May 3, 2014
Cincinnati 3, Army 2
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Cincinnati used five hits to score twice in the ninth inning and beat Army, 3-2, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference baseball game at Doubleday Field at Johnson Stadium.
Army held a one-run lead in the final inning before the Bearcats pushed a pair of runs across to win the second game of the three-game series.
Jacob Page doubled twice for Army, Harold Earls scored a run and knocked in a run and Grant Van Orden collected an RBI.
Cincinnati improved to 18-26, while Army moved to 32-15.
Army and Cincinnati will conclude the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.
"We are just trying to win a game on Sunday," said Army interim head coach Matt Reid. "We have to come out and do whatever it takes to get a W. A win would be great as we get ready for the Patriot League playoffs next weekend."
Army starting pitcher Alex Robinett threw six innings. He allowed one run, struck out six and walked just two while giving up four hits. Julian Larimer faced just six hitters in two innings of scoreless relief that included three strikeouts. Johnny Griffith threw the ninth inning for Army.
Cincinnati starting pitcher Connor Walsh allowed five hits in a complete-game effort. Walsh, who shut-out #12 Houston last weekend, struck out five and walked one.
Army had runners on in each of the first two innings. Kris Lindner led off the game with a single and in the second, Jacob Page ripped a double and Alex Jensen was hit by a pitch. A pair of flyouts ended the first inning and a line-out, throw out double play ended the second.
The Black Knights were rewarded in the fourth inning. With one out, Patrick Mescher walked and took third on a double from Page. Earls grounded out to plate Mescher and Army led 1-0.
Robinett cruised through the first five innings, collecting five strikeouts and retiring 10 of 11 hitters. Cincinnati had a pair of runners on in the sixth following a walk and base hit before Robinett collected a strikeout. A double steal advanced the runners to second and third. Connor McVey singled to score one but right fielder Daniel Cortes threw home to Connor Love to cut down a second run and end the inning with the game tied at 1.
Army didn't have a base runner again until the seventh when Earls singled with one out. He stole second and then scored easily when Van Orden singled to right field for a 2-1 Army advantage.
Cincinnati's responded with two runs in the ninth inning. Justin Glass led off the ninth inning with a base hit against Griffith. Glass, on a ball in the dirt, tried to take second but catcher Connor Love made a strong throw for the first out of the inning. Devin Wenzel singled and then Griffith collected a strikeout. Russell Clark delivered a single to tie the game at two. Ryan Quinn then singled to give Cincinnati its first lead of the game at 3-2.
Army and Cincinnati will conclude the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. Knight Vision will provide a video and audio stream at www.goARMYsports.com. Fans in the Hudson Valley can listen to the games at WEOK (1390-AM) and WALL (1340-AM).
GAME NOTES: Army wore its white pinstripe uniforms ... Jacob Page doubled twice in the game and now shares the team lead of 11 with Alex Jensen ... On Friday, Army and Cincinnati combined for 26 hits.