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Author: William Moore
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The Cincinnati Bearcats (2-6) will host their first home series of the season against the North Alabama Lions. The Lions enter this game at 4-3, with three of those wins coming over the Miami Redhawks. The Bearcats are looking to break their four-game losing streak that includes the home opener on Wednesday against Miami and last weekend’s series against Florida.
The first meeting between the Bearcats and the Lions happened last year in what was supposed to be a four-game series. The Bearcats lost to the Lions 2-5, and the rest of the series would not be played due to poor weather. For the Lions, be on the lookout for Jonathan Lane and Drew Hudson. Hudson has a .338 batting average, four RBI, and eight hits, two of which are doubles. Lane leads the Lions with a .409 batting average, five RBI, and nine hits including five doubles. The Lions don’t live and die by the long ball. As a team, the Lions only have four home runs on the year; last year the team tallied 23 big flies. For comparison, in 2022, the Bearcats were a team that relied on the big fly a lot, racking up 87 taters on the year.
The Bearcats will kick off the series Saturday at UC Baseball Stadium. Game one was originally scheduled for Friday at 5:00 but was postponed due to the weather. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 and will be streaming on ESPN+. Games one and two will both take place on Saturday. Game one of the doubleheader is slated for a noon start. The second game of the doubleheader will start around 3:30. Then the Bearcats will close the books on the series on Sunday with another doubleheader. The first game starts at 11:00, the second game will get underway around 2:30.