Clark, Wenzel Push Bearcats Past Black Knights 4-3

May 3, 2014

Final Stats

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17-26, 4-14 American

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Recap Logo 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 4 10 1
Elon Recap Logo 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 16 0

Box Score

West Point, N.Y. |  DoubledayField
Attendance: 576

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31-14, 14-5 Patriot

STATS COMPARISON Cincinnati Recap Logo Elon Recap Logo
Runs 4 3
AB 33 41
Hits 10 16
RBI 4 3
BB 6 3
SO 9 9
LOB 12 15

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McVey/Wenzel 3 H 3 Cortes/Page
- - 2B 1 Cortes/Page
- - 3B - -
Wenzel 1 HR - -
Clark/Wenzel 2 RBI 1 Three tied
Wenzel 2 R 1 Three tied
Three tied 1 SB - -


W - Austin Woodby (3-0)

1.2 4 0 0 1 3
L -  Justin French (1-1) 1.0 2 2 2 1 1

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team battled to a tough 4-3 victory over the United States Military Academy at West Point on Friday night from Doubleday Field. Sophomores Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) and Devin Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) each recorded two RBIs as the Bearcats took the lead on three separate occasions to earn the win.

With the game tied at 3-3, Wenzel produced the game-winning run in the seventh inning when his single into right field, his third hit of the day, scored senior Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) from second base.

The win improves Cincinnati to 17-26 on the season while Army falls to 32-14. The Black Knights have already earned a share of the Patriot League title and are currently receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll.

The 7:10 p.m. opening pitch also represented the first night game ever played at West Point.

A trio of Bearcats pitchers produced solid efforts on the night, led by redshirt junior Matt Ring (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown). Ring got the start for Cincinnati and threw 6.0 innings with three strikeouts. Freshman Austin Woodby (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) entered a tied game in the seventh inning and struck out three batters to earn the victory and move to a perfect 3-0 for the season. Redshirt freshman Colton Cleary (Nicholasville, Ky./Lexington Catholic) pitched the final 1.1 innings for Cincinnati to pick up his fourth save of the year.

Together, the pitching contingent struck out nine batters, the most in a game for Cincinnati since also striking out nine against UCF on March 21.

Offensively, Clark and Wenzel each had two RBIs while Wenzel and freshman Connor McVey (Mason, Ohio/Mason) both tied their career highs with three hits. Freshman Jake Richmond (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) officially went 1-for-1 on the box score but was on base four times, earning one hit with two walks and a hit by pitch.

The two teams traded runs throughout a game that saw three ties and two lead changes.

Cincinnati opened the scoring in the second inning when an RBI-groundout by Clark scored McVey for the game’s first run.

After Army evened the score in the bottom of the second with a sacrifice fly, Clark worked his magic again in the fourth inning with his second RBI of the game. The sophomore singled up the middle to send home Wenzel from second base and put the Bearcats back ahead 2-1.

The lead was short lived, however, because an RBI-fielder’s choice by Army’s Daniel Cortes tied the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning and a single by Harold Earls gave the Black Knights a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

Wenzel single-handedly tied the game in the sixth when he smacked a solo homerun over the centerfield fence to lead off the frame. The 3-3 score then set up his seventh inning heroics to give Cincinnati the victory.

The Black Knights had plenty of opportunities to re-tie the game or take a lead late, but the Bearcats’ defense held strong. Army loaded the bases with only one out in the eighth but an emphatic strikeout from Woodby and a diving catch by senior third baseman Ryan Quinn (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) ended the threat. In the bottom of the ninth, Cleary ended any chance for an Army rally, striking out the side to end the game with a bang.

The Bearcats and the Black Knights will continue the series on Saturday, May 3 with a 4 p.m. game from Doubleday Field.