April 10, 2013
CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati baseball team’s season-high 17 hits were not enough to overcome Wright State’s 19 as the Bearcats fell to the Raiders 19-16 Wednesday night at Marge Schott Stadium in the Joe Nuxhall Classic championship game.
Freshman infielder Devin Wenzel had four RBIs to lead UC, while freshmen Ian Happ and Russell Clark, and junior Justin Glass each drove in three runs.
Freshman pitcher Mike Conrad got the start for the Bearcats failing to get out of the second inning after giving up five runs on five hits. Sophomore RHP Walker got the loss for UC moving his record to 1-1 on the season.
Wright State pitcher Robby Sexton started and went three innings giving up six run on six hits. Luke Mamer picked up his first win of the year moving his record to 1-0. Travis Hissong picked up his third save of the season.
Wright State used a seven-run fifth inning to take control of the ballgame. The Raiders started off the inning with an RBI single by John Brodner that scored the designated hitter Kody Krizman. Tournament MVP Justin Kopale continued his great tournament by stroking an RBI single in the right-center gap that scored Brodner and moved Krizman to third. Cody Gardner executed a suicide squeeze to perfection that made it an 8-6 game. Catcher Jason DeFevers added an RBI double and then scored to make it a four-run Cincinnati deficit. Wright State added two more runs to make the score 12-6.
Trailing 12-6, the Bearcats continued their hot hitting in the fifth by scoring four runs on four hits. Junior Ryan Quinn hit a single to start off the inning before Clark had his first RBI of the year on a double. Freshman infielder Colin Hawk singled up the middle that scored Clark. Redshirt freshman OF Taylor Schmidt followed with a successful sacrifice bunt that moved Hawk over to second. Redshirt sophomore OF Ethan McAlpine was next and was hit by the pitch. Glass added a two RBI single to cut the Raider lead down to 12-10.
DeFevers ripped a double to make it 13-10 for his third hit of the day and third RBI of the game. Beau Phillips added an RBI single, followed by two more RBI singles and a sacrifice fly to make it a 17-10 WSU lead.
Cincinnati cut the lead down to four in the seventh inning. Wenzel hit into a fielder’s choice that scored McAlpine. Clark added his second and third RBI of the game on a double that just missed getting out of here, scoring Wenzel and Perron.
The Raiders played add on in the eighth scoring two runs on a two run home by Brodner, his first of the year, to make it 19-13.
Freshman infielder Forrest Perron added his first RBI of the game in the eighth inning for the Bearcats 14th run of the game. Wenzel added his third hit in a row later in the inning for his third and fourth RBI to make it a 19-16 ballgame. Clark was batting as the tying run in the eighth, but popped out to end the inning.
Every starter for each team ended the ballgame with at least one hit. WSU shortstop Kopale won tournament MVP honors after going 2 for 6 with two RBIs and three runs scored in the championship game. He finished the Nuxhall Classic 5 for 10 with four runs scored and five RBIs.
Cincinnati threatened early and took a 1-0 lead when Wenzel hit a sacrifice fly that scored McAlpine in the first inning.
Wright State responded by scoring five runs in the second inning, four being unearned. Kopale started things off when he hit a perfectly-placed single through the right side for an RBI single. Garner then lined out to shortstop Hawk, however left fielder Jeff Limbaugh advanced to score on an error. DeFevers then ripped a single in the gap that scored Kopale to put Wright State in the lead 3-1. Leadoff hitter Kieston Greene got in on the action for the Raiders when he hit a two run double over the head of Glass.
Perron got things started off with a single in the third. Glass followed with a double that advanced Perron to third base. Happ continued his hot hitting as he raked a two-RBI double down the left-field line to put the Bearcats back within two. Happ later stole third for his 14th stolen base of the year. Quinn grounded out to third to end the inning.
The Bearcats stormed back in the fourth to score three runs. Clark started the inning off with a single to the right side. Hawk followed with a single while Clark moved to third on a throwing error. Schmidt hit an RBI single down the left-field line to cut the deficit to one. With runners on first and second, Wright State pitcher Trevor Swaney balked to move the runners to second and third. McAlpine had a great at-bat earning a 10-pitch walk to load the bases with nobody out. Perron flew out to shallow right field for the first out of the inning. Glass ripped a first pitch fastball right back off the pitcher Swaney for an infield single to tie the game at 5-5 for his 21st RBI on the year. Happ then hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field to put the Bearcats back in the lead by a score of 6-5.
Cincinnati will travel to Rutgers to play on Friday at 3 p.m. Redshirt freshman Connor Walsh will take the hill for the Bearcats.