After a series loss in Houston, the Bearcats find themselves in a peculiar position. While they only sit at 18-21 overall after a lousy start to the year, they have gone 8-7 in conference play, putting them tied for third place in the American. Scott Googins has his work cut out for the rest of the season, but he has put his ball club in a position to capitalize during the AAC tournament.
Before Houston was able to squeeze out back-to-back wins to secure the series, Cincinnati had won twelve out of their last seventeen games. The Bearcats host eight straight home games next, but none are against teams with a record below .500. Cincinnati finds itself within striking distance of finishing the season over .500 for the first time since 2011, but the road does not get any easier from here on out.
The Bearcats have been shaky on both sides of the ball all year-long, putting up fifteen in one game and then giving up fifteen in another. The stability that Googins has worked on all season has finally started to come around, however. Even if the Bearcats aren’t winning games, they have been able to put themselves in the position to compete.
Cincinnati still has a chance to make the postseason, and even if it’s a small chance, baseball has a tendency to work miracles. The Bearcats haven’t made an NCAA tournament since 1974, and even if it might seem like it won’t happen this year, they still have plenty of opportunities to prove themselves capable of being a threat in the American.