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Ohio baseball players celebrate their win against Kent State at Bob Wren Stadium, March 16, 2024, in Athens.

Baseball: What to know for Ohio's matchup against Dayton

Ohio (8-13 overall, 4-6 Mid-American Conference) hosts Dayton (15-10 overall, 0-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) in a midweek matchup. Ohio has had a bumpy set of recent games, losing six of its last nine games. After an inconsistent weekend against Central Michigan, losing the series 2-1, the Bobcats look to become more consistent, both on the mound and at the plate.

Here’s everything to know for Tuesday’s game:

Game Information

Opponent: Dayton

Location: Bob Wren Stadium (Athens, Ohio)

Time: Tuesday at 4 p.m.

How to watch: ESPN+

Follow live stats here

Meet the Opponent

Head Coach: Jayson King (seventh season)

Statistical Leaders:

Batting Average: David Mendez (.417)

Hits: David Mendez (30)

RBI: Eddie Yamin IV (28)

Home Runs: Eddie Yamin IV (6)

ERA: Connor Fennell (4.62)

Strikeouts: Connor Fennell (25)


Ohio has a solid history against Dayton, winning nine and losing six in the two schools’ matchup history. Ohio has an even better history when they play at home against Dayton, winning five and only losing two. However, the record is even in the last ten matchups, winning and losing five games. The two schools have not played each other since 2019, when Ohio lost two games and won one.

Dayton Notes

Dayton has had a good start to the year, winning 15 games and even beating Vanderbilt, the No. 7 ranked team in the country. Dayton has had a tough schedule, having also played Wake Forest, who is currently No. 12 in the country.

Dayton most recently lost a series to Butler, only winning one but losing two close games. Dayton starts conference play after Tuesday and looks to gain momentum moving into this weekend where it will face its first in-conference opponent.

Player to Watch: JR Nelson

The freshman from Vernon Hills, Illinois has needed no time adjusting to college ball. He has played in 20 of the 21 total games this year, tied with senior Gideon Antle and junior AJ Rausch, as the most on the team. In those 20 games, he got a hit in all but three. While he might not hit with the most power on the team, he is second in batting average (.372) and in on-base percentage (.432). He looks to continue his outstanding freshman campaign against Dayton.

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