March 20, 2014
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati baseball team opens play in the American Athletic Conference this weekend with three games at UCF in Orlando, Fla. Game times are set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 and 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 23.
The games will be the first conference games of their American tenure for the Bearcats. UC currently sits in eighth place in the league while UCF holds the sixth spot.
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.
- The Bearcats and the Knights are joined in the American by UConn, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, USF and Temple as the baseball-playing members.
- Prior to the creation of the American Athletic Conference, UC has shared a conference with six current American members, including four simultaneous stops with Memphis. Cincinnati, Memphis, Houston and Louisville all played together in the Missouri Valley Conference (UC was a member from 1957-1970) and the Metro Conference (UC was a member from 1975-1991). UC was in the Great Midwest Conference with Memphis from 1991-1995 before joining Conference USA (1995-2005) with Houston, Louisville, Memphis and USF. Cincinnati's last home was the BIG EAST Conference (2006-2013) which was also the conference for Louisville, USF, Connecticut and Rutgers.
- UCF is 10-12 on the season and currently sits in sixth place in the American Athletic Conference standings, two spots ahead of UC.
- The Knights were picked to finish the conference in seventh place.
- UCF is lead by junior outfielder Derrick Salberg with a .377 batting average, a .393 slugging percentage and a .457 on-base percentage.
- On the mound, Zach Rodgers has a 2-1 record with a 1.71 ERA.
- The Knights are second in the league with 10 homeruns on the season. Junior Tommy Williams has hit five long balls in 2014 and leads the American.
- UCF picked up a big 9-2 win at the University of Miami in its last outing on Tuesday, March 18.
THE SERIES VS UCF
- The game on Friday, March 21 will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.