April 9, 2010
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – In the opener of its three-game BIG EAST Conference series against Seton Hall University, the Pirates made a late-inning rally to close within one run, but senior Andrew Burkett closed the door in the ninth inning to preserve a 10-9 win for the University of Cincinnati baseball team Friday night at Owen T. Carroll Field.
Junior Dan Jensen went 5.0 innings for the Bearcats, who improved to 15-12 overall and 3-4 in the BIG EAST, and gave up three hits, two unearned runs, and struck out six en route to his third win of the season.
The Pirates (11-15; 1-6 BIG EAST) struck quickly in the bottom of the first thanks to some help from the Bearcats. With one out, a throwing error allowed a Pirates batter to reach second base and two batters later, a RBI triple to left-center field put Seton Hall in front, 1-0.
It didn’t take UC too long to put some runs on the board as sophomore Kendal Coleman started the damage with a lead-off triple to left-center field. Four pitches later, Coleman scored on a wild pitch that knotted the score at one. Later in that same at-bat in which Coleman scored, senior Jimmy Jacquot walked before moving to second base on a single through the left side by senior Kevin Johnson. Junior Nick Rohlfs perfectly executed a sacrifice bunt down the first base line, moving both Jacquot and Johnson up a base, giving Cincinnati a chance to bring in a pair of runs.
Following the sacrifice bunt, Jacquot scored and Johnson moved to third base on another wild pitch, placing the Bearcats on top, 2-1. A freshman Jake Proctor walk put runners on the corners with one out and senior Jamel Scott singled through the left side to plate Johnson and move the lead to 3-1. Junior Mikel Huston made the Pirates pay as he scored two on a RBI double down the left field line to widen the lead even further at 5-1. Sophomore Chris Peters continued the hit parade and capped off the six-run frame with a RBI single up the middle, increasing the margin to 6-1.
SHU got one run back in the fourth and for the second time in the game, it came because of a Cincinnati error. A dropped pop up on the first at-bat of the inning allowed the Seton Hall batter to advance to second base. Two batters later, a sacrifice fly scored a run, cutting the Bearcats lead to four runs, 6-2.
In the sixth inning, UC used some two-out scoring to take its biggest lead of the game. Proctor led off the frame with a double down the right field line, but remained at second after back-to-back strikeouts. Three consecutive walks brought in a run, upping the lead to 7-2, before Jacquot cleared the bases with a three-RBI double to center field to push the lead to 10-2.
The Pirates started their surge in the seventh inning with two runs, before scoring five unearned runs, all with two outs, in the eighth inning to close within one run, 10-9.
In the bottom of the ninth, Burkett walked the lead-off man but bounced back with a strikeout and a ground out to put UC one out away from the win. With a runner on second base, Burkett struck out SHU’s Chris Fontenelli to record his sixth save of the year and preserve the 10-9 win.
Seven different players registered hits for UC, with Jacquot driving in a team-best three runs. Huston also registered a multi-RBI game with two RBI.
The Bearcats committed three errors on the game, which led to seven of Seton Hall’s nine runs.
UC and SHU resume their three-game set on Saturday, April 10, at 1 p.m.