May 13, 2008
CINCINNATI---Cincinnati closed out its non-conference baseball season in style, blasting a season-high six homers en route to a 13-7 win over Wright State on Tuesday night in Marge Schott Stadium. The triumph, UC's 33rd of the year against 19 losses, leaves the Bearcats with just a three-game series against West Virginia remaining on the 2008 regular season docket. With help, the Bearcats are still alive in the hunt for their first-ever BIG EAST Championship.
Mike Spina and Ryan Baker led the home run parade with two longs balls apiece, including Spina's 14th and 15th blasts of the year. Josh Harrison added four hits, including a homer, with Cameron Satterwhite also going deep in the victory. Spina finished with four hits and five RBI, while Baker and Tony Campana notched two hits apiece.
Cincinnati got right to work as a heads up play by Harrison led to the Bearcats' first run in the bottom of the first. Standing on second with two outs following a single and a stolen base, a hard charging Harrison scored on Spina's infield single to third.
The long ball parade started an inning later as Baker cleared the high fence in centerfield with a man on to make it 3-0. Spina followed suit in the third, yanking a Michael Woytek offering over the left field wall with a man aboard.
Wright State(27-20) finally chased UC starter Tyler Smith in the fifth, cutting the deficit to 5-3 with an RBI groundout, a solo home run by Casey McGrew and a Jeff Mercer run-scoring single.
The Bearcats got the three runs back plus two more in the fifth to go in front, 10-3. Campana led the frame off by flying around the bases to third on a triple and scored one batter later when Jamel Scott pushed a single through a drawn in infield. After stealing second, Scott scored on a Harrison double, bringing Satterwhite to the plate. UC's junior right fielder then duplicated the feat of his teammate Baker by crushing a Michael Meintel pitch over the monster wall in center for his 10th round tripper of the campaign.
In the sixth, Kyle Mossbarger picked up his second RBI groundout of the night, but UC matched the marker when Harrison went deep to left center in the bottom of the inning. A two-run Jeremy Hamilton home run highlighted a three-run outburst in the seventh that also included a Ross Vagedes RBI double.
Leading by an 11-7 count, UC added breathing room with solo blasts in the seventh by Baker and the eighth by Spina for the final 13-7 count.
Adam Calez (3-2) was credited with the victory after taking over on the mound for Smith. Jordan Wolfe (0-1) took the loss after yielding the first three runs in two innings of work.
Justin Parker led Wright State with three hits, while a trio of other players added two each.
The Cincinnati-West Virginia series gets underway on Thursday with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.