Matt Ring's Complete Game Leads Bearcats to Fifth Consecutive Win

May 9, 2014

Box Score

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21-26, 5-14 American

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

Box Score

Cincinnati, Ohio | Marge Schott Stadium
Attendance: 1126

Elon Recap Logo
25-25, 6-13 American

STATS COMPARISON Cincinnati Recap Logo Elon Recap Logo
Runs 5 1
AB 29 31
Hits 8 7
RBI 5 -
BB 3 2
SO 4 3
LOB 5 6

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McVey/Perron 2 H 2 Gross/Little
- - 2B 1 Gross
- - 3B - -
- - HR - -
McVey/Wenzel 2 RBI - -
Glass/Williams 2 R 1 Willis
Wenzel 1 SB - -


W - Matt Ring

9.0 7 1 0 2 3
L -  Caleb Wallingford (5-4) 4.1 6 5 5 2 1

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati baseball team picked up its fifth consecutive victory on Friday evening at Marge Schott Stadium by defeating the University of Memphis 5-1 in the first game of a three-game series. Redshirt junior Matt Ring (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) threw a complete game in the final home performance of his career to earn the win.

Ring tossed all nine innings to earn his second complete game of the season. He allowed just one unearned run and two walks while striking out three. He improves to 2-2 on the year.

With the victory, the Bearcats move to 21-26 and 5-14 in American Athletic Conference play while Memphis falls to 25-25 and 6-13.

The win was the fifth consecutive for Cincinnati, which has not won five games in a row since the 2011 season.

For the second straight game, freshman Connor McVey (Mason, Ohio/Mason) led the Bearcats with a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs. Sophomore Devin Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) added two RBIs which both came on a third-inning single to score the tying and winning runs.

Ring was shaky in the beginning, allowing a run to score in the top of the first inning following two hits, a wild pitch and a passed ball. He ended the damage with a groundout and a flyout, but the Bearcats were staring at a deficit before ever taking a swing of the bat.

Cincinnati took control of the game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third to go ahead 3-1. With two outs, back-to-back singles by senior Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) and sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) and senior Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Wenzel. Wenzel hit a single up the middle to score two runs and a single by McVey scored another for the 3-1 advantage.

Two innings later, the Bearcats added a pair of insurance runs to expand the lead to 5-1. McVey brought home his second RBI of the evening with a sacrifice fly that scored Williams from third base. One batter later, an infield single by sophomore Forrest Perron (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) brought home Glass for the four-run margin.

The Tigers attempted to come back in the game, but several great defensive plays closed out the visitors. Sophomore catcher Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) gunned down a base runner attempting to steal second base, ending the sixth inning. In the seventh, Clark was on the receiving end of a somersaulting throw from Williams in right field to tag out a runner at the plate, keeping Memphis from adding to its tally.

The Bearcats will take their momentum into the second game of the series against Memphis on Saturday, May 10. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET from Marge Schott Stadium.