Bearcats mash way to American title, 1st NCAA tourney since 1974


Cincinnati 22 Connecticut 5

The Bearcats captured their first ever American Athletic Conference championship and clinched a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1974.

UC pounded the Huskies for 24 hits and four homers, including a 5 for 5 day for Jace Mercer that included a grand slam. Seven Bearcats had at least two hits.

UC had multiple scoring innings of 5 (3rd), 3 (4th), 9 (7th) and 3 in (9th).

Scott Googins' Bearcats were the preseason pick to finish last in the American.

UC now stands 30-29 on the year. The NCAA selection show to reveal UC's tournament opponent and location is Monday at noon.

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530! Read more


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