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Ohio Concludes Regular Season Against Miami

Head coach Joe Carbone will coach his final MAC series at home beginning on Thursday.

May 17, 2012

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The Ohio University baseball team returns to the diamond at 6 p.m. (ET) on Thursday against Miami for its final Mid-American Conference series of the year.

-Ohio's matchup with Miami will mark its 12th opponent it has faced from the state of Ohio this season.
-The Bobcats come into Thursday night's game in search of their fifth straight win. Ohio has not won five-consecutive games all year.
-During Ohio's four-game winning streak, the Cats have outscored their opponent 24-15 and have not trailed during that stretch.
-Freshmen Ian Mezlak (.462) and Cody Gaertner (.417) have each batted over .400 during Ohio's four-game winning streak.
-With a win over Miami on Thursday, the Bobcats can surpass its win total from a year ago.
-Ohio needs just two wins against Miami to assure itself of its 83rd winning season in school history.
-The Bobcats' three-game series with Miami will be head coach Joe Carbone's final series at home.
-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 298 runs this season, surpassing their 286 total in 2011.
-Ohio has collected 521 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 298-266, but in the final three innings, the Bobcats hold a 106-77 scoring advantage.
-Senior Ethan Newton picked up his team-best 23rd stolen base on the year this past Sunday and now has 43 in his career to pass Marc Sims (1991-94).
-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 .387 batting average with runners in scoring position and a .395 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 .296 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 24-2 when leading after seven innings.
-Senior Jensen Painter leads the team in slugging percentage (.571), home runs (14), RBI (42), runs scored (43), total bases (109) 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.
-Painter also has more home runs (14) than Miami's entire team (10).
-Freshman Jake Madsen leads the team with 71 hits on the year.
-Madsen has a hit in 39 of his last 46 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).

Thursday - OHIO: Brent Choban, MU: Tommy Konrad
Friday - OHIO: Jason Moulton, MU: Mac Thoreson
Saturday - OHIO: Seth Streich, MU: Charles Zubrod

Ohio will faceoff against Miami for the 228th time in school history on Thursday. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 128-99. Prior to this year's meeting, the two teams met last season in Athens with the Bobcats earning a 2-1 series victory.

The Redhawks enter their final league series in the hopes of rebounding from three straight losses to MAC East division leader Kent State. Prior to its three-game series with KSU, Miami had won five straight games. Miami has five players batting .300-or-better. Junior Kevin Bower is batting .351 and leads the team with 47 runs batted in, while John Crummy is next at .323. Bryce Redeker has a team-best four homers and 37 RBIs.