Bearcats Sweep Huskies; 5-3 and 4-3|
April 5, 2008
STORRS, Conn.-- The University of Cincinnati baseball team used a two-run double by Ryan Baker to break the first game open en route to a 5-3 win in the first game over Connecticut. Starting pitcher Michael Hill tossed seven scoreless innings to allow a four-run fifth to hold up to win the second game of the BIG EAST Conference doubleheader, 4-3.
The Huskies struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Bearcats starting pitcher Dan Osterbrock (3-2) allowed a leadoff double and one batter later, a ground ball base hit made it 1-0.
In the fourth, Connecticut collected three consecutive singles to bring home the second run of the day.
Cincinnati's (14-11, 6-2 BIG EAST) Baker opened the fifth inning with a double and after a pair of line outs Jamel Scott ripped a double down the left field line to plate Baker. On the next pitch, Josh Harrison lined a single and Scott scored to even the game, at 2.
In the Csixth inning, hits by Kevin Johnson and Cameron Satterwhite, followed by a passed ball, put runners runners in scoring position for batter Mike Spina. Spina rapped UC's third consecutive single and Johnson scored to give visiting Cincinnati its first lead of the day. Two batters later, Baker knocked his second double in as many innings and both runners scored, pushing the advantage to 5-2. Baker reached safely in all four plate appearances and finished the first game 3-for-3.
Connecticut (15-14, 5-6 BIG EAST) bounced back with a run in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-3.
Osterbrock spread 13 hits, and struck out three, over seven innings of work before giving way to reliever Billy Welsh. Welsh worked two scoreless innings of relief to record his first save of the season.
In the second game, neither side could muster any offense until the fifth inning when the opportunistic Bearcats put together all four of their runs on only two hits. Satterwhite led off with a double and two runners were aboard after Justin Riddell was hit by a pitch. A potential double play ball off the bat of Baker was misplayed and Satterwhite scored. Riddell advanced to third and came home when the throw from center field sailed into the third base dugout, and put UC up 2-0. After Chris Peters walked, runners were on the corners when Tony Campana's ground out plated Baker. Another double to left by Scott allowed Peters to score and made it a 4-0 lead.
Hill (3-2) tossed seven scoreless innings before allowing two runners to reach in the eighth. The righthander had allowed just one baserunner to reach third base before the eighth en route to his third win of the year. Jake Geglein entered the game with two outs and two men on and allowed back-to-back hits to see the UC lead cut to 4-3.
Welsh entered the game in the ninth and dispatched three UConn batters in order to earn his second save of the season.
Sunday's BIG EAST series finale between UC and UConn is set for a Noon first pitch. A victory by Cincinnati on Sunday would mean its first BIG EAST Conference sweep since the 2006 campaign.