March 17, 2014
Cincinnati vs. Wright State
Cincinnati, Ohio | Marge Schott Stadium
Tuesday, March 18 | 4 p.m. | Live Stats
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball closes out a four-game homestand on Tuesday, March 18 then it hosts Wright State University for a mid-week matchup. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Marge Schott Stadium.
The Bearcats are coming off a series victory over Akron where they won two of three games. Senior Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) and sophomore Ian Happ (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) led UC with six and five hits, respectively, during the three games.
The game against Wright State will be broadcast on Bearcats TV through GoBEARCATS.com. Fans can purchase a subscription to watch online.
SETTING THE SCENE
- Happ named to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll on Monday because of his strong performances last week. The outfielder hit with a .667 batting average for eight hits. He added a .667 slugging percentage and a .737 on-base percentage to go with five RBIs, five runs scored and six walks.
- Sophomore Mitch Patishall (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) will get the call for the Bearcats, making his fifth start of the season. In his last outing, he collected a career-high six strikeouts and earned his first win of the year in an 18-5 victory over Dayton.
- Glass is second in the nation in consecutive starts among players who have started every game of their career. Through three games last weekend, he has started 187 consecutive games to lead the NCAA. His 187-straight starts also ranks third in the country among all active players.
- Senior Matt Williams (Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian) was unable to record a hit in the 8-0 loss to Akron on Saturday, March 15, effectively ending his 10-game hitting streak. He is the second Bearcats player to record a 10-game hitting streak this season – redshirt sophomore Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Michigan) had a hit in the first 10 games of the season before ending his streak in the 11th game at Kentucky.
SCOUTING WRIGHT STATE
- WSU has produced a 6-6 record thus far in the 2014 season.
- The Raiders have played some pretty tough competition this season, with three games against Michigan State, a game against Kentucky and No. 19 Arizona State and a four-game series against No. 4 Oregon.
- WSU took a game from the No. 4 team in the nation, beating the Ducks 6-2 on March 1.
- The Wright State Raiders are winners of six-straight games, beating Dayton (twice), Bradley and UIC (three games).
- Freshman catcher Sean Murphy was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week on March 11.
- In a preseason coaches poll, the Raiders were selected to finish third in the Horizon League while picking up two first-place votes.
- Junior Travis Hissong was named the Horizon League Preseason Pitcher of the Year while Michael Trimm and Kieston Greene were named Preseason All-Horizon League.
THE SERIES VS WRIGHT STATE
- Cincinnati and Wright State have matched up 73 prior times with the Raiders holding a slight 38-34-1 advantage.
- The Raiders are winners of four of the last five meetings between the two teams and won a 19-16 shootout on April 10, 2013, the last game of the series.
- Cincinnati’s last win of the series came on April 2, 2013, a 6-2 decision.
- The series between UC and WSU began back in 1971 with a doubleheader that UC swept at home.
- The two teams will meet again on Tuesday, April 8 in Oxford, Ohio as part of the annual Joe Nuxhall Classic.