ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio baseball team (4-4) is back in Cartersville, Ga., for the second weekend in a row -- this time to take on Nebraksa Omaha (2-5) in a four game series at Perfect Game's LakePoint facility. The Bobcats and the Mavericks open the series on Friday (March 2) with a 3 p.m. ET matchup. Saturday (March 3) features a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. ET. The Sunday (March 4) series finale is set to get underway at 11 a.m. ET.
There will be no live scoring or streaming/radio broadcasts of this weekend's games.
OHIO SPLITS SERIES WITH MAINE
The Bobcats split a four-game weekend set with Maine last weekend at Perfect Game's LakePoint facility. Maine won the Friday (Feb. 23) series opener, 5-1. Ohio split the Saturday doubleheader with the Black Bears, taking game one by a score of 7-5 but falling the second game of the twin bill. The Bobcats closed out the weekend with a 6-2 win in the Sunday (Feb. 27) series finale.
BOBCATS OPEN 2018 SEASON BY SPLITTING SERIES WITH RIDER
Ohio opened the 2018 season by splitting a four-game series against Rider in Lexington, S.C.
The Bobcats fell to the Broncs, 6-4, in the season opener last Friday (Feb. 16), but bounced back by sweeping a Saturday (Feb. 17) doubleheader by scores of 10-2 and 6-5. Ohio dropped the series finale, though, as Rider walked off in the 11th inning, 6-5.
Ohio enters week 3 of the 2018 season ranking as one of the Mid-American Conference's top hitting teams. The Bobcats rank second with 77 hits (64th in the country) and first with 19 doubles (22nd in the country).
Junior infielder Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) leads the Bobcats with a .333 batting average, a .450 on-base percentage, a .515 slugging percentage and 11 hits -- including three doubles and a home run. Sophomore infielder Trevor Hafner (Perrysburg, Ohio) has collected a team-high six doubles and also leads the team with nine RBIs.
ROEHN BREAKS OHIO'S CAREER SAVES RECORD
Redshirt senior right-hander Jake Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.) closed out Ohio's 6-5 win in the second game of the Feb. 17 doubleheader against Rider, earning his 23rd career save to break the program record, which was previously held by Chad Reed (22; 1989-92). Roehn threw the final 1.2 frames, striking out five while allowing just one hit.
Roehn earned his second save of the year in Ohio's 7-5 victory over Maine in game one of last Saturday's doubleheader,
Roehn was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's 2018 Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List two weeks gago and was also named a 2018 Collegiate Baseball Preseason Third Team All-American in December. He tallied a program record 15 saves in 2017 to earn First Team All-MAC honors.
Ohio will play its first true road series of the 2018 season next weekend (March 9-11) when it visits Baltimore for a three-game set against Towson.