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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Tyler Backstrom will get the start for the Cats on Tuesday against Pittsburgh.
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Tyler Backstrom will get the start for the Cats on Tuesday against Pittsburgh.
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May 1, 2012

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ON DECK
The Ohio University baseball team returns to the diamond at 6 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday for a mid-week matchup with the Pittsburgh Panthers at Bob Wren Stadium.

NOTING THE BOBCATS
-With a win over Pittsburgh, Ohio can equal its win total at home from a year ago with 15 victories.
-Ohio enters this week just three games out of first place in the MAC East behind Kent State. The two teams will square off this weekend for a three-game set.
-The Bobcats are averaging just over six runs a game (6.1) and have scored 264 runs this season. In 2011, Ohio totaled 286 runs.
-Ohio's 12 wins in conference play, surpassed its total from a year ago.
-The Bobcats are one of just three teams in the league that have a record of .500-or-better.
-Ohio is outscoring its opponent 264-212, but in the final three innings, the Bobcats hold an 97-55 scoring advantage.
-Senior Ethan Newton has a team-best 22 stolen bases on the year and 42 in his career to tie all-time Marc Sims (1991-94). He needs just one more swipe to become the all-time leader in career steals.
-The Bobcats Earned Run Average of 3.43 is the best in the Mid-American Conference, entering this week.
-Ohio has five players which are batting .300-or better (min. 20 games).
-Ohio has collected 10-or-more hits in 22 of its last 31 games.
-The Bobcats are 20-2 when leading after seven innings.
-Senior Jensen Painter leads the team in slugging percentage (.586), home runs (11), RBI (37), doubles (12), total bases (95) and walks (36).
-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 62 hits on the year.
-Madsen has a hit in 33 of his last 37 games.
-Senior Jason Moulton leads the MAC with a 2.08 ERA, while fellow senior Brent Choban has thrown a league-best 79.2 innings.
-Moulton holds the team lead with 49 strikeouts.
-The Bobcats have lost eight games by just one run and six games by three runs or less.
-In league play the Bobcats' six losses have come by a combined total of just nine runs.

THE PITCHING MATCHUP
Tuesday - OHIO: Tyler Backstrom, PITT: Alex Caravella

SERIES INFORMATION - PITTSBURGH
Ohio will faceoff against Pittsburgh for the 24th time in school history on Tuesday. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 18-5. The two teams met last season at Pittsburgh with the Bobcats earning a 9-4 victory.

THE SCOUT ON PITTSBURGH
Pitt (21-21, 6-12 Big East) took two out of three over the Hoyas this past weekend to keep its hopes of postseason ball alive. The Panthers have won three of their last five games played. Offensively, the team is among the best in the conference, placing itself in the top-five in batting average (.289), slugging percentage (.403), and on-base percentage (.384). The Panthers have been averaging six runs per contest in the last 10 games and have received contributions from every member of the lineup. Senior Rick Devereaux leads the team in batting average (.356), hits (63), home runs (7), RBI (47) , total bases (99), and slugging percentage (.559 SLG).

RECAPPING THE BOWLING GREEN SERIES
-Ohio outhit Bowling Green 41-30 and held a 21-12 scoring advantage.
-Heavy rain forced the two teams to play a doubleheader on Sunday.
-Ohio's two losses this past weekend came by a combined total of just two runs.
-The Bobcats' 2-1 series loss to Bowling Green was its first series loss since Toledo took two of three from Ohio back on March 23-25.
-Freshman Tyler Wells batted .563 over the three-game stretch.
-Ohio starters logged 22 of the team's 27 innings.
-Senior Jason Moulton tossed 9.0 innings and struck out six and did not allow a run in the Bobcats lone win of the weekend.
-Senior Ethan Newton stole his 22nd base of the season on Friday to tie Marc Sims (1991-94) for the all-time career lead.

HOME COOKIN
-Ohio is 14-7 in 20 home games this season.
-The Bobcats are batting .309 as a team at home.
-Ohio has outscored its opponent by a count of 137-105.
-The Bobcats have scored 10-or-more runs in six home games this season.
-Freshman Jake Madsen is batting .388 at home this season.
-Senior Jason Moulton has a 1.71 ERA in five starts at home this season.
-Senior Shane Cole holds an ERA of 1.42 in 11 appearances this season.

STEALING HISTORY
Senior Ethan Newton's 20 stolen bases in 2011 were the most by a Bobcat in 16 years. This season, Newton leads the team with 22 steals, which ranks fourth all-time in school history for a single season. His 42 career steals are tied for the all-time lead in school history. He needs just one more steal to become the all-time leader.