The Bobcats have their work cut out for them again.
Ohio took a beating last weekend, losing four straight games at Central Michigan and falling to 11-12 overall. However, with the season in full swing, there is little time to rest. Ohio only has a handful of days to pick itself up before taking on another tough opponent: Toledo.
Over the years, Ohio and Toledo have been evenly matched. That is no different this year. Both teams have similar records and have had their fair share of big wins and stinging losses this season. Ohio and Toledo are neck and neck in the Mid-American Conference standings as well. However, this weekend is Ohio’s chance to push ahead.
Here’s everything you need to know for the four-game series against Toledo:
Opponent: Toledo (13-14, 7-8 MAC)
Location: Bob Wren Stadium (Athens, Ohio)
Dates and Times: April 8 at 5 p.m., April 9 at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., April 10 at 1 p.m.
How to Watch: Game one, Game two, Game three, Game four
Live Stats: live stats can be followed here
Meet the Opponent
Head Coach: Rob Reinstetle (third season)
Connor Brandon (3-3 4.50 ERA)
Jordan Power (2-2, 3.93 ERA)
Camryn Szynski (1-1, 2.14 ERA)
Kyle Jones (4-2, 3.25 ERA)
Individual Statistical Leaders
Batting average: John Servello (.323)
Home runs: Mason Sykes (7)
Hits: Jeron Williams (34)
RBIs: Sykes (26)
Stolen bases: Servello (12)
The Rockets have had an edge against the Bobcats since 2006. The Bobcats are 13-21 over the last 16 years against the Rockets.
The last time Ohio went head to head against Toledo in a four-game series, it started the series strong with two big wins before losing the final two games and splitting the series. On April 2 and 3, 2021, Ohio outscored Toledo 24-8. Its two losses in that series were only by one run each.
Player to Watch
Servello – Servello is the veteran Toledo looks to in big games. The senior is consistent at the plate, earning a hit in 13 of his last 14 games. In addition to his hitting skills, Servello also knows how to use his base running skills to his teams advantage. He leads the team in stolen bases with 12.
In Toledo’s last game, Servello brought in one of its five runs with an RBI double in the third inning. He finished the series with six hits and three RBIs. Putting a stop to Servello’s offensive success will be part of Ohio’s defensive strategy this weekend.