May 1, 2009
TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Cincinnati dropped the opener of a three-game BIG EAST Conference series at USF, 8-2, Friday evening at Red McEwen Stadium. Cincinnati (23-20; 10-9 BIG EAST) scored two runs on six hits and USF’s (29-16; 16-3 BIG EAST) Randy Fontanez pitched his fifth complete game of the season, leading the Bulls to the win.
Junior Jimmy Jacquot (Swansea, Ill./Belleville East) was the lone Bearcats player to register two-plus hits with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.
UC found itself in a hole through three innings as the Bulls’ Stephen Hunt hit two home runs during that span, lifting USF to a 3-0 lead.
The Bearcats deficit grew larger in the fourth as four consecutive Bulls hits kick started a four-run inning, widening the Bulls margin to 7-0.
On the first pitch thrown in the fifth, freshman Cory Hough (Lebanon, Ohio/Springboro) homered to right field cutting the UC deficit to 7-1. During the next at-bat, Jacquot tripled down the right field line and he quickly scored on a single to right-center field by freshman T.J. Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle), bringing the Bearcats within five runs, 7-2.
From that point, USF tacked on a run in the fifth and Cincinnati went hitless the last four innings as USF defeated UC, 8-2.
The series continues on Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s game has been moved from 1 p.m. to 11 a.m. Both games can be heard on GoBEARCATS.com.