The University of Cincinnati baseball team missed the season opening three-game series at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) last weekend in Boca Raton, Florida.
The first game in the series didn’t start in the Bearcats’ favor as the team fell 9-0. FAU blew up the game and scored eight runs in the third inning.
The rest of the game was lackluster as UC failed to score and FAU had a run in the eighth inning. The only action of UC’s offense came from Senior AJ Bumpass, Redshirt Junior Jeremy Johnson, Junior Joey Bellini, and Senior Mason Deanna, who each scored a hit.
In the second game of the series on Saturday, the Bearcats were the first to meet with two runs by sophomore Joey Wiemer and Junior Eric Santiago in the third.
In the fifth, Junior met Jace Mercer on a senior Cole Murphy fly. FAU responded with two runs and brought the result to 3: 2.
The sixth brought heavy points. UC scored when Santiago hit left field, pushing Bellini into third and bringing Johnson home. Bumpass flew in right field to bring Junior Mitch Holding to third base and Bellini home to score.
The last run of the inning for UC came from Holding after an FAU error. The Bearcats scored again in the eighth game when Wiemer scored the goal and brought Mercer to scoring.
The game went to additional innings, with FAU scoring a run for an 8-7 win in the 11th inning.
UC chief baseball coach Scott Googins observes an attack against FAU in Boca Raton, Fla., Friday Feb.15.
“If you look at this weekend, there are three innings per game – one big inning and that killed us,” said UC head coach Scott Googins. “[FAU] is the 30th ranked team in the nation and we got to hang out with them. I feel pretty good wherever we’re going. “
Sunday’s series finals started slowly until the Bearcats scored a goal in the fourth inning. Johnson brought the Bearcats into first place with a solo home run to left field.
The action picked up mid-game as Santiago closed the game, then Mercer returned to right field bringing the result to 3-0. FAU responded with four runs in the fifth, bringing the result to 4-3.
The Bearcats offensive ran out of juice and FAU scored another run in the sixth inning. Neither team scored in the last three innings, and FAU won 5-3.
“It was a disappointing weekend for us, but we had to keep our heads up,” said Googins after the defeat on Sunday. “There are a lot of positive things that we saw this weekend. We played good baseball sometimes. There are things we need to clean up, but it’s just a weekend. “
UC returns to Houston against the Houston Baptist University Huskies February 22-24. Friday’s first spot is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.