Bearcat Sophomores Lead the Way

Today the Bearcats won their 9th game of the season which includes winning 8 of their last 10. The keys for this young and rapidly improving team over the 10 game stretch have been pitching, defense, and youth.

Steve Blevins started today's game against Chicago State and was simply overpowering through seven innings.

The sophomore right hander's game plans on this chilly March day was clear, work quickly and throw strikes. By the time his day was done, Blevins had thrown 113 pitches with 77 for strikes and no walks. Along the way he was helped by some outstanding defense from his infielders.

Freshmen third basemen Michael Early is settling in and showing he can play the hot corner. In the 5th inning Early charged a weakly hit ground ball fielding bare handed and making an off balance throw to nail the runner at first. In the 8th Early showed he can do more than field with a blast over the left field fence that was a no doubter the second it left his bat.

At second base, sophomore Josh Harrison has taken over and proven he can play the position. Josh has excellent range with the ability to move deep into the hole and make a solid throw to first base. He ended today's game by knocking down of a sharply hit ball, recovering, and throwing to first for the final out. At the plate Josh leads the team in homeruns and RBI's to go along with a .316 batting average.

The defensive star of this team is SS Adam Yeager. The sophomore from Huntington, WV has all the tools to be a great shortstop. His range seems to have few limits to go with a powerful and accurate arm. Adam's skills were on full display in the 4th inning today when he moved deep into the hole behind second to steal a would be hit, spin and fire a strike to Neal French at first for the out.

Adding to this impressive group of sophomores is right fielder and Indiana transfer Cameron Satterwhite. His play in right has been solid to go along with a .302 batting average.

Finally LHP Dan Osterbrock who will start Saturdays game brings a 2/0 record with a 3.14 ERA. With 4 games left before conference play begins this group of young players have stepped up as team leaders that will continue to be counted on as the Bearcats take aim at a Big East title.

Big East Play Around the Corner: The Bearcats have 4 non-conference games remaining prior to the start of Big East Play. This weekends games with Chicago State, followed by a road game at Xavier and a home game with Toledo on March 21st. The hunt for the Big East title begins with a road trip to Pittsburgh March 23 – 25. The first Big East Home game will see Notre Dame visit Marge Schott Stadium April 5th – 7th.

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