April 17, 2013
CINCINNATI — Freshman catcher Russell Clark’s first career home run gave the University of Cincinnati Bearcats the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning and they never looked back, defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 5-3 in front of a crowd of 1,923 at Marge Schott Stadium. It was the Bearcats’ fourth consecutive win over the Buckeyes dating back to the 2010 season.
The game was deadlocked at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Clark led off the inning with a blast over the left-field fence to make it a 2-1 game in favor of the Bearcats. Later in the inning, redshirt sophomore centerfielder Ethan McAlpine and third baseman Forrest Perron hit back-to-back singles. Two batters later, junior left fielder Justin Glass was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Junior right fielder Matt Williams hit what looked to be a routine groundball to Ohio State third baseman, Jacob Bosiokovic, but Bosiokovic lost the ball in the transition and McAlpine scored to make it a 3-1 game.
The Bearcats played add-on in the bottom of the sixth inning. Clark shot a one-out single up the middle and two batters later, came around to score on a single by McAlpine to make it a 4-1 game in favor of the Bearcats.
The Buckeyes came storming back in the top of the seventh. With two on and two out, second baseman Ryan Cypret hit a two-out RBI single to cut into the lead. Shortstop Kirby Pellant followed Cypret with an RBI double as Cypret took a big turn at third base but was held by the Buckeye third base coach. During the next at-bat, Cypret attempted a straight steal of home and was thrown out to end the inning and thwart the OSU rally.
Cincinnati picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on a solo home run by Matt Williams, making it a 5-3 game in favor of the Bearcats. The home run came off Ohio State reliever David Fathalikhani, who surrendered his first run of the season in his 14th appearance.
Cincinnati sophomore starting pitcher Grant Walker (2-1) made his first start of the season and earned the victory. Walker tossed five-plus innings, allowing three hits and one unearned run, while striking out two and walking three. The five innings for Walker tied a career high, previously set on April 7, 2012, vs. South Florida.
Senior RHP Andrew Strenge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 7th save of the season. The final out was recorded on a great catch by Glass in left field.
Jake Post started for the Buckeyes and tossed three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out four. Tyler Giannonatti (0-2) took the loss in relief for Ohio State, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits.
Four Bearcats hitters collected multi-hit games, including McAlpine, Glass, Clark and freshman first baseman Devin Wenzel. UC freshman shortstop Ian Happ went 1 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to eight games and also picked up his team-leading 15th stolen base.
The Bearcats will host Big East foe Villanova for a three-game series beginning Friday. First pitch for Friday’s game is set for 6:30 p.m. at Marge Schott Stadium.