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.
NOTING THE BOBCATS
-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).
THE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Thursday - OHIO: Brent Choban, MU: Tommy Konrad
Friday - OHIO: Jason Moulton, MU: Mac Thoreson
Saturday - OHIO: Seth Streich, MU: Charles Zubrod
SERIES INFORMATION - MIAMI
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 SCOUT ON MIAMI
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.