April 16, 2014
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team travels to Piscataway, N.J. this weekend to take on the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights in three games of league action. Because of the Easter holiday, the games will be played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday instead of the normal weekend rotation. The Bearcats and Scarlet Knights will meet on Thursday, April 17 at 3 p.m., Friday, April 18 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m.
SETTING THE SCENE
- Senior Justin Glass was named to the American Athletic Conference honor roll on Monday for his performance last week. He hit homeruns in three consecutive games against UConn and led the Bearcats with eight hits, six runs scored and five RBIs and also produced a .421 hitting percentage, .552 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage.
- Six days after being named the Joe Nuxhall Classic MVP, junior Grant Walker worked his second-consecutive complete game on Tuesday evening against crosstown rival Xavier. He scattered six hits, struck out five and did not allow a run, picking up his first-career complete game shutout.
- Both UC and RU sit in the bottom third of the American Athletic Conference standings. The Scarlet Knights have a 3-5 league record for a .375 win percentage while the Bearcats have a 3-9 record for a .250 percentage.
- The teams will meet as conference opponents for the last time in regular-season play this weekend. After the 2014 season, the Scarlet Knights will leave the American Athletic Conference and join the Big Ten Conference.
- The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 14-18 on the season and 3-5 in the American Athletic Conference.
- Brian O’Grady leads Rutgers with a .358 batting average to rank third in the conference. He has a team-high 43 hits, four triples, three homeruns, and 67 total bases. O’Grady has accumulated a .558 slugging percentage and a .429 on-base percentage and has also stolen eight bases on the season.
- On the mound, Kyle Driscoll has shouldered the brunt of the work for the Scarlet Knights, pitching a team-high 41.2 innings. He has an ERA of 3.67 with 30 walks and a team-high 41 strikeouts to rank him eighth in the league.
- The RU pitching staff has a collective ERA of 5.47 to compare to Cincinnati’s 4.26.
THE SERIES VS RUTGERS
- Rutgers leads the series with a 16-6 record and has won five of the last six meetings.
- The largest winless drought for the Bearcats occurred between April 14, 2006 and March 27, 2008 when they lost six-consecutive games in the series.
- The first meeting between the teams occurred on April 13, 2006, a 6-5 Cincinnati victory at Marge Schott Stadium.
- Rutgers beat Cincinnati 7-2 in the most recent meeting between the teams, the series finale last season on April 14 in Piscataway.