Feb. 27, 2014
Virginia Tech Tournament
Blacksburg, Va. | English Field
Game 1: UC vs. UML | Fri., Feb. 28 | Noon | Live Stats
Game 2: UC vs. VaTech | Fri., Feb. 28 | 4 p.m. | Live Stats | ESPN3
Game 3: UC vs. UML | Sat., March 1 | 11 a.m. | Live Stats
Game 4: UC vs. VaTech | Sun., March 2 | 2 p.m. | Live Stats
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team hits the road this weekend for four games in Blacksburg, Va., at the Virginia Tech Tournament. The Bearcats will face the host Virginia Tech Hokies and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks for two games apiece.
UC will play a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 28 with a noon tilt against ULM and a 4p.m. first pitch against VaTech. On Saturday, March 1, the Bearcats will meet the River Hawks again at 11 a.m. and will close the weekend with a 2 p.m. game against the Hokies on Sunday, March 2.
UC will play two games on ESPN3 this weekend. Both matchups against Virginia Tech (Friday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.) will be aired live on the network’s online streaming website.
SETTING THE SCENE
- The University of Cincinnati baseball team picked up its first two wins of the season last weekend at the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Bearcats beat the host Demon Deacons and the Missouri Tigers on the weekend to head home with strong wins over ACC and SEC clubs.
- The Bearcats got a strong outing from redshirt junior Matt Ring last weekend when he pitched a complete game shutout against Wake Forest to lead his team to a 5-0 victory, its first of the season. Ring scattered four hits in nine innings and struck out three batters.
- Ring was named to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll for his performance.
- Freshman RHP Andrew Zellner made his collegiate debut and his first-career start in the weekend finale and provided a quality start for the Bearcats. Zellner threw a perfect game through 4.1 innings and finished 5.1 innings with four hits and three strikeouts.
- Redshirt sophomore Will Drake has recorded eight hits on the year and has hit safely in all five games this season.
- Both senior Matt Williams and sophomore Russell Clark recorded new career highs last week with four hits in a game. Williams hit the mark during the win over Wake Forest while Clark accomplished it in the win over Missouri.
- Through five games, the Bearcats have recorded 13 runs in the ninth inning alone, eight more than they have in any other inning. They have also held their opponents to zero runs scored in the final stanza.
- The University of Massachusetts-Lowell is playing in its first season as a Division I baseball program. The River Hawks are participating in the America East Conference.
- UML has amassed a 2-1 record to open the 2014 season.
- The River Hawks had to cancel the entirety of the first weekend due to inclement weather.
- UMass-Lowell played the Temple Owls on Feb. 23 in Wilson, N.C., winning 14-3. Three different River Hawks recorded three hits in the game.
- The team split a doubleheader against Rider University on Feb. 24. TU took the first game 5-1 while UML won the second 2-1.
- The River Hawks are led offensively by Ian Strom who is hitting .455 through three games.
- UML was picked to finish last in the America East Conference.
THE SERIES VS UMASS-LOWELL
- The two games against Massachusetts-Lowell on Feb. 28 and March 1 will be the first ever meetings between the two programs.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA TECH
- The Hokies are 3-2 on the season after splitting their opening weekend and beating Radford at home on Feb. 25.
- VT has picked up wins over Delaware, Texas Southern and Radford and has lost to The Citadel and No. 2 LSU in Baton Rouge, La.
- Four players recorded two hits in each of the Hokies’ first two wins this season, including redshirt freshman Saige Jenco who recorded two hits in both of the victories and is batting .313 on the season.
- Junior catcher Mark Zagunis was named a NCBWA preseason All-American prior to the season. He was also honored as a Louisville Slugger preseason second team All-America selection.
THE SERIES VS VIRGINIA TECH
- Cincinnati and Virginia Tech have a storied history, having matched up 51 times in the past, although neither team has played each other since 1991.
- VT leads the series 14-37 and has won nine of the last ten games.
- The Bearcats won the most recent game 10-4 in the Metro Conference tournament on May 16, 1991.
- UC and VT were conference rivals in the Metro Conference from 1979-1991 before the Bearcats joined the Great Midwest Conference in 1991.
VIRGINIA TECH SERIES
Year Date Site Result
1979 4/29 H L, 8-6
1979 4/29 H W, 5-1
1979 4/30 H W, 2-1
1980 5/8 N L, 10-6
1981 4/10 H L, 9-3
1981 4/10 H L, 15-0
1981 4/11 H L, 11-5
1981 5/15 N L, 24-10
1982 4/9 A L, 10-8
1982 4/10 A L, 11-3
1982 4/10 A W, 4-3
1982 5/14 N L, 17-8
1983 5/12 N W, 9-7
1984 4/13 A L, 5-2
1984 4/14 A L, 4-0
1984 4/14 A L, 15-5
1985 4/6 A L, 9-7
1985 4/6 A L, 10-5
1985 4/7 A L, 13-2
1985 4/20 H L, 9-7
1985 4/20 H L, 5-3
1985 4/21 H W, 12-9
1986 4/12 H L, 10-4
1986 4/12 H W, 11-7
1986 4/13 H L, 11-7
1986 4/19 A L, 13-3
1986 4/19 A L, 7-6
1986 4/20 A W, 9-5 (6)
1986 5/8 N W, 6-5
1987 4/11 A L, 11-1
1987 4/11 A W, 13-1
1987 4/18 H W 2-1
1987 4/18 H L, 16-0
1987 4/19 H L, 4-1
1987 5/13 N L, 2-1
1988 4/23 H L, 4-6
1988 4/23 H W, 8-2
1988 4/24 H W, 2-1 (10)
1988 4/30 A L, 9-1
1988 4/30 A L, 16-9
1988 5/1 A W, 5-3
1988 5/18 N L, 8-1
1989 3/25 A L, 9-1
1989 3/25 A L, 6-2
1989 3/26 A L, 11-4
1989 5/17 N L, 8-0
1990 5/19 N L, 3-2
1991 3/23 A L, 14-11
1991 3/24 A L, 14-6
1991 3/25 A L, 16-12
1991 5/16 A W, 10-4