Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Ohio|
May 5, 2009
CINCINNATI – After dropping the first game of its doubleheader against Ohio University, 7-1, the University of Cincinnati baseball team rebounded with a 12-8 win over the Bobcats in the second game Tuesday evening at Marge Schott Stadium. Trailing 5-3 after the fourth inning, Cincinnati (25-22) scored nine runs in the fifth to take command and never looked back.
Junior Lance Durham (Forest Park, Ohio/Roger Bacon) led UC at the plate going 3-for-4 with two RBI, and Durham’s three hits gave him 84 for the season, tying him for 10th on UC’s single-season hits list. Senior Mike Spina (Newberry, Fla./Newberry) added a home run, his 18th of the season, moving him into third place on Cincinnati’s career home runs list with 39.
The Bearcats fell behind early on a three-run, first-inning home run from Ohio’s Robert Maddox. UC closed its deficit to one run in the third inning thanks to production from the bottom of the order. Junior Jimmy Jacquot (Swansea, Ill./Belleville East) led off the inning with a solo home run, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Freshman T.J. Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) put himself in scoring position with a double to right-center field and moved up ninety feet on a single to center by senior Cameron Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller). Two batters later, Jones scored on a Durham single to bring UC within one run, 3-2.
Ohio widened its lead back to three runs with a two-spot in the fourth, but the Bearcats continued to chip away when freshman Kiley Jones (Louisville, Ky./Eastern) lined a solo home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the frame, his first home run as a Bearcat, decreasing the Bobcats lead to 5-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, UC struck with nine runs on seven hits to take a commanding 12-5 lead. Spina hit a one-out solo home run to start the rally and freshman Kendal Coleman (Hillsboro, Ohio/Hillsboro), sophomore Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City), T.J. Jones, and Durham all contributed RBI base hits in the inning.
Three Bobcat runs in the seventh shrunk the Bearcats lead to 12-8, but that would be all the scoring as Cincinnati defeated Ohio by that score.
UC plays its second doubleheader in as many days when it welcomes Butler to Marge Schott Stadium on Wednesday, May 6. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 4 p.m. The second game will begin approximately 30 minutes following the completion of Game 1.