April 11, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio – Following a midweek tilt with Ohio State, the Ohio University softball team (19-16, 4-4 Mid-American Conference) gets back into league play this weekend, welcoming Miami and Ball State to the Ohio Softball Field. The Bobcats will play a Friday doubleheader with Miami beginning at 1 p.m. before taking on Ball State Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
Despite dropping two games to the visiting Buckeyes on Tuesday, Ohio’s offense has continued to hum along at a brisk clip. Integral in this has been Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.), who hit three home runs in two games against Ohio State to take the team lead with 17 round-trippers this season. Not only is this a program record for the senior, but it is also just two off the pace for the most single-season home runs in MAC history. Kelli Metzger set the current record of 19 while playing for Akron in 1999.
As a team, Ohio has clubbed 52 home runs in just 35 games during the 2013 season. The highest single-season total in MAC history is 70, a mark which was achieved by Ball State last season.
Scouting the RedHawks
Defending MAC-Tournament champion Miami enters Friday’s series the owner of a 12-22 record which includes a 6-2 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The RedHawks have won three straight MAC contests but enter the weekend on a two-game losing streak, having lost a home doubleheader against Morehead State on Tuesday.
Kayla Ledbetter leads the way offensively for the RedHawks, hitting .400 and driving in 28 runs. She is one of three Miami student-athletes hitting .330 or higher, as Hailey Reed and Taylor Shuey have also proven to be dangerous inside the batter’s box.
Inside the pitching circle, Ohio will likely match up against Megan Mattera (5-7, 4.19 ERA) and Paige Myers (6-11, 4.62 ERA).
Ohio – Miami Series History
Friday’s games will serve as the 95th and 96th all-time meetings between Ohio and Miami. The Bobcats hold a 51-42-1 edge in the series which has its roots in the early 70s. Ohio has lost three of the last four meetings between the programs, dropping two one-run games (1-0 and 8-7) in Oxford last season.
Scouting the Cardinals
Ball State enters the third MAC weekend of the season with a 24-11 mark which includes a spotless 8-0 record in league play. The Cardinals are currently on a five-game winning streak and will play at Akron on Friday before coming to Athens.
As has been the case over the past few seasons, Ball State has been an offensive juggernaut this year. The Cardinals are hitting .327 as a team and have hit 43 home runs in 35 games. Ball State slugs at a rate of .536 and has hit an astounding 119 extra-base hits in 2013. Jennifer Gilber and Taylor Rager are each hitting above .400 on the year, coming in at .491 and .426, respectively.
Inside the pitching circle, Ohio is likely to encounter Nicole Steinbach (9-7, 2.19 ERA) and Kelsey Schifferdecker (9-2, 3.42 ERA) this weekend.
Ohio – Ball State Series History
According to available records, Saturday and Sunday’s games between Ohio and Ball State will be the 78th and 79th meeting in the all-time series between the programs. Ball State holds a narrow 40-36-1 edge in the series which has its roots in the 1970s. Ohio and Ball State split the 2012 season series, as the Bobcats lost one game in Muncie by a score of 8-5 and won the other by a 7-6 margin.
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