April 23, 2011
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati baseball team defeated Villanova University 3-2 late Friday night at Marge Schott Stadium to earn a three-game series sweep.
The Bearcats overcame an early deficit as well as tumultuous weather to improve their BIG EAST record to 8-7, the first time this season they've had a conference record better than .500.
In the top of the second, Villanova took a 2-0 lead after VU catcher Adam Nelson and first baseman David Koczirka recorded RBI singles.
Base running cost Cincinnati scoring opportunities in the first and third innings. With one out and runners on first and second in the opening inning, senior shortstop Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City) was picked off at second base. With two outs in the third, sophomore outfielder Jake Proctor (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was tagged out by the catcher after attempting to steal home to end the inning.
A 1-hour, 1-minute lightning delay began with two outs and a runner on first in the bottom of the fourth inning, forcing both teams to go to their bullpens once play resumed. The delay proved fortuitous for the Bearcats as VU starting pitcher Kyle McMyne had eight strikeouts through 3.2 innings pitched.
Freshman outfielder Ronald Cotton (Florence, Ky./Boone County), who was making just his third start of the season, led off the fifth inning with a double down the right-field line and scored on an RBI single by Peters. Two batters later, freshman DH Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) doubled to left centerfield to drive in Peters and tie the game 2-2.
UC broke through in the seventh inning when Glass led off with a double and was driven home on senior outfielder Justin Riddell's (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) RBI single up the middle, giving the Bearcats a 3-2 lead.
Senior RHP Nick Johnson
(Delphos, Ohio/St. John's) started for UC and pitched four innings, allowing two runs and striking out two, before the lightning delay ended his night. Freshman RHP Matt Ring
(Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) entered the game in the top of the fifth and pitched five scoreless innings with four strikeouts and no walks to pick up the win.
Cincinnati will play Xavier University at 3 p.m. ET Tuesday at Hayden Field.