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Ohio to Meet Youngstown State on Wednesday

Mitch Longo

March 26, 2014

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The Ohio University baseball team returns to action Wednesday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. as it welcomes Youngstown State to Bob Wren Stadium for a mid-week matchup with the Penguins.

-The Bobcats have two players that are batting .300-or-better. Freshman Mitch Longo leads the squad with a batting average of .411.
-With runners in scoring position, Longo is batting a team-best .500. He also owns a team-best .368 batting average with two outs.
-Entering this week, Longo ranked in the top five of three Mid-American Conference statistical categories.
-Junior Jake Madsen is tied for the MAC lead in fielding percentage.
-Madsen has also earned the starting nod in the Bobcats' last 125 games.
-Freshman Jake Rudnicki owns a team-best 3.24 ERA.
-Ohio is one of six teams in the country that have five-or-more true freshman in its everyday lineup this season.
-Junior newcomer Spencer Sapp leads the MAC in overall appearances.
-Ohio has dropped eight games by three runs or less this season.
-The Bobcats have collected 10-or-more hits in seven of their 20 games this season.
-Ohio returns to action following its three-game series with Central Michigan. The Bobcats dropped all three games with the Chippewas.
-The Bobcats were slated to play a pair of midweek games this week, but Ohio had its first midweek matchup with Eastern Kentucky cancelled.
-Ohio has had seven games cancelled this year due to poor weather conditions.

Ohio's three-game series with Western Michigan, which was originally scheduled to be held in Kalamazoo, Mich., has been moved to Athens, Ohio because poor field conditions on the WMU campus.

Wednesday: (Ohio) Jake Miller vs. (YSU) Brendon Shoemake

Ohio will faceoff against Youngstown State for the 33rd time in school history on Wednesday. The Bobcats hold a 22-10 all-time series advantage over the Penguins. The last meeting between the two teams took place a year ago as Ohio welcomed Youngstown State to Bob Wren Stadium where it was defeated the Penguins by a count of 20-15.

The Penguins enter their matchup with Ohio with a 2-14 record and have lost their last five games. Similar to Ohio, Youngstown State has had to battle the elements throughout the spring as it has had 10 games cancelled due to weather. YSU last took the diamond on March 19 where it fell 10-2 at Kent State. YSU owns a .247 batting average and a 8.09 earned run average as a team. Freshman Alex Larivee leads the team with a batting average of .378.

Ohio dropped a 20-15 decision last season to Youngstown State. The Bobcats' 15 runs in last season's midweek matchup were a season-high. The game lasted over three and a half hours, the two teams combined for 35 runs and 34 hits. In addition, both teams utilized 11 pitchers. Offensively, Ohio's 3-4-5 hitters combined to go 9-of-16, drive in seven RBI and score five runs. Scott White had a team-best four hits. Cody Gaertner and Tyler Wells also chipped in as they each drove in four RBI.

Ohio dropped three straight games this past weekend at home against Central Michigan to open up Mid-American Conference play. Two of the Bobcats' three losses this past weekend came by three runs or less. Freshman Mitch Longo led the Bobcats with a .417 batting average as he went 5-of-12 at the plate. Sophomore John Adryan and junior Jake Madsen also had a strong weekend at the plate as they batted .364 and .333, respectively. Freshman Jake Rudnicki led all weekend starting pitchers with a 1.50 ERA. Fellow freshman Corey Wells led the team with a 0.00 ERA over 3.0 innings.