March 13, 2014
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team returns home to Marge Schott Stadium on Friday for a three-game series against the University of Akron. The games are scheduled to be played on Friday, March 14 at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 15 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 16 at 1 p.m.
All three games will be broadcast on Bearcats TV through GoBEARCATS.com. Fans can purchase a subscription to watch online.
SETTING THE SCENE
- Andrew Zellner was named to the American Athletic Conference baseball honor roll on Monday, March 10 for his performance last weekend against Youngstown State. In just his third collegiate appearance, the freshman went a career-high 7.1 innings and struck out a career-high four batters. He gave up only three hits and did not allow a run to combine with redshirt sophomore Connor Walsh for the shutout and allow the Bearcats the opportunity for the 1-0 victory.
- Junior Ryan Atkinson will make his third start of the season on Friday. The righty leads the team with a 0.79 ERA.
- Zellner will get the start on Saturday.
- The Sunday starter for the Bearcats is currently listed as TBA.
- Akron has produced a 6-6 record to open the 2014 season.
- The Zips have picked up wins over Saint Louis, La Salle (twice), Delaware State, Austin Peay and Milwaukee while suffering losses to Winthrop (twice), Duke, Delaware State (twice) and Milwaukee.
- UA is led by redshirt junior Devan Ahart who has a .404 batting average through 11 games played. He leads the team with 19 hits, and two homeruns and has also recorded eight RBIs and scored 11 runs.
- John Valek III, the Friday afternoon starter for the Zips, leads with a 0.87 ERA. He has pitched 20.2 innings in four games with two runs allowed and 14 strikeouts.
- The Zips currently sit in third place in the Mid-American Conference East Division.
- Akron was originally picked to finish fifth in the league’s East Division in a preseason poll among the team’s head coaches.
THE SERIES VS AKRON
- Cincinnati and Akron have matched up seven times in program history with the Bearcats owning a slight 4-3 advantage.
- The Bearcats are winners of the last two meetings between the teams, winning 5-1 in Akron on May 18, 2004 and topping the Zips 11-9 in Cincinnati on April 12, 2006.
- All but one of the games in this series have seen a total of at least 13 runs scored and all but two have recorded at least 19 runs. The highest run total came in the first meeting between the teams, a 13-9 Cincinnati victory.