May 18, 2007
CINCINNATI, Ohio---The old saying goes that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Cincinnati proved it's toughness on Friday night against Louisville, pulling out a clutch 4-2 win over the Cardinals in a game mired by a controversial fifth inning call. The victory moves the Bearcats (28-27, 10-15 BIG EAST) back into the eighth spot in the BIG EAST standings heading into Saturday's regular season finale. The contest was played before a vocal crowd of 1,107, the largest crowd of the season for a UC home game.
In the top of the fifth inning, UC ace starting pitcher Dan Osterbrock was ejected from the contest for hitting U of L's Logan Johnson for the second time in the game. With their backs against the wall, the Bearcats turned to Nick Buscemi and the senior turned in a performance of a lifetime, holding Louisville to just two hits in 4.1 innings of relief to seal the win.
Buscemi's starring role helped the Bearcats' overcome just four hits for the night. Cameron Satterwhite, hitless in his last 25 at-bats, broke out of the funk with a solo home run and a sacrifice fly to pace the offense. Ryan Baker, absent from the line-up for the past two games, returned with a key RBI single as well.
Louisville (37-18, 18-8 BIG EAST) drew first blood when Johnson ripped a two-run homer to right with two men out in the third. The Bearcats chopped the lead in half in the bottom of the inning when Satterwhite cut loose on his ninth big fly of the season.
The action fast forwarded to the top of the fifth when on a 1-2 offering, Osterbrock plunked Johnson and was tossed by home plate umpire Jeff Spisak. The ejection seemed to light a fire in the Bearcats as they marched to their first lead of the night in the bottom of the inning. With two men on and just one out, Baker hit a deep shot over Louisville center fielder Boomer Whiting's head that resulted in an RBI single. Satterwhite followed, lifting a sac fly to left to plate Kevin Johnson.
The Bearcats tacked on an insurance run in the sixth when a hard charging Josh Harrison
scored from second when Kyle Rapp
legged out an infield single with two outs.
From there, the game was all Buscemi who retired the first eight hitters he faced and worked out of a man on third, one out jam by striking out Isaiah Howes in the eighth.
Johnson did all of the offensive damage for Louisville, adding a double to his two-run homer to collect two of the Cards' five hits.
UC will close the regular season tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m. John Baird will take the mound for the Bearcats against the Cardinals' Colby Wark. Fans will want to arrive early as a Senior Day celebration and Marge Schott Stadium dedication will precede the game.