The Bearcats travelled across town today to take on the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers in the Spring version of Battle of the 'Boro.
The Bearcats knocked off their crosstown rival Thursday in a 3-2 thriller. This was the first time the two baseball programs had met since April 28th, 2005.
The Bearcats jumped out to a lead in the top of the first. The Bearcats loaded the bases with no one out after lead-off man Nate Crocker was hit by a pitch and Jordan Rhodes and Alex Hegge hit back to back singles. Hank Stewart then grounded into a 6-4-3 double play that scored Crocker from third for the game's first run. With the score still 1-0, the Bearcats added on in the top of the third. Brady Reese, Crocker and Rhodes all singled to load the bases with no one out and Reese eventually scored on a wild pitch. The Bearcats were able to plate their third run on a sacrifice fly by Starting Pitcher Christian McHatton.
McHatton then proceeded to throw up zeros for the next six innings. Trailing 3-0 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Panthers finally started to show some life. After Lucas Ray reached on an error to start the inning, Ray Delvalle singled. The next batter, Aussie Light then doubled to left to score Ray and Delvalle to cut the lead to one. The Bearcats then decided to go to the bullpen calling on Senior Zach McLean, who got the first batter he faced to hit a bouncer to third that allowed Light to advance within 90 feet of tying the game. With the infield in, McLean got a strike out for the second out and then coaxed a fly out for the final out!
McHatton finished with 8 plus innings of work allowing one earned run on five hits and two base on balls. He also finished with six strikeouts and his sacrifice fly in the third proved to be the winning run.
WP-McHatton (2-1) LP-Wandling SV-McLean (2)
2B-Hagedorn, Light (KWC)