March 28, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. -- Junior infielder Ryan Quinn produced a season-high two RBIs and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the University of Cincinnati baseball team defeated St. John's University 6-5 Thursday evening at Jack Kaiser Stadium. UC (9-14, 1-4 BIG EAST) overcame a five-run deficit by rallying for three runs in both the fifth and eighth innings to earn its first BIG EAST Conference win.
Quinn, who hails from Sparta, N.J. approximately 60 miles from St. John's, led the Bearcats with two RBIs. Freshmen Forrest Perron, Ian Happ, Woody Wallace and junior Matt Williams drove in one run apiece for UC, which tallied eight hits and five walks.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Mitch Patishall started the ballgame for the Bearcats and surrendered five runs, all unearned, on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout in 4 1-3 innings. Senior lefty Thomas Gentile tossed 2 2-3 scoreless innings of relief, striking out three and allowing two hits to pick up his second win of the season.
Cincinnati cut the St. John's (9-15, 1-4 BIG EAST) lead down to two runs at 5-3 after plating three runners in the top of the fifth inning. Redshirt sophomore outfielder Ethan McAlpine hit a one-out single to right-center and advanced to third base on Perron's single to left-center, giving UC runners on the corners. After junior outfielder Justin Glass was hit by a pitch that loaded the bases, Happ legged out a fielder's choice to avoid a double play, allowing McAlpine to cross home plate. Wallace singled through the left side, driving in Perron, before Williams' double to left field scored Wallace.
UC took a 6-5 lead after producing three runs in the top of the eighth inning. Freshman third baseman Devin Wenzel hit a one-out single through the left side and went to second base after junior designated hitter Brendon Neel walked. Following a pitching change, Wenzel and Neel each advanced one bag on a wild pitch. Quinn hit a two-run double to left field, driving in Wenzel and Neel and tying the score 5-5. Quinn advanced to third when McAlpine reached on an error by STJ shortstop Dustin Breshears. Perron drove home Quinn with a sacrifice fly to center field, giving Cincinnati its first lead of the game.
UC redshirt freshman RHP Bryan Chenoweth pitched a perfect eighth inning, setting up senior RHP Andrew Strenge's perfect ninth for his fourth save of 2013.
St. John's sent eight batters to the plate in the third inning and scored four unearned runs thanks to three UC fielding errors, two walks and a passed ball as the Red Storm built a 4-0 lead. STJ's two hits in the inning came from 3B Sean O'Hare and SS Kyle Lombardo, who both produced RBI singles before the Bearcats turned a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
The Red Storm tacked on their fifth run in the bottom of the fourth. STJ second baseman Bret Dennis led off the frame getting hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt and then scored on RF Pat Talbut's RBI single to right field.
Cincinnati and St. John's will play the rubber match of series 1 p.m. Saturday. UC's starting pitcher is to be determined, while STJ will hand the ball to R-Fr. LHP Ryan Horstman (3-3, 2.53 ERA). The ballgame can be seen live on ESPN3.com/Watch ESPN.