Baseball to Face Xavier in 2-Game Series
Brad Mergen

April 23, 2012

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TUESDAY, APRIL 24 | Watch | GameTracker
UC    LHP Brad Mergen    6-3/213    Sr.    11.21 ERA      0-3 W-L    17.2 IP    6 BB      9 SO
XU    RHP Scott Klever    6-4/180    So.    4.80 ERA      2-4 W-L      30.0 IP    14 BB    16 SO

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 | Watch | Listen | GameTracker
UC    RHP Art Warren    6-3/209    Fr.    4.84 ERA      0-0 W-L      22.1 IP    13 BB    15 SO
XU    RHP Jacob Bodner    5-10/170    Fr.    6.07 ERA      1-1 W-L      29.2 IP    12 BB    19 SO

The University of Cincinnati baseball team (13-27, 2-13 BIG EAST) faces crosstown rival Xavier University (18-23, 6-6 Atlantic 10) in a two-game home-and-home series Tuesday and Wednesday. Game 1 of the series is set to begin 3 p.m. Tuesday at Xavier's Hayden Field with senior left-handed pitcher Brad Mergen slated to start for the Bearcats. The second game of the series will begin 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and feature freshman righty Art Warren, who will be making his second collegiate start. Tuesday's game can be viewed on Wednesday's game will be video streamed live on and can be heard on Real Talk 1160 WQRT-AM or

-Bearcats baseball head coach Brian Cleary earned career win No. 405 after UC defeated Ohio 11-2 April 3.
-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.

-Redshirt sophomore Christian McElroy was named to the BIG EAST Conference weekly baseball honor roll on April 16, marking the third straight week a Bearcat has received the distinction.
-McElroy, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher, combined for eight strikeouts and threw 11 1-3 innings without allowing an earned run in two games last week, including a career-high seven innings in Sunday's 6-2 win at Notre Dame. McElroy also pitched 4 1-3 innings of relief against Wright State Tuesday at the Joe Nuxhall Classic in Oxford, Ohio.
-UC now has five players that have been named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll in 2012, including one in the past three weeks. In addition to McElroy, the previous recipients of the award this season were Joey Bielek (March 6), Zach Morris (March 12), Justin Glass (April 2) and Ryan Atkinson (April 9).

-Cincinnati has received a ton of production from its freshman pitching class in 2012, as the group has accounted for 54 percent of the team's wins, 45 percent of the team's starts, 43 percent of innings pitched and 35 percent of the team's strikeouts.
-Freshmen Ryan Atkinson (April 9) and Zach Morris (April 2) have been named to the BIG EAST Conference weekly honor roll in the last month.

-Senior designated hitter T.J. Jones had a big weekend against Notre Dame, batting .333 (4 for 12) with eight RBIs and two home runs in three games. Jones' four home runs leads the team.
-Freshman third baseman Joey Bielek hit .614 (8 for 13) with four runs scored and two RBIs in the three-game series at Notre Dame.
-Senior catcher Jake Saylor tied his career high with three hits against the Fighting Irish in UC's 6-2 win on Sunday.
-Redshirt freshman outfielder Ethan McAlpine clubbed his first career home run against UND on Saturday.

-Freshman right-handed pitcher Ryan Atkinson was named to the BIG EAST Conference weekly honor roll on Monday for his performance at Ohio University last Tuesday.
-Atkinson pitched a gem against the Ohio Bobcats in his first collegiate start, throwing seven scoreless innings, striking out 11 batters and allowing just three hits. The 11 strikeouts were the most by a Bearcats pitcher since April 30, 2010 when Nick Johnson punched out 11 against West Virginia University.
-Atkinson is the fourth Bearcat to be named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll in 2012 and the second in as many weeks. Sophomore outfielder Justin Glass received the distinction April 2, freshman left-hander Zach Morris earned the honor March 12 and freshman third baseman Joey Bielek won the award March 6.

-From March 23 through April 14, freshman left-hander Zach Morris went 18 2-3 innings without allowing an earned run.
-Against Notre Dame on Saturday, Morris allowed three runs on five hits in 5 1-3 innings pitched.
-In his previous start against USF, Morris allowed one unearned run on three hits in seven innings.
-Against Pitt on March 9, Morris threw eight shutout innings.
-Morris last surrendered an earned run with two outs in the third inning at No. 21 Louisville on March 24.

-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.

-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.

-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.