Big Inning Dooms Bearcats Against RedHawks, 11-8|
April 1, 2008
CINCINNATI--Cameron Satterwhite led the University of Cincinnati with four hits, but Miami University came up with seven runs on five hits in the eighth inning to break the game open and take an 11-8 decision at Marge Schott Stadium.
After taking two out of three BIG EAST Conference games at Notre Dame over the weekend, UC looked comfortable at the plate where it collected 14 hits. Cincinnati collected two hits each from Ryan Baker, Justin Riddell, and Jamel Scott, and three singles from Tony Campana. UC utilized seven different relievers after starting pitcher Nick Johnson came out of the game in the sixth inning.
Miami's Evan Armitage led off the night with a single. After a sacrifice bunt, Armitage scored on Chris Nadeau's single to give MU an early 1-0 advantage.
The Bearcats evened the game in the bottom of the first. With Campana aboard after a leadoff walk, Scott notched an infield single. The BIG EAST Conference leaders in stolen bases, Campana and Scott moved up on a double steal. After Campana was called out at home on a wild pitch, Scott moved to third and came home on a ground out.
Johnson allowed Miami to load the bases before retiring a batter in the second inning. The rookie righthander induced a sacrifice fly for the first out and then coaxed two more outs to exit with Cincinnati trailing, 2-1. Johnson left the game after giving up three runs on five hits, striking out three, but also hitting three batters.
Miami (6-17) added a run in the sixth to chase Johnson off the mound. MU starting hurler John Greene (1-0) earned his first decision.
With one away, Satterwhite doubled off the wall in left field to start the bottom of the sixth. After moving to third on a failed pickoff attempt, Satterwhite scored on a ground out to cut the margin to 3-2.
Miami blew the game open by erupting for seven runs on five hits in the top of the eighth inning. A three-run double by Jordan Petraitis was the high point of the inning. Petraitis came home on a double to make it an eight-run Miami lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Cincinnati (12-11) used a two-run single by Justin Riddell to score Mike Spina and Satterwhite and narrow the gap to 10-5. With Baker standing on second after a double, and Riddell at third, a ground out by Scott Peters scored Spina. Two batters later, Baker came home on Scott's base hit to make it a 10-6 game.
Miami added an insurance run in its final at-bat against UC relieverJustin Schultheiss to make the score 11-6.
With two outs in the ninth, Satterwhite knocked his fourth hit of the day to keep Cincinnati's hopes alive. Riddell singled and the duo advanced after a passed ball. Baker followed with a single to drive-in both home to make it a 11-8 in its last gasp.
Cincinnati starts a five-game road swing on Friday when it heads to Connecticut for a BIG EAST series. UC and UConn meet in the first of three games on Friday, at 3 p.m.