March 15, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Cincinnati pushed across four runs in the top of the sixth inning to give the Bearcats a 6-4 victory over UAB in Conference USA baseball action Saturday afternoon at Young Memorial Field.
Cincinnati (6-10, 1-1 Conference USA) struck first in the top of the first inning when shortstop Brad Schutz singled to left field, scoring second baseman Mark Muscenti.
The Bearcats added a run in the top of the third inning when Schutz singled through the right side to again score Muscenti.
UAB (16-3, 1-1 C-USA) got a run in the bottom of the fourth inning on first baseman Daniel Hill's sacrifice fly to center field that scored third baseman Steve Martin.
The Blazers took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Left fielder Mitch Jones doubled to left field, scoring second baseman Seth Rollin and shortstop Josh Miljavac.
Cincinnati's four-run sixth inning started when first baseman Jon DeLuca doubled to right center, scoring third baseman Brad Dorrmann. Later in the inning, catcher Josh Romero hit a three-run homer to left field to give the Bearcats the lead for good.
B.J. Borsa (2-2) picked up the win for the Bearcats after tossing a complete game. He allowed four runs on six hits, no walks and struck out five.
Blazer starter Cody Cillo (3-2) took the loss for UAB after working five and one-third innings and giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on six hits. He walked two and struck out two. Ryan Huffman came on in relief of Cillo in the top of the sixth inning and pitched one and two-thirds innings. Huffman allowed one run on one hit. He walked two and struck out two. Jon Burgett worked the final two innings for the Blazers and allowed one walk and had two strikeouts.
"I thought our approach to the plate was lacking today," said UAB head coach Larry Giangrosso
. "Their pitcher really pitched efficiently. We had too many ground ball outs and too many lazy fly balls outs.
"Cody (Cillo) wasn't really sharp today and overall, we were out of synch. That is the second straight game where we have been out of synch and we need to find a way to get our rhythm back if we want to win the series."
UAB and Cincinnati will meet in the final game of the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Young Memorial Field.