May 8, 2014
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team will host its last three games of the season this weekend when it welcomes the University of Memphis to Marge Schott Stadium. The Bearcats will play the Tigers at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 and 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.
The Bearcats will honor five seniors, Justin Glass, Ethan McAlpine, Ryan Quinn, Matt Ring and Matt Williams, in a pregame ceremony on Sunday.
Friday’s game will be a whiteout and the final Bearcats Blue Jean Night. Saturday will feature Bearcats Bingo and Sunday will have a mother’s day promotion and kids will be able to run the bases following the game.
SETTING THE SCENE
- UC’s come-from-behind 12-7 victory over Toledo on May 7 gave the Bearcats their first four-game win streak of the season. Freshman Connor McVey (Mason, Ohio/Mason) hit a go-ahead grand slam, his first-career homerun, to put the home team ahead. Sophomore Colin Hawk (Beech Grove, Ind./Roncalli) made his first collegiate appearance from the pitcher’s mound to earn the win in 4.0 innings of relief action.
- Cincinnati won all three games at Army last weekend to earn its first three-game series sweep of the season. It also was the team’s first road sweep since winning three games at Georgetown in 2011.
- Redshirt sophomore Connor Walsh was named to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll on Monday, May 5 after his exceptional outing against Army on Saturday, May 3. The righty threw his third complete game of the season and allowed only five hits against a potent Army offense. He struck out five batters and walked only one to earn his team-leading fifth victory of the season.
- Walsh’s third complete game ties him for 41st in the NCAA. It also marks the first time a Cincinnati pitcher has tossed three complete games in a season since Michael Hill and Dan Osterbrock each accomplished the feat in 2008.
- Senior Matt Williams played in his 200th career game for the Bearcats on Sunday, May 4. He is just the 11th player to hit this mark for Cincinnati and joins senior Justin Glass as the only active members of the 200 club.
- The Tigers enter the week with a 25-24 overall record and a 6-12 mark in the American. They sit in eighth place in the league standings, two games ahead of the Bearcats.
- Memphis has picked up some impressive victories this season, including four wins over ranked opponents. It beat No. 7 Mississippi State 6-4 in the first week of the season, topped No. 15 Ole Miss 4-1 on March 5, beat No. 15 Houston 2-1 on March 28 and beat No. 8 Louisville 3-2 on April 5.
- UM had the week off after falling in two of three games to UConn last weekend.
- Kane Barrow leads the team with a .318 batting average in 45 games played.
- Jake Little is the team’s most powerful hitter with five homeruns and seven doubles on the season.
- On the mound, Caleb Wallingford has produced a 1.41 ERA in 76.1 innings pitched. He has struck out a team-high 66 batters and only walked 19.
THE SERIES VS MEMPHIS
- The Tigers lead the series against the Bearcats with a 55-28 record.
- The teams have not matched up since 2005, Cincinnati’s final season as a member of Conference USA. Cincinnati won two of three games in 2005 to close the series.
- Throughout the series, UM has put together four winning streaks of at least five games, including a 12-game streak in 1993 and 1994.
- Cincinnati has never won more than three consecutive games against Memphis.
- The first game of the series dates back to April 18, 1962. The Tigers won the game 7-0 in Memphis.