May 3, 2009
TAMPA, Fla. – Two runs in the first inning and another run in the top of the fifth gave the University of Cincinnati baseball team a 3-0 lead, but seven two-out runs from the USF Bulls in the bottom of the fifth proved to be too much to overcome as the Bearcats fell to the Bulls, 8-5, in the rubber match of a three-game series Sunday afternoon at Red McEwen Field. The loss dropped UC to 24-21 overall and 11-10 in BIG EAST Conference play, while USF improved to 30-17 overall and 17-4 in league play.
Seven different players recorded a hit for the Bearcats, but sophomore Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City) led the squad with two RBI.
Freshman T.J. Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) started the game off with a walk and scored all the way from first on a double down the left field line by senior Cameron Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller), giving the Bearcats a 1-0 lead just two batters into the game. Satterwhite moved to third base when the USF shortstop tried to throw Jones out at home, and the advancement of Satterwhite helped plate another run when senior Mike Spina (Newberry, Fla./Newberry) brought home Satterwhite on a RBI-ground out, moving the lead to 2-0.
Three scoreless innings ensued before UC struck again in the fifth. Satterwhite led off the inning with a walk and within three pitches he was on third base courtesy of a wild pitch and a passed ball. Three batters later, a sacrifice fly by freshman Kendal Coleman (Hillsboro, Ohio/Hillsboro) expanded the UC lead to 3-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, USF strung together a series of two-out hits that allowed the Bulls to score seven runs and take their first lead of the game, 7-3. USF added a run in the sixth to take an 8-3 lead, but Cincinnati had a few chances to climb back into the game.
Cincinnati had runners on first and second with no outs in the sixth that was squandered and with runners on the corners in the eighth with no outs, three straight struck outs eliminated the scoring threat.
UC did score twice in the ninth on a two-RBI double by Peters, but that would be all the scoring as Cincinnati fell to USF, 8-5.
The Bearcats return home to face Ohio University on Tuesday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. UC will then meet Butler in a doubleheader at Marge Schott Stadium on Wednesday, May 6, beginning at 4 p.m.