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Ohio Baseball To Host Youngstown State In Final Midweek Game Of 2018

Ohio Baseball To Host Youngstown State In Final Midweek Game Of 2018

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By Mike Ashcraft

Ohio vs. Youngstown State: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | 6 p.m. ET | Bob Wren Stadium | Athens, Ohio | PrestoSports PrimeTime
Probable Starting Pitchers: Ohio TBD vs. Youngstown State TBD

ATHENS, Ohio --
 The Ohio baseball team (20-26) is set to play host to its final midweek contest of the 2018 season as in-state rival Youngstown State (13-31) on Wednesday (May 9) at Bob Wren Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET. There will be no audio or video stream available for Wednesday's contest, but live stats will be available on PrestoSports PrimeTime via the link above.

The Bobcats are 2-5 in midweek matchups so far in 2018. Ohio most recently played a midweek game on April 24, falling to in-state rival Dayton, 6-3, at Woerner Field in Dayton, Ohio.

Ohio dropped two midweek games to longtime rival Marshall the previous week. The Bobcats fell to the Thundering Herd, 6-2, on April 17 at Kennedy Center YMCA Field, then suffered a 7-6 setback the following day at Bob Wren Stadium.

Ohio belted a season-high five home runs en route to an 11-7 victory over host High Point on March 14 at Williard Stadium in High Point, N.C., in the Bobcats' first midweek game of the year. Four players went yard for Ohio in the win over the Panthers. Senior third baseman Tony Giannini (Carmel, Ind.) led the way with a pair of home runs. Also going deep for the Bobcats were redshirt senior designated hitter Michael Klein (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), sophomore left fielder Tanner Piechnick (Canonsburg, Pa.) and redshirt sophomore right fielder Ryan Sargent (Algonquin, Ill.). 

The Bobcats split a pair of midweek contests the second week of April, falling at in-state rival Ohio State, 4-0, on April 10 at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, but bouncing back with a 6-5 win in 10 innings over Shawnee State at The Wren the following day. Junior first baseman Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.) made clutch plays on both sides of the diamond in the victory over Shawnee State, but none were bigger than his walk-off home run in the 10th inning to propel the Bobcats to a victory over the Bears. He finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-6 with a single, a triple, a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored.

Ohio stages its final three home games of the 2018 campaign on the penultimate weekend of the regular season, as Western Michigan comes to town for a Mid-American Conference series this weekend (May 11-13) at Bob Wren Stadium.