The Wright State baseball team won its second consecutive Joe Nuxhall Classic title Wednesday evening in slugfest fashion, banging out 20 hits to outlast host Cincinnati 19-16 at Marge Schott Stadium.
UC opened the scoring with a run in the first before WSU answered with five in the second, highlighted by a two-run double by Michael Timm. The Bearcats, though, scored two in the third and three more in the fourth to regain the lead at 6-5.
The Raiders, however, came right back with seven in the fifth to go in front to stay. Kody Krizman had a two-run single in the frame, Jason DeFevers a RBI double and John Brodner and Justin Kopale each plated a run with a hit.
Cincinnati closed the gap to 12-10 with four in its half of the fifth before Wright State responded with five in the sixth. DeFevers had his second RBI double in as many innings and Beau Phillips, Timm and Mark Fowler all singled in a run.
Up 17-13, WSU rounded out its scoring on a two-run home run off the bat of Brodner in the eighth, his first of the season.
The Bearcats tallied three runs in the bottom of the eighth to cut the deficit to three, but Travis Hissong picked up his third save of the year by pitching a hitless and scoreless ninth, striking out one.
WSU finished with a balanced 20-hit attack as eight of the nine Raiders in the starting lineup finished with two or more hits. Timm had three hits and three RBI as did DeFevers while Brodner drove in four.
Kopale was named the tournament MVP after going 2 for 6 with two RBIs and three runs scored in the championship game. He finished the Nuxhall Classic 5 for 10 with four runs scored and five RBIs.
Wright State (14-16) returns to Horizon League play this weekend with a three-game series at UIC, starting with a single game Friday night at 7:05 Eastern time.