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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio baseball team begins its 2016 fall schedule in preparation for the 2017 season on Thursday (Sept. 1) at Bob Wren Stadium.
Rob Smith enters his fifth year as head coach of the Bobcats. Ohio returns 26 players from 2016's 23-win team, including senior infielder Ty Black (Waynesville, Ohio), senior right-handed pitcher Jake Rudnicki (Toledo, Ohio) and sophomore infielder/catcher Rudy Rott (Holmen, Wis.), who was named to the 2016 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team as a first baseman as selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. The Bobcats welcome 11 new faces to their 2017 roster.
The following are key dates on Ohio's 2016 fall schedule:
Sept. 1 -- First team practice
Sept. 3 -- Family Day Scrimmage
Sept. 24-25 -- Green and White Scrimmage
Sept. 28 -- Wren Fest
Oct. 1 -- Alumni Game
Oct. 8 -- Game vs Bellarmine
Oct. 9 -- Game vs Rio Grande