March 29, 2012
UC vs. Pitt game notes
PITTSBURGH at CINCINNATI
Probable Starting Pitchers
FRIDAY, MARCH 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Watch/Listen | GameTracker
UC LHP Zach Morris 6-6/225 Fr. 4.28 ERA 1-2 W-L 27.1 IP 11 BB 20 SO
PITT LHP Matt Iannazzo 5-9/170 Sr. 4.03 ERA 4-0 W-L 38.0 IP 8 BB 35 SO
SATURDAY, MARCH 31 | 4 p.m. | Watch | Listen | GameTracker
PITT RHP Ethan Mildren 6-4/215 So. 4.58 ERA 2-1 W-L 35.1 IP 6 BB 25 SO
SUNDAY, APRIL 1 | 1 p.m. | Watch | Listen | GameTracker
PITT RHP Matt Wotherspoon 6-1/175 So. 5.35 ERA 2-1 W-L 38.2 IP 19 BB 44 SO
The University of Cincinnati baseball team (9-14, 0-3 BIG EAST) will look to build upon its resounding 17-8 win over Dayton on Wednesday when it plays host to University of Pittsburgh for a three-game BIG EAST Conference series Friday through Sunday at Marge Schott Stadium. Cincinnati ended an eight-game losing streak against the Flyers by producing 17 runs on 24 hits, a single-game record during the Brian Cleary era. The Bearcats and Panthers are both looking for their first conference wins of the season after both teams were swept during the first weekend of league play. UC freshman lefty Zach Morris will get the start on Friday, with Saturday and Sunday's starters to be announced. All three games can be viewed live on GoBEARCATS.com. Saturday and Sunday's game can be heard on Real Talk 1160 (WQRT-AM), with pregame coverage set to begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch.
SETTING THE SCENE
-Cincinnati ended an eight-game losing streak on Wednesday after defeating the Dayton Flyers 17-8. The Bearcats knocked out 24 hits, the most in one game during head coach Brian Cleary's tenure.
-Prior to their win against Dayton, the Bearcats had lost its past eight ballgames to fall to 8-14, including 0-3 in BIG EAST Conference play.
-During the slump, the Bearcats played the toughest stretch of opponents they're slated to face all season. After UC was swept in three close games against Michigan State, the 2011 Big Ten Conference champions and 2012 preseason favorites to repeat, UC dropped a midweek road game at Butler. The Bearcats then lost to No. 2-ranked and then-undefeated Kentucky before getting swept on the road by No. 21 Louisville.
ON THE MOUND FOR THE BEARCATS
-Freshman left-hander Zach Morris will climb the hill for Cincinnati on Friday. The 6-foot-6 southpaw will be making his fifth start of the season, where he owns a 4.28 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 27.1 innings pitched.
-Morris' last start occurred March 24 at No. 21 Louisville, and the Edgewater, Md. native allowed five earned runs in six innings with five walks and three strikeouts.
-Saturday and Sunday's starters for UC are to be announced.
A CAREER DAY IN DAYTON
-Several Bearcats recorded multiple career highs during the Bearcats' 17-8 shellacking of Dayton on Wednesday.
-Sophomores Justin Glass and Matt Williams each produced five RBIs, which are new career highs for both.
-Glass (7) and Williams (6) also set career highs in total bases while Glass tied his career best in at-bats (6).
-Senior outfielder Braden Kline scored four runs against the Flyers to set a new personal best.
-Junior center fielder Jake Proctor tied his career best with two doubles and set a new career standard for at-bats with seven.
-Sophomore infielder Ryan Quinn scored twice for a career high and tied his career best in hits with two.
-Senior first baseman Nic Spence's six at-bats were a career high for the Australian.
-UC baseball head coach Brian Cleary earned career win No. 400 after the Bearcats defeated Chicago State 6-0 in the first game of a March 10th doubleheader.
-Heading into the weekend vs. Pittsburgh, Cleary has 403 career wins, which is one away from tying UC hall-of-famer Glenn Sample's all-time UC mark of 404 career victories.
-Sample coached the Bearcats baseball team for 21 seasons from 1961-1981.
SHOWING THE GLOVE
-Cincinnati ranks third in the BIG EAST Conference with a .972 fielding percentage as a team.
-UC's 24 fielding errors are tied for the second fewest of any team in the BIG EAST.
-The Bearcats are tied for first in the conference for fewest stolen bases allowed with 15.
-UC has caught 12 runners attempting to steal, which is tied for second in the league.
-Senior catcher Jake Saylor is tied for first in the conference with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 134 chances.
-Saylor has thrown out eight base runners this season, which is tied for third most in the BIG EAST.
GLASS & BIELEK GO STREAKING
-Sophomore right fielder Justin Glass and freshman third baseman Joey Bielek are tied with the team lead with 12-game hitting streaks in 2012.
-On March 18 against Michigan State, Glass went 4 for 4 with one RBI and a walk.
-Glass saw his streak, which began during the second game of a doubleheader against Oakland, come to end against Louisville on March 24. During the streak, Glass batted .408 (20 of 49) with six RBIs, 12 runs scored and a .491 on-base percentage.
-Freshman third baseman Joey Bielek saw his 12-game hitting streak that began Feb. 26 vs. UMBC at the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. come to end Wednesday against No. 2 Kentucky after he recorded an 0-for-4 day.
-During the streak, Bielek hit .415 (22 of 53) with 13 RBIs and .429 on-base and .547 slugging percentages.
-Twice during the streak, Bielek has recorded a 4-for-5 game: Game 1 of a March 3 doubleheader vs. Oakland; and the second game of a doubleheader on March 10 vs. Chicago State.
IRON MAN SPENCE
-Senior first baseman was not in the starting lineup for the first time in his UC career Wednesday against No. 2 Kentucky.
-After starting all 57 games at first base for the Bearcats in 2011, Spence started UC's first 18 ballgames in 2012, a string of 75 games.
-Senior Kiley Jones started at first base against UK and was pinch-ran for in the seventh inning, which allowed Spence to enter the field at first base in the eighth inning.