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April 16, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University softball team wraps up its ten-game homestand this week, hosting Marshall and Wright State in doubleheaders at the Ohio Softball Field. The Bobcats will take on the Thundering Herd beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. before hosting the Raiders on Thursday beginning at 3 p.m.

The Bobcats (19-20) will be looking to shake out of their current seven-game losing streak, one which began on April 7 at Bowling Green and has included losses to Ohio State, Miami, and Mid-American Conference leader Ball State.

Many Bobcats still rank well on a national stage, as Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) and Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) are among the NCAA’s top ten home run hitters as of games played April 14. Gellerman is currently No. 5 in the country with 17 round-trippers while Colvin sits 10th with 15. Gellerman is also the sixth most effective slugger in the country, as her slugging percentage of .919 is lower than only five players in all of Division I softball.

Scouting the Thundering Herd
Marshall enters Wednesday’s doubleheader the owner of a 27-17 record which includes an 11-7 mark in Conference USA play. The Thundering Herd has lost three straight games, enduring a sweep by visiting East Carolina this past weekend. Marshall is hitting at a solid .272 clip as a team this season and has been buoyed by four student-athletes averaging .306 or higher. Inside the pitching circle, Ohio will likely encounter Andi Williamson (24-13, 2.30 ERA) and Halie Vance (2-3, 3.57 ERA) on Wednesday.

Marshall is a team which is very active on the base paths: the Herd is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation in stolen bases per game at 2.25.

Ohio – Marshall Series History
According to available records, Wednesday’s doubleheader will mark the 53rd and 54th all-time meetings between Ohio and Marshall. The Thundering Herd holds a 31-21 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1978 season. Ohio has lost three straight in the series against Marshall, falling 10-0 and 17-6 in Huntington, W.Va., last season, each time in five innings. The Bobcats last beat Marshall during the 2011 season, splitting a doubleheader played in Athens.

Scouting the Raiders
Wright State enters Thursday’s doubleheader the owner of a 9-26 record which includes a 6-6 mark in Horizon League play. The Raiders are coming off of a home series against conference foe Green Bay which saw them emerge victorious in two of three games to take the series. WSU has struggled offensively through parts of the 2013 season, hitting .231 as a team and leaving 235 runners on base this year. Inside the pitching circle on Thursday, Ohio is likely to encounter Krystian DeWitt (6-10, 2.53 ERA) and Montana Wear (3-13, 3.85 ERA).

Ohio – Wright State Series History
According to available records, Thursday’s doubleheader will mark the 36th and 37th all-time meetings between Ohio and Wright State. The Bobcats hold a 23-12 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1974 season. In fact, Ohio won the first 12 meetings between the two programs, earning a win every time the teams met on the field between 1974 and 1992. Ohio and Wright State split the last two meetings, with Wright State earning an 8-4 win in Dayton, Ohio, before the Bobcats answered back in the second half of last season’s doubleheader with a 6-2 win.

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