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Ohio Faces Youngstown State Tuesday Night

Dan Schmidt

March 19, 2013

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The Ohio University baseball team (3-15) returns to action on Tuesday for a mid-week matchup with Youngstown State at Bob Wren Stadium. The first pitch for Tuesday's matchup is set for 6 p.m.

-Ohio enters Tuesday's matchup in the midst of a season-long six-game losing streak.
-Tuesday's matchup mark the fifth game of an eight-game homestand that began this past Friday.
-Ohio has posted double-digit hit totals in seven games this season, including two of its last three games.
-The Bobcats' matchup with Youngstown State marks the team Ohio has faced from the Horizon League. Earlier this year, the `Cats faced off against Valparaiso.
-Sophomore Jake Madsen leads the Bobcats with 22 hits.
-Madsen needs just two hits to collect his 100th career hit.
-Madsen currently owns a team-best .421 batting average with runners in scoring position. He also has a team best 11 RBI on the year.
-In total, Madsen leads the team in 11 offensive categories.
-Senior Dan Schmidt is batting .444 with six RBI and three runs scored in his last five games.
-Schmidt also owns a .429 batting average with runners in scoring position in his last five games.
-Sophomore Tyler Wells is in the midst of a six game hitting streak. He also reached base in each of his last 11 games.
-Freshman Nick Squires leads the squad with 11 runs scored on the year.
-Ohio scored a season-high 12 runs in its win over Oakland in game two of its doubleheader back on March 9.
-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 five walks are the fewest among all Ohio starters.

The pitching matchups will be determined at gametime.

Ohio was swept by Canisius this past weekend at Bob Wren Stadium. Prior to the weekend series against the Griffins, Ohio had never lost to Canisius in it three previous meetings. Over the four-game series, Ohio was outscored 44-17 and was outhit 67-33. The Bobcats were shutout in game one, falling 12-0. In game two, came up short as it dropped a 10-7 decision despite pounding out 12 hits. In game three, Ohio tied Canisius at eight in the eight, but the Griffins responded with an eight-run ninth inning to earn a 16-8 win. In the series finale, Ohio trailed for the entire game as Canisius went on to earn a 6-2 win and complete the sweep. Ohio did have four players bat over .300 for the weekend, including senior shortstop Dan Schmidt, who paced the squad with a .500 batting average. He also tallied a triple, a home run and drove in six runs.

Ohio will faceoff against Youngstown State for the 32nd time in school history on Tuesday. The Bobcats hold a 22-9 all-time series advantage over the Penguins. The last meeting between the two teams took place a year ago as Ohio traveled to Youngstown State where it defeated the Penguins by a count of 8-3.

The Penguins (4-17) come into Tuesday's matchup with, having won lost six of their last seven games. This past weekend, the Penguins opened league play against UIC on the road, but dropped two of three to the Flames. YSU won the opener 8-7, but then fell 4-1 and 8-1 in games two and three, respectively. The Penguins are currently batting .233 as a team. In 21 games this season, YSU has been outscored 161-72. Junior infielder Drew Dosch leads the team with a .342 batting average. The Penguins pitching staff owns a 7.14 team earned run average. Earlier this season, YSU was picked fifth in the Horizon League Preseason Standings.

Ohio returns home on Friday at 6 p.m. where it will welcome Toledo for the start of a three-game series at Bob Wren Stadium. The Bobcats' matchup with Toledo will mark Ohio's first MAC series.