Aug. 24, 2011
CINCINNATI – Three former University of Cincinnati student-athletes recorded their first professional home runs in their respective leagues during the month of August.
When Chicago Cubs outfielder Tony Campana (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) ripped an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 5 at Wrigley Field, he became the first major-leaguer to have his first career homer be an inside-the-parker since the Florida Marlins’ Emilio Bonifacio did it April 6, 2009, against the Washington Nationals, and the first Cub to do it since Carmen Mauro on Oct. 3, 1948, in St. Louis.
Campana, who made his major-league debut on May 17, is hitting .280 with a .313 on-base percentage, 16 runs scored and 16 stolen bases in 69 games played for the Cubs in 2011.
Former Bearcat All-American Josh Harrison (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton), an infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, led off the bottom of the fifth inning and belted his first career homer Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park.
On the season, Harrison is hitting .265 with 14 runs and seven RBI since getting called up by the Pirates on May 30.
Shortstop Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City), who recently graduated from UC in June, clubbed a grand slam over the left-field wall in the eighth inning to lead the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays to a 12-4 win over the GCL Tigers on Monday at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
Peters is hitting .248 with 11 runs, 15 RBI and a .325 on-base percentage in 38 games played for the Toronto Blue Jays’ rookie-league affiliate.