March 30, 2014
Game No. 1: UC 3, USF 2 | Box Score
Game No. 2: USF 7, UC 6 | Box Score
CINCINNATI - A walk-off base hit by senior Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) gave the University of Cincinnati baseball team a 3-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader against USF on Sunday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium. The Bulls topped the Bearcats 7-6 in the nightcap, despite a furious four-run comeback in the eighth inning that fell one run short for Cincinnati.
The Bearcats were not short on the dramatic moments in either leg of the doubleheader, using late-inning rallies in both games.
In the seven-inning opener of the doubleheader, senior Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) hit a walk-off single through the right side to score senior Ryan Quinn (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) from third base and win the game for the Bearcats 3-2. The senior came to the plate in a pressure-packed final inning with two outs in a 2-2 ballgame before delivering Cincinnati's first walk-off base hit since March of 2012.
The win snapped a four-game losing skid for the Bearcats and gave the home team its first win in the American Athletic Conference. UC reliever Ryan Atkinson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) recorded the win to improve to 3-1 on the year while USF's Michael Farley took the loss.
The Bearcats fell behind 2-0 in the second inning when back-to-back singles and a walk by Chenoweth loaded the bases with one out. USF's Nik Alfonso sent a double into left field to score two runs and put the Bulls ahead.
The visitor's held the lead through three and a half innings until Cincinnati fought back in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 2-2. Quinn hit a single and freshman Jake Richmond (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was walked to put two runners on for Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian). The senior doubled to score Quinn from second base and put the Bearcats on the board at 2-1. Freshman Connor McVey (Mason, Ohio/Mason) recorded the second RBI when his groundout scored Richmond and tied the game.
The teams battled through a scoreless sixth inning to set up Glass' dramatic walk-off in the seventh. Due to conference rules, the first game of the doubleheader was only played to seven innings because of USF's necessary get away time.
Glass and Quinn each tallied two hits in the first game while Quinn scored two runs.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader, the Bulls held on to win the game 7-6 despite allowing the Bearcats to score four runs in the eighth inning. UC got on the board first with a run in the second inning, but USF worked to a commanding 7-2 lead entering the bottom of the eighth.
Sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon)began the rally with a walk and classmate Woody Wallace (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) followed with a single. A double steal put the runners on second and third when sophomore Colin Hawk (Beech Grove, Ind./Roncalli) singled to score Happ. A USF fielding error put Quinn onboard and scored Wallace and a single by sophomore Devin Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) scored Hawk to bring the score to 7-5.Two batters later, a dropped infield fly scored Quinn and the Bearcats were within a run of tying the game. A great defensive play by the Bulls' third baseman finally ended the inning and the Bearcats came up just short of completing the comeback.
Happ put together a strong outing in the second game of the day, collecting three hits, two doubles, two runs scored, one RBI and one walk to lead the Bearcats.
Redshirt freshman Colton Cleary (Nicholasville, Ky./Lexington Catholic) took the loss for Cincinnati, falling to 0-1 after his first-career start on the mound. Cleary collected a career-high three strikeouts in the game. USF's Tommy Peterson picked up the win.
Sophomore Kyle Seeger (Cincinnati, Ohio/Reading) notched his first-career RBI in the third inning when his single into centerfield scored Happ from second base to cut the USF lead at the time to 3-2.
After the two games, the Bearcats now sit at 9-16 on the season and 1-5 in the American. USF is 17-10 and 4-2 in league play.
The Bearcats will be back at Marge Schott Stadium with a pair of midweek games this week. UC will face Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday, April 1 and Bowling Green State on Wednesday, April 2. Both games will begin at 6:30 p.m., on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.