The Wright State baseball team posted its 11th straight win Tuesday afternoon, holding off Cincinnati 3-2 in the opening game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic at McKie Field at Hayden Park in Oxford.
WSU jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first without the benefit of a hit. Walks to Jake Hibberd, Corey Davis and Ryan Ashe loaded the bases for Zach Tanner, who hit a sacrifice fly to right to drive in Hibberd.
Cincinnati tied the game with a run in the third, only to see the Raiders go back in front with a run in the fourth. With one out, Garrett Gray walked and moved up to second one out later as Sam Picchiotti walked. Kyle Mossbarger then recorded Wright State's first hit of the day, a single through the right side, as Gray scored to make it 2-1.
The lead grew to 3-1 an inning later as Tristan Moore doubled to left with one out, went to third on an Ashe ground out and scored as Tanner had a hit through the left side of the infield.
The Bearcats drew to within one in the eighth and had the potential tying run at second in the ninth, but Michael Schum recorded his seventh save of the year with a strikeout to end the game.
Raider pitching combined for 14 strikeouts on the day as starter and winner Joey Hoelzel (3-3) fanned five in five innings of work, Jack Van Horn had six in 2.2 innings and Schum added three in his 1.1 innings.
Offensively, Gray had two hits while Tanner had two RBI. Moore's double extended his hitting streak to 21 while Hibberd was hitless in four at bats as his streak ended at 25 games.
Wright State (20-10), who has won 11 straight and 14 of its last 15 and appears in this week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division I Poll, faces host Miami (17-15), a 1-0 winner over Xavier in the second game, for the Nuxhall Classic championship Wednesday at 6:30.