May 20, 2011
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati baseball team fell to University of Connecticut 9-5 Friday evening at Marge Schott Stadium.
After taking an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, Connecticut's offense racked up six runs in the third to take a 7-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the inning.
Senior right-handed pitcher Nick Johnson (Delphos, Ohio/St. John's) was relieved with no outs in the top of the third after allowing four runs and loading the bases. He was replaced by redshirt freshman LHP Jason Pascuzzi (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville), who did not allow a run in his two innings pitched.
Cincinnati responded with its own offense barrage in the bottom of the third by producing five runs to make the score 7-5. Junior first baseman Nic Spence (Victoria, Australia/St. Joseph's) led off with a double down the right-field line and scored one batter later when freshman third baseman Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) tripled. The ensuing batter, senior shortstop Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City), drove in Williams with an RBI single to third base. A single from freshman DH Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) set the Bearcats up with runners on second and third with one out. Senior outfielder Justin Riddell (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) cleared the bases with a three-run home run that hit off the right-field scoreboard and brought UC to within two runs.
Fresh off the BIG EAST weekly honor roll, sophomore right-handed pitcher Zach Isler (Union, Ky./Covington Catholic) entered the game in the fifth in place of Pascuzzi and pitched admirably. Isler tossed the remaining five innings for UC, allowing just two runs in the eighth. He retired the side in order the other four innings he pitched.
UConn's pitching prevented Cincinnati from producing additional offense as the Bearcats managed just three hits the rest of the game.
Cincinnati and UConn will play Game 3 of its three-game series at 1 p.m. Saturday at Marge Schott Stadium. UC will honor its seven seniors during pregame ceremonies in recognition of Senior Day. One of those seven seniors, right-handed pitcher Dan Jensen (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville), is expected to take the mound for Cincinnati.