his record to 3-2 on the season. The Bearcats moved to 13-8 on the season, and 2-2 in BIG EAST play. Rutgers fell to 9-13 (0-4 BIG EAST).
Jake Geglein picked up his fourth save of the season, the 15th of his career, tying him for first-place all-time in the UC record book with Curtus Moak (1998-2001).
Lance Durham finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. TJ Jones, Kendal Coleman, and Jamel Scott each added single hits and RBI.
Rutgers starter Willie Beard held UC to just one hit through six innings, but the Bearcats broke through in the seventh. Durham led off the seventh with a double to left center. After a strikeout by Justin Riddell, Beach Brooks walked and Beard was pulled for Kevin Lillis.
Pinch hitter Kendal Coleman singled off of Lillis' leg, scoring Durham to knot things up at 1-1. Pinch runner Zach Collaros advanced to third. A fielder's choice by Jones scored Collaros, giving UC a 2-1 lead. Nick Rohlfs singled through the left side, advancing Jones to second. Peters walked to load the bases and Lillis was pulled for Jason Downey.
Scott drew a five-pitch walk off Downey to score Coleman. Mike Spina
reached on an error by the shortstop, scoring Jones. Durham singled to first base after Jaren Matthews' throw pulled Downey, covering on the play, off the bag, scoring Rohlfs. Scott scored on a passed ball and Riddell lined out to third base to end the inning.
In the bottom of the frame, Rutgers loaded the bases with two outs with three-straight singles to right field. Garman got out of the jam with a pop up by Mathews to Durham in foul territory.
Rutgers again challenged in the bottom of the eighth, scoring a pair of runs off reliever Dan Jensen. After giving up a leadoff double to Dan Betteridge, Garman was pulled for Jensen. Jayson Hernandez doubled to left field, scoring Betteridge. With two outs, the Scarlet Knights loaded the bases and Jensen gave way to Geglein. Michael Lang sent a long fly ball to deep left center field that Riddell caught at the fence to end the inning.
Geglein worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save and hand UC its fourth-straight win.
The Scarlet Knights got on the board first in the bottom of the fifth after Russ Hopkins doubled down the left field line, scoring Luis Feliz from second base, making the score 1-0. Garmin got out of the inning, getting Joey Ianiero to ground out to Jones.
With impending weather set to hit the area Sunday, the two squads will play a doubleheader Saturday, beginning at noon. Michael Hill (0-2) is set to get the start in game one against Rutgers' Dennis Hill (1-2).