UC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for April
By: Michelle Hausman
Photos by: Athletics Department
Matt Ring, pitcher on the UC Men’s Bearcat Baseball team, has recently been named to the American Athletic Conference honor roll while maintaining an impressive 3.6 grade point average. His hard work and dedication on the field and in the classroom has earned him the title of UC Scholar- Athlete of the Month for April.
A native of Muncie, Indiana, Matt Ring chose the University of Cincinnati for the beautiful campus and sporting facilities including the Marge Schott Stadium. The redshirt junior was recently named to the American Baseball honor roll after an impressive outing at the Wake Forest Invitational in February 2014. Matt took the mound on February 21 against the host Wake Forest Demon Deacons and pitched 9 innings with three strikeouts. The complete game shutout was the first of its kind for Cincinnati since May 2012. The nine innings pitched is also a career high for Matt, topping his previous high by three innings.
In the 2013 season, Matt played in 19 games and started in three. He earned a 3-1 record and was ranked fourth on the team with a 3.82 ERA. Matt pitched 35.2 innings, allowing 15 earned runs and 15 walks while striking out 19. Matt made six appearances with four starts in the 2012 season and posted a 9.47 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched. He also struck out a career-best six batters against Purdue in 5.2 innings. As a freshman, in the 2011 season, Matt appeared in 18 games and twice recorded season-high strikeouts at Georgetown and Villanova.
Matt is a Sports Administration major in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services. Matt has been obsessed with sports since the age of four and is now even more interested in the educational aspect of it. He explains that it’s not about just becoming a successful baseball player but about learning the business side of sports. He adds, “My professors and the Sports Administration department have been awesome because they’re just as excited to learn about sports, business and teaching as I am.”
Matt admits the main challenge student athletes face is time management. “From waking up, going to class, going to practice, going to lift then managing homework at night, there’s not much time to get stuff done. It’s hard but I think I’ll be better off because of being a student athlete,” Matt shares. His advice for fellow student athletes is to keep working hard and to take personal qualities and apply them both to school and to practice.
Son of Scott and Kim Ring, Matt attended Yorktown High School in Muncie, Indiana. He was Indiana Class 3A All-State selection junior and senior seasons and the 2010 Indiana Mr. Baseball nominee senior season. In his 128 career games, he compiled 17 home runs, 94 RBI, 105 runs scored and as a pitcher, he accumulated 24 wins, 236 strike outs and a 1.43 ERA.