March 29, 2007
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CINCINNATI, Ohio---Often times in team sports, players are rewarded for great defensive efforts by making a play on the offensive side soon after. Such was the case on Wednesday night for University of Cincinnati junior Cameron Satterwhite as his outfield assist and go-ahead homer helped the Bearcats clinch a 9-5 win over Wright State.
In the top of the sixth inning with the score knotted at five, UC appeared to be out of the inning when Nick Allsop chopped a grounder to Adam Yeager. Yeager's flip to second for a force out went wide of the bag, but an alert Satterwhite backed up the play and ultimately threw Ryan Shoup out at the plate to stop the go-ahead run from scoring. On the game's very next pitch in the bottom of the inning, Satterwhite ripped Chris Nighland's first offering deep over the left centerfield wall to put the Bearcats in front to stay.
Satterwhite's heroics were part of a good offensive night for the Bearcats (13-11) as the hosts banged out 12 hits. Adam Yeager matched his career-high with three hits, while three other players added two apiece. Tony Campana scored three of UC's nine runs, while Josh Harrison drove in two.
The night got off to a shaky start for Cincinnati and starting pitcher John Baird as an RBI single by Justin Parker and a two-run bomb by Casey McGrew pushed the Raiders to a 3-0 first inning lead. UC would get one of the markers back in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of an error and three walks by pitcher Jordan Wolfe.
In the third, the Raiders (10-9) went up 4-1, loading the bases with one out and scoring on a McGrew sacrifice fly. Baird was able to work his way out of the inning when Aaron Fields grounded out.
The Bearcats made a charge to tie the game in their half of the third, stringing together two walks and three straight singles, including RBI knocks by Neall French
and Yeager. Jamel Scott
then tied the game with an RBI fielder's choice.
Cincinnati took its first lead one inning later when Harrison knocked in Campana with a sac fly after the latter tripled to right center. The see-saw battle continued into the sixth when Parker tied the game, scoring on a wild pitch. Further damage was halted when Satterwhite made his throw to the plate.
Satterwhite's longball was just the beginning of the Bearcats' offense in the inning as UC went up 8-5 with three key runs. Harrison made it a two-run game when he singled home Ryan Baker, but an aggressive play to stretch it into a double resulted in the former being gunned down at second. Campana pushed the Bearcat lead to 8-5 when he scored on a balk. One inning later, the hosts wrapped up the night's scoring as a Baker single scored Yeager.
A key to the Bearcats' victory was holding Wright State's leading hitter Ross Oeder hitless. After entering the game hitting .465, four UC hurlers held the senior to a 0-for-3 night. Parker led the Raider offense with two hits, while McGrew drove in three.
Despite uncorking the wild pitch that tied the game, Jake Geglein got his first win of the year after pitching 1.1 hitless innings. Adam Calez and Evan Sanford worked the final two frames in scoreless fashion.
Nighland (0-1), the four of six Wright State pitchers, took the loss after allowing four runs and five hits in 2.1 innings of work.
The Bearcats are back on the road this weekend, traveling to Georgetown for a three-game series. The set gets underway on Friday with a 3 p.m. first pitch at Shirley Povich Field.