April 15, 2014
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The Ohio University baseball team returns to the diamond Tuesday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. for a midweek matchup with the University of Dayton. The Bobcats face off against the Flyers at Woerner Field. The game will be streamed live on DaytonFlyers.com.
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 12 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 31 double plays this season coming into this week.
-The Bobcats are averaging 1.03 double plays per game, which ranks 22nd among all NCAA teams.
-Ohio returns to action after it dropped three straight games this past weekend at Akron.
-Freshman Mitch Longo leads the squad with a batting average of .364.
-With runners in scoring position, Longo leads the team with an average of .444. He also is tied for the team lead with a .333 batting average with two outs.
-Longo leads Ohio in 13 offensive categories.
-Entering this week, Longo is ranked sixth in the Mid-American Conference in batting average (.364).
-Junior Jake Madsen had his season-best 11-game hitting streak snapped this past weekend at Akron.
-Madsen has earned the starting nod in the Bobcats' last 137 games.
-Ohio is one of 12 teams in the country that have four-or-more true freshman in its everyday lineup this season.
-Entering the week, juniors Logan Cozart and Spencer Sapp lead the MAC in overall appearances.
THE PITCHING MATCHUP
Tuesday: LHP Gerry Salisbury (Ohio) vs. RHP Nick Gobert (Dayton)
Ohio will faceoff against Dayton for the 63rd time in school history on Tuesday. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 50-12. Prior to this year's meeting, the two teams met last season in Dayton with the Flyers earning a 2-1 win in 10 innings.
The Flyers enter the week having won four straight contests and seven of their last eight games. Head coach Tony Vittorio is coming off his 400th career win at UD on Sunday, a 9-5 victory over Rhode Island that clinched a series sweep in Atlantic 10 action. The Dayton offense has a .266 average, .379 slugging percentage, and a .357 on-base percentage. The Flyers rank in the top 15 in the nation in stolen bases per game with 1.83 each contest. Senior infielder Robby Sunderman leads Dayton with a .378 batting average, 48 hits and 17 RBI. UD starter Nick Gobert has a 2-1 record and has seven strikeouts in three starts.
RECAPPING THE AKRON SERIES
The Bobcats return to action after dropping three straight games to Akron. Ohio held a 4-3 lead over Akron in the series finale, heading into seventh inning, but were unable to hold to the lead as the Zips out scored the `Cats in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Sophomore John Adryan led the way offensively as he batted .400 during the three-game stretch, going (4-for-10). Sunday starter Jake Miller fared the best among Ohio starters as he worked 6.0 innings, struck out five and allowed just two earned runs.