Game One Clawing

Cincinnati proved to be rude hosts in game one of a three game set with WVU as it pounded the visitors by the score of 14-5.

UC jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings and pounded out 20 hits as it never let the visiting Mountaineers into the game. WVU starter Josh Whitlock gave up a whopping 12 runs in just 3 2/3 innings in his worst outing of the season. The Bearcats smacked five extra base hits, including three home runs, off Whitlock in recording the runaway win.

UC scored two runs on a Camero Satterwhite double in the first inning, then added five more in the second to push its lead to 7-0. Satterwhite had the big blast, a three-run homer that accounted for half of his six RBI in the contest.

West Virginia got on the board in the third when Tobias Streich doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly, but UC manufactured a run in the bottom of the frame to make the score 8-1.

The Bearcats blew it open one inning later with back-to-back home runs as Satterwhite got his second of the game. UC sent another nine men to the plate and scored four runs to up its lead to 12-1.

West Virginia had its only big inning of the game in the fifth, as Streich blasted a two-run homer to score Joe Agreste with none out. Although WVU then proceded to load the bases with one out, the Mountaineers managed just one more run, courtesy of Jedd Gyorko's fielder's choice, which cut the lead to 12-5.

Again UC responded, however, scoring for the fifth consecutive inning. This time, it was the Bearcats who loaded the bases and scored just one run, but the insurance tally, which came home on a sacrifice fly, pushed the lead back to 13-5. The teams then traded runs in the eight and ninth, with WVU's Colin Durborow accounting for West Virginia's final fun on a ninth inning RBI single.

Streich, Agreste, Tyler Kuhn and Grant Buckner each had two hits for WVU, which played several subs after the game got out of hand. WVU managed 12 hits in the game, but a pair of double plays and some key pitching by reliever Adam Calez kept the Mountaineers from staging one of their trademark rallies.

Despite the loss, West Virginia had already locked up a spot in the Big East tournament, due to losses by Rutgers and Villanova on Thursday. Game two of the three-game series is set for Friday evening.

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