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The Last Meeting
April 14, 2013
Ohio Downs Akron in Series Finale, 4-2
Freshman right-hander Connor Sitz threw a two-run complete game to lead the Ohio University baseball team (8-26; 4-8 MAC) Sunday en route to a 4-2 victory over the University of Akron at Bob Wren Stadium.
The Ohio University baseball team returns to the diamond Friday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. for the start of a three-game series against Akron. All three games will be held at Lee R. Jackson Field and will be aired live on WOUB 1340 am. Ryan Boyd will have the call.
NOTING THE BOBCATS
-Ohio is in the midst of a 13-game stretch where it will play 12 games against teams from the state of Ohio.
-Ohio has dropped 11 games by three runs or less this season.
-Ohio is 5-0 when leading after seven innings.
-The Bobcats have collected 10-or-more hits in 10 of their 29 games this season.
-Ohio has turned a league-best 29 double plays this season coming into this week.
-Ohio returns to action after it dropped a 2-1 decision to Marshall this past Wednesday.
-Freshman Mitch Longo leads the squad with a batting average of .404.
-With runners in scoring position, Longo leads the team with an average of .417. He also is tied for the team lead with a .333 batting average with two outs.
-Longo leads Ohio in 14 offensive categories.
-Entering this week, Longo is ranked in the top five of five Mid-American Conference statistical categories. He also leads the MAC in batting average (.415).
-Longo is currently ranked 21st in the NCAA in batting average.
-Longo had his season-best 11-game hitting streak come to a close this past Sunday against Kent State. Earlier this season, Longo had an eight-game hitting streak.
-Junior Jake Madsen is currently in the midst of a season-long 10-game hitting streak.
-Entering the week, Madsen is tied for the MAC lead in fielding percentage.
-Madsen has also earned the starting nod in the Bobcats' last 134 games.
-Ohio is one of five teams in the country that have five-or-more true freshman in its everyday lineup this season.
-Entering the week, junior newcomer Spencer Sapp leads the MAC in overall appearances.
THE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday: RHP Jake Roehn (Ohio) vs. LHP John Valek III (Akron)
Saturday: RHP Jake Rudnicki (Ohio) vs. RHP JT Brubaker (Akron)
Friday: RHP Connor Sitz (Ohio) vs. RHP Myles McVeigh (Akron)
Ohio will faceoff against Akron for the 98th time in school history on Friday. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 60-37. Prior to this year's meeting, the two teams met last season in Athens with the Zips taking two of three games from the Bobcats.
The Zips enter this weekend's matchup coming off an 8-5 extra inning victory over Canisius on Wednesday night. The team holds a 16-14 record on the season and ranks second in the MAC East Division. Matt Rembielak leads Akron's offense with a .350 batting average, while Joey Havrilak and Brady Stewart each have 18 RBI this year.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bobcats return to action after falling to Marshall 2-1 on Wednesday. Junior Jake Madsen went 3-for-3 at the plate, while freshman Nick Bredeson went 2-for-4 with one RBI to propel Ohio's offense. Freshman Gerry Salisbury started on the mound, allowing just one run on four hits, but did not factor into the decision. Freshman Corey Wells earned his first loss of the season.