March 26, 2013
CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati baseball team outlasted the Ohio Bobcats 4-1 on a snowy Tuesday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium.
UC starting pitcher, redshirt junior RHP Christian McElroy, tossed five-plus innings to pick up his second win of the season and his first since March 1 vs. New York Tech. With the win, the Bearcats upped their record to 8-13 as the Bobcats fell to 4-19 on the season.
McElroy tossed five scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and one walk, while striking out three. Senior RHP Andrew Strenge came in during the eighth inning and tossed two scoreless innings to notch his third save of the season.
The Bearcats opened up the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Catcher Woody Wallace drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on a double by third baseman Devin Wenzel. Wallace scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Brendon Neel to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, centerfielder Ethan McAlpine shot a two-run single up the middle, making it a 3-0 advantage in favor of the Bearcats.
Ohio threatened in the top of the third. With two on and one out, Cincinnati shortstop Matt Williams made an outstanding diving catch to start a double play and end the inning.
The Bearcats attempted to add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth as they had bases loaded with no outs. Second baseman Colin Hawk grounded into a 5-2-3 double play and McAlpine lined back to the pitcher to quell the Bearcat rally.
The Bearcats added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh. Left fielder Justin Glass hit a two-out single and scored on a double by first baseman Ian Happ, making it 4-0 in favor of the Bearcats.
Ohio was able to make some noise in the top of the eighth inning. The first three men in the inning reached base and chased Cincinnati reliever Austin Pritchard. Strenge came in for the Bearcats and induced a double play ball, as a run came across to score, as the Bobcats cut into the lead making it a 4-1 game. Strenge retired the Bobcats in order in the top of the ninth to end the game.
Happ, Neel and McAlpine all finished with two hits for the Bearcats and each recorded at least one RBI, with McAlpine notching two. The Bearcats stole five bases on the day, including two by Happ, giving him a team-leading 10 on the season.
Nick Plys started and took the loss for Ohio. Plys went 2 innings, allowing two hits, three runs and two walks as his record dropped to 0-2 on the season.
The Bearcats will next be in action on Thursday as they travel to Jamaica, N.Y. to take on the Red Storm of St. John’s in a BIG EAST Conference doubleheader. First pitch for game one is set for noon.