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Ohio Set For Midweek Matchup with Eastern Kentucky

Tyler Wells

April 10, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Eastern Kentucky12
April 24, 2012
Richmond, Ky.
Ohio Falls at Eastern Kentucky 12-1
The Ohio University baseball team (22-18) had its four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night as it dropped a 12-1 decision at Eastern Kentucky. The Bobcats' setback was just their third road loss since March 25.

The Ohio University baseball team (6-24) returns to action Wednesday night as it welcomes Eastern Kentucky to Bob Wren Stadium for a midweek matchup against the Colonels. The first pitch is set for 6 p.m.

-Ohio's matchup with Eastern Kentucky will mark the first of nine straight games at home for the Bobcats.
-In 12 home games, Ohio is batting .289 as a team, which is 35 points higher than its overall average. Sophomore Jake Madsen's .429 batting average in 12 home games is also a team best.
-Madsen leads the Bobcats with 41 hits.
-Madsen currently owns a team-best .395 batting average with runners in scoring position. He also has a team-best 22 RBI on the year.
-In total, Madsen leads the team in 10 offensive categories.
-Sophomore Tyler Wells comes into this week just six hits shy of collecting his 100th career hit.
-Madsen, Wells and senior Dan Schmidt 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 is also batting a team-best .471 with three doubles in his last five games.
-Squires leads the Bobcats with 21 runs scored.
-Junior Logan Cozart entered the week with a league-best 19 appearances on the year.

Wednesday: TBA (Ohio) vs. RHP Cameron Langfels (EKU).

Ohio will faceoff against Eastern Kentucky for the eighth time in school history on Wednesday. The Bobcats trail in the all-time series 5-2. The two teams met last season in Athens during the 2011 campaign with the Colonels earning a 5-4 victory. Ohio's last win over Eastern Kentucky came back in 2009.

The Colonels (9-19) come into their midweek matchup with the Bobcats, having won four-straight games. Eastern Kentucky's last three wins came over league-foe Morehead State. During the Colonels' three-game series against MSU, EKU outscored the Eagles 53-24. In the series finale against MSU, the Colonels defeated the Eagles 30-14. Prior to its four-game winning streak, EKU had dropped eight in a row. Offensively, Eastern Kentucky has a team batting average of .282. Five EKU players are currently batting over .300 for the season. Junior Sean Hagen leads EKU with a batting average of .341. Senior Shaun Ball has tallied a team-best six home runs. EKU was picked fourth in the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Poll.

Ohio dropped two of three games to Kent State this past weekend on the road, falling 6-5 in game one, but the Bobcats rebounded in game two with a 6-3 triumph. In the series finale, Ohio was downed 10-3 to the Golden Flashes. Despite the 2-1 series loss to Kent State, Ohio had its chances as it left 30 runners on base. Senior Marck Paliotto led the Bobcats on the mound as he picked up the lone win over the weekend, going 7.1 innings, while allowing just two earned runs. Offensively, Cody Gaertner (four RBI) and Nick Squires (five RBI) combined for nine RBI. Defensively, Ohio turned six double plays and committed just four errors.