May 9, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team hit a season-high five home runs, but it was not enough as West Virginia University defeat Cincinnati 15-9 in the first game of a BIG EAST Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Hawley Field. Senior Mike Spina (Newberry, Fla./Newberry) hit two home runs in the game, giving him 21 for the season and equaling the UC single-season home run record that he set in 2008.
In his first at-bat of the game, Spina drilled the first pitch he saw from Jerryd Summers over the wall in left-center field giving the Bearcats a 1-0 lead.
Three extra-base hits in the WVU first helped the Mountaineers take their first lead of the game, 2-1, but Cincinnati came back in the third inning.
Senior Cameron Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) led off the inning with a double to right-center field and two batters later, junior Lance Durham (Forest Park, Ohio/Roger Bacon) hit a two-run, opposite field home run to place UC back on top, 3-2. Later in the inning with sophomore Justin Riddell (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) on base, freshman Kiley Jones (Louisville, Ky./Eastern) hit a two-run home run of his own widening the Bearcat lead to 5-2.
However, Cincinnati’s lead did not last long as a Jedd Gyorko three-run home run in the bottom of the third tied the game at five, before a two-RBI single catapulted WVU back in front, 7-5.
The see-saw battle continued in the fourth inning as solo home runs by freshman T.J. Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) and Spina tied the contest at seven.
Scoreless fifth and six innings ensued before West Virginia broke the game open in the seventh. Two Cincinnati errors coupled with two hits aided an eight-run seventh inning for WVU, giving West Virginia a 15-7 lead it would not relinquish.
Cincinnati scored two runs in the ninth, but that would be all as West Virginia took Game 1 15-9.