May 6, 2008
CINCINNATI---Ryan Baker and Cameron Satterwhite each hit three-run home runs and Cincinnati exploded for 10 runs in the eighth inning as the Bearcats rolled past Mount St. Joseph 20-3 on Tuesday night at Marge Schott Stadium. The victory was Cincinnati's 30th of the season, marking the second time in the last three years the Bearcats have reached the 30-victory plateau.
The Bearcats (30-18) were never really challenged in the contest, jumping to a 3-0 first inning lead and then getting blasts by Baker and Satterwhite in the fourth and fifth innings to put the game away. UC's offense pounded our 14 hits, including a game-high three by Josh Harrison. Harrison also drove in three as did Baker and Satterwhite. Satterwhite added a pair of hits, while Tony Campana and Jamel Scott did the same.
Kevin Johnson was impressive in his fourth start of the year, allowing just an unearned run and three hits in five innings of work. The sophomore two-way player struck out two in the outing and improved to 3-0 overall. Mount St. Joseph (24-16) starter T.C. Wethington took the loss after allowing six runs in four innings of work.
The Bearcats plated three in the first without the benefit of a hit. Wethington walked three in the frame, hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch. Mike Spina plated a run with a sacrifice fly and Johnson did the same with a RBI groundout.
The Mount got one of the markers back in the fourth on a RBI groundout by Seth DeBra, but watched its deficit go to 6-1 when Baker took Wethington deep with two on in the fourth for his sixth home run of the year. One inning later, UC took advantage of an error and a walk as Satterwhite drilled his ninth homer of the year down the left field line.
Ryan Rodriguez hit a one out home run for the Lions in the sixth, but UC countered in the bottom of the frame on a run-scoring double by Harrison. The Lions scored their final run of the night in the eighth when Nick Weimer went deep to left against UC reliever Matt Heber
That set the stage for an unexpected eighth inning explosion that saw UC plate 10 runs in an inning for the first time since March 19, 2006. A total of 15 men went to the plate in the inning as UC piled up the runs. Pinch-hitter Nick Rohlfs delivered a big blow with a two-run single and Harrison tallied his second two-bagger of the night to drive in two as well.
The Bearcats are now set for an important BIG EAST set this weekend at Seton Hall. Action gets underway with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday night.