April 24, 2013
Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) singled over the third baseman's head to score Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) from second and break a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the eighth, propelling the University of Cincinnati baseball team to a 5-4 win over Thomas More College in a non-conference matchup Wednesday night at Marge Schott Stadium.
The Bearcats moved to 17-22 on the year while the Saints dropped to 22-11. UC has won four of its past five games.
Glass led off the bottom of the eighth with a double to left center field, setting the table for Williams who knocked in the game-winner with one out. Williams finished the night 3-for-4 with three runs batted in.
Ethan McAlpine (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) was 2-for-3 with an RBI while Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) and Taylor Schmidt (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) each added an RBI.
Brian Chenoweth (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon), one of six UC pitchers on the evening, worked a scoreless eighth inning to pick up the win, moving his record to 2-3 on the season. Andrew Strenge (Yardley, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep) tallied his eighth save of the season after striking out three in the ninth.
Thomas More's Andy Roenker took the loss, dropping to 2-2 on the season. Saints starter Logan Miller went seven innings, giving up four runs and striking out one.
The Bearcats got on the board first after a single by Happ into center field plated Forrest Perron (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville). UC added to its margin in the third, leading 3-0 after a bases-loaded single by Williams scored McAlpine and Perron who had doubled and walked, respectively.
TMC knotted things up at three runs apiece in the fourth after a three-run home run over the right field fence by Cody Makin. The Saints added a run in the fifth to go up 4-3.
Woody Wallace (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) got the Bearcats back in it after tripling to right field to start the seventh inning. He came home on the next batter when a pinch-hitting Schmidt sent a sacrifice fly to right field which scored the freshman designated hitter and set up the Bearcats eighth-inning rally.
The Bearcats are back in BIG EAST Conference play this weekend with a three-game set at Pittsburgh. The two squads will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. ahead of a single game at noon on Sunday. The doubleheader Saturday from the Panthers' Charles L. Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex will be televised on ESPN3.