Walker's Complete Game Propels Bearcats to Joe Nuxhall Championship

April 9, 2014

Final Stats

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13-18, 2-7 American

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Recap Logo 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 7 13 2
Elon Recap Logo 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0

Box Score

Oxford, Ohio | McKie Field
Attendance: 446

Elon Recap Logo
13-18, 4-5 MAC

STATS COMPARISON Cincinnati Recap Logo Elon Recap Logo
Runs 7 4
AB 35 34
Hits 13 6
RBI 7 2
BB 7 3
SO 7 6
LOB 6 6

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McVey 3 H 2 Russo/Elble
Richmond 1 2B 1 Elble
McVey 1 3B - -
Happ 1 HR - -
McVey 2 RBI 1 Russo/Elble
McVey 2 R 2 Slappey
Thompson 1 SB - -

W - Grant Walker (1-3) 9.0 6 4 2 3 6
L - Charlie Suich (1-2) 4.0 8 6 6 2 1

OXFORD, Ohio - Junior right handed pitcher Grant Walker (Brookeville, Ohio/Northmont) pitched his first-career complete game to lead the University of Cincinnati baseball team to a 7-4 victory in the championship game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic at Miami (Ohio) University.

The Bearcats won the four-team tournament for the third time in its six-year history and for the first time since the 2010 season.

Walker led the way, getting the call for all nine innings and only allowing six hits and two earned runs. The junior recorded career-highs in innings pitched and batters faced (37) while tying career-highs in strikeouts (nine) and putouts (one).

Walker picks up his first win of the season and now stands at 1-3 on the year. The Bearcats improve their record to 13-18 while Miami falls to 13-18.

Offensively, freshman Connor McVey (Mason, Ohio/Mason) recorded three hits, with two RBIs and two runs scored. Sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) added two hits, including his third homerun of the season which gave the Bearcats their first run of the game.

The Bearcats used a four-run second inning to open the scoring in the game. Happ's solo shot to right field kicked things off for Cincinnati and three batters later, a 2-RBI triple by McVey scored sophomores Forrest Perron (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) and Devin Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area). A foul flyout then scored McVey for the 4-0 advantage.

Miami responded immediately with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the second inning. Gary Russo sent the second pitch of the inning over the left field fence before a UC fielding error and a wild pitch brought home two more runs.

Cincinnati held a slim 4-3 lead until Miami tied it up in the fourth inning with a single by Ryan Elble that scored a runner from third base. The home team had two more runners on base in the inning but Walker induced a flyout to end the frame and preserve the 4-4 tie.

Walker pitched lights out the rest of the way, not allowing another hit until the eighth inning and only giving up three more in the game.

The Bearcats' winning run came home in the fifth inning. With a runner on third base, Perron laid down a spectacular bunt single that scored Sophomore Colin Hawk (Beech Grove, Ind./Roncalli) to put UC ahead 5-4.

Two more insurance runs would score for UC, one each in the top of the fifth and the top of the sixth inning, for the final 7-4 margin.

Cincinnati will head back to Marge Schott Stadium this weekend on a two-game winning streak. The Bearcats will face the UConn Huskies for a three-game conference series with games played on Friday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m. Sunday's game will represent the 300th game played at Marge Schott Stadium.