March 12, 2013
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The Ohio University baseball team (3-10) returns to action on Tuesday as it travels to Lexington, Ky. to take on the No. 9 University of Kentucky Wildcats at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The first pitch for Tuesday's matchup is set for 4 p.m.
NOTING THE BOBCATS
-Ohio will face its second nationally-ranked opponent in 2013 as it takes on No. 9 Kentucky. Earlier this season, Ohio faced off against No. 25 Virginia Tech at the Irish Classic.
-Ohio has three players batting over .300.
-Junior Taylor Emody leads the team with a .345 batting average in 10 games.
-Emody is in the midst of a team-best five-game hitting streak.
-Sophomore Jake Madsen leads the Bobcats with 16 hits.
-Madsen also has a team-best .429 batting average with runners in scoring position.
-Freshman Nick Squires has reached base in each of his last 11 games.
-Ohio scored a season-high 12 runs in their win over Oakland in game two of its doubleheader.
-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'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 MATCHUP
Tuesday: Sean Kennedy (Ohio) vs. Ryne Combs (UK)
RECAPPING THE OAKLAND SERIES
Ohio dropped two of three games this past weekend in its home-opening series at Bob Wren Stadium versus Oakland. The Bobcats dropped game one of its Saturday doubleheader against the Grizzlies, falling 6-4, despite having a two run lead heading into the top of the ninth inning. Ohio responded in the second game of the doubleheader as it posted a season-high 12 runs and held Oakland to just three. The Bobcats scored a combined 11 runs in the seventh and eighth innings after being held to just one run in the previous six. Senior Ben Otto had five RBI in the second game. In the series finale, Ohio jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but were held scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Ohio will faceoff against Kentucky for just the 16th time in school history on Tuesday. The Wildcats lead the all-time series at 8-7. UK has won the last three consecutive meetings in the series, which started with five straight Bobcat wins from 1915-1967.
Kentucky (13-2) is coming off a four-game week that saw UK pick up a midweek win over Xavier (6-3) and a series win over Michigan State, a 2012 NCAA Tournament team and club that won 37 games a year ago. UK won the opener 2-1 on Friday night vs. the Spartans on the strength of Max Kuhn's first career homer in the bottom of the eighth and seven shutout innings from A.J. Reed. Michigan State evened the series behind standout righty David Garner on Saturday, before the Wildcats claimed the rubber match 3-1 with great pitching from Corey Littrell, Walter Wijas and Trevor Gott and a clutch sixth-inning double from Paul McConkey.