Cincinnati Defends Joe Nuxhall Crown|
April 13, 2011
CINCINNATI - Freshman OF/DH Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) batted 2-for-3 with three RBI to lift the University of Cincinnati baseball team past Wright State University 7-4 Wednesday night in the championship game of the 2011 Joe Nuxhall Classic at Marge Schott Stadium.
With two outs, runners on first and third, and the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Glass roped a triple down the right-field line that scored two runs to put UC ahead 6-4. It was the second game in a row Glass hit a go-ahead RBI in seventh inning.
In two games in the 2011 Joe Nuxhall Classic, Glass batted 3-for-6 with four RBI, one run scored and one stolen base to earn the Nuxhall Classic Most Valuable Player Award.
The Bearcats fell behind early thanks in large part to Wright State's ability to play small ball with the sacrifice bunt. In the first and third innings, WSU second baseman Sam Picchiotti led off the inning with a base hit, advanced to the next base on LF Dan Marsh's sacrifice bunt, and scored on an RBI single from 1B Jake Hibberd.
Trailing 2-0 in the third inning, Glass hit a sacrifice fly to drive in senior catcher Nick Rohlfs (Loveland, Ohio/Moeller). The next batter, senior outfielder Justin Riddell (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic), hit an RBI single to right field that allowed Peters to score. Cincinnati then executed a double steal that featured sophomore OF Jake Proctor (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) on third base and Riddell on first. Riddell baited a throw to second base and avoided getting tagged out long enough for Proctor to cross home plate and give UC a 3-2 lead.
Wright State tied the game in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly from CF Ryan Ashe. The Raiders then took a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh when Hibberd drove in Picchiotti for the third time of the game.
Cincinnati answered by scoring four runs in the seventh. With a full count, two outs and runners on second and third, Proctor legged out an infield single to third base that allowed freshman 3B Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) to score and tied the score 4-4. The ensuing at-bat featured Glass' clutch triple.
After walking in the next at-bat to put runners on first and third, Riddell again executed a double-steal by inducing a throw to second base from the catcher and getting into a rundown, which allowed Glass to score and put the Bearcats up 7-4.
Cincinnati will play a three-game BIG EAST series against Rutgers University starting at 3 p.m. ET Friday in Piscataway, N.J.