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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Jake Miller will get the start on Friday.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM
Jake Miller will get the start on Friday.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

March 29, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Eastern Michigan9
Ohio10
April 1, 2012
Athens, Ohio
'Cats Conclude Series With Eagles, Win 10-9
In the final outing of a three-game weekend series, the Ohio Baseball team (13-14; 3-3 MAC) defeated Eastern Michigan Sunday afternoon by a score of 10-9.

ON DECK
The Ohio University baseball team (4-19) returns to action Friday afternoon as it heads to Eastern Michigan for the start of a three-game weekend matchup against the Eagles. The Bobcats' series opener on Friday is set for 3 p.m.

NOTING THE BOBCATS
-Ohio returns to action after dropping its midweek matchup with Cincinnati on Tuesday.
-The Bobcats' cancelled their Wednesday night game against Ohio State.
-Ohio's matchup with Eastern Michigan marks the Bobcats' first game against an opponent from outside the state of Ohio since March 17.
-Sophomore Jake Madsen leads the Bobcats with 29 hits.
-Madsen currently owns a team-best .400 batting average with runners in scoring position. He also has a team best 15 RBI on the year.
-In total, Madsen leads the team in eight offensive categories.
-Senior Dan Schmidt is in the midst of a team and season best nine-game hitting streak.
-Schmidt's has reached back hitting streak ties Tyler Wells for the team's longest of the year.
-Freshman Nick Squires leads the squad with 15 runs scored on the year.
-Ohio scored a season-high 15 runs in its 20-15 setback to Youngstown State on March 15.
-The Bobcats pounded out a season-high 18 hits in their 20-15 loss at home against Youngstown State (March 19), which marked the eighth time this season Ohio has posted double-digit hit totals.

THE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday: RHP Jake Miller (Ohio) vs. RHP Neil Butara (EMU)
Saturday: LHP Marck Paliotto (Ohio) vs. LHP Brian Hill (EMU)
Sunday: RHP Connor Sitz (Ohio) vs. LHP Paul Schaak (EMU)

RECAPPING THE CINCINNATI GAME
enior shortstop Dan Schmidt went 2-for-3 at the plate, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (4-19) dropped a 4-1 decision to Cincinnati on a cold Tuesday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium. Schmidt's two hits on the afternoon extended his season-best hitting streak to 10 games. His 10-game hitting streak is also the longest of any Bobcat this season. Schmidt came into Ohio's midweek matchup going 14-for-32 with nine RBI in his last 10 games. Sophomore Tyler Wells also chipped in offensively as he went 2-for-3 at the plate. Sophomore Nick Plys suffered the loss as he made his first career start. Plys finished the game by working 2.0 innings, while allowing three earned runs.

SERIES INFORMATION
Ohio will faceoff against Eastern Michigan for the 109th time in school history on Friday. Eastern Michigan leads the all-time series 61-47. The last time the two teams met was in 2012 at Bob Wren Stadium as Ohio took two of three from Eastern Michigan. Eastern Michigan will host Ohio for the first time since 2009, when the Bobcats also walked away with a 2-1 series victory.

SCOUTING EASTERN MICHIGAN
The Eagles (10-13) come into their matchup with the Bobcats after dropping three of their last four games. Last week in its league-opening series against Miami, Eastern Michigan swept by the Redhawks, losing by a combined total of 23-10. EMU ranks in the top-half of several league statistical categories as of March 25. Those categories include home runs (second; 11), triples (second; eight) slugging percentage (third; .368), runs scored (fourth; 109), doubles (fourth; 31), RBI (tied-fourth; RBI), hits (fifth; 194) and on-base percentage (fifth; .346). Paul Schaak (1-1) leads the Eagles' pitching staff with 24 strikeouts and is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season Sunday versus the Bobcats.