Bearcats Drop Series Opener to UofL 8-3

April 5, 2013

Box Score

CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati baseball team fell to the ninth-ranked University of Louisville Cardinals 8-3 on a beautiful Friday evening at Marge Schott Stadium. The Bearcats fell to 11-16 (1-6 BIG EAST Conference) on the season and the Cardinals upped their record to 23-6 (5-2).

Junior right fielder Matt Williams led the UC offense after going 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Redshirt freshman RHP Connor Walsh started and took the loss for the Bearcats. Walsh tossed five-plus innings, allowing nine hits, five runs (all earned) and five walks while striking out two. Walsh fell to 1-1 on the season.

Chad Green started and took a no-decision for Louisville. Green went 4 2-3 innings, allowing three hits, two unearned runs and three walks while recording three strikeouts. Lefty Reliever Cody Ege picked up the win after striking out Glass with runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, which preserved UofL’s 5-2 lead.

The Cardinals jumped ahead early plating two runs in the top of the first inning. Second baseman Nick Ratajczak hit a one-out single and advanced to third on a single by third baseman Ty Young. Ratajczak came across to score on a groundout by left fielder Coco Johnson to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. The next batter, right fielder Cole Sturgeon, also singled to score Young and make it 2-0 in favor of Louisville.

Louisville added a run in the top of the second on an RBI single by Ratajczak and a run in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by designated hitter Jeff Gardner to make it 4-0 in favor of the Cardinals.

The Bearcats cracked their way onto the scoreboard in unique fashion in the bottom of the fifth inning. Third baseman Devin Wenzel and right fielder Matt Williams led off the inning with back-to-back singles with Wenzel advancing to third. The next batter, designated hitter Forrest Perron, popped out to the shortstop. Louisville shortstop Sutton Whiting fired the ball to first to try and double off Williams, but the ball got away from first baseman Zak Wasserman and Wenzel trotted home to put the Bearcats on the board. Williams advanced to second on a walk by first baseman Jeff Murray. Ryan Quinn then grounded into a fielder’s choice, advancing Williams to third and he scored on a throwing error by second baseman Ratajczak, making it a 4-2 game. Both runs scored by the Bearcats were unearned.
The Cardinals added some insurance runs in the top of the sixth. Whiting drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice and scored on a single by Ratajczak. Young then tripled in Ratajzcak and he scored on a wild pitch to make it a 7-2 game. They added one more run in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Adam Engel to give the Bearcats an 8-2 lead.

Ratajczak led the way for the Cardinals, going 4 for 6 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

The Bearcats and Cardinals will lock up in game two of the series tomorrow afternoon at Great American Ball Park following the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals game. RHP Mitch Patishall (0-3, 4.91) is scheduled to start for the Bearcats. He will be opposed by RHP Jeff Thompson (5-0, 0.59) for the Cardinals.