May 9, 2007
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CINCINNATI, Ohio---Over the last several seasons, Cincinnati has faired quite well against in-state rivals, with one exception, Miami (Ohio). The Bearcats took a step to reverse that trend on Wednesday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the RedHawks with a 7-2 win at Marge Schott Stadium. The victory pushes the Bearcats' record to 26-23 for the year.
Cincinnati excelled in every area of the game, getting solid performances from five pitchers, knocking out 13 hits on offense and committing no errors defensively. That winning equation handed the Bearcats their first win over Miami (26-18) since an 18-3 drubbing on April 24, 2002.
Kyle Rapp earned his first victory since Feb. 19, 2006 with a solid 3.1 innings of work. In a season of struggles on the mound, Rapp allowed only one run and one walk on this night, while scattering seven hits. Four Bearcat relievers combined to allow just one hit and a run over the final 5.2 innings to preserve Rapp's win.
The offense was jump started by the rapidly improving Kevin Johnson. The freshman, making just his fourth start of the year, had a career-high three hits, including a pair of doubles and two RBI. Josh Harrison, Neall French and Michael Obyc all tacked on two hits each for UC. Adam Yeager kept his hot bat going, extending his hit streak to 10 games with an RBI single.
Cincinnati went to work early, getting a pair in the bottom of the second thanks to the play of the bottom third of the order. Johnson led the inning off with a double and one out later scored when Ryan Baker shot a two-bagger up the right centerfield alley. After a second out, Yeager knocked Baker home with his flair to left center.
Miami got one of the runs back in the third on an RBI double by Jordan Petraitis and threatened for a big inning in the fourth until Nick Buscemi
came to the rescue. After loading the bases against a tiring Rapp, Miami watched UC go to Buscemi with just one out. Buscemi responded in the best possible way, striking out Chris Niro and then getting pinch-hitter Chris Nadeau to ground out to squelch the threat.
UC did some serious business in the fifth, scoring three runs to give itself some breathing room at 5-1. With two outs, French singled and scored when Brian Szarmach mashed a double off the center field wall. Obyc followed with a double, as did Johnson who laced a smash inside the first base line against lefty reliever Matt Erwood.
The teams traded runs in the sixth with Miami's Evan Armitage tripling and scoring on a Jake Geglein wild pitch. UC got that run right back on a Harrison RBI single that plated Campana. The Bearcats tacked on run number seven in the seventh on a Cameron Satterwhite sac fly that scored Obyc.
Miami got eight hits on the evening, including two by Brandon Hillier. Nick Kurash took the loss after allowing two runs and five hits in 1.2 innings.
The two teams will meet again in exactly one week as the Bearcats travel to Oxford. Until then, UC will make the weekend trek to St. John's for an important BIG EAST series.