April 17, 2009
JAMAICA, N.Y. – Senior Jake Geglein (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) recorded a six-out save to become the University of Cincinnati’s all-time saves leader as the Bearcats downed St. John’s 11-8 Friday evening at Jack Kaiser Stadium. Geglein struck out four batters and scattered just two hits to earn his 16th career save, surpassing Curtis Moak, who recorded 15 career saves from 1998-01.
Cincinnati’s (17-17; 6-7 BIG EAST) seven-, eight-, and nine-hole hitters combined to go 5-for-13 with six RBI’s, including three RBI from junior Beach Brooks (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven).
St. John’s (19-13; 8-5 BIG EAST) crossed the plate first with a run in the first inning. Lead-off hitter Matt Kemp drew a four-pitch walk and then advanced into scoring position with a stolen base. Back-to-back ground outs moved Kemp to third base before crossing home plate, leading the Red Storm to a 1-0 lead.
The Bearcats sent seven batters to the plate in the second inning and put together a pair of two-out hits to get on the board. Sophomore Justin Riddell (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) doubled to right field to begin the frame, but a fly out and a strike out left Riddell on second with two outs. Brooks hit a soft line-drive single over the third baseman’s head that plated Riddell and evened the score at one. During the next at-bat, junior Jimmy Jacquot (Swansea, Ill./Belleville East) worked a three balls, one strike count, before depositing a fastball over the scoreboard in left-center field to push the UC lead to two runs, 3-1. The home run was Jacquot’s second of the season.
In its half of the second inning, the Red Storm strung together a double and a single, allowing St. John’s to score one run and cut its deficit to one run, 3-2. St. John’s took the lead back in the third as the first five batters reached base and the first three men scored, catapulting the Red Storm in front, 5-3.
Inheriting runners on second and third base with no outs in the third, junior Tyler Smith (Bryan, Ohio/Bryan) retired the next three batters without surrendering a run to end the threat.
It took the Bearcats three pitches to strike in the fifth inning as Jacquot and freshman T.J. Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) each hit first-pitch singles, before senior Cameron Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) lined a two-RBI double into right-center field on the first pitch of his at-bat to tie the game at five. Back-to-back ground outs allowed Satterwhite to score, placing Cincinnati back in front, 6-5.
Cincinnati added a run in the sixth as a four-pitch walk to Brooks and back-to-back singles through the left side by Jacquot and Jones loaded the bases with one out. Satterwhite lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Brooks and upping the Bearcat margin to 7-5.
The see-saw battle continued as St. John’s Tim Morris belted a three-run home run to left-center field in the bottom of the sixth, placing the Red Storm back in front, 8-7.
Cincinnati clawed back as junior Lance Durham (Forest Park, Ohio/Roger Bacon) singled to center to start the seventh, before moving to third on a double down the left field line by Riddell. Two batters later, a RBI ground out by sophomore Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City) knotted the game at eight. With two outs, Brooks drilled a ball to the shortstop, but a diving stop and a strong throw beat Brooks, ending a possible scoring threat and leaving the game tied at eight heading to the bottom of the seventh.
The Bearcats jumped back on top, 9-8, in the eighth as Jacquot turned a one ball, two strikes count into a walk, before scoring all the way from first on a triple to right-center field by Jones. However, the Bearcats could not add to their lead as Jones was stranded at third base.
A two-run home run in the top of the ninth by Brooks, his fourth of the season, padded the Bearcats lead to three runs, 11-8.
The Red Storm loaded the bases in the ninth, but a Geglein strike out preserved the 11-8 win.
The Bearcats and Red Storm meet on Saturday, April 17, at 1 p.m., while Sunday’s game time has been moved from 1 p.m. to Noon.