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Ohio Returns to Action Wednesday Night vs. Pitt

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Junior Tyler Wells is in the midst of a career-best 10-game hitting streak.
Junior Tyler Wells is in the midst of a career-best 10-game hitting streak.

May 7, 2014

The Ohio University baseball team returns to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as it welcomes the University of Pittsburgh to Bob Wren Stadium for a midweek matchup with the Panthers.

-The Bobcats enter their midweek matchup with the Panthers after posting a 2-1 series victory over Buffalo.
-Ohio's 2-1 series win over Buffalo marked its second-consecutive series victory.
-Last weekend against Buffalo, Ohio batted .364 as a team and outscored the Bulls 25-21.
-The Bobcats have won four of their last six games, coming into Wednesday night's meeting with Pittsburgh.
-Ohio's matchup with Pittsburgh marks the first ACC opponent to face the Bobcats inside Bob Wren Stadium.
-The Bobcats' contest with PIttsburgh marks the final contest of an eight-game homestand inside Bob Wren Stadium.
-The Bobcats will play 11 of their last 15 games at home.
-Ohio has dropped 16 games by three runs or less this season.
-Ohio is 10-0 when leading after seven innings. In addition, Ohio is 2-0 this season in extra innings.
-Juniors Tyler Wells and Garrett Black come into the midweek contest with the Panthers, riding 10 and nine-game hitting streaks, respectively.
-Black batted .571 this past weekend and was named MAC East Player of the Week.
-The Bobcats have collected 10-or-more hits in 17 of their 43 games this season.
-Ohio has pounded out 10-or-more hits in each of the last six games.
-Ohio has turned 39 double plays this season, which leads the Mid-American Conference coming into the week.
-The Bobcats are averaging 0.95 double plays per game, which ranks 40th among all NCAA teams, entering this week.
-Freshman Mitch Longo leads the squad with a batting average of .346.
-With runners in scoring position, Longo leads the team with an average of .429. Junior Jake Madsen leads the team with a .313 batting average with two outs.
-Longo leads Ohio in 11 offensive categories.
-Entering this weekend, Longo is ranked seventh in the Mid-American Conference in batting average.
-Madsen has earned the starting nod in the Bobcats' last 148 games.
-Madsen has also reached base in each of the last 24 games.
-Ohio is one of 13 teams in the country that have four-or-more true freshman in its everyday lineup this season.
-Entering the weekend, juniors Logan Cozart leads the MAC in overall appearances.
-Freshman Jake Roehn ranks second in the MAC and 32nd nationally in overall starts.

The Last Meeting
May 8, 2013
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Ohio Comes Up Short at No. 17 Pittsburgh, 6-5
Senior Ben Otto led the Ohio University baseball team (12-35) offensively as he went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and scored two runs, but it was not enough as the Bobcats dropped a hard-fought 6-5 decision to No. 17 Pittsburgh.

Wednesday: LHP Sean Kennedy (Ohio) vs. TBA (Pitt)

Ohio will faceoff against Pittsburgh for the 26th time in school history on Wednesday. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 18-7. The two teams met last season at Pittsburgh, but the Bobcats were edged 6-5 to the then No. 17-ranked Panthers.

The Panthers enter their midweek meeting with Ohio with a 21-24 record. This past weekend, the Panthers took two of three games from Boston College. Pitt dropped game one of the series the series, but responded by capturing games two (5-4) and three (16-11). Offensively, the Panthers own a .242 team batting average. No Pitt player is batting over .300 this season. Senior Casey Roche leads the team with a .277 average. Junior Boo Vazquez leads the squad with six home runs and 39 RBI. On the mound, Pitt features a pitching staff that holds a team earned run average of 3.85.

The Ohio University baseball team captured its second straight Mid-American Conference series this past weekend at home against Buffalo. The Bobcat offense propelled Ohio to a pair of wins as it outscored Buffalo 25-21. Ohio also outhit the Bulls by a 39-31 count. In addition, Ohio batted .364 as a team and had seven players bat .300-or-better. Junior Garrett Black batted .571 last weekend and scored five runs. Defensively, Ohio committed just three errors over the three-game series. Sophomore Jake Miller led the way on the mound for Ohio as he tallied a 2.70 earned run average.