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Ohio infielder Alex Finney (15) bats against Central Michigan.

Baseball: Everything to know about Northern Illinois

Ohio got some much-needed confidence last weekend after it took a game from Central Michigan, but it is feeling shaken up after its loss to Morehead State on Tuesday. 

Luckily, the Bobcats have a long bus ride ahead of them to prepare for their latest task. Ohio will go to DeKalb, Illinois, for a series against Northern Illinois this weekend. 

Series Information

Opponent: Northern Illinois (4-15, 1-5 Mid-American Conference)

Location: Ralph McKinzie Field at Walt and Janice Owens Park (DeKalb, Illinois)

Dates and Times: March 24 at 4 p.m., March 25 at 2 p.m. and March 26 at 1 p.m.

Live stats can be followed here

Meet the Opponent 

Coach: Mike Kunigonis (ninth season) 

Probable Starters

Brandon McPherson  (1-0, 8.03 ERA)

Matt Salomonson (1-1, 3.80 ERA)

Dominic Hann (0-3, 10.80 ERA)

Individual Stats Leaders

Earned Run Average: Jackson Stewart (2.08)

Strikeouts: Salomonson (18)

Batting Average: Colin Summerhill (.310)

Hits: Summerhill (22)

RBIs: Aaron Harper, Andrew Smart and Summerhill (13) 

Walks: Eric Erato (15) 

Home runs: Mason Kelley, Summerhill and Harper (2) 

Series History

Ohio opened MAC Play with a doubleheader against Northern Illinois last year. It took the first game 10-2 over seven innings, but fell in game two. The series ended in a split after games three and four were canceled due to surprise snow in Athens. 

The Bobcats are 14-20 against the Huskies since 2006. However, the Bobcats do have a winning record against them under head coach Craig Moore. They are an even 3-3 against the Huskies since Moore’s interim season in 2021.

Player to Watch

Alex Finney — The senior doesn’t get enough credit for the power he brings to the table. Finney has had a hit or more in five of his last six games. He’s one of Ohio’s most versatile players and will either be in the field or behind the dish this weekend. 


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