April 2, 2012
UC at Ohio game notes
CINCINNATI at OHIO
TUESDAY, APRIL 3 | 6 p.m.
UC RHP Ryan Atkinson 6-3/197 Fr. 6.23 ERA 0-0 W-L 4.1 IP 2 BB 5 SO
OU RHP Scott White 6-1/195 So. 9.00 ERA 0-1 W-L 2.0 1 BB 1 SO
The University of Cincinnati baseball team (10-16, 1-5 BIG EAST) will travel to Athens, Ohio to play Ohio University (13-14, 3-3 MAC) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Cincinnati is coming off a 2-2 week that saw the Bearcats top Dayton 17-8 Wednesday after recording 24 hits, the most during head coach Brian Cleary's tenure, followed by going 1-2 vs. Pittsburgh. Freshman right-handed pitcher Ryan Atkinson will make his first collegiate start for UC against Ohio, marking the fifth straight ballgame UC will start a true freshman on the mound. Live stats of the Bearcats-Bobcats game via GameTracker can be viewed on GoBEARCATS.com.
SETTING THE SCENE
-The Bearcats fell to 1-5 in BIG EAST Conference play after going 1-2 against Pittsburgh over the weekend.
-Freshman left-hander Zach Morris pitched eight shutout innings against Pitt in the series opener to guide the Bearcats to a 2-0 win.
-In Game 2, Pitt starting pitcher Ethan Mildren halted the Cincinnati offense for the entire ballgame after pitching a complete-game shutout and allowing just four hits as UC lost 6-0.
- On Sunday, Cincinnati lost 10-9 in 11 innings, despite holdings early leads of 5-1 and 6-3.
-Prior to the Pitt series, UC 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 right-hander Ryan Atkinson will make the first start of his young career against Ohio on Tuesday, the fifth straight ballgame UC will start a true freshman on the mound.
-Atkinson will be making his fourth appearance of the season against the Bobcats after previously pitching three games in relief. On Wednesday against Dayton, Atkinson pitched two innings out of the pen, allowed three runs and struck out two.
-On the season, Atkinson owns a 6.23 ERA and has allowed four runs with two walks and five punchouts in 4.1 innings.
GLASS NAMED TO BIG EAST HONOR ROLL
-Sophomore right fielder Justin Glass was named to the weekly BIG EAST Conference honor roll on Monday for his performance March 28-April 1.
-Glass recorded a .500 batting average (8 for 16) with one home run and nine RBIs, while slugging .688 and reaching base at a .524 clip in four ballgames against Dayton and Pittsburgh.
-On March 28 at Dayton, Glass produced a career-high five RBIs and scored twice after hitting 5 for 6, including his first longball of the season. The five hits were also a career-best for Glass.
-On the season, Glass leads UC in batting (.382), slugging (.491), on-base percentage (.440), runs (23), hits (42), stolen bases (10), total bases (54) and walks (13). In addition, the 6-foot-2 slugger is second on the team in RBIs (17) and doubles (9).
-Glass is the third Bearcat to be named to the BIG EAST honor roll in 2012, joining freshman third baseman Joey Bielek, who received the accolade March 6, and freshman left-handed pitcher Zach Morris, who earned the distinction March 12.
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 and 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 midweek vs. Ohio, Cleary has 404 career wins, which is tied with UC hall-of-famer Glenn Sample's all-time UC victory mark.
-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 .973 fielding percentage as a team.
-UC's 28 fielding errors are tied for the second fewest of any team in the BIG EAST.
-The Bearcats are tied for third in the conference for fewest stolen bases allowed with 19.
-UC has caught 13 runners attempting to steal, which is tied for fourth in the league.
-Senior first baseman Nic Spence ranks first in the BIG EAST in fielding percentage (1.000), chances (69) and putouts (66) during league play.
-Senior first baseman Saylor has thrown out nine base runners this season, which is tied for fourth most in the conference.
GLASS & BIELEK GO STREAKING
-Freshman third baseman Joey Bielek (13 games) and sophomore right fielder Justin Glass (12 games) have the two highest hitting streaks for the Bearcats in 2012.
-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 13-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.