April 11, 2009
CINCINNATI - Senior Michael Hill (Proctorville, Ohio/Fairland) went six innings to earn his first win of the season as the University of Cincinnati baseball team defeated Notre Dame 7-3 in the opening game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium. Hill went six-plus innings giving up three runs and striking out five Irish batters.
At the plate, freshman Kendal Coleman (Hillsboro, Ohio/Hillsboro) led the Bearcats with three RBI, while fellow freshman T.J. Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) added two RBI.
The Bearcats used back-to-back doubles by seniors Cameron Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) and Mike Spina (Newberry, Fla./Newberry) to score quickly in the first. Junior Lance Durham (Forest Park, Ohio/Roger Bacon) and freshman Cory Hough (Springboro, Ohio/Lebanon) drew consecutive walks to load the bases. Jones reached on an error by the second baseman, which allowed Durham and Spina to score, upping the Bearcat lead to 3-0. With runners on first and second base, Coleman lined a RBI-single into left-center field, extending the first-inning cushion to 4-0.
David Casey led off the Notre Dame second inning with a solo home run to right field, cutting the UC deficit to three runs, 4-1.
Durham led off the third inning with a double and two batters later, he scored on a single through the right side by Coleman, pushing the Bearcat lead back to four runs, 5-1.
The Irish scored two runs on three hits in the fourth, making the score 5-3.
UC padded its lead back to four runs in the fifth inning, as back-to-back singles by Spina and Durham followed by a Hough walk loaded the bases. Jones drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch, and Coleman followed with a RBI fielder’s choice, expanding the lead to 7-3.
Hill and senior Jake Geglein (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) combined to hold the Irish scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings to preserve the win.
The second game of Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m.