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Danielle Stiene pitches during Ohio's game against Buffalo on Friday, April 27. The Bobcats beat the Bulls 9-1. (FILE)

Softball: Marshall scouting report and how to watch

After four tournaments on the road to start the season, Ohio will finally begin its home schedule on Wednesday against Marshall.

The Bobcats went 1-2 last weekend at the Bluegrass Classic hosted by Kentucky, with one of their games being canceled due to snow. It was a slight improvement on their performance from the weekend prior when they went 1-4 at the Bulldog Classic in Athens, Georgia.

Caroline Spacek continued her excellent start to the season with three hits last weekend, including a two-run home run that helped power the Bobcats to a victory over Eastern Kentucky. It was Spacek’s team-leading third homer of the season. She also added four more RBI last weekend, a stat in which she also leads the Bobcats.

Ohio is just 5-12 overall, but it has had a tough schedule featuring two ranked opponents and plenty of power conference opposition. On top of that, it has played every game on the road thus far.

The Bobcats have just two nonconference games remaining, and the first is its home opener this Wednesday.

Game Information

Opponent: Marshall

Venue: Ohio Softball Field

Time: 6 p.m.

Watch: The game is being streamed here

Live stats: Live stats can be found here

Meet the Opponent

Individual Statistics Leaders

Batting Average: Aly Harrell (.475)

OPS: Harrell (1.337)

Hits: Harrell (28)

Home runs: Saige Pye (6)

RBI: Pye (21)

Innings Pitched: Sydney Nester (81.2)

ERA: Nester (1.03)

Strikeouts: Nester (136)

Marshall is 16-5 this season and has won its last 11 games. It has also won 13 of its last 14 games. However, it has played a relatively easy schedule and lost its only two games against Power 5 conference opponents.

The Thundering Herd were picked to finish fifth in this year’s Conference USA preseason coaches poll.

Series History

Ohio has lost four of its last five games against Marshall. Ohio’s only win during that span came in Athens, and it was the first time the two programs had played at Ohio Softball Field since 2013.

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