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Ohio and Ball State Meet for the 100th Time on Friday

OHIOBOBCATS.COM J.R. Reynolds
OHIOBOBCATS.COM
J.R. Reynolds
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

April 26, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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April 15, 2012
Athens, Ohio
Ohio Drops Game Two to Ball State, 4-3
The Ohio University baseball team (18-17, 8-4) dropped the second game of a doubleheader 4-3 to Ball State in the series finale on Sunday at Bob Wren Stadium.

ON DECK
The Ohio University baseball team returns to action Friday afternoon as it travels Ball State for the start of a three-game conference series with the Cardinals. The first pitch on Friday is set for 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday's matchups will begin at 1 p.m. All three of this weekend's games will be aired on WOUB 1340 am and OhioBobcats.com. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Matt Digby will call the action live.

NOTING THE BOBCATS
-Ohio's matchup with Ball State will mark the second contest of the Bobcats' nine-game road trip.
-Ohio starting pitchers Marck Paliotto and Jake Miller are tied for the NCAA lead with 13 starts on the year.
-Sophomores Jake Madsen and Cody Gaertner are the only batters, who have over .300 this season on the road, hitting at a .319 and .318, respectively.
-Madsen leads the Bobcats with 53 hits.
-Madsen currently owns a team-best .367 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 17 games. Four other Ohio players have reached base in 10-consecutive games-or-more this season.
-Senior Ben Otto is batting a team-best .414 with in his last 10 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 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 27 runs scored.

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday - Ohio: Jake Miller (RHP), BSU: Scott Baker (RHP)
Saturday - Ohio: Marck Paliotto (LHP), BSU: T.J. Weir (RHP)
Sunday - Ohio: Connor Sitz (RHP), BSU: Chris Marangon (RHP)

SERIES INFORMATION
Ohio will faceoff against Ball State for the 100th time in school history on Friday. The Bobcats hold the all-time series lead with a 57-42 advantage. Ohio defeated Ball State a year ago in Athens, defeating the Cardinals 11-9 and 6-1 in games one and two, respectively before dropping the finale 4-3.

SCOUTING BALL STATE
The Cardinals (17-19; 6-9 MAC) come into their week matchup with Ohio, having split their last six games, going 3-3. Ball State dropped two of three games last weekend to Miami, dropping both games by just one run. Prior to its 2-1 series setback to Miami, Ball State defeated No. 19 Indiana 5-3 on the road. Ball State's midweek matchups with Michigan State and Valparaiso were cancelled because of poor weather conditions this past week. Ball State is batting .261 as a team and holds a 4.03 earned run average. Cardinal starter Scott Baker leads the squad with a 1.82 ERA and owns an 8-1 record.

RECAPPING OHIO'S MIDWEEK MATCHUPS WITH MOREHEAD STATE AND MARSHALL
Ohio wrapped up its nine-game homestand with a 9-1 win against the Morehead State Eagles on Tuesday at Bob Wren Stadium. Junior left-hander Sean Kennedy earned the win after a strong 5.1 innings of relief. Kennedy allowed three hits, one run and struck out one. Offensively, senior shortstop Dan Schmidt led the way as he went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. It marked his second home run of the season. On Wednesday, senior third baseman Ben Otto went 2-for-4 with a home run, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team fell 4-2 to Marshall University. In addition, Otto drove in a pair of RBI. Sophomore Jake Madsen also posted a strong outing at the plate as he went 2-for-3. Madsen has totaled a team-best 18 multiple hit games this year. Sophomore Nick Plys suffered the loss for the Bobcats and fell to 0-3 on the year.

SUPER SOPHOMORES
Sophomores Jake Madsen, Cody Gaertner and Tyler Wells have made a combined 109 starts, 126 hits, 64 RBI and 60 runs scored.

OUCH!
As a team, Ohio is ranked No. 12 in the NCAA in being hit by a pitch. In 2013, the Bobcats have been hit by a pitch 68 times. Nick and Nate Squires have each been hit by a pitch 12 times apiece - to lead the Bobcats.