April 4, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University softball team (17-12, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) takes to the road once again this weekend, heading northwest to compete against the Toledo Rockets and the Bowling Green Falcons. The Bobcats will play a Friday doubleheader at Toledo beginning at 1 p.m. before taking on Bowling Green on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
Ohio is coming off a four-game split last weekend, when the Bobcats took one of two games from both Kent State and Buffalo. The series against Kent State, despite being played in Athens, was technically a road series for the Bobcats, meaning that their first eight Mid-American Conference games of the season will be played on the road. During the weekend, senior slugger Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) tied the program record for single-season home runs, belting her 13th blast of the season against the Golden Flashes. Sophomore Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) also had a strong weekend for the Green and White, hitting three home runs in two games against Kent State.
Heading into the weekend, senior catcher Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) is just two RBI away from tying the all-time mark and three removed from setting a new one. The current mark of 114 was set by Margo Ruther from 1993-96.
Scouting the Rockets
Toledo enters Friday's doubleheader series the owner of a 6-20 record which includes an 0-4 mark in MAC play. The Rockets are coming off a doubleheader split against Dayton on April 3, but prior to that lost four straight MAC games against Miami and Ball State to open 2013 league play.
The Rockets are hitting .291 as a team while allowing opposing batters to operate at a clip of .344. Courtney McCarthy is the team's leading hitter among regular starters, batting .383 and hitting four doubles, three home runs, and driving in 16 runs. Ohio will likely match up against Marla Gooding (2-9, 6.24 ERA) and Alli Beery (4-11, 6.97 ERA) inside the pitching circle on Friday.
Ohio - Toledo Series History
Friday's doubleheader will serve as the 69th and 70th all-time meetings between Ohio and Toledo. The Bobcats hold a 35-33 edge in the series which has its roots in the 1981 season. Ohio took both meetings between the programs last season in Athens, winning 15-1 and 4-3, and has won eight straight meetings with Toledo.
Scouting the Falcons
Bowling Green enters the second MAC weekend of the season with a 15-11 record which includes a 1-3 mark in league play. The Falcons are coming off a doubleheader sweep at Detroit and will host MAC-East foe Akron in a doubleheader on Friday before taking on the Bobcats.
The Falcons are hitting .225 as a team but can hit the long ball, as they've clubbed 20 home runs this season. Paige Berger and Hannah Fulk lead the way offensively among the team's regular starters, hitting .326 and .319, respectively. Berger has hit a team-high four home runs so far this season and is slugging at a rate of .523. Ohio is likely to match up against Paris Imholz (10-4, 1.70 ERA) and Jamie Kertes (5-6, 3.13 ERA) inside the pitching circle this weekend. Imholz has the second-best ERA in the league headed into this weekend's games.
Ohio - Bowling Green Series History
This weekend's contests will serve as the 95th and 96th all-time meetings between Ohio and Bowling Green. The Falcons hold a 51-43 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1978 season. The Bobcats and Falcons have played one another very evenly over the last two seasons, splitting two contests in Athens last year and splitting a pair in Bowling Green during the 2011 season.
Following this weekend's games, Ohio will host 10 straight contests at the Ohio Softball Field from April 9-18. This will be Ohio's longest homestand since the Bobcats hosted 14 straight home games in 14 days during the 1999 season.
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