Freshmen Power Pushes UC Past Miami 15-6|
April 30, 2013
CINCINNATI – Freshmen Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Mt. Lebanon) and Devin Wenzel (Blandon, Pa. / Fleetwood Area) each homered while classmate Woody Wallace (Lewis Center, Ohio / Olentangy) added three hits and three RBI’s during the University of Cincinnati’s 15-6 win over Miami (Ohio) Tuesday night at Marge Schott Stadium.
The trio combined for five of UC’s 14 hits and drove in eight of its 15 runs in the contest. Christian McElroy (Middletown, Ohio / Sinclair CC) picked up his third win of the season after tossing eight innings and allowing just four earned runs. Freshman Mark Downs (Union, Ky. / Ryle) worked a scoreless ninth to cap off the night for UC.
The Redhawks jumped out to the early lead thanks to three runs in the second. Dan Walsh and Max Andresen each tripled to right center during the inning while singles from Scott Slappey and Ryan Elble also plated runs. Walsh hit a one-out three bagger and scored on a throwing error after Slappey reached on a single. Andresen’s triple scored Slappey from first and Elble’s single to left field scored Andresen. Elble was thrown out trying to steal second and after a walk to Matt Honchel, Romano’s ground out to the pitcher ended the frame.
Williams hit a one-out single to center in the Bearcats’ second and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Neel and Wenzel were walked back-to-back, loading the bases for Wallace who singled through the left side to score Williams and Neel. Another wild pitch advanced Wenzel and Wallace to third and second, respectively. Quinn grounded out to score Wenzel.
Each team added a run in the third with John Crummy’s homer to right field temporarily putting Miami up one. UC answered in the bottom half of the frame when Happ scored on a balk. The freshman reached on a fielder’s choice following a single from Forrest Perron (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) and moved over to third on a single from Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio / Cincinnati Hills Christian).
McElroy worked a one-two-three fourth before the Bearcats exploded for four more in the bottom of the frame. Wenzel started the rally by reaching on an error by the Miami shortshop. Wallace capitalized on the error, doubling to left field and plating Wenzel. After Wallace stole third, Quinn’s sacrifice fly to centerfield plated the freshman. Happ capped the four-run inning with a blast over the right field fence that also scored Ethan McAlpine.
UC gradually extended out the lead to 11-5 with two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. Williams walked to lead off the inning before Neel singled to advance him to third. Williams scored and Neel advanced on a wild pitch before a Miami shortstop error allowed Neel to score from third. In the sixth, Perron’s double led to another UC run after Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind. Carroll) singled in the freshman.
Wenzel padded the UC lead in the eighth with a three-run homer to left that made the score 15-6. The blast scored Williams and Schmidt who doubled and singled respectively.
The Bearcats will wrap up the midweek series with Miami (Ohio) Wednesday evening in Oxford. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.