Bearcats To Play Red & Black World Series This Weekend
Zach Isler

Nov. 16, 2011

Red & Black World Series Roster

CINCINNATI – In conclusion of the fall practice season, the University of Cincinnati baseball team will plays its annual Red & Black World Series Friday through Sunday at Marge Schott Stadium.

Friday’s game is set to begin at 5 p.m., followed by a noon first pitch on Saturday and ending with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.

Sophomore right hander Matt Ring (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) will take the mound for the Red team Friday against junior RHP Andrew Strenge (Yardley, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep), who gets the start for the Black team.

Ring went 4-1 with a 3.72 ERA in 29 innings pitched as a freshman out of the bullpen last year. Strenge, who was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2010, was second on the team in strikeouts (56) and innings pitched (73.1) last season.

Game 2 of the series will feature junior southpaw Thomas Gentile (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) pitching for the Red team, while sophomore RHP Christian McElroy (Middletown, Ohio/Monroe/Sinclair CC) starts for the Black squad.

Gentile posted a 4.59 ERA in 49 innings pitched over 10 appearances, including eight starts. McElroy, who was medically redshirted in 2010, returns to UC baseball program after pitching last season for Sinclair (Ohio) Community College.

Sunday’s series finale will feature freshmen right-handers Grant Walker (Brookeville, Ohio/Northmont) of the Red team and Bryan Chenoweth (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon) of the Black team.

Red team junior RHP Zach Isler (Union, Ky./Covington Catholic) will close one inning each game on both Friday and Sunday. Isler posted a 4.41 ERA with 26 punchouts and two saves in 51 innings pitched in 2011.

Offensively for the Bearcats, who are coming off a 30-27 record in 2011 and a fourth consecutive trip to the BIG EAST Conference Championship, return all-BIG EAST outfielders Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) and Braden Kline (Warsaw, Ind./Warsaw Community), who both will line up for the Black squad.

Glass, a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, batted .326 with four home runs, 45 RBI and a .398 on-base percentage last season. After moving from catcher to the outfield last year, Kline also hit .326 with five home runs and 31 RBI.