Bearcats Split Wild Doubleheader With Scarlet Knights|
May 3, 2008
CINCINNATI---On a day that featured a combined 43 runs and 69 hits, Cincinnati and Rutgers split a wild BIG EAST doubleheader at Marge Schott Stadium on Saturday. UC overcame a seven-run deficit for a walk-off 11-10, 10-inning win in the opener, while Rutgers outslugged the Bearcats by a 13-9 count in the nightcap. The day's action leaves Cincinnati still in third place in the BIG EAST at 13-7, with a 28-18 overall record.
Cincinnati's Tony Campana accounted for six hits in the doubleheader with Cameron Satterwhite had five, including home runs in each contest. Chris Peters also had five knocks, while Josh Harrison tallied four.
The conclusion to game one was one for the ages as the Bearcats fought back from a 10-3 eighth inning deficit with a six-run explosion in the frame, before tying and then taking the lead with single markers in each of the final two stanzas. Peters played the role of hero in the 10th as his infield single plated Ryan Baker with the winning run for UC.
Rutgers (20-24-1, 9-11 BIG EAST) jumped on an unusually struggling Dan Osterbrock early and often, finally chasing the Cincinnati ace with eight runs and 12 hits in five innings. Mike Lang led the game off with his first home run of the year and the Scarlet Knight tacked on five more in the third, with Jon Gossard ripping a two-run triple and Jaren Matthews following with a two-run homer for the big blows.
Cincinnati finally cracked the scoreboard on a Harrison RBI single in the third and got two more on a two-run single by Jamel Scott one inning later. The Knights got the latter two markers right back in the fifth courtesy of a two-run single off the bat of Luis Feliz.
Rutgers went on to stretch its advantage to 10-3 with a Matthews RBI double in the sixth and a lead-off homer by Feliz in the seventh. Faced with the seven-run deficit, the Bearcats fought back with a six-spot in the eighth, sending 10 men to the plate in the process. Three consecutive RBI singles by Scott, Harrison and Mike Spina left two men on for Satterwhite. The junior continued his hot hitting, blasting a three-run homer, his seventh of the year, to deep left center.
Still down by one, winning pitcher Jake Geglein (3-0) shut Rutgers down in the ninth, giving UC one final shot to win or tie. With one man out, Campana singled and stole second base. One out later, Harrison chopped a grounder to Rutgers shortstop Dan Betteridge that the latter fumbled and a hard charging Campana scored for second on a bang-bang play at the plate that tied the game.
In the 10th, walks to Baker and Michael Obyc, along with a passed ball, put two runners in scoring position with two outs. Peters, just a freshman, came through big, beating out an infield single to third base that allowed Baker to score with the winning run.
Campana led the UC attack in the opener with four hits, while Satterwhite had three along with three knocked in. Scott drove in three with a pair of hits and Peters tallied three hits, including the game-winner. Matthews went 5-for-5 for Rutgers, who also got three hits apiece from Gossard and Feliz.
Cincinnati fought back from an early deficit in the second half of the twinbill, but watched Rutgers score 11 times in its last five innings to pull away for the win. The visitors struck first with a two-run homer by Feliz in the second, but UC countered with a two-run Harrison home run just one inning later. Satterwhite led the fourth inning off with his second long ball of the day to put the Bearcats in front by a 3-2 count.
Things started to go downhill in the fifth for the Bearcats, with a long three-run homer that bounced off Fifth Third Arena beyond the right field wall off the bat of Matthews put Rutgers back in front. A Pat Biserta solo shot in the sixth helped the Scarlet Knights extend the lead to 6-3.
The see-saw battle teetered back in UC's favor in the last of the sixth, courtesy of a four-run inning that made it 7-6, Bearcats. Two costly Rutgers errors opened the door for four unearned runs, with the first three coming on consecutive RBI singles by Tyler Goodro, Peters and Campana. Scott then put UC back in front, yanking an RBI double down the left field line that plated Peters.
Rutgers went back in front for good thanks to a Gossard RBI single and an RBI double by Feliz in the seventh, before pouring on three more runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. Inning number eight featured a two-run double by Gossard, while the finale saw Donny Callahan execute a squeeze bunt for a run and Betteridge rip a run-scoring double.
UC rounded out its scoring with a bases loaded walk to Spina in the eighth and a solo home run by Kevin Johnson in the ninth.
RU's Feliz was the offensive leader of game two with four hits and three RBI, while four other Scarlet Knights collected three apiece as the Knights finished with 21 hits. UC had 13 hits of its own, with six players collecting two each. Kevin Lillis bounced back from a rough game one outing to pitch 2.1 solid innings of relief to earn the win for Rutgers.
The rubber game of the series is scheduled for tomorrow with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Marge Schott Stadium. Sophomore lefty Brian Garman will take the ball to start for UC, taking on Rutgers sophomore righty Casey Gaynor.