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Ohio Concludes Its Regular Season at Miami

Sean Kennedy

May 15, 2013

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The Ohio University baseball team returns to action Thursday night as it travels to Miami this week for the start of its final three-game series of the season as it takes on the Redhawks. The first pitch is set for Thursday at 6 p.m. inside McKie Field at Hayden Park. The game will also be aired on WOUB 1340am and on OhioBobcats.com. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Matt Digby will handle the call.

-The Bobcats' matchup with Miami will mark the final MAC series for seniors Brett Barber, Ben Otto, Marck Paliotto, Dan Schmidt and J.R. Reynolds.
-The Bobcats own a 12-2 record when leading after seven innings.
-Ohio starting pitchers Marck Paliotto and Jake Miller rank one and two in the NCAA, respectively for starts.
-The Bobcats rank 17th in the NCAA in being hit by a pitch at the start of the week.
-Ohio owns a .962 fielding percentage which ranks fifth in the Mid-American Conference.
-Jake Madsen (.341) and Nate Squires (.320) are both batting over .300 on the road this season.
-Madsen leads the Bobcats and ranks third in the MAC with 68 hits.
-Madsen currently owns a team-best .365 batting average with runners in scoring position. He also has a team-best 33 RBI on the year.
-In total, Madsen leads the team in 10 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.
-Three Ohio players are batting over .300 in the last 10 games. Nick Squires owns a team-best .400 average during that stretch.
-Gaertner is just one hit 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.
-Sophomore Logan Cozart leads the MAC with 31 appearances.
-Junior Sean Kennedy ranks second in the MAC with six pick offs.
-In his last five appearances, freshman starter Connor Sitz has a 2-1 record with nine strikeouts and a 1.83 earned run average. Four of Sitz's last five outings have been quality starts.

Friday - Ohio: Marck Paliotto (LHP), MU: Brooks Fiala (RHP)
Saturday - Ohio: TBA, MU: Mac thoreson (RHP)
Sunday - Ohio: Connor Sitz (RHP), MU: Nathan Williams (RHP)

Ohio will faceoff against Miami for the 231st time in school history on Thursday. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 129-101. Prior to this year's meeting, the two teams met last season in Athens with the Redhawks earning a 2-1 series victory.

The Redhawks (23-27; 12-12 MAC) come into their three-game matchup with Ohio, having lost two of their last three games and six of their last 10. Miami opened the year by winning seven of its first nine conference games, picking up series wins over Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Akron. However, since their hot start to begin league play, the Redhawks have dropped four of their last five series matchups against conference foes. Offensively, Miami has been among one of the top offensive squads in the MAC posting a team batting average of .275, which ranks fourth in the league. Freshman Jake Romano leads the squad with a .375 batting average and is one of four players that are hitting over .320. Game one starter Brooks Fiala has a team-best 2.78 earned run average and has thrown a team-best two complete games. As a team, Miami owns a team ERA of 4.99, which ranks ninth in the MAC.

The Bobcats dropped two of three games this past weekend to Bowling Green. Heavy rain on Friday forced the Bobcats to play a day-night doubleheader with the Falcons on Saturday. Both games on Saturday went into extra innings. Ohio earned a 4-3 win in game one against BGSU thanks to a walk-off double by Chandler Geller. In the second game, BGSU picked up a 7-2 win over the Bobcats after it scored five runs in the top of the 10th to secure the win. In the series finale, the Falcons defeated Ohio 16-2 to claim the series. Sophomore Tyler Wells and freshman Nick Squires both collected three hits apiece to lead the Bobcats' offensive effort. Freshman Connor Sitz paced Ohio starters as he posted his fourth quality start in his last five outings.