April 18, 2017
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team lost its opening game of the Ninth Annual Joe Nuxhall Classic to Xavier, 9-1, Tuesday evening at Marge Schott Stadium. Miami beat Wright State, 4-3, in the opening game of the Classic on Tuesday afternoon.
UC dropped to 18-18 on the year and Xavier moved its record to 21-16. The two teams meet twice more this season, on Tuesday, May 9 at 11 a.m. at Marge Schott Stadium and on Tuesday, May 16 at 3 p.m. at Hayden Field.
Xavier used a five-run fifth inning, taking advantage of a pair of UC errors, to open up a 1-1 game. The Musketeers added three more runs in the sixth and held the Bearcats offense at bay for the 9-1 final.
Connor McVey (Mason, Ohio/Mason) and Manny Rodriguez (Brooklyn, N.Y./Calvert Hall) each had a pair of hits while Rodriguez scored UC’s only run. Mason DeAnna (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/St. Edward) added a pinch-hit double late in the game.
Jarod Yoakam took the loss for UC, dropping his record to 3-1. Yoakam gave up five runs, only two earned with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work. A.J. Olasz started and gave up a run on three hits with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work and a no decision.
· UC is 8-9 all-time in Joe Nuxhall Classic play.
· UC leads the all-time series with Xavier 63-42.
· Luke Turino (Toronto, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute) made his UC debut as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
· Vince Augustine (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) made his 2017 debut, pinch-hitting in the designated hitter spot in the bottom of the seventh.
// KEY INNINGS
Top of the Third
Xavier got on the scoreboard first in the third, taking a 1-0 lead. Soria led off with a single on a 3-2 count and LaRue hit the first pitch he saw to left field. Fallon struck out trying to bunt, but Gallagher walked to load the bases. Gellenbeck singled up the middle to score Soria. Yoakam relieved Olasz and struck out Bannon and Grammes to leave three Musketeers on base.
Bottom of the Third
UC knotted things up with a single run in the third. Rodriguez hit a one-out single to second base and later advanced to second on a passed ball. Haberkorn walked and the runners executed a double steal. Thompson hit a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Rodriguez.
Top of the Fifth
Xavier broke it open with five runs in the fifth. LaRue walked on a 3-2 count. Fallon doubled to right field and LaRue went to third. Gallenbeck walked to load the bases. Bannon followed with a fielder's choice to the pitcher, but Yoakam threw the ball to the backstop and Fallon scored. Grammes hit a fly to center, which was dropped by Haberkorn, allowing Gallagher to score. Hammans came in for Yoakam and Given drew a four-pitch walk to score Gellenbeck. Griffiths grounded out to first, but Bannon scored on the play. Grammes was thrown out at home on a grounder to the pitcher and LaRue struck out looking to end the threat.
Top of the Sixth
Xavier added three more on a home run to right field to push the lead to 9-1. Fallon led off with a single, Gallagher flew out to right and Lowe II relieved Hammans. Fallon stole second and Gellenbeck was hit by a pitch. Bannon hit the first pitch he faced to right field to score three. Schimmoeller relieved Lowe II and Grammes singled to third and took second on a wild pitch. Givin walked and the runners both advanced on a wild pitch. Griffiths and Soria hit back-to-back groundouts to close the inning.
// UP NEXT
The second day of the Joe Nuxhall Classic on Wednesday, April 19 features a championship-game matchup between Miami and Xavier at 3 p.m. ET. Xavier won the inaugural title in 2009 and Miami has been the runner-up four times. UC and Wright State will meet in the consolation game at 6:30 p.m. Both games will take place at Marge Schott Stadium.
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