Bearcats Pound Army 15-3 to Sweep Series

May 4, 2014

Final Stats

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19-26, 4-14 American

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Recap Logo 2 3 0 0 4 2 1 2 1 15 18 1
Elon Recap Logo 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 5 5

Box Score

West Point, N.Y. |  DoubledayField
Attendance: 211

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32-16, 14-5 Patriot

STATS COMPARISON Cincinnati Recap Logo Elon Recap Logo
Runs 15 3
AB 45 31
Hits 18 5
RBI 13 1
BB 3 5
SO 5 6
LOB 10 8

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Quinn 4 H 2 Cortes
Richmond/Williams 1 2B 1 Cortes
- - 3B 1 Page
Happ/Wenzel 1 HR - -
Richmond/Williams 3 RBI 1 Page
Glass/Quinn 3 R 1 Three tied
Happ/Williams 1 SB 2 Reece


W - Andrew Zellner (3-3)

5.0 3 2 1 2 4
L -  Gunnar Carroll (8-2) 4.2 11 9 3 0 3

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team put on an offensive show on Sunday afternoon, beating the United States Military Academy at West Point 15-3 to complete the three-game sweep over the Black Knights.

“In the past eight days, I think we have made some strides program-wise” said head coach Ty Neal. “We got a win over No. 12 Houston and then went on the road to sweep a very good Army program who has been the Patriot League champion for the past three years. It is a couple of small steps for the program.”

The Bearcats finished the day with 15 runs scored off of 18 hits, the most in either category since March 11 when they beat Dayton 18-5. Five Bearcats players tallied at least two hits, led by seniors Ryan Quinn (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) and Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) with four and three hits, respectively.

The win closed out the series sweep for Cincinnati and was the first three-game sweep of the season for the Bearcats. It also represented the first road sweep since 2011 when they won three games at Georgetown.

“The big thing we learned from this weekend is that our guys are starting to figure out what it takes to win consistently” said Neal. “We are playing for the University of Cincinnati and not for individual success and we are reaping the benefits from that. These wins are huge for our team, but they are a product of the group trusting what is going on in the program.”

Today’s game also represented the 200th career game played for Williams in his four-year Bearcats career. He becomes just the 11th Cincinnati player to reach the milestone, joining senior Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) as the only current team members to join the 200 club.

With the win, Cincinnati improves to 19-26 on the year. Army, the 2014 co-champion of the Patriot League, falls to 32-16. The Black Knights also are currently receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association national poll.

Freshman Andrew Zellner (Farmersville, Ohio/Valley View) pitched 5.0 innings in the start to earn the win and even his record at 3-3 on the season. Sophomore Mitch Patishall (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) went 4.0 innings to earn the unusual three-inning save for the Bearcats.

Zellner tied a career high with four strikeouts in the game and only allowed three hits. He was charged with just one earned run and only walked one of the 20 batters he faced.

Williams and freshman Jake Richmond (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) each recorded three RBIs to lead Cincinnati, marking a career high for Richmond. Quinn and Glass both scored three runs.

The Bearcats wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, using just three pitches to take a 2-0 lead. Williams lined a double down the right field line on the first pitch of the game to get things started for the Bearcats. Next to the plate was sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) who crushed a ball over the right field fence for his fourth homerun of the season to give his team the early lead.

Cincinnati added three runs in the second inning to balloon its lead to 5-0. Three consecutive singles by Quinn, Richmond and Williams scored two more runs before a double steal by Williams and Happ brought home another for the 5-0 advantage.

Army got a run back in the fourth, but Cincinnati opened the flood gates in the fifth with a four-run inning. The bases were loaded with two outs for Richmond who doubled to the centerfield wall to clear the bases and bring home a career-high three RBIs with one swing. Williams followed with a single to score Richmond and give the Bearcats a 9-1 lead just five innings into the game.

Sophomore Devin Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) got in on the long ball action as well, hitting a two-run homerun in the top of the sixth inning to increase the lead to 11-1. The homerun was his fourth of the season.

The Black Knights scored a run following a UC fielding error in the bottom of the sixth inning but the Bearcats responded with another in the seventh on a fielder’s choice by Williams.

Quinn singled in two more runs in the eighth and the final UC run came across the plate in the ninth on a single by sophomore Forrest Perron (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville).

Cincinnati will look to carry this momentum into a midweek matchup with the University of Toledo on Wednesday, May 7 at Marge Schott Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.