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Ohio Opens Two-Game Stretch at High Point

Taylor Emody

March 5, 2013

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The Ohio University baseball team (1-7) returns to action on Tuesday as it heads to High Point, N.C. to take on High Point. The Bobcats' matchup with the Panthers will mark Ohio's sixth-straight game in the state of North Carolina. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.

-Freshman Nick Squires has reached base in each of his last six games. He has also tallied a hit in each of the past two games.
-Junior Taylor Emody has a team-best .500 batting average with runners in scoring position.
-Sophomore Jake Madsen and junior Garrett Black lead the Bobcats with seven hits apiece.
-Freshman right-hander Jake Miller helped the Bobcats to their lone win of the season on Feb. 23 as he logged 8.0 innings, struck out seven and allowed just one run against Boston College.
-Following his performance, Miller was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Pitcher of the Week.
-Miller's two walks are the fewest among all Ohio starters.
-The Bobcats pounded out 10 hits in their 7-6 setback against Massachusetts, which marked the third time this season Ohio has posted double-digit hit totals.
-Ohio tallied 13 hits against Illinois and Boston College in the Keith LeClair Classic. Both hit totals are season-high marks.
-As a team, Ohio is batting .222, but has a solid .314 average with runners in scoring position.
-Rob Smith begins his first year as head coach, replacing Joe Carbone, who served on the bench for the past 24 years.
-Ohio's 2013 schedule will feature six teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament and four conference champions from a year ago.

Tuesday: Jake Miller (Ohio) vs. Malcolm Clapsaddle (HPU)
Wednesday: Marck Paliotto (Ohio) vs. Ryan Retz (HPU)

Ohio went 0-3 this past weekend at the 2013 Irish Classic. During the three-day tournament, Ohio faced No. 25 Virginia Tech (L, 8-2), Rhode Island (L, 3-0) and Massachusetts (7-6). The Bobcats lost the three games by a combine total of 10 runs, losing by an average of just 3.3 runs per game. Offensively, Ohio batted just .167. Despite the offensive struggles, senior Dan Schmidt, junior Taylor Emody and sophomore Tyler Wells each batted over .300 as they posted averages of .375, .333 and .300, respectively. The Bobcat pitching staff tallied a 5.76 earned run average. Senior Brett Barber led way for the `Cats as he tallied a 0.00 ERA in 4.2 innings of work.

Ohio will faceoff against High Point for just the second time in school history on Tuesday. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 1-0. In its last meeting with the Panthers back in 2001, Ohio defeated High Point 2-1.

The Panthers enter this week's midweek matchup after they were swept by Presbyterian College on the road. Sophomore catcher Josh Spano led the way for the Panthers as he posted a .500 batting average with a double, one RBI and two runs scored. High Point returns home for the first time since it posted a three-game sweep over LIU Brooklyn on Feb. 22-24. In that three-game series, the Panthers outscored LIU Brooklyn 39-9. High Point owns a 3-1 record at home this season. Tuesday's starter Malcom Clapsaddle will make his first start of the season. In 2013, Clapsaddle has made three relief appearances. Wednesday's starter Ryan Retz will get his second start of the year. In his first outing, Retz worked 6.0 innings in a 6-4 loss at Appalachian State.