Wright State Rally Sinks Baseball, 12-10|
March 31, 2009
CINCINNATI – Junior Lance Durham (Forest Park, Ohio/Roger Bacon) drove in a career-high five runs, but a late Wright State rally proved to be too much to overcome as the University of Cincinnati baseball team fell to the Raiders, 12-10, Tuesday evening at Marge Schott Stadium. The Bearcats dropped to 13-11 on the season, while Wright State improved to 13-14.
Durham went 3-for-4 from the plate, including a three-run home run in the first inning, his fourth home run of the year. Freshman Kendal Coleman (Hillsboro, Ohio/Hillsboro) also had three base-knocks, the first three-hit game of his career.
Wright State struck in the first scoring one run on two hits, but UC sent 10 batters to plate in its half of the first inning and scored six runs on six hits to jump in front 6-1. Durham belted a three-run home run to left field in the inning, while junior Beach Brooks (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven), freshman T.J. Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle), and sophomore Nick Rohlfs (Loveland, Ohio/Moeller) added RBI knocks.
The Raiders closed within two runs, 6-4, after scoring two runs in the second and one run in the third, but UC added one run in the bottom of the third, increasing its lead to 7-4. In the frame, Jones led off with a single through the left side before moving up a base on a senior Cameron Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) walk. A sacrifice bunt advanced both runners and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Coleman plated Jones.
UC tacked on another run in the fourth inning when a balk by the Wright State pitcher with the bases loaded scored a run, increasing the Bearcat margin to four runs, 8-4.
In the fifth inning, Coleman lined a one-out single into left-center field and moved to second base on a sophomore Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City) walk. Coleman advanced to third base on a wild pitch and then scored on a RBI single off the bat of Durham, his fourth RBI of the game, lifting the Bearcat advantage to five runs, 9-4.
Wright State continued to fight back and the Raiders scored four runs on four hits in its half of the seventh inning, cutting its deficit to one run, 9-8, heading into the seventh inning stretch.
The Red and Black wasted no time tacking on an insurance run as Coleman led off the bottom of the seventh with a double to center field and then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. During the next at-bat, Durham lifted a sacrifice fly to left field that plated Coleman and pushed the Bearcat lead to 10-8.
However, Wright State crossed the plate three times in the eighth and once in the ninth to take a 12-10 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth.
UC was retired in order in the ninth as Wright State recorded a 12-10 come-from-behind victory.
The Bearcats return to Marge Schott Stadium on Wednesday, April 1, when Indiana rolls in to Clifton. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.