March 30, 2010
CINCINNATI – Following a five-game road trip, the University of Cincinnati baseball team returned home to Marge Schott Stadium to kick off a five-game homestand of its own on Tuesday evening against the University of Kentucky Wildcats, but the homestand did not start the way the Bearcats wanted as UK downed the Bearcats 11-2.
Cincinnati (12-10) struggled to get its offense going recording just three hits with two of those coming from sophomore T.J. Jones.
Despite the struggles at the plate, the Bearcats struck first in the first inning courtesy of some two-out damage and some help from the Wildcats. Jones singled through the left side to get the rally started, before moving to second base on a walk to senior Jimmy Jacquot. During the next at-bat, the Kentucky second baseman mishandled a one-hop line drive off the bat of sophomore Kendal Coleman, allowing Jones to cross the plate and place UC ahead 1-0.
Just as Cincinnati took the lead, Kentucky took advantage of a Bearcats miscue in its half of the second inning. With two outs in the inning, Luke Maile homered to left field to tie the game at 1-1, before back-to-back singles put runners on the corners with two outs. Just as it looked that UC would escape the inning without any further damage, a dropped fly ball in right field scored two runners and gave UK its first lead of the day, 3-1. Three singles and a walk ensued, pushing three more runs across for the Wildcats, before Jacquot threw out a runner attempting to steal to end the threat and send the game to the third inning with UC trailing 6-1.
Four more hits coupled with a walk and a hit batsman in the UK fourth inning led to three more runs, widening the Wildcats advantage to 9-1.
Senior Kevin Johnson drilled the first pitch of his at-bat in the fifth inning over the wall in right-center field for his fourth home run of the season to make the score 9-2, but Kentucky bounced back with two more runs in the sixth inning to increase its lead to nine runs, 11-2.
In the final three innings, only one UC batter reached base and that was via a walk, as UC fell to UK by an 11-2 margin.
UC returns to Marge Schott Stadium on Thursday, April 1, when the Bearcats welcome the USF Bulls to town for the opener of a three-game BIG EAST Conference series. Thursday’s game is UC’s home conference opener and is slated to start at 6:30 p.m.