April 28, 2013
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The University of Cincinnati baseball team fell short to No. 23 Pittsburgh 10-9 in the series finale Sunday at Cost Field when Ronald Sucre coaxed a bases-loaded walk from Bearcats' left-handed reliever Thomas Gentile (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales).
The ending capped a three hour and 46 minute game - UC's longest of the season - that was delayed an hour and 40 minutes due to rain. The Panthers committed nine errors in the game while the Bearcats stranded 17 runners on base.
Pitt (32-10, 12-3 BIG EAST) rallied from an 8-0 deficit that Cincinnati (17-25, 4-14 BIG EAST) had built through four and a half innings. The Panthers took a 9-8 lead in the bottom of the seventh
when Boo Vazquez doubled down the right field line off UC reliever Andrew Strenge (Yardley, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep) bringing in Eric Hess from third.
UC pulled even in the ninth when Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) reached second base on a fielding and throwing error by Pitt second baseman Dyla Wolsonovich. Glass scored two batters later when Jeff Murray (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/ Reynoldsburg) doubled into the left centerfield alley.
That set the stage for the bottom of the ninth. Pitt's Casey Roche and Vazquez hit back-to-back one-out singles. After a ground out back to the pitcher, Elvin Soto was intentionally walked to load the bases and bring up Sucre.
Pitt reliever Jonathan Danielczyk (2-0) earned the win, scattering three hits to go with three strikeouts and an unearned run in 3.1 innings. Gentile (3-1) threw the final 1.1 innings and suffered his first loss of the season. He allowed two hits and walked two batters.
Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) led the Bearcats offensively with three hits, including a first-inning double and third-inning solo home run to go with two RBI and two runs scored. Glass and Brendon Neel (Festus, Mo./Festus/Jefferson College) also had two hits each for UC.
Pitt began its comeback in the bottom of the fifth, scoring its first run on a wild pitch from UC starter Grant Walker (Brookeville, Ohio/Northmont) that brought in Vazquez. A two-run home run from Sam Parente two batters later pulled the Panthers to within 8-3.
Parente played a key part in Pitt's sixth inning when the Panthers scored five times to tie the game. After Stephen Vranka scored on a wild pitch by Bearcat reliever Matt Ring (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown), Parente hit a two-RBI single through the right side of the infield to cut the deficit to 8-6. Evan Oswald followed with a two-RBI single to left field to even the score.
Walker pitched well to start the game for the Bearcats, tossing four perfecting innings and finishing with a career-high six strikeouts without a walk in five innings. He ran into trouble in the fourth and was relieved after pitching to two batters in the Pitt sixth inning. Walker allowed only three hits and surrendered four earned runs.
The Bearcats built an 8-0 lead through the middle of the fifth inning, recording nine hits and taking advantage of four Panther errors.
UC scored four times in the fifth inning off Pitt reliever Jimmy Devine. Neel walked and later scored from third base on a wild pitch. Two batters later Happ singled in Ryan Quinn (Sparta, N.J./Sparta). Ethan McAlpine (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) later scored from third when Devine bobbled a Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) chopper back to the mound. On the next play, Murray was hit by a Devine pitch with the bases loaded to bring in Happ from third.
UC scored twice in the fourth inning to go up 4-0 on a bases-loaded failed pickoff attempt by Pitt starter Rhys AldenHoven. His throw was wide of first base, allowing McAlphine to score from third base and Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) to come in from second.
Forrest Perron (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) singled and later scored the game's first run on a passed ball by Pitt catcher Evan Soto in the second inning.
The Bearcats return to action on Tuesday when they play host to Miami (Ohio), beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Marge Schott Stadium.