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Author: William Moore
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The Cincinnati Bearcats baseball team was on a four-game losing streak heading into this weekend. Coming out of the weekend, the Bearcats are now on a four-game winning streak after sweeping the North Alabama Lions. The Bearcats improved their record to 6-6 on the year after a sensational weekend.
The Bearcats had to wait a little longer than they planned to get things going against North Alabama. Friday’s game was postponed to Sunday which meant doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday. When the series did get underway, grad transfer Dylan Brosky made his presence known against the Lions. Brosky pitched all seven innings in the series opener including seven strikeouts and only giving up two hits en route to picking up the win in a shutout. The Bearcats’ bats were also on a roll, plating nine runs on the day. Redshirt freshman CJ Dean had two hits and two RBI on the day including his first career home run as a Bearcat.
After getting blanked in game one of the doubleheader, the Lions’ bats would wake up in game two. The Lions were led by Junior, Andin Johnson. Johnson had three hits on the day and one RBI. However, the Bearcats’ bats were just as lively. In the fifth inning, the Bearcats would plate five runs off the bats of Landyn Vidourek, Ryan Nicholson, and Cole Harting. This huge inning would ultimately be the difference in this game, leading to a 9-8 Bearcats win in game two. The winning pitcher from the Bearcats was Zach Segal (1-0). Jacob Bradshaw (2-1) was credited with the loss and Mitch White was given the save for the Bearcats.
After a successful doubleheader, the Bearcats had to regroup for another doubleheader on Sunday. Chase Hopewell kicked things off for the ‘Cats in a game where pitching was king. Chase Hopewell would pitch 5.1 innings giving up five hits and one run on the day. The veteran Jackson Murphy would relieve Chase in the sixth inning and take the Bearcats the rest of the way. Murphy pitched 2.2 innings, only allowing one hit with two strikeouts. Murphy put the Bearcats’ offense in position to win the game in extra innings and they delivered. In the bottom of the eighth Alec Jones hit one right back where it came from off the leg of Will Morris allowing CJ Dean to score in walk-off fashion. The winning pitcher on the day was Jackson Murphy (2-1) and Will Morris (1-1) was credited with the loss.
Heading into game four, the Bearcats were looking for their first series sweep of the young season. The Bearcats would come to play in game four. They were led by sophomore Lauden Brooks who had two hits on the day including his first career home run. The Bearcats would score eight runs on the day leading to an 8-1 win, clinching the series sweep over the Lions. The winning pitcher for the Bearcats was Chase Horst (1-1). The losing pitcher from the Lions was Justin Battle (0-2).
The Bearcats baseball team will be back in action on Wednesday at Eastern Kentucky. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 and will be available to watch on ESPN+.