Toledo Falters Late at Cincinnati, 9-7
CINCINNATI, OH – Cincinnati scored the game’s final six runs to tally a 9-7 come-from-behind victory over Toledo on Wednesday under the lights at Marge Schott Stadium. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 10-16 on the season.
The Bearcats (11-15) plated four runs in the eighth frame and two in the ninth to erase a 7-3 deficit and send UT to its fourth consecutive setback.
Toledo sophomore RHP Andrew Marra (0-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing two runs (all earned) on two hits in 0.1 innings.
UC sent eight batters to the plate in the eighth frame and took advantage of three hits, two walks, one stolen base and one balk to draw the teams even for the first time since the opening inning. Matt Williams, Ryan Quinn and Ethan McAlpine were each credited with RBI in the Bearcats’ second-to-last at-bat of the evening.
The home team then clinched the come-from-behind victory with a two-run home run by Ian Happ with one out in the ninth inning.
Cincinnati’s Grant Walker (1-0) was credited with his first victory of the spring, working 2.0 scoreless frames of relief.
Senior 1B Matt Delewski (2-for-3, RS, RBI), senior CF Ben Hammer (2-for-5, 2 RBI) and junior LF Tyler Grogg (2-for-5, 2 RS, RBI) paced the Rockets offensively with two hits each.
Toledo jumped out to the early lead, scoring single runs in the first and third innings, respectively. Delewski drove in the initial tally with a sacrifice fly, while Grogg was credited with a run-scoring single through the left side to help the 2012 Mid-American Conference West Division champions assume the early advantage.
The Rockets added to their cushion with two runs in the fourth inning to make the score 4-0. The Midnight Blue & Gold benefitted from a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt off the bat of redshirt freshman C Lucas Sokol and two UC errors to build a sizable margin.
Cincinnati then started its comeback in the sixth frame on the heels of a two-run double by Happ and a run-scoring hit off the bat of Devin Wenzel to end the evening for UT sophomore RHP Alec Schmenk and set the stage for the final two innings.
Schmenk was effective in a collegiate-best 5.1 innings, giving up three runs (all earned) on seven hits with one punchout in a no-decision.
Justin Glass (3-for-5, 3 RS) and Happ (2-for-4, 2 RS, HR, 2 RBI) led the victors with multi-hit efforts at the plate against five Toledo pitchers.
Toledo returns to the diamond this weekend with a three-game series at Buffalo on Friday-Sunday, April 5-7. The first pitch in Friday’s opener is set for 3:00 p.m. with Saturday’s and Sunday’s matchups both slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. at Amherst Audubon Field.
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