April 6, 2011
MOREHEAD, Ky. - Junior first baseman Nic Spence (Victoria, Australia/St. Joseph's) batted 4-for-5 with four RBI and the University of Cincinnati baseball team defeated Morehead State University 14-10 on Wednesday at Allen Field.
Eight of the nine Cincinnati starters recorded at least one hit, including six with multi-hit games, as UC racked up 18 total hits and four home runs.
Trailing 2-0, Justin Riddell (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) led off the second with his first home run of the season, a line drive to left centerfield. Not to be outdone, Spence showcased his home run prowess with a towering blast to right field with two runners on that gave UC a 4-2 lead. The home run was the first of Spence's UC career.
Riddell clubbed his second home run of the game with one out in the top of the third inning, a two-run shot to left field that put Cincinnati ahead 6-2. The Lexington, Ky. native finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBI.
After Spence and Rohlfs led off the fourth with back-to-back singles, Glass drove them in with a three-run home run over the right field wall to put the UC up 9-3. Glass now has three home runs on the season, tying him with Proctor for the team lead.
Morehead State catcher Taylor Davis hit a three-run home run to centerfield in the bottom of the fourth inning that shrunk UC's lead to 9-6. Cincinnati responded with three runs in the fifth, highlighted by senior shortstop Chris Peters' (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City) RBI-single.
The Eagles threatened to tie the game after scoring four runs in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 12-10. With bases loaded and just one out, freshman Matt Ring (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) got the Bearcats out of the inning with a strikeout and a groundout and protected UC's lead.
The Bearcats added two insurance runs in the ninth inning, highlighted by a Spence RBI-single.
Cincinnati (14-12, 3-3 BIG EAST) will puts its four-game win streak on the line when it opens a three-game series against conference rival University of Louisville at 6:30 p.m. ET Friday at Marge Schott Stadium.