May 5, 2010
FAIRBORN, Ohio – Senior Jimmy Jacquot led off the fifth inning with a solo home run, his 11th of the season, which opened the flood gates as the University of Cincinnati baseball team plated 10 runs in the frame and went on to defeat Wright State University, 17-10, Wednesday evening at Nischwitz Stadium.
The 10-run fifth inning was the first time UC has scored 10-plus runs in an inning since scoring 10 runs in the eighth inning in a 20-3 win over Mount St. Joseph’s on May 6, 2008.
Four Cincinnati (24-21) players collected three hits, including Jacquot, who along with sophomore Braden Kline knocked in a team-best three runs apiece. Juniors Mikel Huston and Justin Riddell and sophomore Kendal Coleman were the other three UC players with three base-knocks.
On the day, UC scored a season-high 17 runs on a season-best 19 hits, its most hits since spraying 22 against Xavier in a 19-3 win on April 29, 2009. The win also upped Cincinnati’s record to a perfect 20-0 on the season when scoring five-plus runs in a game.
Cincinnati took the early lead on a two-out RBI double in the first inning by Jacquot, but the lead quickly evaporated when the Raiders responded with four runs in their half of the first to take a 4-1 lead. Riddell led off the second inning with a solo run, his third of the season, to start a rally and later in the inning, a two-out RBI double by Huston scored senior Kevin Johnson from second base to bring the Bearcats back within one run, 4-3.
Wright State moved its lead back to two runs in the fourth inning, but just as the Raiders extended their lead, Cincinnati exploded in the fifth inning to take control of the game.
Following Jacquot’s lead-off home run in the fifth inning, the next six batters reached base helping four runs score. During that stretch, the big hit came from Kline, who cleared the bases for a three-RBI triple, the first three-bagger of his career. Later in the inning, Jacquot delivered his second RBI of the inning with a RBI-single that scored senior Jamel Scott, before a RBI double by junior Chris Peters and a two-RBI single off the bat of Coleman concluded the fifth-inning scoring for the Bearcats.
When all was said and done, UC sent 12 men to the plate in the fifth inning and scored 10 runs on eight hits to open the lead to eight runs, 13-5.
Each team put a run on the board in the seventh inning, before Wright State used three consecutive two-out hits to score three more runs in the eighth inning, cutting the Bearcats lead to five runs, 14-9.
The Bearcats got all of those runs back in the ninth when freshman Jake Proctor scored on a wild pitch and Scott drove home two on a two-out, bases loaded single that pushed the UC margin back to eight runs, 17-9.
The Raiders continued to fight and added a run in the ninth, but that would be all as freshman Thomas Gentile forced a double play and a fly out to close out the high-scoring affair.
Johnson got the start for UC and gave up eight hits, five runs, two of which were earned, but took the no decision. Sophomore Sam Slavik pitched an inning of scoreless relief to earn the win and move to 3-1 on the season.
Jacquot and Kline were two of the six UC players to notch a multi-RBI games with three RBI apiece, while Riddell, Huston, Scott, and Coleman each drove in two runs.
Cincinnati heads to No. 16 Connecticut for a crucial BIG EAST Conference series beginning on Saturday, May 8, with a doubleheader that starts at Noon. Connecticut has won 13 of its last 14 conference games and currently sits atop the BIG EAST Conference standings.