March 4, 2014
Cincinnati vs. No. 23 Kentucky
Lexington, Ky. | Cliff Hagan Stadium
Game 1: Wednesday, March 5 | Time 1 p.m. | Live Stats
Game 2: Wednesday, March 5 | Time 4 p.m. | Live Stats
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball will travel to Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday, March 5 for a doubleheader at No. 22 University of Kentucky. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
The Bearcats and the Wildcats were originally scheduled to play a home-and-home series, with a game at Marge Schott Stadium in Cincinnati on March 4, but the game was cancelled due to inclement weather and the teams will now play twice in the Bluegrass State.
SETTING THE SCENE
- Kentucky enters the game ranked No. 22 in the NCBWA and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll and No. 23 in the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls.
- UK represents the first ranked opponent for the Bearcats since playing then-No. 9 Louisville on April 5-7, 2013.
- Sophomore Russell Clark is tied for first in the nation as the toughest to strikeout. Through 27 at bats, the catcher has yet to record a strikeout.
- Senior Justin Glass is 12th in the nation, and leads the conference, in the hit by pitch category, taking six free bases in nine games.
- Cincinnati ranks first in the American Athletic Conference for runners caught stealing. Combined, UC pitchers and catchers have thrown out nine base runners in nine games, five ahead of the second place team.
- Catchers Woody Wallace and Russell Clark rank first and second in runners caught stealing. Wallace has had nine steal attempts against him and has thrown out five runners (56 percent) while Clark has faced eight stolen base attempts and has caught four (50 percent).
- Senior Matt Williams ranks sixth in the conference with a .531 slugging percentage. He also is tied for first with two triples.
- Sophomore Ian Happ is fifth in the American with nine RBIs.
- Sophomore Colin Hawk is tied for first with four doubles.
- Redshirt sophomore Bryan Chenoweth ranks ninth in the league with an opponents’ batting average of .196.
- Freshman Connor McVey is eighth in the league with 58 putouts while the middle infield duo of Hawk and Happ rank fourth and seventh in the league with 29 and 28 assists, respectively.
- The Wildcats enter the game ranked No. 22 and No. 23 in this week’s collegiate polls.
- Kentucky is currently on a seven-game win streak with victories over Saint Joseph’s, Old Dominion, St. John’s, Wright State, and three wins over Eastern Michigan.
- The Wildcats are led by juniors Austin Cousino and A.J. Reed. The pair is hitting .438 and .429 respectively with a combined 39 hits, 31 runs scored, 28 RBI, 10 doubles and eight homeruns.
- Reed was named the National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball on Feb. 24 after belting five homeruns and driving in 11 runs in a three-game span.
- Collectively, the Wildcats rank 10th in the nation with a .326 batting average, 12th with nine homeruns, fifth with 106 runs and fourth with 9.6 runs per game.
- Reed leads the nation with seven homeruns through 11 games in 2014.
THE SERIES VS KENTUCKY
- The two teams have matched up 86 times in program history, with the Wildcats leading the series 29-54-3.
- The last meeting between UC and UK came back on April 17, 2012 when the Wildcats won 7-0 in Lexington, Ky.
- Kentucky has won the last five meetings in the series.
- The Bearcats got their last win in the series on March 25, 2008 - a 12-6 victory played in Lexington.
- The first game of the series was played in 1893. The two teams tied with an unknown score.