April 5, 2009
CINCINNATI - Behind a career-high five RBI from sophomore catcher Nick Rohlfs (Loveland, Ohio/Moeller) and five stellar innings of relief by senior Jake Geglein (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas), the University of Cincinnati baseball overcame an early five-run deficit to take the series finale, 10-9, over the University of Louisville Cardinals in front of a season-high 1,984 fans at Marge Schott Stadium.
Sunday's game against Louisville was UC's first nationally-televised home baseball game and in front of an ESPNU national audience, the Bearcats improved to 14-14 overall and 3-6 in BIG EAST play, snapping a six-game skid.
Rohlfs finished 3-for-4 from the plate, including the go-ahead two RBI double in the seventh inning, his second two-RBI double of the day. Geglein entered the game in the fifth inning and went the rest of the way, giving up one earned run on four hits to collect his second win of the season.
Phil Wunderlich led the Cardinals with a career-high three home runs and drove in a career-best five RBI.
For the third day in a row, Louisville jumped on the board first and eventually expanded its lead to five runs, 5-0, heading into the bottom of the third.
In the bottom of the third, UC rallied to take its first lead of the day. Rohlfs led off the frame with a single up the middle and quickly moved to second base on a bunt single by junior Jamel Scott (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto). Senior Cameron Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) plated the first Bearcat run of the day with a single into right field that scored Rohlfs and moved Scott to second. A walk by senior Mike Spina (Newberry, Fla./Newberry) loaded the bases for UC, and two batters later, sophomore Justin Riddell (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) brought home Scott and kept the bases loaded for freshman T.J. Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle).
Jones struck with a two-RBI single that bounced over the head of Louisville third baseman Chris Dominguez, cutting the Cincinnati deficit to 5-4. Later in the inning with the bases still loaded, Rohlfs drilled a two-out, two-RBI double down the right field line to push UC in front, 6-5.
In the UofL fifth, Wunderlich hit his second home run of the day, a three-run shot, putting the Cardinals back on top, 8-6.
With Jones standing on first base in the UC fifth, sophomore Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City) lined a single into right field and as the Louisville right fielder attempted to field the ball, the ball rolled underneath his glove to the warning track, allowing a run to score and Peters to move to third base. A Rohlfs RBI ground out scored Peters and tied the game at eight.
Still tied at eight in the seventh, Jones singled to start things off before moving to third on a double down the left field line by freshman Kendal Coleman (Hillsboro, Ohio/Hillsboro). Two batters later, Rohlfs delivered his third RBI knock of the game, a double down the rightfield line, that scored both Jones and Coleman and pushed UC back in front, 10-8.
Wunderlich made things interesting with a solo home run in the ninth, but the Louisville rally ended on a fielder's choice as Cincinnati downed Louisville, 10-9.
The Bearcats head to Dayton, Ohio to take on Wright State on Tuesday, April 7, at
6:30 p.m., before returning home for another crucial BIG EAST series April 9-11 against Notre Dame at Marge Schott Stadium.