WVU Stops Bearcats Again, 10-1|
May 14, 2006
CINCINNATI, Ohio---West Virginia kept its' offensive machine rolling as the Mountaineers handed Cincinnati its fifth straight loss, a 10-1 setback on Sunday afternoon at the UC Baseball Stadium. The win clinched the weekend sweep for WVU and assured them a trip to the 2006 BIG EAST Tournament.
West Virginia (33-18, 13-11 BIG EAST) pounded out 18 hits on Sunday to finish the series with 50 in three games. Kenny Durst (4-4) did the job on the mound, holding Cincinnati to just one unearned run and eight hits in 7.2 innings of work. Doug Nelms led the WVU offensive attack with five hits.
For Cincinnati (30-22, 11-13 BIG EAST), Jack Nelson collected two hits, while Nick Maragas drove in the only run with a sixth inning sacrifice fly. The Bearcats were hurt by a total of 12 men left on base in the contest.
UC, now seventh in the BIG EAST standings, must win one of three games next weekend vs. St. John's or get help from other teams to qualify for the BIG EAST Tournament.
Things got off to a tough and costly start for the Bearcats in the first, as UC not only fell behind 1-0, but also lost the services of senior second baseman Mark Muscenti. Tyler Kuhn was hit by a pitch to start the game and Nelms laid down a sacrifice but that went between pitcher Dan Osterbrock (3-2) and first baseman Logan Parker. The confusion led to an off-balance throw by Parker and a preceding collision between Nelms and Muscenti that saw the latter forced from the game with an ankle injury. Justin Jenkins followed with an RBI single that put WVU in front by one.
The Mountaineers kept rolling in the third, stringing together three runs with two outs. Kyle Matuszek lifted a sacrifice fly to center to start the scoring, while David Carpenter and Michael Burger followed with consecutive singles.
The fifth inning saw West Virginia start a streak of three straight innings with two runs. In the inning, Carpenter and Burger again connected on back-to-back RBI singles, while Matuszek and Casey Bowling turned the trick in the sixth. The seventh inning brought a two-run single by Nelms that closed the afternoon's scoring.
Cincinnati will try to snap its season-long losing streak against local rival Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday night. First pitch from the UC Baseball Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m. Two days later, UC welcomes St. John's to town for a regular season closing three-game set.