April 7, 2013
CINCINNATI -- The University of Cincinnati baseball team fell to No. 9 Louisville by a score of 7-4 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium.
UC (11-18, 1-8 BIG EAST) tied the ballgame at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning before UofL (25-6, 7-2 BIG EAST) scored four in the top of the eighth to secure the win.
The Bearcats knotted things up at three runs apiece in the seventh inning after loading the bases with one out. Junior outfielder Justin Glass, who saw his 13-game hitting streak come to end Sunday, struck out before freshman infielder Ian Happ hit a two-RBI single that scored freshman infielder Collin Hawk and junior Ryan Quinn to tie the game at three.
Louisville broke open a 3-3 tie in the top of the eighth after a single by Nick Ratajczak plated his second RBI of the game after a single to right field. Ty Young added a three-run home run later in the inning.
Happ led the way for UC going 3 for 3 with three RBIs on the day. Happ reached base in all five of his at-bats as he walked twice and also added his 12th stolen base of the year.
Redshirt junior RHP Christian McElroy got the start for the Bearcats and received a no decision. He tied his career high pitching seven strong innings. McElroy gave up only three runs on 11 hits and added three strikeouts on the afternoon. Senior RHP Andrew Strenge took the loss for Cincinnati, moving his record to 1-4 on the season. Sophomore RHP Matt Ring also added a scoreless inning in relief.
Anthony Kidston took the hill for the Cardinals and also received a no decision after he threw six-plus innings allowing two runs and four hits while striking out seven Bearcats. Nick Burdi got the win for the Cardinals to improve his record to 2-1 on the season.
The Bearcats got the bats out early as they got off to a 1-0 start in the bottom of the first. Redshirt sophomore outfielder Ethan McAlpine started the inning off with a perfectly placed bunt single. He advanced to second on a balk by Kidston. McAlpine moved to third on a groundout by Glass and then scored on a RBI single by Happ.
Louisville tied the game in the third scoring one run on three hits. Ratajczak had an RBI single scoring Alex Chittenden. McElroy escaped a jam by getting UofL's Ty Young to ground into an inning ending 4-6-3 double play.
UC threatened in the third inning, but was unable to get any runs across. Glass reached base on an error and Happ followed with a walk. Glass was then thrown out at third while attempting a double steal. Freshman catcher Woody Wallace struck out to end the inning.
McElroy escaped trouble again in the fourth inning as the Cardinals loaded the bases, but he got Chittenden to pop out to Hawk to end the frame to keep the game tied at one.
The Bearcats threatened again in the sixth after Happ walked and Wallace was hit by a pitch. The next batter, Matt Williams, singled but Happ was thrown out at the plate trying to score. Freshman third baseman Devin Wenzel struck out to end the inning.
The Cardinals took the lead by a score of 3-1 in the seventh. Left fielder Coco Johnson hit a double down the left field line that scored two. McElroy was able to limit the damage and strand Johnson on third.
UC added a run in the eighth inning on a fielder's choice by junior Quinn that scored junior Williams to close out the scoring.
UC will host Xavier for the first round of the Joe Nuxhall Classic Tuesday night at 7 p.m. inside Marge Schott Stadium. Miami (Ohio) and Wright will start the two-day event off at 3 p.m. ET. Day 2 matchups will feature the winners and losers of game one facing each other on Wednesday.