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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Cody Gaertner
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Cody Gaertner
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May 23, 2012

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ON DECK
The Ohio University baseball team returns to the diamond at 9 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday against Western Michigan for the first round of the Mid-American Conference Championship at All Pro Freight Stadium.

NOTING THE BOBCATS
-Ohio will appear in the Mid-American Conference Championship for the 13th time in school history.
-In 12 previous appearances, Ohio has posted an all-time record of 15-22 in the league tournament.
-Senior Jason Moulton was named All-MAC First Team on Tuesday at the league's annual award ceremony.
-Through the first 25 years of the sport (1947-71) either Ohio or WMU was crowned the MAC baseball champion.
-Ohio has a conference-best 15 MAC titles, one more than WMU's 14.
-Ohio won five of its last seven games to close out the 2012 regular season.
-Ohio needs just two more wins in the league tournament to assure itself of its 83rd winning season in school history.
-The Bobcats are averaging just under six runs a game (5.7) and have scored 308 runs this season, surpassing their 286 total in 2011.
-Ohio has collected 531 hits this season, surpassing last season's hit total of 499. -Ohio's 16 wins in conference play, surpassed its total from a year ago.
-Ohio is outscoring its opponent 308-281, but in the final three innings, the Bobcats hold a 110-81 scoring advantage.
-Senior Ethan Newton picked up his team-best 23rd stolen base on the year on May 13 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 team-best .375 batting average with runners in scoring position and a .402 batting average with two outs - both team bests.
-Ohio starters have logged a combined 83.0 innings in the Bobcats' last 12 league games (108 innings total).
-Ohio is batting .295 as a team this season with two-outs.
-The Bobcats' Earned Run Average of 3.71 is the second best in the Mid-American Conference.
-The Bobcats are 24-2 when leading after seven innings.
-Senior Jensen Painter leads the team in slugging percentage (.554), home runs (14), RBI (43), runs scored (43), total bases (112), stolen base percentage (.800) and walks (45).
-Entering this week, Painter is one of only four players in the MAC that has 10-or-more home runs and 10 doubles.
-Freshman Jake Madsen and senior Ethan lead the team with 74 hits apeice on the year.
-Madsen has a hit in 41 of his last 49 games.
-Junior captain Seth Streich leads the team with 60 strikeouts.
-The Bobcats have lost eight games by just one run and eight games by three runs or less.
-In league play, the Bobcats' 11 losses have come by a combined total of just 34 runs (3.1 runs per game).

THE PITCHING MATCHUP
Wednesday - OHIO: Brent Choban, WMU: Casey Webber

SERIES INFORMATION - WESTERN MICHIGAN
Ohio will faceoff against Western Michigan for the 148th time in school history on Wednesday. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 80-68. Prior to this year's meeting, the two teams met last season in Kalamazoo, Mich. with the Broncos earning a 3-0 series sweep. Prior to last season's meeting, Ohio had defeated WMU in 10-consecutive games.

THE SCOUT ON WESTERN MICHIGAN
Western Michigan closed out the regular season winning seven of its last nine conference games. The Broncos have the fourth-highest batting average in the MAC, hitting .291, and the sixth best team ERA at 4.84. During league play, WMU is hitting .297 and has a 4.34 ERA. All four senior field players, Troy Forton, Ryan McMillin, Jack Scanlon and Zach Thoma have batting averages over .300, Forton leading the group at .352.