Connor McVey's Grand Slam Propels Baseball to 12-7 Comeback Win

May 7, 2014

Final Stats

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20-26, 4-14 American

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Elon Recap Logo 1 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 7 10 1
Cincinnati Recap Logo 0 0 1 0 3 0 6 2 - 12 16 3

Box Score

Cincinnati, Ohio | Marge Schott Stadium
Attendance: 524

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19-27, 9-12 MAC

STATS COMPARISON Cincinnati Recap Logo Elon Recap Logo
Runs 12 7
AB 35 37
Hits 16 10
RBI 12 6
BB 6 0
SO 3 3
LOB 8 8

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McVey/Wallace 3 H 3 Krupar
Three tied 1 2B 2 Krupar
- - 3B - -
McVey 1 HR - -
McVey 4 RBI 4 Krupar
Three tied 2 R 2 Tansel
Wallace 1 SB 1 Langhals


W - Colin Hawk

4.0 4 1 1 0 2
L -  Caleb Schillace (0-3) 0.0 4 6 5 1 0

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati baseball team used a six-run seventh inning, including a grand slam by freshman Connor McVey (Mason, Ohio/Mason), to fight off a five-run deficit and beat the University of Toledo 12-7 on Wednesday night from Marge Schott Stadium.  

The Bearcats rode career performances from McVey and sophomore Colin Hawk (Beech Grove, Ind./Roncalli) in the victory. McVey's go-ahead grand slam was the first long ball of his career and drove in a career-high four RBIs. The freshman also chipped in three hits and a walk for the home side.

Hawk, an everyday infielder for Cincinnati, entered the game in the top of the sixth inning from the Bearcats' bullpen in relief of starting pitcher Grant Walker (Brookeville, Ohio/Northmont). The sophomore made his first-career appearance on the mound and went 4.0 innings with only four hits and one run allowed to pick up his first-career win. He also struck out two batters in the game.

With the victory, Cincinnati improves to 20-26 on the year and has now won four consecutive games for the first time this season. Toledo falls to 19-28.

The turning point for the Bearcats came in the seventh inning when they put up a six-spot to go from 7-4 down to leading 10-7. UC immediately loaded the bases after a hustle play by sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) to beat out a throw on an intended sacrifice bunt. Senior Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) followed with a single that scored two runs and got UC within 7-6. Devin Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) reached on a fielding error to load the bases again for McVey whose first-career homerun brought home four runs and gave UC the decisive lead.

Cincinnati finished with 16 or more hits for the second straight game and saw six players knock at least two hits. McVey and sophomore Woody Wallace (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) picked up three hits apiece to lead the Bearcats.  

The UC bats took six walks in the game and only recorded three strikeouts on their way to the five-run victory.

On the mound, Walker got the nod for the start and went 5.0 innings with six hits and four earned runs. Neither he nor Hawk allowed a single walk in the game.

The Bearcats were erratic in the early-goings, piling up three fielding errors and four wild pitches to contribute to the 6-1 deficit by the fourth inning. Deion Tansel gave the Rockets a 1-0 lead in the first inning, reaching base on an error and moving to third on back-to-back wild pitches from Walker before a groundout scored the run.

Two UT runs scored in both the third and fourth innings to give the Rockets' their largest lead of the game at 6-1.

Cincinnati got on board in the bottom of the third after senior Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) doubled down the left field line to bring home freshman Jake Richmond (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills). Three more runs scored in the fifth inning with a two-RBI single by Williams and an RBI-single by Glass to set up the victorious seventh-inning rally.

Wenzel and Wallace each picked up an additional RBI in the eighth inning to add some insurance runs for UC and increase the lead to 12-7.

The Bearcats will be back at Marge Schott Stadium this weekend to host an important three-game home stand against the University of Memphis. The games against the Tigers will be the final home games of the season for Cincinnati. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 and 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.