March 28, 2009
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team dropped 2-0 decision to Rutgers on a walk-off homerun by Jaren Matthews, Saturday in game one of a BIG EAST Conference doubleheader, on a windy Saturday at Bainton Field.
Matthews sent a 0-1 pitch from UC starter Michael Hill to deep right center field, giving Rutgers (10-13, 1-4 BIG EAST) its first league win of the season. The loss snapped Cincinnati’s (13-9, 2-3 BIG EAST) four-game winning streak.
Hill went the distance for UC, giving up two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and a walk. He was efficient, throwing 93 pitches, and not having an at bat go longer than seven pitches. The loss dropped his record to 0-3 on the season.
Billy Murphy (1-0) picked up the win for Rutgers. He pitched an inning of relief for starter Casey Gaynor who gave up five hits in eight innings of work, striking out seven and walking one.
The UC offense mustered six hits, but was not able to convert its scoring opportunities, stranding eight runners. The Bearcats best opportunity to break the 0-0 tie came in the top of the ninth.
With one out, Justin Riddell walked and Zach Collaros advanced him to second on a ground out. After an intentional walk to Kendal Coleman put runners on first and second with two outs, T.J. Jones sent a single to deep right field and Riddell was thrown out in a close play at the plate, ending the inning.
Game two of the doubleheader, and game three of the series is scheduled to start at 2:45 p.m.