Bearcats Rally in the Ninth for 3-2 Win over Army

May 3, 2014

Final Stats

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18-26, 4-14 American

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

Box Score

West Point, N.Y. |  DoubledayField
Attendance: 231

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32-15, 14-5 Patriot

STATS COMPARISON Cincinnati Recap Logo Elon Recap Logo
Runs 3 2
AB 34 31
Hits 9 5
RBI 3 2
BB 2 1
SO 11 5
LOB 6 5

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McVey/Williams 2 H 2 Page
Williams 1 2B 2 Page
- - 3B - -
- - HR - -
Three tied 1 RBI 1 Earls/Van Orden
Three tied 1 R 1 Earls/Mescher
Happ/Williams 1 SB 1 Earls


W - Connor Walsh (5-6)

9.0 5 2 2 1 5
L -  Johnny Griffith (2-1) 1.0 5 2 2 0 2

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team rode a two-run ninth inning rally to beat the United States Military Academy at West Point 3-2 on Saturday afternoon and secure the series victory.

With two outs in the top of the ninth inning and facing a 2-1 deficit, the Bearcats recorded three straight hits to score two runs and take a lead for the first time in the ballgame. With redshirt junior Ethan McAlpine (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) running on first base, sophomore Forrest Perron (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) singled to put two runners on for sophomore Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland). Just one strike away from ending the game, Clark lined a single into the outfield to score McAlpine and tie the game at 2-2, giving the Bearcats new life. Up next to the plate was senior Ryan Quinn (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) who fouled off several pitches before singling to the left side to score Perron for the 3-2 score.

Overall, the Bearcats knocked five hits in the ninth inning and showed their grit in the face of adversity to earn their fourth final-inning victory this season.

With the win, Cincinnati moves to 18-26 while Army falls to 32-15. UC has now taken two straight games from the Black Knights, who are the co-champions of the Patriot League and are currently receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association national poll.

Cincinnati was in the position to win the game because of the phenomenal pitching effort by redshirt sophomore Connor Walsh (Wayne, Pa./Radnor). The reigning American Athletic Conference pitcher of the Week threw his third complete game of the season and held a potent Army offense to just five hits. He struck out five batters and walked just one Black Knights player to set himself up for his fifth victory of the season. He also showed his athleticism with some great defensive plays, coming up with three assists to tie a career high.

Walsh’s three complete games this season is the most for a Cincinnati pitcher since Michael Hill and Dan Osterbrock each accomplished the feat in 2008. In total, the Cincinnati pitching staff has tossed six complete games on the year, also the most since 2008.

Offensively, the Bearcats were led by a duo of Mason, Ohio natives, senior Matt Williams (Cincinnati Hills Christian) and freshman Connor McVey (Mason) who each recorded two hits. McVey, Clark and Quinn each recorded an RBI while Williams, McAlpine and Perron each scored a run.

UC out-hit Army nine to five and recorded two stolen bases in the contest.

Cincinnati scored its first run in the game on a single by McVey in the sixth inning. The hit scored Williams from third base and tied the game at 1-1.

Army scored both of its runs on groundouts, opening the scoring in the fourth inning and taking a 2-1 lead in the seventh.

With the series victory in hand, the Bearcats will go for the sweep over Army on Sunday, May 4. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m. and will be played at Doubleday Field.