May 10, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team fell behind early never could mount a rally as the West Virginia University Mountaineers took the final game of a three-game series 18-3 Sunday afternoon at Hawley Field. The loss dropped Cincinnati to 26-26 on the season and 11-13 in BIG EAST Conference play, while West Virginia improved to 34-14 and 16-8 in conference action.
The Mountaineers jumped on top early scoring four runs in the first inning to take a 4-0 lead. Cincinnati got a run back in the second inning as junior Jimmy Jacquot (Swansea, Ill./Belleville East) and freshman Kiley Jones (Louisville, Ky./Eastern) both singled to start the inning and both runners moved up a base on a ground out to first base. A freshman Cory Hough (Lebanon, Ohio/Springboro) ground out plated Jacquot and brought UC within three runs, 4-1.
From that point, WVU scored four runs in the second, two runs in the third, and four more runs in the fourth to jump on top 14-1 through four innings.
Cincinnati did strike with two runs in the fifth inning to bring the deficit to 14-3. With runners on the corners and one out, a RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of freshman T.J. Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) scored a run and left Jones on first base with two outs. Senior Cameron Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) followed with a double that scored Jones all the way from first.
Two more West Virginia runs in the sixth and seventh innings upped the lead to 18-3 and that would be the final score.
Vince Belnome led the Mountaineers at the plate going 6-for-6 with nine RBI. For UC, Hough and Satterwhite recorded two hits apiece and each drove in one run.
Cincinnati heads to Ohio University to meet the Bobcats on Tuesday, May 12, at Bob Wren Field for a 6 p.m. start. Following Tuesday’s game, Cincinnati returns home for its final three-game conference series of the year against Seton Hall. The series will take place May 14-16.