The Wright State baseball team rallied for six runs over the final two innings, but it wasn't enough as Cincinnati held on for an 8-7 win in the opening game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic Tuesday in Oxford, Ohio.
Cincinnati was in control for most of the game, scoring twice in the second, once in the fourth and seventh and four more in the eighth to take an 8-1 lead. The lone Raider run came in the fourth on doubles from Michael Timm and Joe Ford.
WSU, though, began its comeback with three in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Sean Murphy was hit by pitch and scored as Ford hit his second double of the game followed by an error on the right fielder. Jeff Limbaugh had a single to left to drive in Ford and he later scored on a Brad Macciocchi sacrifice fly to center.
The Raiders then closed the deficit to one with three more in the ninth. Kieston Greene led off with a double to right center, went to third as Timm reached on an error and came in on a Murphy double. An error on the Murphy double allowed Timm to score and another Limbaugh RBI single drove in Murphy to make it 8-7.
Wright State, though, would get no closer as the next two batters were retired to end the game.
Limbaugh finished with three hits and two RBI to pace the WSU offense while Ford also had three hits and Macciocchi and Murphy two each.
Wright State (15-15) faces Xavier, who dropped a 14-9 decision to Miami in the second game, in the consolation game Wednesday at 3:00 in Oxford.