May 7, 2011
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The University of Cincinnati baseball team dropped the second game of its Saturday doubleheader against West Virginia University 11-4 at Hawley Field.
One game after defeating WVU with a six-run seventh inning, Cincinnati (25-20, 11-9 BIG EAST) surrendered a six-run third inning to fall into a 7-1 hole.
The Mountaineers took a commanding lead in the third inning after scoring six runs. The big blow came from WVU catcher and Cincinnati native Matt Malloy, who took a 2-0 pitch over the left-field wall for a two-out grand slam home run that put West Virginia ahead to 7-1.
The Bearcats found themselves in a 10-1 hole after West Virginia pushed two runs across home plate in the fourth and another in the sixth.
Despite the large deficit, the Bearcats actually out-hit the Mountaineers 11-10. However, UC suffered a 10-4 disadvantage in the runners left on base category.
Outfielders Justin Riddell (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) and Braden Kline (Warsaw, Ind./Warsaw Community) paced the Cincinnati offense, each hitting 3-for-5 with two RBI.
UC decreased the lead to 10-4 after scoring two in the seventh. Sophomore OF Jake Proctor (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) hit an infield single to the shortstop and advanced to second on a passed ball. Riddell drove in Proctor on a double to center field and scored one batter later when Kline hit an RBI single through the left side of the infield.
Cincinnati appeared poised to continue its streak of nine unanswered runs built in Game 1 after scoring right away in Game 2. With two outs in the top of the first inning, Kline slapped an RBI single through the left side of the infield to drive in Proctor and give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead.
The Bearcats' lead was short-lived after WVU tied the score 1-1 in the bottom of the first when DH Jeremy Gum hit an RBI groundball out to second base.
Cincinnati and West Virginia will play a rubber game Sunday at 1 p.m. Senior RHP Nick Johnson
(Delphos, Ohio/St. John's) will get the start for UC.