Bearcats Drop Both Games of DH to No. 23 Pitt|
April 27, 2013
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The University of Cincinnati baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader at No. 23 Pittsburgh, falling 7-3 in game one and 4-3 in game two Saturday at Charles L. Cost Field. The series finale on Sunday has been moved to 10 a.m. ET.
Cincinnati (17-24, 4-13 BIG EAST) lost the second game in the bottom of the ninth on a throwing error by Bearcats shortstop Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon). With the score tied at 3-3 and Pitt runners on first and second, the Panthers' Eric Hess hit a fielder's choice to Happ at short, who tosses the ball to ball UC's Ryan Quinn (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) before the second baseman was near the bag. When Quinn couldn't grab the ball cleanly, Pitt's Boo Vazquez raced home from third to score the deciding run.
The Bearcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the contest. UC catcher Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richard) singled and later scored from third on a wild pitch from Pitt starter Matt Wotherspoon to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Clark and Jeff Murray (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) led the Bearcats with two hits each.
An inning later, UC pushed its lead to 2-0 on a solo home run by Happ. It marked Happ's third long ball of the season.
Pitt (31-10, 11-3 BIG EAST) evened the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth on a solo home run by Evan Oswald and an RBI single to centerfield by Casey Roche.
The Panthers pulled ahead 3-2 in the sixth when Elvin Soto tripled to right center and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Sam Parente.
The Bearcats didn't quit and tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the eighth when Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) doubled to right field and scored three batters later on a pinch-hit single to left field by Brendon Neel (Festus, Mo./Jefferson College).
UC lost a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth when it came up empty after Ethan McAlpine (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) was caught trying to steal home with the bases loaded and two outs.
Pitt reliever Joe Harvey (2-1), who came in the game with two outs in the ninth, earned the win. UC reliever Andrew Strenge (Yardley, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep) pitched 1.1 innings and allowed two hits and an unearned run to go with a strikeout to fall to 1-5.
The loss overshadowed a quality start from freshman right-hander Mitch Patishall (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights). The reigning BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week tossed 7.1 innings and gave up eight hits and three earned runs with four strikeouts and a walk. It marked Patishall's second longest outing of his career, coming off last week's complete game three hitter against Villanova.
Pitt took the first game of the doubleheader 7-3 earlier on Saturday.
A three-run fifth inning by Pitt helped the Panthers pull away from the Bearcats. That's when UC's right-handed starter Connor Walsh (Wayne, Pa/Radnor) ran into trouble, loading the bases with the first three batters he faced. Walsh hit Hess and Roche then threw wide of first base pulling the covering Quinn off the bag. An out later, Walsh walked Elvin Soto to bring in Hess. Walsh then threw a wild pitch that plated Roche. An RBI single by Dylan Wolsonovich scored Vazquez to give Pitt a 5-0 advantage.
Walsh (1-3) took the loss but recorded a career-high eight strikeouts, including five in the first two innings. He allowed five hits and one earned run with three walks in 5.0 innings.
UC clawed back to within 5-3 with three runs in the top of the sixth. Happ singled to right field with the bases loaded that scored Quinn. An out later, Williams hit a sacrifice fly to right field that brought in McAlpine from third. Taylor Schmidt (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) stole home as part of a double steal on the following play with Happ taking second.
The Panthers got two insurance runs off UC reliever Mike Conrad (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East) in the eighth on an RBI double by Hess and a RBI single to right by Vazquez.
Pitt's right-handed starter Ethan Mildren (8-2) picked up the win, striking out nine while allowing six hits and an earned run with a walk in 7.2 innings. Harvey pitched the final 1.1 innings, striking out three Bearcats to pick up his fourth save.