NCAA Baseball Ohio Bobcats at Buffalo Bulls

UB Hopes to hold their lead over Kent and NIU by winning against the Bobcats this weekend.

# Playoffs W L GB
1 Buffalo 13 4 -
2 NIU 13 5 0.5
3 Kent 12 6 1.5
4 Miami 10 8 3.5
5 EMU 9 9 4.5
6 BGSU 8 10 5.5
7 BSU 8 10 5.5
8 CMU 8 10 5.5
9 Toledo 8 10 5.5
10 Akron 6 11 7.0
11 Ohio 6 12 7.5
12 WMU 6 12 7.5

With just nine conference games left Buffalo is a game and a half in front of Kent in the East and just a half game over NIU in the race for the MAC's top seed. The game cancelled against Akron effectively cost UB a three game lead as the Bulls have a tie breaker over Kent that they will now be unable to use in a half game situation.

There is still two big series left for Buffalo against Miami and Bowling Green but before UB gets to those games they have to play the Bobcats.

OU has really struggled to get wins this season but they have the tools to jump up and bite a team that overlooks them.

At the plate Jake Madsen is one of the best batters in the league. He is batting 340, leads the conference in doubles. He is also is ranked 60th in all of college baseball in hits. In addition to Madsen OU's has a trio of prodigious bean eaters to put runners on base.

Kyle Dean, Nick Squires, and Nate Squires are each reaching base on a hit pitch about once every three games. Between the three of them OU has put 38 runners on base. An easy setup for Madsen if they do it early in an inning.

Buffalo seems to be over a slight hitting lul that hurt them against Canisius, Kent, and Niagara. UB got their bats going last weekend against Ohio before finally getting a Big4 win against the Griffs this week.

Alex Baldock and Tyler Mautner are each ranked third doubles during conference play and Jason Kanzler has three home runs in conference play.

What separates these teams is pitching. The UB trio of Mike Burke, Anthony Mangovney, and Mike McGee have given the Bulls a potent attack for their weekend conference games. Ben Hartz has been spectacular in the role of long reliever and River McWIlliams has been UB's core closer setting a team record of 10 saves.

Ohio is giving up almost six runs per game, in fact they are the only MAC team to which is giving up 100 or more runs this season against MAC teams. Their two main pitchers are Marck Paliotto and Jake Miller who each lead the NCAA in starts.

While Buffalo is playing the bobcats they will be keeping an eye on Kent who is playing Central Michigan and Northern Illinois who takes on Toledo. If the Bulls can take care of business then maybe the Chips or Rockets can help them stretch the lead.

Day Time Opp Location Follow
Fri 3:00 PM Ohio
Audubon Field
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Sat 1:00 PM Ohio Audubon Field Live stats
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Ohio at Buffalo

Record: 10-31 (7-11 MAC)

Record: 23-16 (13-4 MAC)

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Rank Buffalo Category Ohio Rank
182 0.267 Batting Average 0.262 206
174 5.1 Scoring 5 187
194 202 Runs 208 179
224 351 Hits 377 163
120 1.7 Doubles Per Game 1.6 150
143 68 Doubles 67 152
97 0.28 Triples Per Game 0.07 282
98 11 Triples 3 276
79 0.5 Home Runs PG 0.33 153
90 20 Home Runs 14 146
102 0.381 Slugging % 0.342 216
192 0.9 Stolen Bases PG 0.95 171
201 36 Stolen Bases 40 169
157 147 Base on Balls 112 267
98 36 Sacrifice Bunts 27 181
111 48 Hit by Pitch 73 11
30 24 Sacrifice Flies 21 56
97 3.82 Earned Run Average 5.85 269
243 5.7 Strikeouts Per 9i 5.5 250
119 9.08 Hits Allowed Per 9i 11.29 276
179 3.85 Walks Allowed Per 9i 3.9 187
197 0.962 Fielding Percentage 0.961 204
224 0.63 Double Plays PG 0.6 245
237 25 Double Plays 25 237
150 0.356 On Base Percentage 0.342 223
227 1.48 SO-to-Walk Ratio 1.41 245
94 0.575 WL Pct 0.262 273
139 1.44 WHIP 1.69 264
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