It’s been a long week on the bus for Ohio. After traveling to Kent State on Tuesday, the Bobcats will travel to Mount Pleasant, Michigan, this weekend to face Central Michigan in a three-game series.
Ohio (25-12, 6-2 Mid-American Conference) is coming off a doubleheader against Kent State. After falling in Game One, 2-1, the Bobcats ended the day strong with a 10-2 blowout win in five innings.
The defending MAC champions haven’t lost a conference series since 2017 and currently sit in second place in the conference standings. With a chance to take first place this weekend, Ohio will look to showcase its dominance in conference play.
Opponent: Central Michigan Chippewas (13-18-1, 4-3-1 MAC)
First pitch: 3 p.m. (Friday); 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Saturday)
Venue: CMU Softball Complex
How to watch: https://cmuchippewas.com/watch/?Live=161&type=Live
Meet the opponent
In the circle
No. 1 Kaitlyn Bean (4-3, 3.73 ERA, 62.2 IP, 42 K)
No. 15 Samantha Howell (3-5, 5.05 ERA, 67.2 IP, 40 K)
No. 33 Cloe Mallory (3-3, 6.31 ERA, 41 IP, 20 K)
No. 42 Haley John (2-5, 7.21 ERA, 28 IP, 11)
No. 17 Shaidan Knapp (88 AB, .341 AVG, 3 RBI)
No. 30 Erica Underwood (90 AB, .333 AVG, 20 RBI)
No. 23 Allison Curtis (73 AB, 301 AVG, 5 RBI)
Central Michigan has wedged itself into the middle of the MAC standings with its past few outings. The Chippewas split a doubleheader with in-state rival Western Michigan on Tuesday after winning a series against Miami and tying a series with Buffalo.
Last time out
Ohio has executed the blueprint to beating Central Michigan for some time now. Last season the Bobcats swept Central Michigan. Ohio outscored Central Michigan 17-9 combined in the series. Ohio hasn’t lost to Central Michigan since April 3, 2015.