Fr. INF Devin Wenzel produced two doubles Saturday in Game 1 at Rutgers.
April 13, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Freshman first baseman Devin Wenzel hit a career-high two doubles with one RBI, but it was not enough as the University of Cincinnati baseball team fell to Rutgers 6-1 Saturday afternoon in the first game of a BIG EAST Conference doubleheader at Bainton Field.
UC redshirt freshman right-handed pitcher Connor Walsh made his ninth start of the season and saw his day end after allowing two runs on four hits with six walks and four strikeouts in six innings.
Rutgers starter senior left-hander Rob Smorol allowed one run after scattering eight hits and one walk in 7 1-3 innings pitched.
Trailing 4-0, Cincinnati had another opportunity to close the gap in the top of eighth inning but managed just one run. Freshman shortstop Ian Happ led off with a double down the left-field line. Two batters later, Wenzel clubbed a double to the left-field corner that allowed Happ to score for a 4-1 RU lead. Smorol was replaced by Sr. LHP Rob Corsi after Wenzel’s second two-base hit of the game. Corsi walked designated hitter Brendon Neel in his first matchup of the game. A groundout to shortstop by third baseman Ryan Quinn moved the runners to second and third with two outs before Corsi got UC second baseman Colin Hawk to strike out swinging.
The Scarlet Knights scored two insurance runs on three hits and two walks in the bottom of the eighth inning to extend their lead to 6-1. Corsi got the Bearcats to go down in order in the ninth inning for his fifth save of the season.
Wenzel and Happ each totaled two hits in four at-bats, accounting for half of UC’s eight hits.
After going hitless in the first two innings, Rutgers got on the board with one run in the third inning. With bases empty and two outs, third baseman Matt Tietz doubled to left field and 2B Nick Favatella singled to right-center for a 1-0 RU lead.
UC loaded the bases in the first inning and the fourth inning, each time with two outs, but could not come up with a hit with runners in scoring position. Overall the Bearcats stranded 11 base runners.
Rutgers added a second run in the bottom of the fifth inning to go up 2-0. RU first baseman Charlie Law singled to center field to leadoff the frame before DH Lou Clemente walked. A groundout advanced the runners to second and third with one out before Tietz hit an infield single to shortstop that allowed Law to score. Following a strikeout, a walk loaded the bases before Walsh got LF Vinny Zarrillo to fly out to left field.
Wenzel extended his hit streak to eight games when he led off the top of the sixth with a double down the left-field line, but Smorol retired the three ensuing Bearcats to end the threat.
Bearcats senior left-hander Thomas Gentile entered the ballgame for Walsh in the bottom of the seventh inning and allowed a two-out, two-run single to Law that gave Rutgers a four-run lead. Gentile finished the game allowing four runs on five hits and four walks with two strikeouts in two innings pitched.
The Bearcats and Scarlet Knights began the second game of their Saturday twinbill at 3:31 p.m. Freshman RHP Mitch Patishall (5.32 ERA, 0-4) took the mound for UC and faced RU senior RHP Tyler Gebler (3.63, 3-3).