May 18, 2013
CINCINNATI - Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and two RBIs and starting right hander Mitch Patishall (4-4) (Pendleton, Ind/Pendleton Heights) tossed 6.0 innings and allowed two earned runs to earn to win as the University of Cincinnati baseball team closed its season with an 11-5 win over Notre Dame Saturday at Marge Schott Stadium.
UC (24-32, 6-18 BIG EAST Conference) broke open a 1-1 game, scoring five times in the second frame highlighted by two-RBI double to right field by Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, ind./Carroll) and Happ's two-run homer to right field. Ethan McAlpine (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) started the Bearcats scoring in the second with a run-scoring infield single to short that scored Woody Wallace (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) from third.
The Bearcats extended their lead to 8-1, plating two runs in the third inning when Jeff Murray (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/ Reynoldsburg) double to left center field to score Devin Wenzel (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood Area). Murray then scored with Wallace hit an RBI single to left field.
Notre Dame (31-23, 10-14 BIG EAST) scored in each of the next three innings to pull within 8-5. Eric Janielo hit a solo home run to right center in the fourth to trim the deficit to 8-2. The Irish scored twice in the fifth on a fielding error at third base by Wenzel. Lane Richards hit a bases-loaded grounder that went between Wenzel's legs that allowed Jagielo to score from third and Blaise Lezynski to come home from second base. The Irish scored another unearned run in the sixth inning when Happ made a fielding error on a grounder by Lezynski that brought in Forrest Johnson from second base.
UC pulled away from the Irish with three runs in the sixth for an 11-5 advantage. Wenzel started the scoring when he coaxed a bases-load walk off Irish reliever David Hearne. Ryan Quinn
(Sparta, N.J./Sparta) followed with an RBI single to centerfield to bring in Happ. Two batters later, Wallace hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to plate Matt Williams
(Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian).
Irish starting right hander Sean Fitzerald (5-4) took the loss. In two innings he gave up six runs off six hits, including three doubles and Happ's two-run homer.
The Bearcats will open a new era in 2014 with the departure of 17-year head coach Brian Cleary, the program's all-time winningest head coach with 436 wins. UC and current BIG EAST members Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers and USF will also welcome Houston, Memphis, Temple and UCF as baseball-playing members of the American Athletic Conference on July 1, 2013.