Tyler Backstrom will make his fourth start of the season on Tuesday
May 15, 2012
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The Ohio University baseball team returns to the diamond at 6 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday for its final mid-week matchup of the year against Dayton.
NOTING THE BOBCATS
-Ohio's matchup with Dayton will mark its 11th opponent it has faced from the state of Ohio this season.
-With a win over Dayton, the Bobcats can equal its win total from a year ago with 27 victories.
-With its 9-8 win over Akron this past Saturday, Ohio punched its ticket to the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament.
-Heading into the final week of the season, Ohio stands as the No. 3 overall seed in the MAC Tournament.
-The Bobcats are averaging just under six runs a game (5.7) and have scored 291 runs this season, surpassing their 286 total in 2011.
-Ohio has collected 513 hits this season, surpassing last season's hit total of 499.
-Ohio's 15 wins in conference play, surpassed its total from a year ago.
-Ohio is outscoring its opponent 291-264, but in the final three innings, the Bobcats hold a 105-77 scoring advantage.
-Senior Ethan Newton picked up his team-best 23rd stolen base on the year and now has 43 in his career to pass Marc Sims (1991-94). He needs just one more swipe to become the all-time leader in career steals.
-Newton needs just one more swipe to tie Matt Hudik's single season steals record of 24 set back in 1990.
-Freshman Jake Madsen owns a .400 batting average with runners in scoring position and a .405 batting average with two outs - both team bests.
-Ohio starters have logged a combined 87 innings in the Bobcats' last nine league games (108 innings total).
-Ohio is batting .299 this season with two-outs.
-The Bobcats' Earned Run Average of 3.70 is the best in the Mid-American Conference, entering this week.
-The Bobcats are 23-2 when leading after seven innings.
-Senior Jensen Painter leads the team in slugging percentage (.537), home runs (12), RBI (40), runs scored (41), doubles (12), total bases (101) and walks (41).
-Entering this week, Painter is one of only three players in the MAC that has 10-or-more home runs and 10 doubles.
-Freshman Jake Madsen leads the team with 70 hits on the year.
-Madsen has a hit in 38 of his last 45 games.
-Junior captain Seth Streich leads the team with 57 strikeouts.
-The Bobcats have lost eight games by just one run and seven games by three runs or less.
-In league play, the Bobcats' eight losses have come by a combined total of just 19 runs (3.1 runs per game).
THE PITCHING MATCHUP
Tuesday - OHIO: Tyler Backstrom, UD: Tommy Konrad
SERIES INFORMATION - DAYTON
Ohio will faceoff against Dayton for the 61st time in school history on Tuesday. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 49-11. Prior to this year's meeting, the two teams met last season in Athens with the Bobcats earning a convincing 10-3 victory.
THE SCOUT ON DAYTON
The Flyers come into Athens after winning three straight games at home against Massachusetts. Dayton leads the nation with 152 steals, averaging just under three steals per game (2.92). The Flyers 14-7 record in league play ranks second in the Atlantic 10. In addition, Dayton owns the A-10's top batting average (.298) and has scored the most runs in the league (330). Seven Dayton players are batting .300-or-better coming into Tuesday night's game. C.J. Gillman leads the team with 59 RBI.
RECAPPING THE AKRON SERIES
-Ohio swept its third league opponent of the year.
-Ohio never trailed during the three-game series.
-The last time Ohio swept three league opponents in the same season was back in 2009.
-The Bobcats swept the three-game series by a combined three runs, winning each game by one run.
-Ohio outhit Akron .284-.255 as a team.
-Senior Brent Choban and junior captain Seth Streich each tallied complete game victories.
-Ohio starting pitchers logged a combined 23.1 innings of the 27 innings the team played in this past weekend.
-Senior Ethan Newton set the school's all-time steals record on Sunday, passing Marc Sims (1991-94).
-Newton and freshman Cody Gaertner both batted .417 during the three-game series to lead the team.