Game one will be on Thursday, May 15, followed by game two on Friday, May 16. Both games are slated to start at 6:30 p.m. Game three is set to begin at 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 16. WVU (34-16, 13-11) and Cincinnati (33-19, 16-8) have met a total of 20 times since 1908, and a five times in Big East play. The Mountaineers lead the series, 12-8, overall and, 4-1, in conference play. The two split a two-game series last season in Morgantown. WVU took game one, 16-4, while UC defeated WVU, 11-8, at Hawley Field. Game three was canceled due to inclement weather.
The Bearcats have clinched a berth to the 2008 Big EastBaseball Championship in Clearwater, Fla., while West Virginia is just one win away from clinching a tournament berth. UC's Josh Harrison leads the squad with a batting average of .377, scoring 54 runs on 78 hits, including 25 extra base hits. Mike Spina leads the team with 64 RBIs and a .663 slugging percentage.
Pitcher Michael Hill (4-3) earned conference Pitcher of the Week honors on Monday after he hurled a complete game, allowing just three-hits, in leading the Bearcats to a 7-1 win over Seton Hall, on Sunday, May 11. He surrendered only three hits and one run, while striking out a career-high 10 batters. Hill retired the final 13 Pirates he faced and has a 3.63 ERA on the season. He is expected to start game one on Thursday.
Senior Tyler Kuhn continues to lead the Mountaineers at the plate with 67 runs on 91 hits, including 31 extra base hits. The shortstop has a .427 batting average on the year and leads the team with a .681 slugging percentage. Third baseman Vince Belnome leads WVU with 64 RBIs and has a .393 batting average on the season while freshman second baseman Jedd Gyorko has a .413 average on the season.
WVU went 2-1 last weekend, taking the Louisville series with a 10-inning win. After a two-hour rain delay, the Mountaineers scored two runs in the ninth to tie the score at four before Vince Belnome hit the game-winner that drove in Kuhn in the 10th inning for the win. For his efforts in game two, Matt Yurish was named to the Big East weekly honor roll announced on Monday, after he threw his first complete game of the season, allowing only one earned run and seven hits against 37 batters faced. Yurish (6-1) allowed just one earned run on seven hits, striking out nine and walking one.
The Mountaineers dropped their final non-conference game against Youngstown State, 13-9, on Monday, May 12, at Hawley Field. Austin Markel led the team with two runs on three hits and one RBI.