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Ohio Begins Crucial Series with Bowling Green on Friday

Brett Barber

May 10, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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April 29, 2012
Bowling Green, Ohio
Ohio Comes Up Short at Bowling Green, 8-7
Freshman Tyler Wells went 3-for-5 with a home run, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (23-20; 12-6 MAC) dropped an 8-7 decision to Bowling Green in game two of its doubleheader at Steller Field.

The Ohio University baseball team returns to action Friday night as it welcomes Bowling Green this weekend for the start of a three-game series with the Falcons. The first pitch on Friday is set for 6 p.m. inside Bob Wren Stadium. Each game this weekend's three-game series will be aired on OhioBobcats.com and WOUB 1340am. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Matt Digby will call all the action live.

-The Bobcats' weekend matchup with Bowling Green is the final home series for seniors Brett Barber, Ben Otto, Marck Paliotto, Dan Schmidt and J.R. Reynolds.
-Ohio returns home for the first time since it defeated Morehead State on April 23.
-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 at the start of the week.
-Jake Madsen (.369), Dan Schmidt (.356), Scott White (.340) and Nate Squires (.304) are all batting over .300 at home this season.
-Madsen leads the Bobcats with 66 hits.
-Madsen currently owns a team-best .367 batting average with runners in scoring position. He also has a team-best 32 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 had his 24-consecutive game streak snapped on Wednesday at No. 17 Pittsburgh. 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 17 games.
-Three Ohio players are batting over .300 in the last 10 games. Otto 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 leads the Bobcats with 31 runs scored.
-Junior Logan Cozart leads the MAC with 29 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.

Friday - Ohio: Marck Paliotto (LHP), BGSU: Cody Apthorpe (RHP)
Saturday - Ohio: Connor Sitz (RHP), BGSU: Mike Frank (RHP)
Sunday - Ohio: Sean Kennedy (LHP), BGSU: TBA

Ohio will faceoff against Bowling Green for the 151st time in school history on Friday. The Bobcats hold the all-time series lead with a 83-66-1 advantage. Ohio dropped two of three games to Bowling Green a year ago on the road.

The Falcons (16-25; 10-11 MAC) come into their weekend matchup with Ohio, having lost two of their last three games. BGSU did earn a series win last weekend at home against Miami. The Falcons currently sit in a sixth-place tie with Toledo in the MAC Standings. BGSU holds a team ERA of 3.97 with five hurlers posting an ERA of 4.00-or-less. Ethan McKenney holds a team-best ERA of 1.87. Offensively, T.J. Losby owns a .354 batting average to go along with six home runs and 32 RBI. He currently leads the team in games played (41), starts (40), runs (28), home runs (6). He also has the fewest strikeouts among regular starters.

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. Otto's two RBI were his 20th and 21st on the year. Ohio now has five players with 20-RBI-or-more. He also picked up his eighth two-hit game of the year. Otto has also reached base in each of his last 17 games. Sophomore Jake Madsen and senior Dan Schmidt also chipped in offensively as they each tallied two hits apiece. Sophomore Tyler Wells and freshman Nate Squires each drove in a run. However, Squires was held off the base paths for the first time in 24 games.