Colton Cleary Delivers Big Outing in 3-1 Loss to Rutgers

April 18, 2014

Final Stats

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15-22, 3-11 American

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

Box Score

Piscataway, N.J. | Bainton Field
Attendance: 221

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17-18, 5-5 American

STATS COMPARISON Cincinnati Recap Logo Elon Recap Logo
Runs 1 3
AB 34 27
Hits 8 4
RBI 0 2
BB 1 1
SO 3 5
LOB 7 1

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Happ/Richmond 2 H 1 Four tied
Three tied 1 2B 1 Favatella
- - 3B - -
- - HR - -
- - RBI 1 Favatella/O'Grady
Happ 1 R 1 Three tied
Glass 1 SB 1 Zarrillo

W - Gaby Rosa 
8.1 8 1 0 1 3
L - Connor Walsh (3-6) 0.1 3 3 3 1 0

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Redshirt freshman Colton Cleary (Nicholasville, Ky./Lexington Catholic) retired 22 consecutive batters but the University of Cincinnati baseball team could not capitalize, falling to Rutgers University 3-1 at Bainton Field in Piscataway, N.J.

Cleary entered the game from the bullpen after just one out in the first inning and pitched lights out for Cincinnati. He faced 24 batters in the game, and after a single and an error, sent down 22 consecutive Scarlet Knights players. Rutgers did not get a single runner on base through the remaining seven innings of the ballgame.

“I think Colton did a great job of competing on the mound today” said head coach Ty Neal. “He really gave this team a chance to win.”

The Nicholasville, Ky., native also struck out a career-high five batters while not allowing a walk or hitting a batter.

Cleary’s outstanding performance was not enough to overcome three early runs scored by Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights jumped all over UC starting pitcher Connor Walsh (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) in the bottom of the first, leading off with three straight hits for a 2-0 lead before an out had been recorded. After a pickoff and a walk, Walsh was lifted for Cleary. A Cincinnati throwing error scored another run for Rutgers but Cleary ended the damage with just a 3-0 deficit.

Cleary and RU freshman starting pitcher Gaby Rosa dueled it out, not allowing another run to score until Cincinnati got a run back in the sixth inning. Rosa pitched into the ninth inning and was finally replaced with just two outs to go in the game.

Cincinnati scored its only run in the sixth when sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) led off the inning with a double. Senior Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) followed with a ball ripped right under the third baseman and into  left field to bring home Happ.

Offensively, Happ collected two hits for the Bearcats and scored the only run. Freshman Jake Richmond (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) also had two hits for Cincinnati.

Cincinnati and Rutgers will play the finale of the series on Saturday, April 19 with a 1 p.m. first pitch from Bainton Field. The game will be live streamed for free on the Rutgers athletic website here.