Feb. 5, 2014
CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati baseball players continued their streak of preseason recognition on Wednesday when Perfect Game released its list of preseason All-American Athletic Conference honors. Sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) was named the preseason American Player of the Year while both Happ and senior Justin Glass (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Carroll) were named to the preseason All-Conference team.
Happ was the publication’s favorite to win Player of the Year honors after leading the team in numerous statistical categories as a freshman in 2013. The infield and outfield player started all 56 games last season and ranked first on the team with 41 runs scored, 13 doubles, six homeruns and 47 walks. He recorded a team-high .322 batting average, a .483 slugging percentage and a .451 on-base percentage.
Glass, a three-year starter for the Bearcats, tied Happ for the team lead with a .322 batting average in 2013. He notched a team-high 77 hits with 41 runs scored and 39 RBIs. Glass also recorded a .439 slugging percentage with a .978 fielding percentage during his junior season.
Collectively, the Bearcats were picked to finish seventh in the league by Perfect Game.
Cincinnati opens its season on Friday, Feb. 14 with a three-game series at Elon University in Elon, N.C. The first home game of the season at Marge Schott Stadium will be played at 4 p.m. on March 4 versus the University of Kentucky.