Bearcats Down Musketeers In Rain-Soaked Game
May 8, 2013
CINCINNATI - Cincinnati defeated Xavier, 10-2, in a rain-plagued affair on Wednesday evening at Marge Schott Stadium on the Bearcats' campus. Play was halted after three innings for a rain delay, which lasted nearly two hours before resuming.
Xavier (24-23) got started in the first inning on a Patrick Paligraf bunt single. Derek Hasenbeck and Vinny Nittoli followed with singles of their own to load the bases with one down. Paligraf scored on a high-chopping hit from Joe Forneyf that was misplayed by Forrest Perron at third.
Cincinnati (20-29) answered in the bottom half of the inning, taking advantage of three Xavier miscues in the frame. UC managed only two hits, but scored two runs.
Stephen Schoettmer took the second pitch he saw as the lead-off batter in the second inning and blasted a home run to left center, evening the score at two-all. It was the second home run of the season for Schoettmer.
The Bearcats came back with two more runs in their next at bat to regain the lead, 4-2. The runs were scored on one hit and another Musketeer error, their fourth of the contest. UC tacked on another run in the fifth
XU had a great chance to put runs on the board in the sixth. Jacob Bodner, Mitch Elliott and Schoettmer all singled to load the bases with just one out in the frame. But, Tres Eberhardt was called out on strikes and Paligraf fouled out to end the threat.
The missed opportunity hurt Xavier. Cincinnati came back and scored two more runs in its at bat in the sixth and three more in the seventh to blow the game open with a 10-2 lead.
Zach Johnson (0-1) earned his first start of the season, pitching three innings and surrendering four runs before the rain delay. He was replaced by Eric Steine when play resumed in the fourth. Steine allowed three runs on three hits after working into the sixth. Cincinnati picked up three runs off of Daniel Przeniczny, who closed the final three innings for XU.
Thomas Gentile entered for Cincinnati following the break and picked up the victory to move to 4-1 on the year. Christian McElroy started for the Bearcats, giving up two runs in three innings.
Xavier hosts A-10 foe Massachusetts this weekend in a three-game series that has A-10 Tournament implications for the Musketeers. XU enters the series as one of the final teams slotted for the tournament, but several teams are within striking distance.