May 14, 2010
CINCINNATI – A six-run third inning by No. 22 Pittsburgh gave the PITT an early seven-run lead and behind starter Corey Baker, the nationally-ranked Panthers went on to defeat the University of Cincinnati baseball team 12-2 in the opener of the three-game BIG EAST Conference series between the two teams Friday evening at Marge Schott Stadium.
The win gave the Panthers a 6-5 edge in the all-time series against the Bearcats and upped their record to 35-13 overall and 16-5 in league play. Cincinnati fell to 25-26 overall and 9-13 in conference action.
UC trailed from the get-go as a lead-off single followed by a double to left-center field quickly put the Panthers in front, 1-0, in the first inning.
UC failed to put a run on the board in its half of the first or the second inning and when Pittsburgh came to bat in the third inning, the first eight batters reached base by a walk, single, or UC error and six of those eight batters scored to widen the Panthers lead to 7-0 through two and half innings.
The Bearcats chipped away at the seven-run deficit in its half of the third inning starting with a lead-off single to right-center field by sophomore Kiley Jones. After Jones moved to second base on a single-through the left-side by senior Jamel Scott, sophomore Chris Peters moved Scott to second base and plated Jones with a single of his own, cutting the deficit to 7-1. Scott moved ninety-feet closer to home on a wild pitch and proceeded to score on a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right field by sophomore T.J. Jones, bringing UC within five runs, 7-2.
Three Pittsburgh runs in the fifth inning followed by two more Panthers runs in the sixth opened up a double-digit lead, 12-2, giving PITT its largest lead of the day.
Sophomore Cory Hough came out of the bullpen and yielded just one hit and struck out five in three innings of relief for Cincinnati, but Pittsburgh’s Baker set down 11 Bearcats batters in a row to end the game, registering his second complete game of the season and closing out the 12-2 victory.
The Panthers and Bearcats resume their three-game BIG EAST Conference series on Saturday, May 15, at 4 p.m. Saturday is UC’s Ring of Red Game as Cincinnati faculty/staff pay just $1 for tickets and all fans are encouraged to wear Red.