May 12, 2014
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team had a pair of athletes pick up conference awards on Monday, following a 3-1 week for the Bearcats. Freshman Connor McVey (Mason, Ohio/Mason) was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week while redshirt junior Matt Ring (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) was selected to the weekly honor roll.
McVey picks up Cincinnati’s first Player of the Week honor after a spectacular offensive week. He led the team with an .800 batting average, collecting eight hits in 10 at bats over four games. He also tallied a 1.200 slugging percentage and an .824 on base percentage with eight RBIs, four walks and two runs scored.
With his team trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning against Toledo, McVey hit a go-ahead grand slam, his first-career-homerun, to play hero in a 12-7 comeback victory.
McVey is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak and has recorded multiple hits in six of those eight games.
Ring was named to the honor roll after shutting down Memphis on Friday night for a 5-1 conference victory in his final collegiate appearance at Marge Schott Stadium. The righty threw his second-career complete game and did not allow an earned run to cross the plate. He walked just two batters while striking out three to earn his second win of the season.
McVey is the first Bearcats player to be named the American Player of the Week this season and joins redshirt sophomore Connor Walsh (Wayne, Pa./Radnor), the Pitcher of the Week on April 28, as the only weekly award winners.
Ring was named to the honor roll for the second time this season, marking the seventh time a UC player has been selected to the list.
Cincinnati wrapped up its home schedule this past weekend, but will play at Ohio State University on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:35 p.m. before beginning a three-game series at No. 5 Louisville on Thursday, May 15.