April 22, 2008
ATHENS, Ohio--Victorious in seven consecutive road games, the University of Cincinnati baseball team had its winning streak snapped with an 18-6 defeat at Ohio. Jamel Scott tallied four singles, and Ryan Baker and Nick Rohlfs each knocked home runs in the seventh inning to close the gap to 9-6, but there was not enough heroics in the Cincinnati arsenal on this night.
Down 9-0, in the sixth inning, Cincinnati used back-to-back singles by Scott and Josh Harrison, followed by a Mike Babin wild pitch to put runners in scoring position. Two batters later, Mike Spina flied out and Scott came home with Cincinnati's first run of the night.
For Cincinnati (23-15) Baker led off the seventh with a solo homer. After Justin Riddell reached via a throwing error, Rohlfs ripped his first collegiate round-tripper. The Bearcats continued to show no signs of quit, after loading the bases and scoring two more runs to make it a 9-6 contest before the Bobcats' Matt Schlarb entered the game and struck out the last two batters of the seventh.
Schlarb came into the contest with Ohio (19-19) in front, at 9-6 and the go-ahead run at the plate for Cincinnati in the form of Baker, but after receiving plenty of insurance, he cruised to his second save of the season.
After missing his turn to start last week, Brian Garman allowed eight runs on 12 hits over four and two-thirds innings on the mound. Garman gave up a run in the first, two in the second and one in the fourth, before allowing Ohio to erupt for four runs on four hits in the fifth inning to make it an 8-0 contest. He dipped to 2-2 following the loss.
Evan Sanford replaced Garman on the mound and gave up a three-run home run to the first batter he faced. Sanford retired one batter to close the door on the Ohio fifth inning.
Justin Schulteiss worked a scoreless sixth and the Bearcats posted five runs in the top half of the sixth before A.J. Upton took over on the rubber. Appearing in his first game since the March 26 matchup against Ohio in Chillicothe, Upton allowed seven runs, including four homers, over one and a third inning of service. Tyler Goodro gave up two runs on three hits before recording the final two outs in the eighth.
Matt Smith went three innings in a controlled start to improve to 4-1 on the season. Smith spread four hits over three scoreless innings on the mound for the Bobcats. John Angelicchi added two scoreless innings of relief before passing the ball to Babin.
UC must bounce right back tomorrow night, when it plays Morehead State in the sixth game in as many days. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Marge Schott Stadium.