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April 5, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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May 6, 2012
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Ohio Falls 13-4 in Series Finale to Kent State
The Ohio University baseball team (23-24; 12-9 MAC) dropped its series finale to Kent State by a count of 13-4 Sunday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.

ON DECK
The Ohio University baseball team (5-22) returns to action Friday night as it heads North to take on Kent State at Schoonover Stadium for a conference matchup against the defending league champion Golden Flashes. The first pitch is set for 5 p.m.

NOTING THE BOBCATS
-Ohio's matchup with Kent State will mark the seventh time in the last 18 days the Bobcats have played an opponent from the state of Ohio.
-The Bobcats are in the midst of a seven-game stretch where they will play six games on the road.
-Coming into this week, Ohio ranked in the top five of the Mid-American Conference in both home runs and doubles.
-Sophomore Jake Madsen leads the Bobcats with 34 hits.
-Madsen currently owns a team-best .406 batting average with runners in scoring position. He also has a team best 20 RBI on the year.
-In total, Madsen leads the team in 10 offensive categories.
-Senior Dan Schmidt had his streak of getting on base snapped at 13 games this past Tuesday against Xavier.
-Madsen, Schmidt and sophomore Tyler Wells are the only players on the Bobcats' roster that have started in every game this season.
-Wells enters the weekend series with Kent State just nine hits shy of 100 for his career. Earlier this season, fellow sophomore Jake Madsen tallied his 100th career hit.
-Freshman Nick Squires tallied a team-best five hits this past Tuesday in the Bobcats' matchup with Xavier. He also scored three runs.
-Squires leads the Bobcats with 18 runs scored.
-Junior Logan Cozart entered the week with a league-best 17 appearances on the year.

THE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday: RHP Jake Miller (Ohio) vs. RHP Taylor Williams (KSU)
Saturday: LHP Marck Paliotto (Ohio) vs. RHP Tyler Skulina (KSU)
Sunday: RHP Connor Sitz (Ohio) vs. RHP Casey Wilson (KSU)

SERIES INFORMATION
Ohio will faceoff against Kent State for the 163rd time in school history on Friday. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 92-70. The two teams met last season in Athens with the Golden Flashes sweeping the three-game series. Ohio's last series victory over KSU came in 2005.

SCOUTING KENT STATE
The Golden Flashes (12-14) come into their three-game weekend series with the Bobcats, having won four of their last five games. In its last outing, Kent State defeated Penn State 10-0 and held the Nittany Lions to just one hit. KSU freshman Nick Jensen-Clagg had a perfect game going through 6.2 innings. Sophomore Sawyer Polen leads Kent State with 35 hits. Senior Evan Campbell has tallied a team-best 19 RBI. KSU's Friday starter Taylor Williams owns a team-best 1.90 earned run average.

RECAPPING THE XAVIER GAME
Freshman Nick Squires collected a season-high five hits, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (5-22) fell to Xavier (11-13), 15-10 in a high scoring affair Tuesday evening at Bob Wren Stadium. Both teams combined for 25 runs and 37 hits, which is the second game this season Ohio and their opponent has combined for at least 25 runs and 30 hits. Ohio scored 10 runs for the fourth time, while its 18 hits ties a season high (Youngstown State on Mar. 19). Nine different Bobcats had at least one hit during the game. Squires finished the game with a double, an RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore Cody Gaertner and sophomore Jake Madsen also chipped with three hits appearance. Madsen and junior Kyle Dean each tallied three RBI.