April 26, 2012
Cincinnati game notes vs. RU
Rutgers game notes
RUTGERS at CINCINNATI
FRIDAY, APRIL 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Watch/Listen | GameTracker
UC RHP Zach Isler 6-5/239 Jr. 4.00 ERA 0-5 W-L 27.0 IP 13 BB 34 SO
RU RHP Tyler Gebler 6-5/220 Jr. 5.74 ERA 1-3 W-L 47.0 IP 8 BB 27 SO
SATURDAY, APRIL 28 | 4 p.m. | Watch | Listen | GameTracker
UC LHP Zach Morris 6-6/225 Fr. 2.91 ERA 2-2 W-L 52.2 IP 19 BB 31 SO
RU LHP Rob Smorol 6-1/190 Jr. 4.01 ERA 5-2 W-L 60.2 IP 15 BB 37 SO
SUNDAY, APRIL 29 | 1 p.m. | Watch | Listen | GameTracker
UC RHP Christian McElroy 6-4/211 R-So. 3.57 ERA 2-3 W-L 40.1 IP 22 BB 30 SO
RU RHP Ryan Fasano 6-1/195 Sr. 3.38 ERA 4-3 W-L 66.2 IP 8 BB 39 SO
The University of Cincinnati baseball team (13-19, 2-13 BIG EAST) faces Rutgers University (23-17, 8-7 BIG EAST) in a three-game BIG EAST Conference series Friday through Sunday at Marge Schott Stadium. Junior right-handed pitcher Zach Isler will make his first start of the season in the series opener, which begins 6:30 p.m. Friday. Game 2 of the series will start 4 p.m. Saturday and feature freshman left-hander Zach Morris. Sunday's series finale is set to start at 1 p.m. with redshirt sophomore RHP Christian McElroy slated to climb the hill for the Bearcats. All three games will be video streamed live on GoBEARCATS.com. Saturday and Sunday's ballgames can be heard on Real Talk 1160 WQRT-AM and RealTalk1160.com.
SETTING THE SCENE
-Cincinnati is heading into the final stretch of the regular season looking to build momentum and rally for a berth to the BIG EAST Conference Championship. With a 2-12 league mark, Cincinnati currently sits four games out of the eighth and final league tournament spot; however, with 12 league games remaining, there is still an opportunity to jump the standings. The Villanova Wildcats, who the Bearcats will play May 11-13, currently hold the eighth seed with a 6-9 league record.
-Cincinnati has dropped their last five ballgames after defeating Ohio State 6-5 on national TV April 17 in Columbus, Ohio.
ON THE MOUND FOR THE BEARCATS
-Junior righty Zach Isler will make his first start of the season in the series opener. Isler started three games last season and five contests in 2010 as a freshman. The best outing of his career occurred May 14, 2011 when Isler pitched his first complete game after allowing just one run on six hits with two strikeouts against Seton Hall. On the season, Isler owns a 4.00 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched out of the bullpen.
-Freshman left-hander Zach Morris is scheduled to start for UC on Saturday. Morris will be making his ninth start of the season, where he owns a 2.91 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 52 2-3 innings. His 2.59 ERA during BIG EAST play ranks eighth in the conference, while his .216 batting average against ranks fifth.
-Redshirt sophomore Christian McElroy will make his eighth start of the season in Sunday's series finale. McElroy will try to extend his current streak of two-consecutive quality starts. Last Sunday, McElroy allowed three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in six innings against St. John's. On April 15 at Notre Dame, the Middletown, Ohio native tossed a career-high seven innings and allowed just one run on three hits.
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 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.
McELROY EARNS BIG EAST HONORS
-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).
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 54 percent of the team's wins, 45 percent of the team's starts, 42 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.
BEARCATS OFFENSE EXPLODES VS. IRISH
-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.
ATKINSON EARNS UC'S FOURTH BIG EAST HONOR ROLL
-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.
MORRIS LIGHTS OUT
-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.
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.
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.
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.