Bearcats Beat Nova in Series Opener|
April 19, 2013
CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati baseball team defeated the Villanova Wildcats 5-1 Friday night at Marge Schott Stadium.
UC starter redshirt freshman Connor Walsh lasted four innings giving up zero earned runs on three hits with five strikeouts before giving way to right-handed reliever Matt Ring. Ring threw four shutout innings allowing one hit while striking out five batters en route to his second win of the season. Villanova starter junior right-hander Pat Young lasted 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits while striking out eight. Young was relieved by senior Kevin MacLachlan in the sixth inning.
The Bearcats opened the scoring early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Bearcats centerfielder Ethan McAlpine leadoff with a walk and was followed by a Forrest Perron single. Freshman shortstop Ian Happ later walked to load the bases for Justin Glass, who singled down the left field line to score McAlpine and Perron to and give UC a 2-0 lead.
UC added to their lead in the third inning when Matt Williams singled and then the stole second base. Williams reached third base on a wild pitch and later scored on another Villanova wild pitch to freshman Woody Wallace, increasing the Cincinnati lead to 3-0.
In the eighth inning Cincinnati again added to their lead with two runs. McAlpine and Perron started the inning with back-to-back singles and Ian Happ added a third straight single for the Bearcats scoring McAlpine. Junior Justin Glass followed with a fourth consecutive single scoring Perron for his third RBI of the game.
In the top of the ninth, Villanova got on the board with an RBI single to left field by senior Tyler Sciacca.
UC was led offensively by Perron who recorded a career-high three hits and Glass who went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. The Bearcats scored five runs on ten hits, while committing three errors. Villanova scored one run on six hits while committing just one error.
UC and Villanova will play game two of their three game conference series tomorrow at 4 p.m. inside Marge Schott Stadium.