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Ohio Travels to Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday

Shane Dedig will get his fourth start on the year at EKU.

April 24, 2012

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The Ohio University baseball team returns to the diamond at 4 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday for a mid-week matchup with the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Turkey Hughes Field.

-The Bobcats are in the midst of a season-best four game winning streak.
-Ohio has won eight of its last 10 games and nine of its last 10 conference games.
-With its 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon, Ohio has its fourth straight Mid-American Conference series. The last time Ohio won four straight league series was in 2009.
-The Bobcats are one of just three teams in the league that have a record of .500-or-better.
-Ohio is outscoring its opponent 242-188, but in the final three innings, the Bobcats hold an 81-50 scoring advantage.
-Senior Ethan Newton has a team-best 21 stolen bases on the year and 41 in his career, which ranks second all-time behind Marc Sims (1991-94). He needs just two steals to become the all-time leader in career steals.
-Newton had his 14-game hitting streak come to a close on Friday night against Buffalo. During that 14-game stretch, Newton batted .397 with 12 RBI.
-The Bobcats Earned Run Average of 3.36 is the best in the Mid-American Conference, entering this week.
-Ohio has six players which are batting .300-or better.
-Ohio has collected 10-or-more hits in 18 of its last 26 games.
-The Bobcats are 20-1 when leading after seven innings.
-Senior Jensen Painter leads the team in slugging percentage (.630), on base percentage (.443), home runs (11), RBI (34), doubles (12), total bases (92) and walks (34).
-Entering this week, Painter is the only player in the MAC that has 10-or-more home runs and 10 doubles.
-Painter has also got on base in every game this season.
-Freshman Jake Madsen leads the team with 56 hits on the year.
-Madsen has a hit in 29 of his last 32 games.
-Senior Jason Moulton leads the team with a 2.41 ERA, while fellow senior Brent Choban has thrown a team-best 71.2 innings.
-Moulton holds the team lead with 43 strikeouts.
-The Bobcats have lost six games by just one run and six games by three runs or less.

Tuesday - OHIO: Shane Dedig, EKU: Cody Creamer

Ohio will faceoff against Eastern Kentucky for the eighth time in school history on Tuesday. The Bobcats trail the all-time series 2-5. The two teams met last season with the Bobcats dropping a 5-4 decision at home.

The Colonels (17-19) stumbled out of the gate, going 7-15 to start the year. EKU would then respond by winning nine of its next 10 games to get back to .500 on the year. Since then, the Colonels have three of their last four games, dropping two of their last three games to Austin Peay State. Richie Rodriguez leads the team offensively, owning a .358 batting average, 11 home runs and 31 RBI. As a team, EKU has three players batting over .300. Eastern Kentucky's pitching staff has a combined ERA of 5.90. Tuesday afternoon's starter Cody Creamer has an ERA of 9.00 in seven appearances three starts.

-Ohio picked up its second MAC series sweep this past weekend at home against Buffalo.
-With the series sweep, Ohio has won 10 of its last 11 league contests.
-The win on Sunday also gave the Bobcats their ninth victory in the last 11 games.
-Senior Ethan Newton had his season-long hitting streak snapped at 14 games.
-The Ohio pitching staff held Buffalo limited to just eight runs for the entire series. The Bulls averaged just over seven runs coming into the series.
-Ohio starters pitched 21 of the game's 27 innings this past weekend.
-Ohio outscored Buffalo 15-8.
-With the win, the Bobcats improved to 6-2 in their last eight games.