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Ohio University designated hitter Harrison Johnson (9) bunting the ball against Marshall in hopes to advance runners on second and third at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens Ohio on March 16, 2022.

Baseball: What to know for Kentucky

Ohio hit the brakes at the wrong time. There’s only one game before Mid-American Conference play begins, and it’s a tall task. Ohio has to knock down Kentucky before the start of conference play. 

Here’s what to know about the mid-week game:

Game Information 

Opponent: Kentucky 

Location: Kentucky Proud Park (Lexington, Kentucky)

Time: 4 p.m. 

How to watch: SEC+

Live stats can be followed here 

Meet the opponent 

Head coach: Nick Mingione (seventh season)

Statistical leaders 

Hits: Emilien Pitre (20)

Batting average: Jase Felker (.600)

Doubles: Devin Burkes (7)

RBI: Burkes (16)

Walks: James McCoy (9)

ERA: Darren Williams (0.00)

WHIP: Williams (0.18)

Strikeouts: Zack Lee (22)

Shutouts: Lee (2)

Series History 

The two will face off a day short of their meeting a year ago. The Bobcats defeated the Wildcats 9-8 last season in Lexington. 

Kentucky tied last year’s game in the bottom of the eighth after Ohio held a six-run lead. Ohio teed off against Kentucky last year, led by Mason Minzey and Colin Kasperbauer, and both had three RBI. Ohio returns eight of the 14 players who played in that game. 

Player to watch

Gideon Antle — The junior joined the starting lineup during the Western Kentucky series and stayed for the Southern Illinois series. He’s gotten at least one hit in all seven games he’s started — including four on March 4. Antle is a sneaky addition to the lineup that brings a lot of power.


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