The Ohio University baseball team (2-8) returns to action on Saturday as it welcomes Oakland University to Bob Wren Stadium for the Bobcats 2013 home-opener. The first pitch for Saturday's doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.
NOTING THE BOBCATS
-The Bobcats will open their 16th season at Bob Wren Stadium.
-Ohio has a 9-5-1 record in home-openers at Bob Wren Stadium and has won each of its last four home-openers.
-Junior Taylor Emody leads the team with a .333 batting average through 10 games.
-Emody also has a team-best .444 batting average with runners in scoring position
-Freshman Nick Squires has reached base in each of his last eight games. He has also tallied a hit in each of the past four games.
-Squires' four-game hitting streak is tied for the team's longest this season. Earlier this year, sophomore Tyler Wells had a four-game hitting streak.
-Wells currently leads the team with 11 hits.
-The Bobcats pounded out a season-high 15 hits in their 10-7 victory over High Point on March 5, which marked the fourth time this season Ohio has posted double-digit hit totals.
-Ohio's pitching staff struck out a season-best 10 batters against High Point on March 5.
-Freshman right-hander Jake Miller helped the Bobcats to their first 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 three walks are the fewest among all Ohio starters.
-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.
THE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Saturday (Game One): Jake Miller (Ohio) vs. Jason Hager (OU)
Saturday (Game Two): Marck Paliotto (Ohio) vs. Jake Paulson (OU)
Sunday: Conor Sitz (Ohio) vs. Tim Koons (OU)
RECAPPING THE HIGH POINT SERIES
Ohio split a two-game midweek series with High Point this past week, claiming Tuesday's opener by a 10-7 count, but dropped the series finale 4-1. In the series-opening win, the Bobcats scored a season-high 10 runs and pounded out a season-best 15 hits. In addition, Ohio tallied a season-best 10 strikeouts. On Wednesday, Ohio's bats were limited to just three hits thanks to a strong outing by High Point starter Ryan Retz.
Ohio will faceoff against Oakland for just the ninth time in school history on Saturday. The Bobcats and Golden Grizzles are tied in the all-time series at 4-4. Ohio defeated Oakland 2-1 in last year's three-game set at Bob Wren Stadium.
Oakland faced teams from the ACC and Big XII to start the 2013 season in the form of Maryland and Kansas State. The Golden Grizzles are have faced a BCS opponent in each of the last three seasons. Kyle Bobolts is one of three players with a team-high six hits this season, he is also pacing the ballclub in RBIs with four. In 2012, the Golden Grizzlies posted the most successful season in school history as they finished with a 15-6 Summit League record.