The Ohio University baseball team (3-11) returns to action on Friday as it welcomes Canisius for a doubleheader at Bob Wren Stadium. The first pitch for Friday's matchup is set for 2 p.m.
NOTING THE BOBCATS
-Ohio returns to the diamond after dropping a 6-3 decision at No. 9 Kentucky.
-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 18 hits.
-Madsen also has a team-best .429 batting average with runners in scoring position. He is currently in the midst of a four-game hitting streak, which ties a season-high.
-Madsen leads the Bobcats with six multiple hit games.
-Ohio has outscored its opponents 11-3 in the final three innings of its last three games.
-Senior Ben Otto has a team-best nine RBI on the year.
-Sophomore Cody Gaertner has reached base in each of his last nine games.
-Freshman Nick Squires was held off the base paths for the first time in 11 games this past Tuesday at Kentucky.
-Ohio scored a season-high 12 runs in its 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.
THE PITCHING MATCHUP
Friday (Game One): Jake Miller (Ohio) vs. Garrett Cortright (Canisius)
Friday (Game Two): Marck Paliotto (Ohio) vs. Rohn Pierce (Canisius)
Saturday: Connor Sitz (Ohio) vs. Devon Stewart (Canisius)
Sunday: TBA (Ohio) vs. Alex Godzak (Canisius)
RECAPPING THE NO. 9 KENTUCKY GAME
Ohio dropped a hard fought game at No. 9 Kentucky on Tuesday, falling 6-3 to the Wildcats. UK jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings and appeared to have the game well in hand, but the Bobcats responded with one run in the fourth and a pair of runs in the sixth to cut the lead in half. In the final five innings, Ohio's pitching staff held Kentucky scoreless and limited the Wildcats to just a pair of hits. However over the final three innings, Ohio was held scoreless and was limited to just one hit as Kentucky secured its 14th win on the year. Sophomore Jake Madsen and junior Scott White led the way offensively for the Bobcats as they both tallied a pair of hits.
Ohio will faceoff against Canisius for just the fourth time in school history on Friday. The Bobcats have never lost to the Griffins, holding a 3-0 all-time lead. The last meeting between the two teams took place in 2003 as Ohio met Canisius at Bob Wren Stadium where the Bobcats swept the Griffins in three games. In that three-game series, Ohio outscored Canisius 33-1.
The Griffins come into this weekend's contests, having won six of their last seven games. Canisius is currently in the midst of a 19-game stretch away from the Demske Sports Complex. The Griffs' home opener is set for March 23, against Saint Peter's. Junior Garrett Cortright leads the pitching staff with four victories in four starts to go along with a 1.29 earned run average and 25 strikeouts in 28 innings. Junior Jesse Kelso leads the team with a .426 batting average, 19 runs scored and 20 hits. Kelso is also tied for the team lead with 12 RBI.