March 21, 2013
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The Last Meeting
March 25, 2012
The Ohio University baseball team (3-16) returns to action on Friday as it welcomes Toledo to Bob Wren Stadium for the start of Mid-American Conference play. The first pitch for Friday's matchup is set for 6 p.m.
NOTING THE BOBCATS
-Ohio opens league play for the second-consecutive season against Toledo.
-The Bobcats enter Friday's matchup with the Rockets in the midst of a season-long seven-game losing streak.
-Friday's matchup with Toledo will mark the sixth game of an eight-game homestand that began on March 9 against Oakland.
-Ohio has posted double-digit hit totals in eight games this season, including three of its last four games.
-Sophomore Jake Madsen leads the Bobcats with 25 hits.
-This past Tuesday against Youngstown State, Madsen picked up his 100th career hit.
-Madsen currently owns a team-best .455 batting average with runners in scoring position. He also has a team best 13 RBI on the year.
-In total, Madsen leads the team in nine offensive categories.
-Sophomore Tyler Wells is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak.
-He also reached base in each of his last 11 games.
-Freshman Nick Squires leads the squad with 14 runs scored on the year.
-Ohio scored a season-high 15 runs in its 20-15 setback to Youngstown State.
-The Bobcats pounded out a season-high 18 hits in their 20-15 loss at home against Youngstown State this past Tuesday, which marked the eighth 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
Friday: RHP Jake Miller (Ohio) vs. LHP Kyle Shaw (UT)
Saturday: LHP Marck Paliotto (Ohio) vs. RHP Kyle Slack (UT)
Sunday: RHP Connor Sitz (Ohio) vs. LHP Ryan Wilkinson (UT)
RECAPPING THE YOUNGSTOWN STATE GAME
The Ohio University baseball team tallied a season-high 18 hits, but it was not enough as the Bobcats dropped a 20-15 decision to Youngstown State on a cold and windy Tuesday night at Bob Wren Stadium. In a game that lasted over three and a half hours, the two teams combined for 35 runs and 34 hits. In addition, both teams utilized 11 pitchers, but in the end, YSU's Erik Okleson earned the win as he worked just 2.0 innings and struck out a pair. Sophomore Jake Madsen finished the night by going 3-fo-5 with a pair of RBI and in the process picked up his 100th career hit. He also scored a pair of runs. Offensively, Ohio's 3-4-5 hitters combined to go 9-of-16, drive in seven RBI and score five runs. Junior Scott White had a team-best four hits. Sophomores Cody Gaertner and Tyler Wells also chipped in as they each drove in four RBI.
Ohio will faceoff against Toledo for the 117th time in school history on Friday. Ohio leads the all-time series 63-52. The last time the two teams met was back in 2012. In that three-game series, the Bobcats dropped two of three to the Rockets on the road.
The Rockets (7-11) come into their weekend series with the Bobcats, having won three of their last five games. Toledo entered the 2013 season was picked to finish second in the MAC West - a year after it won the MAC West with a 19-8 mark. Ten of Toledo's first 18 games this spring have been decided by two runs or less. The Rockets currently have a .293 team batting average. Individually, junior OF Tyler Grogg is leading the team with a .490 (24-for-49) average. The Rockets are tallying a 5.01 ERA through the first 18 contests in 2013, giving up 5.6 runs on 9.3 hits with 6.2 punchouts per game. As a staff, UT's hurlers limited its opponents to hit a .283 average.