Baseball Knocks Off Wright State 4-2
April 19, 2017

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CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team won the consolation game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic by a 4-2 margin over Wright State on Wednesday night at Marge Schott Stadium.

Miami knocked off Xavier in the championship game at 3 p.m. by a 12-6 margin. It was Miami's first championship in the Classic and Xavier's first time as runner-up.

UC bettered its record to 19-18 while Wright State fell to 25-10. The Bearcats and Raiders will meet again in Dayton on May 2, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. ET inside Nischwitz Stadium.

The Bearcats put three runs on the board in the fourth on the strength of a leadoff home run by R.J. Thompson (Mason, Ohio/Mason) and some solid base running. UC added an insurance run in the fifth and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for the win.

Four pitchers combined to scatter two runs and six hits in the game. Nathan Kroger (Loveland, Ohio/Milford) got the start and threw 3.0 innings. He gave up a solo home run to open the fourth inning and was pulled for eventual winning pitcher Cam Alldred (Batavia, Ohio/Cincinnati Country Day).

Alldred struck out two in the scoreless inning and picked up his second win of the season. Reese Robinson (Dayton, Ohio/Centerville) tossed 4.0 innings of solid relief, leaving with a runner on in the ninth. A.J. Kullman (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) picked up the save after loading the bases and walking in a run but striking out two of the last three batters he faced on six pitches.

Thompson finished 2-for-3 with a homer, walk and RBI. A.J. Bumpass (Rougemont, N.C./Northern) and Jace Mercer (Johns Creek, Ga./Johns Creek) drove in the other Bearcats runs while Mercer, Connor McVey (Mason, Ohio/Mason), Eric Santiago (Bethlehem, Pa./Notre Dame Green Pond), Manny Rodriguez (Brooklyn, N.Y./Calvert Hall) and Treg Haberkorn (Leo, Ind./Leo) all finished with base hits in the game.

// NOTABLE
· UC is 9-9 all-time in Joe Nuxhall Classic play and 11-7 at Marge Schott Stadium in 2017.
· Wright State leads the all-time series 42-37-1
· Kullman picked up his second save of the season with both coming in midweek action. His first of 2017 came against Miami on Thursday, March 16.
· Mason DeAnna (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/St. Edward) had two walks and a stolen base on the night.
· Mercer and Ryan Noda (Volo, Ill./Grant) also stole bases on the night and now share the team lead of six swipes with McVey.

// KEY INNINGS
Top of the Fourth
Wright State got on the board first with a leadoff home run from Weatherford. The homer chased Kroger from the game and Alldred relieved, inducing a ground out and getting a pair of swinging strikeouts to end the frame.

Bottom of the Fourth
UC added three to take a 3-1 advantage. Thompson added a leadoff homer of his own, hitting the second pitch he saw over the fence in left center. Bumpass drew a four-pitch walk and a pair of outs followed ahead of a single up the middle by Santiago. Mercer singled to center field to score Bumpass. Santiago advanced to third and scored when WSU's throw home went wide.

Bottom of the Fifth
The Bearcats added a run in the fifth to make the score 4-1. Rodriguez led off with a triple to left field. Haberkorn lined out to first and Swaney was pulled for Meyer. Thompson walked on four pitches and Bumpass grounded out to second and Rodriguez crossed the plate.

// UP NEXT
UC welcomes East Carolina to Marge Schott Stadium this weekend for a three-game American Athletic Conference series. Friday’s game will start at 6 p.m. ET, Saturday at 4  p.m. and Sunday’s series finale will go at noon.

// ECU SERIES PROMOTIONS
It’s a busy weekend of promotions at Marge Schott Stadium, including UC’s first-ever Bark in the Park on Sunday. Friday's game gets underway at 6 p.m. ET and is another Bearcats Blue Jeans Night with country music, $1 hot dogs and a postgame Amazon Tennis Ball Toss for the chance to win an Amazon gift card. Signature Saturday is scheduled for a 4 p.m. first pitch. Collect the fifth pack in a season-long trading card series and get them signed by select Bearcats on the concourse. The series wraps up Sunday with Bark in the Park and Family Day beginning at noon. The first 250 dogs (or dog owners) will receive a Cincinnati Bearcats bandana presented by Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs. Bark in the Park participants will enjoy the game from a special section down the first base line. After the game, fans can take the field to run the bases. Family day packages are available for $20. Participating families can receive four tickets, four hot dogs and four 12-ounce sodas for $20.

// HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Live video and audio coverage of the weekend series against the Pirates will be available through the BearcatsTV platform on GoBEARCATS.com. Matt Noonan (play-by-play) will call the action.

// FOLLOW THE BEARCATS
For all the latest information on Cincinnati baseball, please visit GoBEARCATS.com. For up to the minute updates, follow Cincinnati baseball (@GoBearcatsBASE) and Coach Neal (@Ty_Neal_UC) on twitter. You can also find the Bearcats on Facebook.

// TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game tickets are just $5 for adults, $3 for youth and seniors, and $1 for groups of 20 or more. For tickets, call 1-877-CATS-TIX or visit GoBEARCATS.com/tickets.