CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Hamilton Joes came to Max McLeary Field avenging two previous losses by beating the Cincinnati Steam 8-5 on Thursday. The Joes were powered offensively by Daniel Neff’s three hits and four RBIs, including a three-run homer in the fourth inning.
With scored tied 5-5 and the bases loaded, Neff’s infield single scored Kevin Dupree in the eight inning to push across what proved to be the winning run. Hamilton (16-5) scored a pair of insurance runs in the ninth to give the Joes its tenth consecutive victory of the season.
The Steam (6-14-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Hamilton starter Tristan Hammans (University of Cincinnati) struggled with his control walking the bases loaded. Andy Roser (Huntington) hit a fly ball deep to left field that was caught on the warning track scoring Treg Haberkorn (University of Cincinnati).
The Joes tied the game 1-1 in the top of the third but Cincinnati recaptured the lead 3-1 in the bottom half of the inning. Roser doubled to center field scoring Haberkorn and Trey Ganns (Northern Kentucky/Boone County).
Hamilton used the long ball in the fourth inning to erase the Steam’s lead. Hunter Owen lead the inning off with a solo home run. Neff came to the plate with runners on first and second and deposited the ball over the left field fence.
The Steam tied the game 5-5 in the fifth inning on a pair of runs. Haberkorn scored on a wild pitch and Andre Jernigan (Xavier) was also plated on an RBI ground out by Ganns.
The two teams will wrap up the regular season series Friday in Hamilton at Foundation Field. Nick Beard (Northern Kentucky/Elder) takes the mound for the Steam and he’s opposed by Kyle Bennett. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
John Asalon will have the live audio broadcast on cincinnatisteam.com. You can listen to the broadcast by clicking on the Listen Live button on the front page of the Steam website.
If you have any questions or media requests, please contact the Steam’s Director of Baseball Operations Brady Laber at 513 477-8553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cincinnati Steam is a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. The GLSCL is an 11-team league sanctioned by the NCAA and partially funded by Major League Baseball entering its 28th season and is based in Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky.