Bearcats Drop 5-4 Heartbreaker at Rutgers

April 17, 2014

Final Stats

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15-21, 3-10 American

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Elon Recap Logo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
Cincinnati Recap Logo 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 2 8 2

Box Score

Piscataway, N.J. 
| Bainton Field
Attendance: 116

Elon Recap Logo
16-18, 4-5 American

STATS COMPARISON Cincinnati Recap Logo Elon Recap Logo
Runs 4 5
AB 32 27
Hits 12 6
RBI 3 5
BB 1 4
SO 2 4
LOB 8 3

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Quinn 4 H 3 Carter
Three tied 1 2B 1 O'Grady
- - 3B - -
- - HR 1 Clemente
Glass 2 RBI 3 Clemente
Four tied 1 R 2 Carter
Quinn/Glass 1 SB - -

W - Howie Brey
7.1 9 4 4 0 1
L - Ryan Atkinson (4-3) 6.1 4 5 4 4 3

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The University of Cincinnati baseball team played solid baseball but could not come away with the win, falling 5-4 to Rutgers University on Thursday afternoon in the opening game of a three-game series at Bainton Field in Piscataway, N.J.

The Bearcats led for a majority of the game, and were ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning but a devastating three-run homerun by Rutgers' Lou Clemente gave the home team a lead it would not surrender.

Junior righty Ryan Atkinson got the call for Cincinnati, pitching 6.1 innings and only allowing four hits. The Cincinnati native did not allow a hit between the first and sixth innings but a single to lead off the inning and a two-out walk put two runners on board for Clemente's shot over the right field fence.

Atkinson takes the loss to fall to 4-3 on the season while the Bearcats drop to 15-21 on the year and 3-10 in American Athletic Conference play. Rutgers improves to 16-18 and 4-5, respectively.

Offensively, New Jersey native Ryan Quinn (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) was 4-for-4, tying his career high in hits. The senior could do no wrong in front of his hometown crowd, tying his career high with four hits and reaching base on all five of his plate appearances.

Senior Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) added a hit, an RBI and a run scored to the Cincinnati cause while sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) had two hits.

The teams traded sacrifice flies in the opening inning for a 1-1 tie. Quinn led off the game with a single and Happ doubled to put two runners in scoring position early for the Bearcats. Glass picked up the RBI with a deep fly ball to right field before Rutgers' Nick Favatella did the same in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score.

The Bearcats manufactured a pair of runs in the fifth inning with some classic small ball. Two hits put runners on the corners for UC before head coach Ty Neal called three straight sacrifice plays for his team. Sophomore Colin Hawk (Beech Grove, Ind./Roncalli) scored on what would have been a sacrifice bunt from Quinn and Happ completed his own sacrifice bunt to move runners over. Glass' second sacrifice fly of the game scored another run to give the visitor's a 3-1 lead.

Clemente's homerun put Rutgers ahead 4-3 and an insurance run in the seventh put UC in a 5-4 hole.

Cincinnati scored one run in the top of the eighth when Glass boldly took off in a sprint from third base to steal home. Rutgers' Max Herrmann never saw Glass and didn't even step off the mound for a clean steal.

The Bearcats and the Scarlet Knights will continue their three-game battle on Friday, April 18. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Bainton Field.