Happ's Walk-Off Homerun Completes Bearcats Comeback in 8-7 Win over Miami

April 1, 2014

Final Stats

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10-16, 1-5 American

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Elon Recap Logo 3 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 10 1
Cincinnati Recap Logo 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 2 8 6 3

Box Score

Cincinnati, Ohio | Marge Schot Stadium
Attendance: 757

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10-16, 2-4 MAC

STATS COMPARISON Cincinnati Recap Logo Elon Recap Logo
Runs 8 7
AB 27 35
Hits 6 10
RBI 4 7
BB 5 2
SO 6 4
LOB 7 4

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Glass 3 H 2 Three tied
Glass 1 2B 1 Honchel
- - 3B - -
Happ 1 HR - -
Happ 2 RBI 3 Honchel
Glass/Happ 2 R 2 Walsh/Russo
Glass 1 SB 1 Three tied

W - Austin Woodby (2-0) 2.2 0 0 0 0 1
L - Brad Schwartz (1-4) 2.1 2 2 2 0 2

CINCINNATI - Sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) hit a walk-off two-run homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the University of Cincinnati baseball team to an 8-7 victory over Miami (Ohio) University on Tuesday night at Marge Schott Stadium. It was the second walk-off in as many wins for UC.

The Bearcats were down 7-0 in the sixth inning before scoring six runs in the frame to set up the game-ending heroics from Happ. With senior Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) on second base with one out, Happ launched a ball off the scoreboard to give his team an 8-7 victory.

With the win, Cincinnati improves to 10-16 on the season while Miami falls to 10-16. Freshman Austin Woodby (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) pitched 2.2 scoreless relief innings for the Bearcats to earn his second win of the season.

The Redhawks had built a steady 7-0 lead by scoring three runs in the first inning, two runs in the third and two more in the fifth. Three Cincinnati errors and some overall sloppy play contributed to the MU scoring, but the Bearcats turned their fortune around in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Sophomore Colin Hawk (Beech Grove, Ind./Roncalli) was walked to open the sixth and advanced to third on a single by pinch hitter Rob Blissitt, Jr. (Markham, Ill./Thornwood), marking the first-career hit for the freshman. Glass recorded one of his three hits on the night with a single up the middle to score Hawk before Happ was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. A wild pitch scored Blissitt, Jr., and sophomore Woody Wallace was walked (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) before Miami went to the bullpen. Another wild pitch scored Glass to bring the lead to 7-3. Freshman Jake Richmond (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was walked and freshman Connor McVey was hit to force in another run for the Bearcats. Hawk, in his second at bat of the inning, reached on a Miami throwing error and two more runs scored to close the gap to 7-6 at the end of the sixth inning.

Both teams battled through two and a half scoreless innings before Happ's blast ended the game.

On the mound for Cincinnati, junior Grant Walker persevered through 6.1 innings, giving up 10 hits and four earned runs, but only walking two batters and adding three strikeouts. Woodby produced a solid outing in relief, going 2.2 innings with no hits, no walks and no runs allowed.

Glass led the way offensively for the Bearcats, tallying three hits and one RBI and scoring two runs, including the game-tying run on Happ's homerun. Blissitt, Jr., Happ and sophomore Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) had the only other hits for UC.

The Bearcats will look to carry the momentum of this win into another midweek game against Bowling Green State University on Wednesday night. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Marge Schott Stadium.