April 14, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — University of Cincinnati junior third baseman Ryan Quinn went 2 for 4 to move his reached-base streak to 10 games, but it was not enough as the Bearcats baseball team lost to Rutgers 7-1 Sunday afternoon at Bainton Field.
UC redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Christian McElroy allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits in 4 2-3 innings while allowing a career-high eight walks; one of which was intentional.
Freshman shortstop Ian Happ extended his hit streak to seven games after going 1 for 3 with a walk. Freshman right fielder Forrest Perron hit 1 for 4 with a run scored to round out Cincinnati’s four hits.
Rutgers starter Charlie Law gave a strong effort, allowing just one run on three hits with five walks in eight innings pitched. At the plate, Law, who also plays first base when he’s not pitching, helped his cause by going 1 for 2 with three RBIs, a run scored and two walks.
McElroy struggled to find his command in the bottom of the first after walking three batters and allowing two hits in route to a 35-pitch inning that led Rutgers to taking an early four-run advantage. RU third baseman Matt Tietz walled before McElroy struck out 2B Nick Favatella. Tietz advanced to second on a wild pitch prior to CF Brian O'Grady walking. Scarlet Knights left fielder Vinny Zarrillo singled through the left side to drive in Tietz. Following a strikeout, RF Steve Zavala walked to load the bases for Law, who lined a bases-clearing double down the left-field line for a 4-0 Rutgers lead.
Great defensive play by UC allowed McElroy to avoid further damage in the second and third innings. With one out and runners on first and second in the bottom of the second, McElroy induced a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.
The Bearcats did themselves one better in the bottom of the third. With no outs and runners on first and second, Zavala hit a line drive toward the pitcher's mound that McElroy snagged out of the air. McElroy quickly turned and fired to shortstop Happ, who tagged second base and launched the ball to Wenzel at first base for a triple play; Cincinnati's first three-putout defensive play since May 20, 2005 at USF.
The Scarlet Knights tacked on two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a six-run lead. Law led off with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Sweeney hit an infield single deep in the hole to shortstop Happ, whose errant throw to first base allowed Law to round third and reach home. Two batters later, Favatella singled to left field for an RBI and a 6-0 RU count.
Bearcats redshirt sophomore RHP Matt Ring entered the ballgame for McElroy with two outs and runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ring retired the first batter he faced to end the threat and finished the game allowing one run on one hit in 1 1-3 innings.
Cincinnati got on the board in the top of the sixth inning. Perron led off with a single up the middle and moved to second two batters later after Happ singled to left field. Freshman first baseman Devin Wenzel walked to load the bases with one out. A wild pitch by Law allowed Perron to score and cut UC's disadvantage to 6-1.
Rutgers answered UC by scoring one run in the bottom of the sixth inning. RU shortstop Pat Sweeney led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Favatella drove in his second run of the game with a double down the right-field line to give RU a 7-1 lead.
UC sophomore righty Grant Walker pitched a perfect seventh inning by ending the frame with two strikeouts. The Rutgers offense ended the day by striking out in its final five at-bats after Bearcats RHP Ryan Atkinson punched out the side in the bottom of the eighth.
The Bearcats made the score 7-2 with their final at-bats in the ninth. With one out, freshman catcher Woody Wallace walked and moved to third base on Quinn's second hit of the game - a single to right-center. After a strikeout, redshirt sophomore center fielder Ethan McAlpine and Perron were both hit by pitches in consecutive at-bats to give UC its second run of the day.
Cincinnati hosts a pair of midweek ballgames, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday matchup versus Dayton at Marge Schott Stadium. The following day, the Bearcats will welcome the Ohio State Buckeyes to Clifton, marking the first game OSU has played at UC since May 11, 1994.