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Ohio senior Mason Minzey (10) rounds third after hitting a walk off home run against Toledo on Friday evening, April 8, 2022 at Bob Wren Stadium.

Baseball: What to know for Southern Illinois

Ohio will travel to Southern Illinois for a two-day, three-game series this weekend. 

The Bobcats (2-5) dropped a four-game series at Western Kentucky last weekend but managed to avoid a sweep thanks to a 6-4 Sunday evening victory over the Hilltoppers. 

Southern Illinois enters the series having dropped five of its last six games, including its most recent contest, a midweek 11-3 loss to Saint Louis.

Here's what to know for the weekend:

Series Information

Opponent: Southern Illinois (3-6, 0-0 Missouri Valley)

Location: Itchy Jones Stadium (Carbondale, Illinois)

Dates and Times: March 4 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and March 5 at 1 p.m.

Live Stats: Live stats can be followed here

Meet the Opponent 

Coach: Lance Rhodes (fourth season) 

Probable Starters:

Ben Chapman (1-0, 5.40 ERA)

Easton Dermody (0-0, 9.00 ERA)

Paul Bonzagni (0-1, 7.00 ERA)

Individual Stats Leaders:

Earned Run Average: Shane Wilhelm (0.00)

Strikeouts: Scott Harper (10)

Batting Average: Nathan Bandy (.429)

Hits: Ryan Rodriguez (13)

RBI: Steven Loden (10) 

Walks: Kaeber Rog (10) 

Home runs: Loden (4) 

Series History

Ohio last faced Southern Illinois in a four-game series in 2017 that was a split between the two teams. Prior to that, the Bobcats dropped a 2014 neutral site matchup 7-3, thanks to a six-run eighth inning from the Salukis.

Player to Watch

Colin Kasperbauer — The fifth-year infielder enters the series with a team-high four-game hit streak, having logged a knock in each game of last week’s WKU series. He also scored two runs and drove in three in Bowling Green, Kentucky, last weekend.


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