Cincinnati Outlasts Baseball in 12 Innings
April 20, 2002
HOUSTON, Texas - In a game that went back and forth for more than four hours, Cincinnati proved to be a little stronger Saturday in taking an 11-10 win in 12 innings over the University of Houston baseball team at Cougar Field.
Jake Smith's sacrifice fly in the 11th inning scored Brad Schutz as the Bearcats ended the Cougars' 26-game home winning streak in C-USA play at Cougar Field. Ironically, Cincinnati was the last team to win at Cougar Field before Saturday night, taking a 6-4 win on April 15, 2000.
In the eighth inning, UH took the lead with two more runs on Brett Cooley's two-RBI single. Anthony Scalise walked to lead off the inning and moved into scoring position following Bourn's sacrifice bunt. After an infield groundout, intentional walk to Snyder and wild pitch put runners on second and third, Cooley ripped a two-out, two-strike single up the middle to give UH a 9-8 lead and extend his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games.
However, the Bearcats knotted the game at 10-10 in the top of the ninth inning when Nate Fish lifted a fly ball that fell into shallow left field, scoring pinch-runner Jeff Gordon.
After a scoreless 10th inning, Cincinnati recorded three straight singles to load the bases and took the lead at 10-9 when Aaron Brown drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Cougars were then faced with their final out in the bottom of the inning, but Sam Mitchell laced a two-out, two-strike, RBI-single through the left side of the infield to score Brett Cooley and push the game into the 11th inning.
However, that would be all the offense the Cougars would muster the rest of the night. Schutz started the Cincinnati 11th inning by reaching second base on a UH infield error and moved to third base on a groundout, setting the stage for Smith's deep fly ball to center field.
Cincinnati reliever and possible Sunday starter B.J. Borsa improved to 5-5 after allowing one hit and one run in two innings of relief. UH reliever Matt Hooper dropped to 1-1 after giving up three hits and two runs in two innings of work. Both teams used at least four pitchers in the contest, with the Cougars putting six hurlers to work.
Chris Hamblen and Aaron Moll recorded three hits each to lead Cincinnati.
The series concludes at noon Sunday at Cougar Field. Sunday's game time is an hour earlier than the Cougars' regular starting time due to Cincinnati's traveling arrangements.