Thanks in large part to a five run third inning Friday night, the University of Cincinnati baseball team improved its record to 8-6 after an 8-1 thrashing of intrastate rival Cleveland State.
The Bearcats have now won 8 of their last 10 games after an 0-4.
Cincinnati had a huge day at the plate as they pounded out 11 hits, eight of which went for extra bases. Jack Nelson led the ‘Cats with two home runs and three RBI on the night while Logan Parker drove in two runs with a double and a triple. Josh Harrison, a slumping Brian Szarmach and substitute Adam Yeager each contributed an RBI.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Bearcats were forced to make several line-up changes when iron man catcher Nick Maragas went down with an injury. Maragas, who had caught every inning of the Bearcats previous 13 games, took an ill-placed foul ball to the body and was replaced by versatile 5‘ 6" freshman Josh Harrison. Adam Yeager replaced Harrison at shortstop. Harrison, who said he had "tired legs" after his six-inning debut to collegiate catching, was not slowed down much as the 160-pound youngster drilled two doubles in the contest.
"I thought he did a great job behind the plate; I couldn't have asked for a better job," said UC hurler Glen Simon, who pitched seven shutout innings before giving way to the bullpen. Simon, who allowed just two hits on the contest, has been solid in three of his last four outings after struggling mightily in his Cincinnati debut against former rival Florida. Simon, a transfer from Florida State, was looking for his second complete game shutout as a Bearcat (NC A&T, 3-0), but after throwing 130-plus pitches last weekend, Head Coach Brian Cleary decided to use unused relievers Matt Heber and Brian Wood to close out the contest.
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