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The Ohio University softball team celebrates at the game against Toledo at Ohio Softball Field on April 25, 2023, in Athens, Ohio.

Softball: What to know about Western Michigan

Ohio (26-19, 16-7 Mid-American Conference) has an opportunity to gain ground on the MAC's leaders this weekend during its road series against Western Michigan (16-23, 10-10 MAC). Ohio is in the midst of a three-team race for the MAC's No. 1 seed with Central Michigan and Miami.

Luckily for Ohio, Central Michigan and Miami face off this weekend, meaning Ohio can make ground over one of its foes with a series win over Western Michigan.

The Broncos started out MAC play hot and won seven of their first ten games. However, the Broncos took a downturn when they lost six-straight games after, and their record fell to 7-9. The Broncos might've found their rhythm in recent weeks, having won three of their last four games.

Here's what to know:

Series Information

Opponent: Western Michigan

Location: Ebert Field

Dates and times: April 29 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and April 30 at 12 p.m.

Live Stats can be found here

Meet the opponent

Head Coach: Jenny Rohn (second season)

Statistical leaders

Batting Average: Addison Hudson (.358)

Hits: Hudson (38)

Doubles: Courtney Farrish (11)

RBIs: Payton Kelly (20)

Walks: Farrish (11)

ERA: Rissa Bajusz (2.95)

Wins: Bajusz (12)

Series History

The Bobcats and Broncos have played against each other seven times in the last two seasons, and the Bobcats have won just three of those games. Last season, the Bobcats' three-game series against the Broncos was their last of the regular season, and the Bobcats only won one of three games.

Player to watch

Bajusz — Bajusz has been one of the MAC's most effective pitchers this season. Although Bajusz has gone through some recent struggles, her ERA is the eighth-best in the MAC and her 12 wins are the fourth-most. If the Bobcats want to sweep the Broncos, they will have to pick up at least one win over the Broncos' ace.


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