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Bearcats score 22 runs, win AAC tourney

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The Daily Reflector

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Cincinnati powered to the American Athletic Conference baseball tournament championship, beating Connecticut 22-5 on Sunday afternoon in Clearwater, Fla., and possibly setting up as many as five AAC teams to make the NCAA regionals.

The Bearcats, the AAC No. 2 seed that broke away from 4 seed UConn thanks to nine runs in the top of the seventh inning for a 19-4 lead, received the American’s automatic qualifier spot to guarantee their first NCAA appearance since 1974.

Cincinnati came into the AAC tourney on a 17-game losing streak in conference tournament games, but it went 4-0 this year in Clearwater.

Regular season champion ECU, a regional host, was eliminated on Friday with a loss to Wichita State. UConn (36-23) also is projected to be an NCAA at-large selection.

AAC squads Houston and Central Florida are both considered to be on the bubble to make the 64-team NCAA field.

Cincy (30-29) beat UCF 10-6 in the semifinals on Saturday. The Bearcats and Huskies were tied 1-1 when Cincy took the lead for good with a five-run third inning. Three more runs in the Bearcat fourth made it 9-3.

Cincinnati finished with 24 hits, highlighted by a home run each from Joey Bellini, Mitch Holding, Jace Mercer and A.J. Bumpass. 

Mercer finished 5-for-5 with three runs scored, four RBIs, a double and grand slam.

UConn used seven different pitchers.

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