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Ohio Opens Three-Game Set at First Place Buffalo

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May 3, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Ohio5
Buffalo6
May 24, 2012
Avon, Ohio
Ohio Comes Up Short Against Buffalo, 6-5
Freshman Tyler Wells drilled a solo home run in the top of the ninth over the left field wall to extend the game into extra innings, but the Ohio University baseball team (28-29) would fall 6-5 in 10 innings to Buffalo.

ON DECK
The Ohio University baseball team returns to action Friday afternoon as it travels to Buffalo for the start of a three-game conference series with the Bulls. The first pitch on Friday is set for 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday's matchups will begin at 1 p.m.

NOTING THE BOBCATS
-Ohio's matchup with Buffalo will mark the fifth, sixth and seventh contests of the Bobcats' nine-game road trip.
-Ohio starting pitchers Marck Paliotto and Jake Miller are tied for the NCAA lead with 14 starts on the year.
-Sophomores Cody Gaertner and Jake Madsen are the only batters, who have over .300 this season on the road, hitting at a .367 and .355, respectively.
-Madsen leads the Bobcats with 60 hits.
-Madsen currently owns a team-best .382 batting average with runners in scoring position. He also has a team-best 31 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 20 games. Four other Ohio players have reached base in 10-consecutive games-or-more this season.
-Five Ohio players are batting over .300 in the last 10 games. Senior Ben Otto owns a team-best .419 average during that stretch.
-Gaertner is just three hits shy of collecting his 100th career hit. Earlier this season, fellow sophomores Tyler Wells and Madsen both 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 30 runs scored.
-Junior Logan Cozart leads the MAC with 25 appearances.
-Freshman starter Connor Sitz has a 2.66 earned run average in 20.1 innings in his last three starts.

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday - Ohio: Jake Miller (RHP), UB: Mike McGee (LHP) Saturday - Ohio: Marck Paliotto (LHP), UB: Anthony Magovney (RHP) Sunday - Ohio: Connor Sitz (RHP), UB: Mike Burke (RHP)

SERIES INFORMATION
Ohio will faceoff against Buffalo for the 40th time in school history on Friday. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 25-13-1. The two teams met during the regular season with the Bobcats earning a 3-0 series sweep over the Bulls at home. Ohio and Buffalo met for a fourth time in 2012 during the MAC Championship with the Bulls earning an extra-inning win to eliminate Ohio from the tournament.

SCOUTING BUFFALO
The Bulls (24-17; 13-4 MAC) come into their weekend matchup with Ohio, having won six of their last seven games, sweeping both Kent State at home and Akron on the road. On Wednesday, Buffalo downed Canisius 6-1 at home. Through 41 games this season, Buffalo's 24 wins have already surpassed its 2012 total of 20 wins from a year ago. Four Buffalo are currently batting over .300, including Jason Kanzler, who currently leads the team with a .321 average. In addition, Kanzler began the week with a league-best 40 RBI and eight home runs.

RECAPPING OHIO'S SERIES AT BALL STATE
Ohio dropped two of three games this past weekend at Ball State despite having one of its best offensive outputs of the season. As a team, the Bobcats' batted .333, collected seven doubles and outhit the Cardinals 38-28. Sophomore Cody Gaertner led the way for Ohio as he went 8-for-16 at the plate, scoring four runs, while posting a .625 slugging percentage. Fellow sophomore Jake Madsen and freshman Nick Squires also batted over .400 as they posted averages of .467 and .400, respectively. Freshman Connor Sitz tallied the best earned run average (3.00).