Bearcats Rock Eagles In Doubleheader Sweep|
May 2, 2007
CINCINNATI---The hot swinging continued for Cincinnati as the Bearcats wrapped up a doubleheader sweep of Morehead State with a 15-5 win on Wednesday night at Marge Schott Stadium. The Bearcats finished with 16 hits in the finale, combining for 29 between the two games. UC improves to 25-20 with the sweep.
A multitude of Bearcats put up big numbers, including Josh Harrison and Neall French who combined for seven hits (five for extra bases), three runs scored and seven RBI. Tony Campana and Michael Obyc added three hits apiece to aide starting pitcher Michael Hill in gathering his fifth win of the season.
UC picked right up where it left off in game two, despite a delay of over an hour caused by the threat of rain. UC raced to a 12-0 lead after three innings, forcing multiple Morehead State (13-30) pitching changes along the way. The Bearcats got off to a fast start as Campana was hit by a pitch, stole second and later scored on a Harrison double. Brian Szarmach's big day continued when he laced a double to left two batters later to plate Harrison.
In the second, the Bearcats got runners to second and third with one out, allowing Campana to pick up his first of two RBI singles. After an Adam Yeager walk and a Harrison sac fly, French cleared the bases with a triple to deep center.
Cincinnati really poured it on in the third, stretching its lead to 12 with a six-run inning. Campana tallied his second RBI single in as many innings to start the scoring and after an Eagle error; Harrison ripped a double down the left field line that plated a pair. French followed with an RBI double and Obyc finished up the outburst two batters later with an RBI single.
A pair of fifth inning Morehead errors paved the way for three more UC runs, with one coming on the first hit of redshirt freshman Keith Kampe's career, an RBI single to left. Yeager tacked on the 15th run of the night when he yanked a ground-rule double into the right field corner.
Morehead State would do all of its damage in a five-run sixth, taking advantage of two walks and two hit by pitches. Todd Sharrock delivered the big blow of the inning with a two-run single, while Chris McCaslin and Marc Midden also tallied RBI in the frame.
As stated, French and Harrison led the way for the Cincinnati offense. French recorded a pair of doubles and a triple, while driving in three. Harrison had a pair of doubles among his three hits and drove in four. Hill picked up the win, allowing just one hit and striking out three in three innings of work.
Sharrock led the Eagle offense with his two RBI, as the visitors were held to just six hits in the finale. Starter Tyler Lee (2-3) took the loss after absorbing six runs and six hits in just two innings of work.
Cincinnati is back on the diamond on Saturday, opening a three-game series at Rutgers with a Noon doubleheader.
Game 1 Recap
Brian Szarmach and Kevin Johnson combined for six hits and 10 RBI, leading Cincinnati to a 12-3 rout of Morehead State in the first game of a Wednesday afternoon doubleheader at Marge Schott Stadium. The second game, scheduled to begin at approximately 5:45 p.m., is being delayed by impending rain.
Szarmach had a big day, recording a career-high four hits and matching his personal-best with six RBI. Johnson made a big splash in his first collegiate start, homering and driving in four. The offensive outburst complimented solid pitching performances by the duo of Brian Garman and Jake Geglein. UC improves to 24-20 on the year with the victory.
The Bearcats got off to a bit of a sluggish start, tallying just two hits in the first three innings. Morehead State (13-29) got on the board first in the top of the third as a Chris McCaslin RBI ground out put the Eagles up, 1-0. UC evened the score in its half of the inning, as Johnson knocked his first career hit, a single, through the right side to score Szarmach.
Cincinnati finally got on track starting in the fourth as it started a run of 11 runs in the final three innings of the seven-inning game. In the fourth, the Bearcats chased Morehead starter Matt Clark with a four-run outburst. Neall French started the inning with a double and later scored on a RBI single by Szarmach. One out later, Johnson delivered the biggest shot of the game, launching a three-run homer off the side of Fifth Third Arena beyond the right centerfield wall.
The Eagles got two of the runs back, cutting the score to 5-3 when Randy Kinder ripped a Jake Geglein offering over the wall in left with a man on in the top of the fifth. UC went right back to work in last of the fifth, getting a three-run blast by Szarmach to go in front 8-3.
The final inning was another marathon as UC sent 11 men to the plate and scored the final four runs of the day. French delivered the first run of the inning with an RBI single and Szarmach ran his RBI total to six for the game with a two-run single to right. The frame's fourth run scored on a bases loaded walk to Cory Hodskins.
A plethora of Bearcats put up big numbers on the day, headlined by Szarmach and Johnson. French added three hits and a career-high three runs, while Adam Yeager tacked on of a pair of hits.
Garman (1-1) was solid in his first career start, allowing just one run in four innings to pick up his first career victory. Geglein took over from there, working the final three innings with a career-high five strikeouts to notch his second save of the year.
Donald Cheney and Trent Hanna picked up two hits each for the Eagles, who finished with eight hits. Clark (2-3) took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in three-plus innings of work.