May 12, 2013
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati baseball team was not able to overcome a five-run sixth inning by Santa Clara University on Mother's Day Sunday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium.
The Broncos took their first lead of the game in the sixth inning. Second baseman Kyle DeMerritt got hit by a pitch to lead the inning off. Shortstop Justin Viele walked and they both advanced on a wild pitch. DeMerritt scored on an error by UC's shortstop. Viele scored on a single by left fielder Greg Harisis to make it 3-1. Santa Clara added three more runs in the inning on a sacrifice fly and a single up the middle to make it a five run Bronco lead.
The Bearcats loaded the bases in the sixth inning, but came away empty. Freshman Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Mt. Lebanon) and junior outfielder Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) both singled in the inning and freshman first baseman Devin Wenzel (Blandon, Pa. / Fleetwood Area) walked. A Bearcats' strike out ended the threat.
Senior LHP Thomas Gentile escaped a bases loaded jam in the seventh with a tailor made 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
UC had two runners on base again in the seventh. Freshman Forrest Perron (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) and freshman Collin Hawk (Beech Grove, Ind. / Roncalli) both walked. However, Santa Clara reliever Chris Mendoza ended the UC scoring threat with a strikeout.
In the second inning, the Bearcats took a 1-0 lead. Junior Matt Williams started off the inning with a single to left field. Quinn added a two-out single later in the inning that scored Williams from third base.
UC threatened in the third inning. Hawk ripped a single down the right field line and Perron walked with nobody out. However, Ethan McAlpine
(Cincinnati, Ohio / Moeller) lined in to a double play, and Happ flew out to the warning track in deep left field to end the inning.
Santa Clara tied things up in the fifth on a one-out single by first baseman T.J. Braff that scored the DH C.J. Jacobe. Christian McElroy (Middletown, Ohio / Sinclair CC) escaped further damage by getting a pop-out to end the inning and leave a runner stranded on second base.
In the bottom on the fifth Cincinnati threatened again, but was unable to score. Quinn reached on a throwing error to start the inning. He advanced to second on sacrifice bunt by freshman catcher Woody Wallace. Quinn then moved over to third on another bunt by Hawk. Perron grounded out to second base to end the inning.
Glass led the Bearcats with two hits on the day. Quinn had the lone RBI for UC and also added a hit. Hawk, Williams, Happ, and Schmidt also all chipped in with a hit for the Bearcats.
Starting for the Bearcats, McElroy didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning. He pitched five innings and gave up five runs, with only one of them being earned. He received the loss to move his record to 3-6 on the season. RHP Matt Ring added an inning of relief giving up one run on one hit. Gentile pitched two scoreless innings for UC, while RHP Connor Walsh also added an inning of scoreless ball for the Bearcats.
LHP Powell Fansler started his sixth game of the season for SCU and picked up his first win of the season to move his record to 1-3. RHP Chris Mendoza closed the game out and picked up the save for the Broncos pitching 3.1 scoreless innings with six strikeouts.
Cincinnati next plays Tuesday vs. Butler at 6:30 p.m. at Marge Schott Stadium.