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Bobcats Set For Midweek Matchup at Dayton

Sean Kennedy will go for his fifth win of the year on Tuesday.

May 7, 2013

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The Last Meeting
May 15, 2012
Athens, Ohio
Ohio's Three Home Runs Power Cats Past Flyers, 7-2
The Ohio University baseball team (27-25) tied a season high with three home runs to pick up a 7-2 victory over Dayton Tuesday night at Bob Wren Stadium.

The Ohio University baseball team returns to action Tuesday afternoon as it travels to Dayton for a mid-week matchup with the Flyers. The first pitch is set for 3 p.m. inside Time Warner Cable Stadium.

-Ohio's matchup with Dayton will mark the eighth contest of the Bobcats' nine-game road trip. The Bobcats currently own a 2-5 record in its current road trip.
-The Bobcats own a 12-2 record when leading after seven innings.
-Ohio starting pitchers Marck Paliotto and Jake Miller are tied for the NCAA lead with 15 starts on the year.
-The Bobcats rank 14th in the NCAA in being hit by a pitch.
-Sophomores Cody Gaertner and Jake Madsen are the only batters, who have an average of over .300 this season on the road, hitting at a .356 and .314 clip, respectively. -Madsen leads the Bobcats with 64 hits.
-Madsen currently owns a team-best .379 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 nine 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 23 games. Five other Ohio players have reached base in 10-consecutive games-or-more this season, including Ben Otto, who has reached base in each of his last 15 games.
-Four Ohio players are batting over .300 in the last 10 games. Madsen owns a team-best .390 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 their 100th career hits.
-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 27 appearances.
-In his last four appearances, freshman starter Connor Sitz has a 2-1 record with eight strikeouts and a 2.03 earned run average. Three of Sitz's last four outings have been quality starts.

Tuesday - Ohio: Sean Kennedy (LHP), UD: TBA

Ohio will faceoff against Dayton for the 62nd time in school history on Tuesday. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 50-11. Prior to this year's meeting, the two teams met last season in Athens with the Bobcats earning a convincing 7-2 victory thanks to three home runs. Tuesday night's starter Sean Kennedy picked up the win a year ago after he came on in relief to work an inning and a third.

The Flyers (9-34-1; 3-18 A-10) come into their midweek matchup with Ohio, having lost each of their last three games to George Washington this past weekend. As a team, Dayton is batting .225 and has 72 extra-base hits and 74 stolen bases on the season. Jared Broughton leads the team with 21 RBI while Aaron Huesman and Robby Sunderman have both contributed 20 apiece. Huesman's .285 average is a team-high as well. The Flyers' pitching staff owns an ERA of 5.60 to go along with 223 strikeouts. Closer Nick Weybright leads UD with a 0.51 earned run average and has collected four saves on the year.

Ohio dropped two of three games this past weekend at Buffalo, which entered the week in first place in the Mid-American Conference East Division. The Bobcats struggled offensively as they hit just .200 as a team. In the first two games of the series, Ohio was outhit 23-11 and was outscored 14-1, but rebounded in the series finale to pick up a 4-3 win over the Bulls. The Bobcats received a strong offensive effort from sophomore Jake Madsen as he went 3-for-4 at the plate. Ohio also earned a strong start from freshman Connor Sitz. Although Sitz did not figure into the decision, he did post his second-consecutive quality start as he went 6.1 innings, struck out three and did not allow an earned run. In his last four appearances, Sitz has a 2-1 record with eight strikeouts and a 2.03 earned run average. Three of Sitz's last four outings have been quality starts.

Sophomores Jake Madsen, Cody Gaertner and Tyler Wells have made a combined 127 starts, 150 hits, 73 RBI and 68 runs scored.

As a freshman, Jake Madsen led the Bobcats with a .344 batting average and 76 hits. This season, Madsen has already surpassed his 2012 totals in doubles and home runs. He is also on pace to surpass his 2012 numbers in runs, hits, RBI, walks and total bases.

As a team, Ohio is ranked No. 14 in the NCAA in being hit by a pitch. In 2013, the Bobcats have been hit by a pitch 78 times. Kyle Dean has been plunked a team-best 13. Freshmen Nick and Nate Squires have each been hit by a pitch 12 times apiece.