April 4, 2012
UC vs. USF game notes
USF at CINCINNATI
Probable Starting Pitchers
THURSDAY, APRIL 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Watch/Listen | GameTracker
UC RHP Andrew Strenge 6-1/199 Jr. 2.33 ERA 1-1 W-L 19.1 IP 7 BB 23 SO
USF LHP Andrew Barbosa 6-8/235 Sr. 2.38 ERA 3-2 W-L 34.0 IP 11 BB 49 SO
FRIDAY, APRIL 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Watch/Listen | GameTracker
UC LHP Zach Morris 6-6/225 Fr. 3.31 ERA 2-2 W-L 35.1 IP 12 BB 23 SO
USF RHP Joey Lovecchio 6-2/190 Jr. 2.64 ERA 6-0 W-L 44.1 IP 9 BB 23 SO
SATURDAY, APRIL 7 | Noon | Watch/Listen | GameTracker
USF RHP Derrick Stultz 6-3/190 R-Sr. 3.32 ERA 4-1 W-L 38.0 IP 14 BB 38 SO
The University of Cincinnati baseball team (11-16, 1-5 BIG EAST) resumes BIG EAST Conference play when it hosts USF (20-10, 5-1 BIG EAST) for a three-game series Thursday through Saturday at Marge Schott Stadium. The Bearcats will get a shot in the arm for the opener (6:30 p.m. ET first pitch) when No. 1 starter Andrew Strenge returns to the mound for the first time since March 9. Game 2 of the series is set for a 6:30 p.m. Friday first pitch with freshman lefty Zach Morris scheduled to make his sixth start of the season after tossing eight shutout innings in his previous start against Pitt. Cincinnati's starting pitcher for the series finale (Noon Saturday) is to be announced. All three games can be viewed live on GoBEARCATS.com.
SETTING THE SCENE
-Cincinnati has won three of its last five ballgames, including wins over intra-state rivals Dayton and Ohio, in the last seven days.
-Head coach Brian Cleary earned his 405th career win after UC topped Ohio 11-2 on Tuesday night. The 405 wins surpassed UC hall-of-famer and longtime Cincinnati Reds scorekeeper Glenn Sample's program standard of 404 career victories, which Sample accrued from 1961-1981.
-Freshman right-hander Ryan Atkinson made his first collegiate start against the Bobcats on Tuesday and pitched a gem after striking out 11 batters and tossing eight scoreless innings.
-Prior to the Ohio win, 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 dropped a 10-9 decision in 11 innings, despite holdings early leads of 5-1 and 6-3.
-Before 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.
ON THE MOUND FOR THE BEARCATS
-In the series opener against USF Thursday, right-hander Andrew Strenge will make his fifth start of the season and first since March 9 against Chicago State. The junior from Yardley, Pa. missed at least three potential Friday starts while suffering from shoulder fatigue. Strenge was having a solid start to 2012 before the injury as he boasts a 2.33 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 19.1 innings pitched while holding opponents to just a .203 batting average. Strenge's return will end a streak of five consecutive ballgames in which a true freshman pitcher started for the Bearcats.
-Game 2 of the series will feature freshman left-hander Zach Morris, who is coming off the best outing of his young career after he pitched eight scoreless innings and did not allow a runner to reach third base Friday against the Pitt Panthers. On the season, Morris owns a 3.31 ERA, the 10th best in the BIG EAST, and 23 punchouts in 35.1 innings pitched.
-UC's starter in the series finale on Saturday is to be announced.
CLEARY ATOP UC'S ALL-TIME WINS MARK
-Bearcats baseball head coach Brian Cleary earned career win No. 405 after UC defeated Ohio 11-2 Tuesday night.
-With 405 career wins, Cleary surpassed UC hall-of-famer and longtime Cincinnati Reds official scorekeeper Glenn Sample, who from 1961-1981 recorded 404 career wins, 13 of which occurred during the autumn season.
-The career milestone is the second Cleary has achieved this year after he earned career win No. 400 when the Bearcats defeated Chicago State 6-0 in the first game of a March 10th doubleheader.
FRESHMEN HURLERS CARRY THE LOAD
-Cincinnati has received a ton of production from its freshman pitching class in 2012, as the group has accounted for 70 percent of the team's wins, 46 percent of the team's starts, 45 percent of innings pitched and 38 percent of the team's strikeouts.
-Freshmen have started the past five games for the Bearcats heading into their series against USF.
-Rookie left-hander Zach Morris has been a stalwart for the UC starting rotation. Morris leads the team in ERA (3.31), innings pitched (35.1) and is tied for the team lead in starts (5). The 6-foot-6 southpaw pitched a gem against Pitt on March 30, throwing eight scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
-Freshman righty Ryan Atkinson had a gem of his own in his first collegiate start Tuesday night at Ohio University. The 6-foot-3 hurler from Cincinnati struck out 11 Bobcats and pitched seven scoreless innings, while allowing just three hits.
-Atkinson's 11 punchouts are the most for a Bearcats pitcher since April 30, 2010 when Nick Johnson struck out 11 against West Virginia University.
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 (.383), slugging (.487), on-base percentage (.438), runs (24), hits (44), stolen bases (10), total bases (56) and walks (13). In addition, the 6-foot-2 slugger is second on the team in RBIs (18) 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.
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 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.