March 30, 2011
CINCINNATI - One out away from victory, the University of Cincinnati baseball team fell to University of Dayton 4-3 Wednesday night at Marge Schott Stadium.
Leading 3-2 with two outs and two strikes in the top of the ninth inning, Dayton third baseman C.J. Gillman slapped an RBI single to tie the score at 3. The ensuing batter, UD catcher Danny Welch, lined a single to right field that scored the go-ahead run for Dayton.
With runners on first and second and one out, Cincinnati's rally attempt in the bottom of the ninth came up short after the final batters were unable to drive in the tying run.
The Bearcats took control of the game early when, junior catcher Jake Saylor (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) clubbed a home run to left field in the bottom of the second inning to give UC an early 1-0 lead. The long ball was Saylor's second of the season,.
Batting in the cleanup spot for the first time as a Bearcat, freshman OF/DH Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) smacked a double to left centerfield in the fifth inning to score sophomore outfielder Jake Proctor (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) from second base.
In the following at-bat, junior OF/C Braden Kline (Warsaw, Ind./Warsaw Community) knocked in Glass from second base with a single up the middle of the infield to make the score 3-0 Cincinnati. The single extended Kline's hit streak to a career-best 14 games, dating back to last season's finale.
Thomas Gentile (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) recorded his second quality start in as many outings after pitching 6.2 innings and allowing just two unearned runs while striking out three.
(Topeka, Kan./Topeka West) made his return from a hamstring injury suffered on Feb. 20 against Michigan State in the third game of the season. The junior batted leadoff, started in right field and finished the game hitting 1-for-4.
With Cervantez back in the starting lineup, Proctor was moved to the No. 3 spot in the lineup, Glass was moved to the cleanup position.
Senior outfielder Justin Riddell (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic), who had started the previous 21 games of the season, was on the bench at the beginning of the game. He made a pinch-hit appearance in the top of the ninth inning.
Cincinnati plays its second consecutive BIG EAST series on the road beginning on Friday when it travels to Washington, D.C. to play Georgetown University. First pitch for Game 1 of the three-game series is set for 3 p.m. ET.