May 2, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio – For the Ohio University softball team (24-25, 7-11 Mid-American Conference), it all comes down to this weekend. The Bobcats host their final four regular-season games of the year at the Ohio Softball Field, welcoming Eastern Michigan for a Friday doubleheader (1 p.m.) and Central Michigan for games on Saturday (5 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
Ohio enters the weekend currently in a three-way tie for seventh place in the league standings with Toledo and Akron. The Bobcats hold the tiebreaker with Akron, having beaten the Zips twice on April 20 and 21. The top eight teams advance to the MAC Tournament, which is to be played at Firestone Stadium in Akron from May 8-11.
Multiple promotions are on tap this weekend at the OSF: Saturday is Strike Out Cancer day (pink tee-shirt giveaway) and Sunday will serve as both Senior Day and Canned Food Drive day, during which fans can gain free admission to the game by bringing a canned food item for donation.
The Bobcats are coming off of a four-game road swing which saw them split a doubleheader at Western Michigan on April 26 before falling twice in two days at Northern Illinois on April 27 and 28. Sunday was a historic day for both Ohio and Lauren Gellerman: the Bobcats moved into sole possession of the single-season MAC home run record (71) while Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) moved into first place on the MAC single-season home run chart with her 21st round-tripper this season and also claimed sole possession of Ohio’s career RBI total.
During the 2013 season, Ohio has recorded 22 multi-HR games and 108 of the team’s 234 runs have come via the long ball.
Scouting the Eagles
Eastern Michigan enters Friday’s doubleheader the owner of a 15-31-1 record which includes a 5-12 mark in league play. Despite sitting in the No. 12 spot in the MAC standings, the Eagles have hit their stride of late, winning their last three league games over Miami (twice) and Ball State. EMU has struggled on the road this season, winning just one of 16 games away from Ypsilanti, Mich.
The Eagles hit .258 as a team and are led by Amanda Stanton (.338 avg., 39 RBI) and Nellie Coquillard (.267 avg., 27 RBI). Ohio will likely encounter pitchers Jenna Ignowski (9-8, 4.91 ERA) and Lindsay Rich (5-5, 4.95 ERA) inside the pitching circle on Friday afternoon.
Ohio – Eastern Michigan Series History
According to available records, Friday’s games will serve as the 80th and 81st all-time meetings between Ohio and Eastern Michigan. The Eagles hold a 49-30 advantage in the series which has its roots in the 1980 season. Ohio has won six of the last seven meetings in the series, including a two-game split last season in Ypsilanti.
Scouting the Chippewas
Central Michigan enters the final weekend of the regular season with a 26-17 record which includes a 12-6 mark in league play. The Chippewas are currently sitting in the No. 3 spot in the MAC standings. CMU has lost three of its last four games coming into the weekend, having dropped two contests to Ball State and splitting with Miami. Prior to visiting Athens, CMU will play a doubleheader at Akron on Friday.
Central has been successful offensively during the 2013 season, currently ranking third in the MAC in batting average (.282), slugging percentage (.412), and on base percentage (.350). CarolAnn Sexauer has been leading the charge for the Chippewas, hitting .317 and collecting 30 RBI. Inside the pitching circle on Saturday and Sunday, Ohio will likely encounter Chelsea Sundberg (8-5, 2.59 ERA) and Kara Dornbos (11-10, 2.62 ERA).
Ohio – Central Michigan Series History
According to available records, Saturday and Sunday’s games will be the 73rd and 74th all-time meetings between Ohio and Central Michigan. The Chippewas hold a commanding 53-19 edge in the series which has its roots in the 1982 season. Ohio has won two of the last three meetings between the programs, including earning a doubleheader split in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., last season.
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