UC scored seven runs in the sixth inning before adding two more in the seventh to turn a two-run deficit into a seven-run lead. The Mountaineers, in losing their final four games, finish 34-19, a disappointment considering they had reached 30 wins with a dozen games left. The late tailspin won't detract from the postseason, as WVU had already sealed a bid because of other teams' actions.
West Virginia was done in by three consecutive RBI hits that plated four runs for the first UC lead of the game, including Cameron Satterwhite's bases-loaded two-RBI single. Cincinnati (36-19, 19-8) scored 14 runs on 19 hits and committed three errors, while West Virginia (34-19, 13-14) scored nine runs on 15 hits and committed two errors.
Bearcat relief pitcher Adam Calez (4-2) earned the win, pitching 1.1 innings, giving up one hit and one walk. Mountaineer relief pitcher Eric Saffell (0-1) was credited with the loss, pitching one-third of an inning, giving up seven runs on six hits.
Joe Agreste led the Mountaineers with three hits, Tobias Streich finished with two hits and two RBIs and Jedd Gyorko and Brent Lockhart each finished with two hits and an RBI. WVU scored single runs in both of the first two innings. Justin Parks walked to lead off the game, advanced to second when Kuhn walked, moved to third on Vince Belnome's ground out to third base and scored on a wild pitch from Bearcat starter Tyler Smith. In the second inning, Agreste walked to lead off the inning, advanced to second on s Streich's sacrifice bunt and scored when Brent Lockhart reached on a fielding error by second baseman Scott. Campana reached on an infield single to second base to score Ryan Baker from third in the second inning to cut the WVU lead in half.
The teams each scored a pair of runs in the third to give the Mountaineers a 4-3 edge. West Virginia added two more in the sixth inning for a 7-5 cushion that was gone with the UC hit outbreak. The Mountaineers are now off until they travel to Clearwater, Fla., for the Big East Conference Tournament at Bright House Field on May 20-24. Final seedings will be announced later.