Bearcats blowout Northern Kentucky in front of record-breaking crowd

The Cincinnati Bearcats baseball team blew past Northern Kentucky on Wednesday afternoon in front of a new stadium attendance record with 3,125 people in the crowd. Cole Harting continued to stay hot at the plate with two home runs and three runs scored in the 12-6 win. The sophomore outfielder has three homers in the last two games.

Harting is batting .438 in his last 32 plate appearances.

Bearcats blowout Northern Kentucky in front of record-breaking crowd

Despite giving up three runs in the opening frame, Cincinnati was able to quickly battle back. The Bearcats responded with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Harting hit a two-run homer to left field, followed by RBI singles from Wyatt Stapp and Kameron Guidry to give Cincinnati an early advantage.

A few innings later, Cam Scheler connected on a solo home run to extend the Bearcats lead to 7-4. Ryan Steckline came out of the bullpen to pitch three shutout innings, striking out four batters and allowing just two hits. Alex Shea also pitched well in relief, giving up just one hit and one walk in two clean frames.

Guidry knocked in junior Paul Komistek with an RBI single in the seventh inning, before Harting drilled his second home run of the day to push the lead to 12-6. Komistek went 3/4 behind the dish with two RBI and three runs scored, while Guidry went 2/5 with two RBI and one walk. Scheler’s homer was his fourth of the year.

The Bearcats have won three of the last four games since getting swept at East Carolina in late April. We’ll see if Scott Googins’ club can keep the momentum going with American Conference rival Memphis coming to town for a 3-game series this weekend, capped off with Senior Day on Sunday at noon.