Feb. 23, 2012
WAKE FOREST INVITATIONAL
Game 1: Cincinnati vs. Georgetown | Feb. 24 | 10 a.m. ET | Gene Hooks Field | GameTracker
UC | RHP Andrew Strenge | 6-1/199 | Jr. | Yardley, Pa. | 4.50 ERA | 0-1 W-L | 6.0 IP | 2 BB | 3 SO
GU | RHP Will Harris | 6-4/199 | Sr. | Winter Park, Fla. | 1.17 ERA | 1-0 W-L | 7.2 IP | 0 BB | 3 SO
Game 2: Cincinnati at Wake Forest | Feb. 25 | 4 p.m. ET | Gene Hooks Field | Watch | GameTracker
UC | RHP Matt Ring | 5-11/192 | So. | Muncie, Ind. | 7.94 ERA | 0-1 W-L | 5.2 IP | 2 BB | 3 SO
WF | LHP Tim Cooney | 6-3/195 | Jr. | Collegeville, Pa. | 3.18 ERA | 0-1 W-L | 5.2 IP | 3 BB | 11 SO
Game 3: UMBC vs. Cincinnati | Feb. 26 | Noon ET | Gene Hooks Field | GameTracker
UC | RHP Christian McElroy | 6-4/211 | R-So. | Middletown, Ohio | 6.75 ERA | 0-0 W-L | 1.1 IP | 4 BB | 2 SO
UMBC | TBA
The University of Cincinnati baseball team travels to the Tar Heel State to play in the Wake Forest Invitational presented by Hilton Garden Inn Winston-Salem/Hanes Mall, Friday through Sunday, at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Cincinnati will face BIG EAST foe Georgetown 10 a.m. Friday to open the tournament, when junior right-hander Andrew Strenge will take the mound for the `Cats. On Saturday, UC will matchup against the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest at 4 p.m. Sophomore RHP Matt Ring is expected to get the start for Cincy. On the final day of the tournament, R-So. RHP Christian McElroy will start when Cincinnati and UMBC play at 10 a.m. Saturday's Wake Forest game will be streamed live on WakeForestSports.com.
SETTING THE SCENE
-Cincinnati will look to bounce back from a disappointing opening weekend that saw the Bearcats go 0-3 at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge in Clearwater, Fla.
-UC's offense, expected to finish near the top of the conference rankings in 2012, hit just .188 in the first three games of the year.
-The Bearcats pitchers compiled a 5.19 ERA with 20 strikeouts in Florida.
-Cincinnati will play BIG EAST rival Georgetown for the 16th time on Friday.
-UC owns an all-time record of 12-3 against GU.
-Last season, the Bearcats swept the Hoyas in a three-game series from April 1-3 in Bethesda, Md.
- On Saturday, UC and Wake Forest will play for the first time since Feb. 25-27, 2005, when the Demon Deacons took two of three games in Winston-Salem, N.C.
-WFU owns an all-time series record of 1-5 against the Bearcats.
-Cincinnati and Baltimore-Maryland County will play for the first time on Sunday.
ON THE MOUND FOR THE BEARCATS
-Junior RHP Andrew Strenge will take the ball for the Bearcats on Friday. In the season opener against Indiana, Strenge pitched a quality start after throwing six innings and allowing just three runs.
-Sophomore RHP Matt Ring will make his second collegiate start on Saturday against Wake Forest. Ring set career highs in innings pitched (5.2) and strikeouts (6) in his first start against Purdue.
-Redshirt sophomore RHP Christian McElroy will try to bounce back from his first start of the season when he takes the mound on Sunday. McElroy lasted just 1.1 innings after walking four Penn State batters last Sunday.
-The Hoyas are 3-1 on the young 2012 season, after taking two of three at Charleston Southern last weekend and topping Coppin State at home on Wednesday.
-Georgetown as a team is hitting .297 and has scored 33 runs through its first four games.
-GU pitching is allowing opponents to bat .306 and has surrendered 21 runs.
-Sr. OF Rand Ravnaas leads the team in average (.667), RBI (9) and runs (7), while three Hoyas have hit one home run and was named to the BIG EAST Conference Honor Roll on Monday.
SCOUTING WAKE FOREST
-Wake Forest is 1-4 on the season and has lost three straight games.
-WFU lost two of three at New Mexico State on the opening weekend of the year and then dropped a midweek ballgame at home to High Point.
-The Demon Deacons are hitting .271 as a team, while their opponents are batting .311.
-The Deacons have been outscored 42-36 so far on the year.
-Junior RHP Tim Cooney, the Deacons opening-day starter, will take the mound against UC on Saturday. Cooney struck out 11 batters and allowed just two hits in WFU's season opener at New Mexico State.
-The University of Maryland-Baltimore County baseball team opens the 2012 season on Friday.
-Last year UMBC went 10-37 and 2-20 in the America East Conference.
-Senior first baseman Max Himmelstein is the Terriers returning leader in batting average (.315), home runs (2), RBI (31) and runs scored (24).