The Cincinnati Bearcats had a less than auspicious start to conference play this weekend.
The Bearcats, now 11-14, dropped their first four conference games to the East Carolina University Pirates.
The Boys from Greenville held Cincinnati’s offense in check all weekend. Cincinnati never managed more than 4 runs against the 11th ranked Pirates.
The poor outings against ECU did in fact come against a fantastic team, one chalked full of talent that will play professional baseball.
On Thursday, Cincinnati put up their best showing, leading 4-2 as late as the 7th inning but falling late to the Pirates. Right-handed starter Zach Segal looked particularly strong for the Bearcats, surrendering just 2 runs in six innings of work.
On Friday, ECU simply skunked Cincinnati, winning by a 7-0 mark.
After taking a 13-3 thrashing in game one of the Saturday doubleheader, UC pitching again looked strong in the series finale.
Senior southpaw Garrett Schoenle looked good for Cincinnati, surrendering 2 runs in five innings of work.
The Bearcats look to right their ship this coming weekend against the University of Central Florida, whom they host for a four-game set this weekend at the UC Baseball Stadium. Check back with Down the Drive for a preview of the series.