March 6, 2014
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball opens play at Marge Schott Stadium this weekend with three games against the Penguins of Youngstown State University. The games will be played on Friday, March 7 at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 at 1 p.m.
Please note the new game time for Saturday, March 8. The game was originally scheduled for 4 p.m. but will now be played at 2 p.m
SETTING THE SCENE
- The Bearcats have won their last four home openers, including victories over Youngstown State in 2010 and 2011. UC opened the 2013 home slate with a convincing 12-0 win over New York Tech en route to a series sweep.
- Junior Ryan Atkinson will take to the mound in the series opener for his second start of the season. Atkinson went 5.1 innings against UMass-Lowell, only allowing two hits and striking out five.
- Freshman Andrew Zellner will throw for UC on Saturday. He has started two other games for the Bearcats and has three strikeouts in nine innings.
SCOUTING YOUNGSTOWN STATE
- Youngstown State enters the series against Cincinnati with a 1-7 record. The Penguins beat Appalachian State 2-1 on Feb. 28 but have losses to UAB (3), Alabama State (2), Notre Dame and North Carolina State.
- Brent Gillespie leads the Penguins with a .258 batting average through 31 at bats. The junior has eight hits and two doubles in 2014.
- On the mound, Patrick O’Brien has a 3.27 ERA to lead YSU. He has made two starts, earning a 1-1 record.
- Senior catcher Josh White and senior infielder Phil Lipari were both tabbed preseason first team All-Horizon League and outfielder Nick DiNello was named to the second team by College Sports Madness.
- In its last time out, YSU fell 16-1 to North Carolina State. Gillespie led all players with three hits in the game.
THE SERIES VS YOUNGSTOWN STATE
- The Bearcats and the Penguins have matched up 20 times in program history with UC leading the series 13-7.
- The last series between the two teams was played on March 5 and 6, 2011 when the Bearcats won two out of three games to clinch the series win.
- Historically, games between the Bearcats and the Penguins have been very high scoring affairs. In the 20 meetings, Cincinnati has scored 10 or more runs on nine occasions, including the last matchup, an 11-0 shutout victory on March 6, 2011.