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Ohio outfielder Gideon Antle (18) celebrates after hitting a double against Central Michigan.

Baseball: What to know about Eastern Michigan

Ohio got a much-needed series win last weekend at Northern Illinois, taking two of three games. Its bats were especially hot, scoring a combined 27 runs in the two victories. 

The Bobcats continue Mid-American Conference play on Friday as they welcome Eastern Michigan to Athens. Both teams are vying for victories to propel themselves out of the middle of the conference pack. 

Here's what to know for the weekend:

Series Information

Opponent: Eastern Michigan (11-10, 4-5 MAC)

Location: Bob Wren Stadium

Dates and Times: March 31 at 6 p.m., April 1 at 2 p.m. and April 2 at 1 p.m.

Live stats can be followed here

Meet the Opponent 

Coach: Eric Roof (fifth season) 

Probable Starters

Thomas House (1-2, 4.62 ERA)

Adam Falinski (2-0, 7.24 ERA)

Luke Russo (3-1, 3.86 ERA)

Individual Statistical Leaders

ERA: Russo (3.86)

Strikeouts: Russo (39)

Batting Average: Matt Kirk (.363)

Hits: Kirk, Taylor Hopkins (29)

RBIs: Josh Kross (25) 

Walks: Kirk (13) 

Home runs: Kirk, Hopkins (5)

Series History

Ohio has the series lead since 2005, going 25-22 and winning 10 of the last 11. The Bobcats average 6.17 runs per game against the Eagles and scored 39 runs in four games during their series last season.

Player to Watch

Gideon Antle  — Last weekend, the junior from Licking, Missouri, hit his first home run of the season in Ohio’s second win of the series against Northern Illinois — a timely grand slam that brought the Bobcat comeback campaign within two runs after they fell behind 10-0 after the first inning.


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