Bruening and the Musketeers travel across town to take on UC.
April 14, 2014
CINCINNATI - Xavier baseball, winners of seven of the last eight games, travel across town to take on Cincinnati at Marge Schott Stadium Tuesday. The Musketeers (20-14, 6-0 BIG EAST) are first in the BIG EAST, while the Bearcats (14-20, 3-9 AAC) are last in the American Athletic Conference.
Cincinnati leads the all-time series between the two teams, 73-58. XU lost the last meeting in 2013 at UC, 10-2.
Xavier finished a sweep at home Sunday against Villanova to remain perfect in BIG EAST play. Brian Bruening entertained the home crowd with six hits, one inside-the-park home run, seven RBIs and five runs over the weekend. Stellar pitching by Scott Klever and Vinny Nittoli shutout the Wildcats in the final two games of the series to keep XU perfect in the BIG EAST.
Derek Hasenbeck tops all Musketeer batters with a .319 average and is tied for the team-lead with three home runs. Joe Forney hits for a .299 average and added another double over the weekend, leading the team and staying tied for the BIG EAST lead with 14 doubles. After the weekend, Bruening raised his batting average to .254 and has 20 RBIs and seven stolen bases.
True freshman Trent Astle (2-2) takes the mound against the Bearcats. The midweek starter for XU picked up his second win of the year in his outing against Wright State last Wednesday. Astle owns a 4.50 ERA and opponents are hitting .226 against the lefty through eight appearances.
Cincinnati dropped two of three at home to UConn over the weekend. UC grabbed the victory in the series opener, 3-1, but lost the last two games, 7-2 and 14-3.
The Bearcats rely heavily on the duo of Ian Happ and Matt Williams to head the offense. Happ leads all starters with a .339 average, ten doubles, 23 RBIs and is tied with three home runs. Williams hits for a .333 average and leads the team in hits (39).
First pitch for the non-conference matchup is set for 6:30 p.m. for the crosstown rivals. Live statistics and subscription-based video will be provided by GoBearcats.com for Tuesday night's game. Follow @XavierGameday on Twitter for updates.