The 2013 Bearcat baseball squad got its season off to a rough start last weekend getting swept by Florida Atlantic in a three game series in Boca Raton, Florida. The 2012 Bearcats started their disastrous season (18-38) with five consecutive losses, but despite the early setbacks, this extremely young Bearcat squad had some bright spots.
True freshman third baseman, Devin Wenzel, went 4 of 11 in the series posting a .364 batting average while fellow frosh infielder Ian Happ was 3 for 10 (.300). The Bearcats also showed some collective power as four Cats hit homers (Devin Wenzel, Ian Happ, Justin Glass and Brendon Neel).
Although none of Cincinnati’s three starting pitchers made it out of the fourth inning, three other UC arms did some fine work in relief.
In the opening 9-2 loss, freshman Mitch Patishall, who was drafted by the White Sox last year, threw two impressive innings giving up no runs on two hits while sophomore Matthew Lathuras came out of the bullpen in the finale to throw 4.1 innings of scoreless baseball. In-between these two fine outings, senior leftie Thomas Gentile pitched 3.1 innings of relief giving up only 2 unearned runs.
Next weekend, the Bearcats travel to Greensville, South Carolina to play Michigan State (1-1), Furman (2-0) and Western Carolina (2-1).
Although Big East play is still a month away, Pitt (3-0), who was picked to finish 7th in the preseason poll, is the conference’s only undefeated team after travelling to Wichita State last weekend and sweeping the previously No. 32 ranked Shockers in a three game series.
Louisville (2-1) and Notre Dame (2-1) are the only two other Big East schools with winning records while Villanova (0-1), Georgetown (0-2), Rutgers (0-2) and Seton Hall (0-2) all join the Bearcats in looking for their first win of the season.
The Bearcats are expected to finish ninth in the eleven team league.