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Author: William Moore
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The Bearcats hosted the Miami RedHawks for their home opener on Wednesday. The Redhawks and the Bearcats both showed plenty of offensive prowess, scoring a combined 27 runs on the day. On offense, the Redhawks were led by Ryland Zaborowski and Cooper Weiss. Weiss had three hits and four RBI on the day including a three-run home run in the third inning. Ryland Zaborowski had an impressive day for the RedHawks with four hits and six RBI including two doubles and two homers.
However, the Bearcats bats would also do some damage on the day. Top performers on offense for the Bearcats included Cole Harting and Griffin Hugus. Hugus had two hits, three RBI and two walks on the day. Harting had two hits and three RBI. This included a monster two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. The headline for the Bearcats offense on the day was a six-run second inning. The Bearcats would go blow for blow with the RedHawks up until the 7th inning. Coming off a two hour weather delay, the RedHawks came out swinging by plating three runs in the top of the 7th to take a 13-12 lead. From there, the RedHawks would score two runs in the ninth to bring the score to 15-12 and spoil the Bearcats’ home opener. On the other side out of the rain delay, RedHawks pitcher Patrick Mastrian IV was dealing. Mastrian had six strikeouts in three innings pitched on his way to picking up the save and a Miami victory over the Bearcats. The winning pitcher was Nick Vardavas (1-1). The losing pitcher from the Bearcats was Nick McClanahan (0-1) and Patrick Mastrian IV picked up the aforementioned save for the RedHawks.
The Bearcats will be back in action Friday at UC Baseball Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:00. This kicks off a four game series against the North Alabama Lions.