More Great Pitching Leads To UC Win Over Notre Dame

April 6, 2007

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"I think one of the traits of a great pitcher and you saw it last night with Blevins and again tonight are they want to finish. When they can sniff the finish line and keep going like he did, that's a trait of a great pitcher."
--UC head coach Brian Cleary

CINCINNATI, Ohio---Cincinnati got a complete game from Dan Osterbrock and scored the winning run on a bizarre sixth inning play, leading to a 4-3 win over Notre Dame on Friday night at frigid Marge Schott Stadium. The triumph is UC's second straight over the Irish with each game finishing with identical scores. The Bearcats climb to 17-13 overall and 4-4 in the BIG EAST with the win.

Osterbrock crafted his team-leading third complete game of the season, allowing the Irish (13-16, 1-6 BIG EAST) bats only five hits, while striking out seven. The sophomore southpaw improves to 5-1 with the win.

In the decisive sixth inning, Michael Earley led off with a double and Neall French followed with a walk. A pitch from David Phelps popped out of the mitt of catcher Matt Weglarz and after picking it up and half attempting a throw to third, the ball slipped out of his hand, rolling into the Cincinnati dugout for a two-base error. Earley scored the winning run on the play while French took third. UC failed to stretch its lead as a drawn in Irish infield cut down two ground balls before Phelps got a fly ball out.

Friday's tilt got off to just the opposite start of the opener as it was the Bearcats jumping to an early 3-0 lead. Cincinnati wasted little time as Josh Harrison drove a one out first inning double inside the left field line and scored later on a Neall French single. As would be the theme of the night, an Irish miscue hurt as a passed ball led to an Adam Yeager RBI single for the first of three unearned runs surrendered by Phelps. UC added its third run as Michael Obyc scored when Ryan Baker bounced into a double play following a Notre Dame error.

On the mound, Osterbrock cruised through the first four innings, allowing just a third inning single after retiring the first seven in a row. Danny Dressman started the fifth inning off with a single after a lengthy at-bat and was standing on second after a stolen base. One out later, Mike Dury was hit with a pitch and a double steal moved up both runners. On the steal attempt, Baker's throw was wild; allowing Dressman to score Notre Dame's first run. After another out, Brayden Ashdown delivered an RBI single to cut the UC lead to 3-2.

The Irish came back to tie the score in the sixth starting the rally when Ross Brezoysky flared a double down the left field line. After Osterbrock struck out Tony Langford, Dressman delivered an RBI single to left center to tie it, but got caught between first and second on the play for the third out of the inning.

French's torrid pace continued as he reached his second eight-game hit streak of the season with a 2-for-3 night. Harrison also had a pair of knocks for UC.

Dressman finished the night with two of Notre Dame's five hits. Phelps (4-3) was the hard luck loser, grabbing a complete game after yielding four runs (one earned) and seven hits with seven strikeouts.

UC will go for the series sweep tomorrow with first pitch at 1 p.m. The Bearcats will go with Michael Hill on the mound to start, while Notre Dame's starter is listed as TBA.