April 8, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University softball team (19-14, 4-4 Mid-American Conference) prepares to host its longest homestand in 14 years beginning early this week. This stretch of 10 games within the friendly confines of the Ohio Softball Field begins on Tuesday evening, with Ohio State coming to town for a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.
Following the non-conference doubleheader with the Buckeyes, the Bobcats will get right back into MAC play by hosting Miami (12-20, 6-2 MAC) on Friday afternoon and league-leading Ball State (23-11, 8-0 MAC) in one game each on Saturday and Sunday. The `Cats will wrap up the homestand with non-league doubleheaders against Marshall (April 17) and Wright State (April 18).
Ohio is coming off a 2-2 weekend which saw it split series at both Toledo and Bowling Green. The Bobcats had somewhat of a historic weekend, setting multiple program records in the process. On Friday at Toledo, Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) became the program's single-season home run record holder, hitting her 14th and 15th round-trippers of the season. Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) also made another mark in the record books Friday, taking over the top career RBI total by surpassing Margo Ruther's tally of 114 set from 1993-96.
Saturday saw another offensive record fall by the wayside, as Gellerman's two home runs against the Falcons put the Bobcats up to 48 home runs on the season, surpassing the prior record of 47 set during the 2012 campaign.
Scouting the Buckeyes
Ohio State enters Tuesday's doubleheader the owner of a 21-14 record which includes a 3-6 mark in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes are currently on a three-game losing streak, having dropped three games in a row at No. 12 Michigan. Ohio State hits .304 as a team and is very balanced offensively, with five Buckeyes hitting at a clip of .319 or higher.
In the pitching circle, Ohio will likely match up against Alex DiDomenico (8-6, 2.95 ERA) and Olivia O'Reilly (7-5, 2.82 ERA).
Ohio will see two familiar faces in Athens on Tuesday. The Buckeyes are guided by first-year head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly, who spent the last six years of her career at Miami. In addition, former associate head coach Jenna Hall will be coming back to town after spending the last five years with the Bobcats.
Ohio - Ohio State Series History
Tuesday's doubleheader will serve as the 63rd and 64th all-time meetings between Ohio and Ohio State. The Buckeyes hold a 42-20 advantage in the all-time series. The Bobcats have lost each of the last 13 meetings against the Buckeyes, last defeating them on the road during the 1997 season. The last time the two programs took the field against one another, Ohio defeated Ohio State in an exhibition contest on Sept. 29, 2012.
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