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Bobcats Conclude Homestand Against Morehead State

Nate Squires

April 23, 2013

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The Ohio University baseball team returns to action Tuesday afternoon as it welcomes Morehead State to Bob Wren Stadium for the a midweek matchup against the Eagles. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m.

-Ohio's matchup with Morehead State will mark the final contest of the Bobcats' a nine-game homestand.
-The Bobcats have have posted a 3-4 record in seven games. Ohio's maatchup with Marshall was cancelled.
-Ohio has had two games cancelled at home this season.
-In 18 home games, Ohio is batting .281 as a team, which is 25 points higher than its overall average. Sophomore Jake Madsen's .375 batting average in 18 home games is a team best.
-Madsen leads the Bobcats with 50 hits.
-Madsen currently owns a team-best .375 batting average with runners in scoring position. He also has a team-best 27 RBI on the year.
-In total, Madsen leads the team in 11 offensive categories.
-Madsen is the only player on the team to hit out of the three hole and play first base in every game this season.
-Freshman Nate Squires has reached base in his last 16 games. Four other Ohio players have reached base in 10-consecutive games-or-more this season.
-Nate Squires is batting .379 in his last 10 games.
-Senior Ben Otto is also batting a team-best .417 with in his last five games.
-Sophomore Tyler Wells is just two hits shy of collecting his 100th career hit.
Earlier this season, fellow sophomore Jake Madsen tallied 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.
-Freshman Nick Squires also leads the Bobcats with 26 runs scored.
-Junior Logan Cozart entered the week with a league-best 21 appearances on the year.

Ohio will faceoff against Morehead State for the 30th time in school history on Tuesday. The Bobcats hold the all-time series with a 22-7 advantage. Tuesday afternoon's meeting marks the first meeting between the two schools since 1994. In that 1994 meeting, Ohio earned a 9-8 victory over the Eagles.

The Eagles (13-28) come into their midweek matchup with Ohio, having won each of their last four games. In its four wins, Morehead State has outscored its opponents 36-13. MSU swept UT Martin this past weekend and defeated NAIA foe St. Catharine on Monday. Offensively, the Eagles are batting .268 as a team. Kane Sweeney leads the squad with a .364 batting average. He entered the week hitting at a .361 clip, which ranked fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference. On the mound, MSU's pitchers have a staff ERA of 5.99.

Ohio dropped two of three games this past weekend at home. The Bobcats opened the series with a 5-4 victory over the Huskies, but the Huskies responded by defeating Ohio 11-2 and 10-3. Despite dropping the series, Ohio hung tough with NIU, which entered the weekend leading the West Division. The Bobcats defeated NIU in game one thanks to another strong outing from freshman right-hander Jake Miller. Miller picked up his second win of the year after he went 6.2 innings and gave up just four earned runs. In game two, Ohio led NIU 2-1 heading into the top half of the sixth inning, but the Huskies outscored the Bobcats 10-0 in the final four innings to earn the win. In the series finale, both teams were held, but in the final four innings, NIU outscored Ohio 10-3 to secure the victory. Offensively, Ohio batted just .245 as a team, but have five players hit .300-or-better. The Bobcats also received strong pitching performances from seniors Marck Paliotto and Brett Barber as the posted 3.38 and 3.86 ERAs, respectively.

In the Bobcats' last three midweek matchups inside Bob Wren Stadium, Ohio and its opponents have combined for 73 runs, 95 hits, 17 doubles and three home runs.

Sophomores Jake Madsen, Cody Gaertner and Tyler Wells have made a combined 106 starts, 123 hits, 64 RBI and 59 runs scored.