UC Baseball wins series against St. Louis | Sports

The University of Cincinnati baseball team defeated Oakland University 18-0 in their home game at Marge Schott Stadium in Cincinnati on Friday, February 28, 2020.

The University of Cincinnati (UC) baseball team won two of three games against the Saint Louis University Billikens, raising their record to 10-10.

Game one

The Bearcats teamed up for a twelve-goal attack on offense with a good start from pitcher Dean McCarthy to beat the Billikens 8-4 in their first game of the weekend.

After McCarthy scored a goalless goal for the first time, the Bearcats jumped on Billiken starter Matt Boyer for four runs in the lower half of the frame. After two walks and a slap in a field to avoid loading the bases with anyone, left fielder Wyatt Stapp raised a sack fly to the left field to get the bearcats onto the board.

A stroke later, the Bearcats put another run on an overtaken ball. Third baseman Eric Santiago and first baseman Griffin Merritt followed with two consecutive singles to extend the lead to four.

Saint Louis went on to cut the lead in half with solo home runs in the third and fifth innings, but UC responded by hitting four hits and taking advantage of a mistake to bring home four runs at the end of the fifth to replenish the lead.

Aside from the two solo hits, the Billikens were kept in check by McCarthy until he was overturned in favor of Nathan Moore after the seventh inning, which recorded the game’s final six outs.

Game two

UC secured the streak win on Saturday, beating Saint Louis 8-5 to jump over .500 for the first time of the year.

For the second game in a row, the Bearcats posted double-digit hits, including four home runs, two of which came from Merritt. The junior first baseman posted a perfect 4-4 day on the plate to lead the offensive charge that overwhelmed the Saint Louis pitching team.

The Bearcats scored the first goal again and took a 1-0 lead.

The Billikens hit back in the third, deploying three singles and a sacrificial fly to take their first lead in the series 2-1.

UC wasted no time in reacting when center fielder Cole Harting smashed the Bearcats’ second solo home run in the lower half of the inning.

After each team got through a run in the fourth, the Bearcats finally took the lead with a three in the sixth behind Merritt’s second home game and a single with two runs from right-back Paul Komistek.

The Bearcats added two insurance runs for four consecutive singles from Joey Bellini, Stapp, Merritt and Jake Hansen in run seven.

Jackson Murphy took the win for UC and threw two innings to relieve starter Garrett Schoenle.

Game three

Saint Louis broke on the offensive in the last game of the weekend, scoring multiple runs in six consecutive innings en route to a 21-6 drubbing of the Bearcats.

After the Bearcats took the lead in the first inning for the third game in a row due to a throwing error by Saint Louis thrower Trevor Harris, the Billikens sent 10 men to the plate in the second inning and scored six runs, all with two outs.

The inning started innocently when UC starter Drake Batcho withdrew the first two batters on seven pitches. Batcho then began to struggle with his control and went the next four batters before being replaced by Zach Segal. The Bearcats were a hit batsman, two runs singles and two runs doubles later, facing a five run deficit.

UC responded with two runs at the bottom of the frame, but the Saint Louis offensive attack proved too much for the Bearcats.

What’s next

The Bearcats will pass their toughest test of the season as they host the fifth-placed Louisville Cardinals. Redshirt junior Jalen Wade will get the start for the Bearcats, his first since playing against the University of South Florida in 2018.

The competition will be the 183rd between schools, with the Cardinals leading the 101-81 series and winning 14 of the last 15 meetings against the Bearcats.

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