April 20, 2013
Mitch Patishall (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) threw a complete-game three-hit shutout to lead the University of Cincinnati baseball team to a 4-0 win over Villanova on Saturday at Marge Schott Stadium.
The Bearcats locked up a series win over the Wildcats and won their third-straight game.
Patishall is the first UC hurler to throw a complete game in 2013. The Bearcats' last came from a Zach Morris shutout effort at Connecticut on May 5, 2012. The last complete game at Marge Schott Stadium was tossed by Nick Johnson against Louisville on April 10, 2011.
Patishall scattered three hits during his career-best nine-inning performance and tallied a career high five strikeouts.
Ethan McAlpine (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) and Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) both finished 2-for-3 with a walk. McAlipine also added two stolen bases. Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) had a pair of runs batted in while Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) tallied UC's other RBI.
Offensively, UC spread four hits over the first five innings, before getting on the board in the sixth with a four-run, two-out rally. Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) started things out by drawing a walk. Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) followed with a double down the first base line just under the glove that ran all the way to the corner, allowing a hustling Happ to score from first. Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) was intentionally walked and Devin Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area) sent a bouncer to third and an errant throw to first base allowed Glass to score and left runners on second and third with Wenzel advancing on the throw home. Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) hit a screamer past the diving third basemen that scored Williams and Wenzel. Jeff Murray (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) struck out to end the frame.
Patishall, who cruised through the first two innings without allowing a baserunner, worked his way out of a jam with two outs in the top of the third. Rambaud singled, stole second and later Goss was hit by a pitch, but Patishall got Schrenk to fly out to left center field to end the inning.
Patishall found trouble again in the sixth and eighth innings, working out of it with two runners on base in both frames. He completed a 1-2-3 ninth to polish off his first career nine-inning shutout.
The two teams will meet Sunday in the series finale with a scheduled noon first pitch at Marge Schott Stadium. Christian McElroy (Middletown, Ohio/Sinclair CC) will toe the rubber for the Bearcats.