March 11, 2013
PURDUE at CINCINNATI
Tuesday, March 12 - 4 p.m. ET | GameTracker | Watch Live
Marge Schott Stadium - Cincinnati, Ohio
CINCINNATI at No. 9 KENTUCKY
Wednesday, March 13 - 4 p.m. ET
Cliff Hagan Stadium at Shively Field - Lexington, Ky.
SETTING THE SCENE
-The University of Cincinnati baseball team plays arguably its most challenging two-game nonconference games of 2013 this week when the Bearcats host the reining Big Ten Conference champions, Purdue University, 4 p.m. Tuesday before traveling to Lexington, Ky. for a 4 p.m. Wednesday ballgame at No. 9 Kentucky.
-The Bearcats are coming off a difficult three-game sweep from Eastern Michigan. UC had won four consecutive ballgames prior to the EMU series, after starting the season 0-5.
-Tuesday's game vs. Purdue will be video streamed live on GoBEARCATS.com (subscription required).
-Wednesday's game at Kentucky will be streamed live on UKAthletics.com (subscription required).
-Live stats for each game will be available via GameTracker on GoBearcats.com.
-Follow the Bearcats baseball program on Twitter @UCincyBaseball and @CoachClearyUC.
NOW PITCHING FOR UC ...
-UC will hand the ball to redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Christian McElroy for Tuesday's contest vs. Purdue.
-McElroy was selected in the 32nd round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, but opted to remain at UC.
-Last season, McElroy appeared in 13 ballgames with nine starts, posted a 4.41 ERA with four wins and 46 strikeouts in 63.1 innings pitched. He finished sixth in the BIG EAST Conference in fewest hits allowed (59) and 12th in opponent batting average (.252), and did not allow a triple the entire season. -In three of 13 appearances, he did not allow an earned run.
-In three starts in 2013, McElroy has posted a 5.40 ERA in 13 1-3 innings pitched with six walks and 10 strikeouts.
-In his last start on March 1, McElroy dazzled, going 5 2-3 innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out six en route to his first win of the season.
-Purdue went 45-14 overall and 17-7 in league play in 2012, winning both the Big Ten Conference regular season and postseason championships.
-The Boilermakers went on to host the Gary, Ind. NCAA regional.
-Two starting position players returned for Purdue in 2013, as well as three of five starting pitchers as the Boilermakers have 17 new faces on the roster.
-Jr. 3B/C Sean McHugh, Jr. SP Brad Schreiber and Fr. SP/OF/1B Kyle Wood were named to the 2013 preseason Big Ten "Players to Watch" list
-Kentucky went 45-18 in 2012, finishing third overall in the Southeastern Conference and advancing to the NCAA regionals.
-The Wildcats, who are currently ranked No. 7, entered the season boasting three preseason All-America selections, including sophomore center fielder Austin Cousino, junior starting pitcher Corey Littrell and sophomore two-way standout A.J. Reed. Cousino has earned preseason Southeastern Conference Player of the Year honors by Baseball America.
-On March 4, Reed was tabbed one of five Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Last week the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder hit .526 (10-for-19) during the week with a double, three homers and 15 RBI. He collected 20 total bases, a 1.053 slugging percentage and a .609 on-base mark. On the mound, Reed started the March 2 night win over the Zips, working six innings, allowing two runs and striking out four to earn his second win of the year.
THE SERIES VERSUS PURDUE
-Cincinnati and Purdue will be playing the 17th time on Tuesday.
-Purdue owns a 10-6 advantage in the series.
-The first game played between the two school occurred on April 19, 1958 with UC winning 8-5.
-Most recently, Purdue defeated UC 6-0 on Feb. 18, 2012 at the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge in Clearwater, Fla.
THE SERIES VERSUS UK
-Tuesday's ballgame will mark the 90th meeting between Kentucky and Cincinnati.
-UK holds an all-time series lead of 54-29-3, with six contests not having a completed record.
-The first game between Cincinnati and Kentucky occurred in 1893 and ended in a tie.
-The Wildcats have won five straight in the series.
-Cincinnati's last win occurred March 25, 2008.