Podcast: Ohio Baseball Prepares For Northern Illinois, Morehead State

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Matthew Doyle
Bryan Vance
Eric Singer

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Updated Fri, Apr 19, 2013 9:36 am
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The Bobcats lost the series against Akron last weekend, a series that they could have easily won had it not been mental errors in late games. Ohio lost two games in the 10th inning Friday and Saturday, but was able to come back strong on Sunday.

Connor Sitz was the bright spot for coach Rob Smith’s squad, as the freshman went 9.0 innings strong to throw the first complete game for the Bobcats and picked up his first victory of the season.

Ohio and Marshall went three innings before Mother Nature took over and caused the game to be cancelled.

The Bobcats enter this weekend at 8-26 overall and 4-8 in the Mid-American Conference. They face one of the top teams in the MAC West in Northern Illinois, who has a 9-3 record against conference opponents this season. Among their three losses, two of them are to reigning MAC Champs, Kent State.

The Huskies feature one of the top pitchers in the MAC in Eli Anderson. The junior ace has started conference play with a perfect 4-0 record and a 0.75 ERA. He also has pitched four straight complete games, dating back to March 16.

The Bobcats then welcome Morehead State to town on Tuesday, who is 9-28 overall and 2-18 on the road. The Eagles have a horrifically bad team ERA, as their pitchers combine for a 6.36 ERA and their top three starters’ ERAs are a combined 5.08.

Ohio will get one more shot at Marshall, as they travel to Huntington, WV the next day. The Marshall game marks the first of a nine game road trip for the Bobcats. It’ll also test their pitching depth, as they’ll have to play five games in six days this upcoming week.

Ohio’s series with Northern Illinois starts Friday at 6 p.m.

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