May 6, 2009
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team dropped the first game in a pair of seven-inning games to Butler University, 5-3, Wednesday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium. Cincinnati left nine runners on base in the loss compared to just two for Butler.
Junior Lance Durham (Forest Park, Ohio/Roger Bacon) was the lone Bearcat to record two-plus hits going 2-for-3 at the plate. One of Durham’s was a double, his 18th of the season, moving him into a tie for 10th on UC’s single-season doubles list.
Single runs in the third and fourth innings placed Butler in front, 2-0. However, in the bottom of the fourth, UC rallied to tie the game at two.
In the inning, Durham led off the inning with a single and scored all the way from first base on a single by freshman Kendal Coleman (Hillsboro, Ohio/Hillsboro) coupled with a fielding error from the right fielder on the play. After a ground out, a walk, and a strikeout, put runners on the corners with two outs, junior Jimmy Jacquot (Swansea, Ill./Belleville East) lined a single through the left side scoring Coleman to even the game at two.
Butler retaliated with three runs in the fifth to jump back on top, 5-2. The Bearcats threatened in the fifth and seventh innings, and had a chance to tie the game in the seventh. A fielding error by the first baseman plated a UC run, leaving runners on the corners with two outs. The threat ended on a strikeout, giving the Bulldogs the 5-3 win.