May 9, 2009
Game 1 Recap: WVU 15, UC 9
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Unable to capitalize with runners in scoring position, the University of Cincinnati baseball team dropped the second game of its Saturday doubleheader to West Virginia 9-2 at Hawley Field. Cincinnati stranded 10 of 15 runners in scoring position in Game 2 as the Bearcats fell to 26-25 overall and 11-12 in BIG EAST Conference play, while West Virginia improved to 33-14 overall and 15-8 in league play.
Freshman T.J. Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle), senior Mike Spina (Newberry, Fla./Newberry) and junior Lance Durham (Forest Park, Ohio) each collected a pair of base hits for the Bearcats.
UC threatened in the first inning loading the bases with two outs, but a pop out to second base stranded three runners, giving the Mountaineers a chance to take an early lead. Justin Parks led off the WVU first with a double and back-to-back ground outs moved Parks to third and then across home plate, pushing West Virginia to a 1-0 lead.
The Bearcats had a runner in scoring position during the next three innings that they were unable to bring home and WVU took advantage of those missed opportunities with another run in the bottom of the fourth to expand its lead to 2-0.
After UC was unable to strike in the fifth, West Virginia strung together five two-out hits resulting in three runs that moved the Mountaineer lead to 5-0.
West Virginia added runs in the sixth and seventh inning to take a 7-0 lead, before Cincinnati scored in the eighth. Sophomore Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City) drew a one-out walk and advanced to second base on a wild pitch during the next at-bat. After a strikeout, Jones lined a single up the middle scoring Peters from second base and closing the gap to 7-1.
WVU expanded its lead to 9-1 in the eighth with two runs on three hits, but UC kept fighting in the ninth. UC loaded the bases with no outs in the inning and a RBI ground out by Peters scored one run and left two runners in scoring position. Unfortunately for UC, the Bearcats threat ended on a strike out and a ground out as UC fell to WVU, 9-2.
Cincinnati and West Virginia conclude their three-game conference series on Sunday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at Hawley Field.