The Bearcats played Huntington University on Friday in a day-night doubleheader.
In Game 1, Huntington jumped out to an early lead on an RBI single by Bryce Anderson in the first. The Bearcats answered back in the bottom of the second on an RBI fielders choice by Cody Morris scored Hank Stewart from third. Huntington, however was able to get the lead right back on an RBI single by Josh Lanphier and extended the lead to 3-1 on an RBI fielder's choice by Marc Bowers. The Bearcats were able to get one of the runs back in the bottom of the third on solo homerun by Alex Hegge, his third of the year. Then tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double by Morris. That's where the score would stay until the bottom of the ninth. Cody Morris led off the inning with an infield single and Brian Daria pinch hit and laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt. After a fly out to center, Huntington intentionally walked Nate Crocker to get to Jordan Rhodes, who delivered an RBI single to right for the walk-off win.
Drew Shoulders, who came on in relief in the top of the sixth, picked up his second win of the year with 3 2/3 innings of one hit relief.
WP-Shoulders (2-2) LP-Ripke
2B-Morris (BU) HR-Hegge (BU)
The nightcap was another thriller for the Bearcats, who broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third, when Nate Crocker laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Cody Morris. Brady Reese also scored on the play when the pitchers throw to first sailed wide, allowing Crocker to get to second. Jordan Rhodes then lined a single to left center to give the Bearcats a three run lead. The Bearcats pushed the lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth when Cody Morris hit a shot off the pitchers leg that allowed Logan Rascoe to score from third after he had singled, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. That's where the score would stay until the top of the seventh. After an error and a walk started the inning, Starting Pitcher Caleb McIntire got Bryce Anderson to strike out, but a single by Brian Kirschbaum loaded the bases and a two run double by Blake Ayers cut the lead to two. Zach McLean was then called on from the bullpen. After an error allowed Huntington's third run to score and a wild pitch put the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second, McLean got back to back strikeouts to pick up his third save of the week and gave Caleb McIntire his first collegiate win.
WP-McIntire (1-1) LP-McKinney SV-McLean (3)
2B-Ayers (HU), Crocker (BU) SB-Reese, Rascoe,