May 3, 2013
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team staged a late six-run rally to force extra innings, but fell in the 10th to Seton Hall by a 9-8 score in BIG EAST Conference action Friday night at Marge Schott Stadium.
The Pirates (28-16, 12-5 BIG EAST) got a two-out bloop single into no-man's land behind the shortstop in the top of the 10th by Dillon Hamlin to score Mike Genovese and give the Pirates a 9-8 lead. Genovese had doubled to lead off the inning.
Cincinnati (18-27, 4-15 BIG EAST) had a runner aboard with one out in the bottom of the inning but a game-ending double play snuffed out any rally. Brian Gilbert, who pitched 2.1 innings in relief, got the win to move to 3-3 on the year. Andrew Strenge (Yardley, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep) took the loss, dropping to 1-6 on the campaign.
Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll), Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) and Devin Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) each finished with a game-high three hits. Happ, Jeff Murray (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) and Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) all drove in a pair of runs in the game.
UC had a six-run rally with two outs in the eighth to turn an 8-2 blowout into an eight-all extra-innings nailbiter. Wenzel opened the inning with a double, advanced to second on a passed ball and came home on a groundout by Russell Clark
(Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland. SHU's Prosinski loaded the bases with three walks to Murray, Ethan McAlpine
(Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) and Forrest Perron
(Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville). After Taylor Schmidt
(Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) entered the game to pinch run for Perron, Happ sent a single down the left field line to score Murray and McAlpine and bring the score to 8-4. Glass followed with a double to right field that scored Schmidt and forced a Pirate pitching change. Williams was up next and singled up the middle to score Glass and Happ and tie the game at 8-8. UC stranded a runner in the inning and 10 on the night.
The first five innings were a pitching duel between UC starter Mitch Patishall (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Hts.) and SHU’s Jon Prosinski, scattering a combined six hits, four for the Bearcats and a pair for the Pirates. Both ended up with no decisions, with Prosinski, one of the top hurlers in the league, scattering nine hits and a pair of earned runs in seven innings of work and Patishall who struck out three and walked seven going 6.1 innings in the first Friday-night start of his young career.
Seton Hall got on the board first in the sixth after a sacrifice fly by Papaccio to center field that scored Granite, who had opened the inning with a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and took third on a fielder’s choice by Kalamar. The Pirates added their second run of the inning after a single by Genovese through the left side scored Kalamar from second.
The Bearcats tied things up in the bottom of the frame after a two-out double by Murray down the left-field line scored Glass and Wenzel who both singled to reach base.
In the top of the seventh, Chris Selden doubled to left center to score Sal Annunziata from second after he drew a walk and advanced on a single by Tyler Boyd. Following an intentional walk to Zack Granite, Zack Weigel single up the middle to plate Selden and Boyd, leaving runners on the corners after Granite took third on a throwing error. Weigel stole second and Scott Kalamar walked to once again load the bases. Giuseppe Papaccio took advantage by lacing a bases-clearing double to the gap in left center that sent Kalamar, Granite and Weiger home. Patishall was pulled for Thomas Gentile (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) who got a strikeout and flyout to close out the inning with the Bearcats in an 8-2 hole.
The Bearcats and Pirates will square off at 4 p.m. Saturday and close out the series at noon on Sunday inside Marge Schott Stadium.