Dates: Friday, Feb. 23-Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007
Times: 3 p.m. (Fri.); 1 p.m. (Sat.); 12 p.m. (Sun.)
Site: War Memorial Stadium (3,000): Greensboro, N.C.
Records: Cincinnati: 1-4, 0-0 BIG EAST
North Carolina A&T: 0-1, 0-0 MEAC
Series: Cincinnati leads, 2-1
Last Meeting: Feb. 19, 2006 at North Carolina, UC 3-0.
Live Stats/Audio: None
Setting the Scene
Cincinnati closes out its season-opening three-state (Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina), eight-game road swing this weekend, traveling to Greensboro, N.C. to meet North Carolina A&T. The three-game series, to be held at War Memorial Stadium from Feb. 23-25, will mark the second straight season the two teams have met. UC grabbed its first win of the year on Monday at Austin Peay, improving to 1-4 on the year. North Carolina A&T opened its 2007 season on Wednesday, losing to North Carolina State, 5-3.
Last season, these two teams met in an open-and-down series that saw the Aggies take game one in a back-and-forth nail-biter, 12-11, before the Bearcats responded with a pair of dominating pitching performances to take the next two games, 19-4 and 3-0.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
Friday, Feb. 23
No Name Ht. Wt. Cl. ERA W-L G/GS IP BB SO Opp. BA
UC 13 RHP-Steve Blevins 6-2 208 So. 5.56 0-2 2/2 11.1 3 13 .318
NC 10 LHP-Tim Johnson 6-2 190 Jr. 0.00 0-0 1/0 0.2 2 2 .333
Saturday, Feb. 24
No. Name Ht. Wt.. Cl. ERA W-L G/GS IP BB SO Opp. BA
UC 44 LHP-Dan Osterbrock 6-2 170 So. 10.80 0-0 2/2 8.1 5 9 .395
NC 38 RHP-Chris Eggers 5-10190 Jr. 5.23 4-3 12/5 39.0 9 24 .
Sunday, Feb. 25
No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. ERA W-L G/GS IP BB SO Opp. BA
UC 25 RHP-Michael Hill 6-0 178 So. 6.43 1-0 2/0 7.0 9 9 .125
NC 19 RHP-Nick Rogers 6-1 195 Fr. –– –– –– –– – – ––
Probable Starters: UC
Pos No B/T Ht. Wt. Cl. GP-GS Avg HR RBI SB-A *Notes
C 18 Ryan Baker R/R 5-8 206 Jr. 5-3 .231 0 2 1-1
1B 14 Neall French R/R 6-3 220 Sr. 5-5 .333 0 3 0-0
2B 5 Jamel Scott R/R 5-3 146 Fr. 5-5 .071 0 2 0-0
3B 6 Josh Harrison R/R 5-6 174 So. 5-5 .300 4 11 2-3
SS 8 Adam Yeager L/R 5-11 157 So. 5-5 .250 0 1 3-3
LF 23 Brian Szarmach R/R 6-1 205 Sr. 5-5 .263 1 4 0-0
CF 31 Tony Campana L/L 5-7 144 Jr. 5-5 .238 0 2 6-7
RF 17 Michael Obyc R/R 6-0 187 Jr. 5-2 .455 0 3 1-1
DH 28 Cameron SatterwhiteR/R 5-10 202 So. 5-5 .316 0 3 0-0
Probable Starters: NC A&T
Pos No B/T Ht. Wt. Cl. GP-GS Avg HR RBI SB-A *Notes
C 26 Neil Rosser R/R 6-1 195 Jr, 1-1 `.667 0 0 0-0 * two doubles, one run
1B 33 Kory Kinnear R/R 6-0 215 Sr. 1-1 .250 0 0 0-0
2B 2 Joe Wade L/R 5-6 165 Jr. 1-1 .000 0 0 0-0
3B 21 Nelson Santos R/R 6-0 185 Jr. 1-1 .250 0 1 0-0 * one double
SS 11 Nick Mayo R/R 6-0 180 Jr. 1-1 .250 0 0 1-1
LF 44 C.J. Beatty S/R 5-10 185 Fr. 1-1 .250 0 1 0-0 *one double, one run
CF 13 Jeremy Jones L/R 6-0 215 R-Jr. 1-1 .500 0 0 0-0 * missed most of 2006 still drafted by Rockies.
RF18 Charlie Gamble R/R 6-6 235 Sr. 1-1 .250 0 1 0-0 *Wallace Aware Nominee
DH 25 Joe McIntyre L/L 5-10 220 Jr. 1-1 .000 0 0 0-0
*Lefty-heavy lineup may change against southpaw Dan Osterbrock
Noting the Bearcats
* After three close calls in their first four games of the season which saw the Bearcats fall by one run in each of those contests, Cincinnati picked up their first win of the season in last weekend's season-closing game against Austin Peay.
* Before last season, the Bearcats had played just one game against current members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, a 1993 victory over Bethune Cookman. After winning two of three at North Carolina A&T last year, the Bearcats are now 3-1 (.750) against current members of the MEAC.
* Josh Harrison saw his career-best 18-game hitting streak come to an end on Feb. 19 at
Austin Peay. In 63 career games, Harrison has failed to record at least one hit just nine
* Steve Blevins' record stands at an unlucky 0-2 after his second strong start of the year
at Austin Peay. The Bearcats have averaged just three runs per game in Blevins' two
starts, while averaging over 10 per game in the other three contests of the year.
* Cameron Satterwhite has tallied four doubles in the first five games of the year. The
Indiana transfer is on pace to shatter the UC single season record of 25 established by
Mike Kinnett in 1985.
* Cincinnati's team stolen base total for the year rose to 13 after the team swiped six at
Austin Peay. It took the Bearcats 15 games to reach 13 steals last season. Transfer Tony Campana leads UC with six steals in seven chances
* Dustin Alvey is healthy to return to the lineup after missing much of the past two weekends with injury, giving starting catcher Ryan Baker a healthy backstop. The senior catcher/DH who missed last season with injury could be key for the Bearcats as last season's starting backstop, Nick Maragas, will not travel with the squad. While the injury has not cost him his ability to squat behind the plate or get the ball back to the pitcher, Alvey has seen both his ability to take full swings and whip the ball down on bunt attempts or stolen bases. Neall French will be Cincinnati's alternative option behind the plate.
Noting the Aggies
* North Carolina A&T finished last season at 22-36 overall and 6-12 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Aggies were picked to finish in the MEAC this season and are listed seventh in the Black College Baseball Division I poll.
* The Aggies feature a dangerous offense that includes preseason Brooks Wallace Award watch list members Charlie Gamble and Jeremy Jones, along with 2006 All-MEAC first team performer Joe McIntyre. Gamble and McIntyre both hit over .360 last
year, while combining for 18 home runs and 89 RBI. Jeremy Jones, the 2005 MEAC Player of the Year, returns after missing last year with an injury.
* North Carolina A&T third baseman/right fielder Charlie Gamble was nominated for the 2007 Wallace Watch list released by the College Baseball Foundation, joining UC‘s Steve Blevins and 146 other players across the nation in a bid for the national player of the year recognition.
Despite the absence of Jeremy Jones, Gamble still finished with a career year. The senior finished in the top 5 of 11 different statistical categories in the MEAC, and was the conference leader in five different statistical categories including hits (84), RBI (54), doubles (21), totals bases (121) and at-bats (231). The career .350 hitter finished the season with a .364 average and slugged eight of his 24 home runs last season.
* Aggie centerfielder Jeremy Jones is one of the most talented players in the country. Despite missing most of last season, Jones was still selected in the 25th round of the MLB entry draft by the Colorado Rockies. Jones' 2005 season saw him bat .402, en route to breaking the time the school record for hits in a season (82). The senior won MEAC Player of the Year honors and also led his team to the conference championship and the school's first-ever bid to the NCAA Baseball Tournament
* The loss of Jeremy Jones on offense was exacerbated by the Aggies shortcomings on the mound. Last season, North Carolina A&T finished with a 6.45 team ERA from last season. Junior John Primus is back as the staff ace after holding a 6-6 record and a 4.51 ERA a year ago.