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Ohio Softball Opens Eight-Game Homestand Wednesday against Wright State

March 29, 2011

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ATHENS, OHIO - After a 10-game road trip over Spring Break, the Ohio University softball team (11-13) returns home for its next eight games beginning with a doubleheader against Wright State on Wednesday afternoon at the Ohio Softball Field. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Bobcats enter Wednesday's twinbill with a 4-1 record at home, and most recently swept a doubleheader with Morehead State on March 16. In the pair of games with Eagles, Ohio totaled 23 runs and notched its third shutout victory of the season behind a perfect game from senior Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.). Wethington improved to 6-2 with the win.

Wethington has led the Bobcats in the circle and at the plate this season. She has totaled eight of Ohio's 11 wins and boasts an earned run average of 2.96. Wethington has had her hand in all four of the Bobcats' shutouts this season. She singlehandedly tossed two and combined with senior Melissa Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio) and sophomore Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) for the other two.

Offensively, she bats .367 and leads the team in hits (18), walks (eight) and is tied for the team lead in doubles with five.

Wright State enters Wednesday's tilts with a 12-14 overall record and is 3-2 in its last five games. Most recently, the Raiders dropped two out of three to Cleveland State in the Horizon League opener for both squads.

Under the direction of first-year head coach Lynn Curylo, Wright State has four players who maintain averages of .333 or better - Chelsea Archer (.370), Justine Shilt (.368), Louie Haney (.344) and Liz Matthews (.333). Haney leads the Raiders with 32 hits and has started all 26 games, while Shilt boasts a .676 slugging percentage and has six home runs to lead the team in both categories.

Krystian DeWitt leads the pitching staff and stands at 9-9 on the season. She has hurled 109.2 innings and tossed Wright State's lone shutout of the season, a two-hit 2-0 win over IUPUI on Feb. 13.

This season, the Raiders are 0-3 against members of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and have been outscored 22-4 in losses to Miami (8-0), Eastern Michigan (9-2) and Central Michigan (5-2). Wright State was picked to finish third in the Horizon League Preseason Poll behind Cleveland State and the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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