COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time all season and covering the first seven weeks of the 2009 campaign, Ohio State will be home on a weekend as it begins a five-game homestand with four games this week at Bill Davis Stadium.
Wednesday, in the first night game of the season at Bill Davis Stadium, Ohio State will host Morehead State at 6:35 p.m.
This weekend another MSU – Michigan State – comes in for a three-game Big Ten series. Game times are 6:35 p.m. Friday and 1:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
OHIO STATE STARTING PITCHERS
Wed. vs. Morehead State – LHP Eric Best (4-1; 6.37)
Fri. vs. Michigan State – RHP Alex Wimmers (5-1; 3.75)
Sat. vs. Michigan State – RHP Dean Wolosiansky (6-1; 5.80)
Sun. vs. Michigan State – TBA
Ohio State’s 22-7 mark includes records of 15-2 on neutral fields, 6-4 in away games and 1-1 in home games. The team is 2-2 vs. ranked opponents (vs. Miami and Minnesota), 11-5 vs. right-handed starters and 11-2 vs. lefties. Also: OSU is 4-4 when scoring five or fewer runs but 13-1 when holding opponents to five or fewer.
Morehead State has won four of its last six games and enters the game with a 10-18 mark. Michigan State rebounded from an 0-3 start in Big Ten play by sweeping Nortwestern and enters its game Wednesday against Western Michigan with an 11-17 mark but riding a four-game winning streak.
This Week in Ohio State Baseball
No. 28 Ohio State (22-7; 3-3 Big Ten Conference)
Game 30: vs. Morehead State (10-18; 3-6 Ohio Valley Conference)
Wednesday, April 8 – 6:35 p.m.; Bill Davis Stadium
Game 31: vs. Michigan State (11-17; 3-3 Big Ten Conference)
Friday, April 10 – 6:35 p.m.; Bill Davis Stadium
Game 32: vs. Michigan State
Saturday, April 11 – 1:05 p.m.; Bill Davis Stadium
Game 33: vs. Michigan State
Sunday, April 12 – 1:05 p.m.; Bill Davis Stadium
103.9 WTDA Talk FM (Michigan State series)
INTERNET AUDIO & VIDEO
Note: Games times are EDT
ON THE ROAD RECAP…
During the 27-of-29 game road stretch, the Buckeyes logged some major travel hours yet brought home some impressive results. The team:
Played three games in three days three times (and posted a 6-3 record);
Played four games in three days three times (10-2 record);
Played six games in five days once (5-1 record) including a finale at No. 2 Miami (a 7-1 win);
Went 2-2 vs. ranked teams with all four games on the road.
STREAMING VIDEO AVAILABLE
The next five Ohio State games – all home games – will be video streamed to OhioStateBuckeyes.com through Buckeye Vision, a subscription-based package. Visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com for subscription package information.
RADIO BROADCAST INFO
The Morehead State game will be audio streamed to OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Michigan State series will be broadcast on 103.9 WTDA Talk FM. Outside the WTDA signal? Subscription-based packages to hear audio and watch video of home games are available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Ohio State has been dropped from three of the four polls that it has been ranked in, but remains nationally ranked – at No. 28 – this week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. This marks the seventh consecutive week the team has been ranked in one or more of the baseball polls.
BUCKS IN MIDDLE OF PACK
Ohio State is sitting at 3-3 and in a tie for fifth place with three other teams (Michigan, Penn State and Michigan State) in the Big Ten after having played its first two conference series on the road at Penn State (a 2-1 series win for the Buckeyes) and at No. 25 Minnesota this past weekend (a 2-1 series loss). Three of the next four series will be played at home: vs. Michigan State this week; vs. Northwestern April 24-26 and vs. Michigan May 1-3.
OHIO STATE vs. MOREHEAD STATE
This is just the second meeting between Ohio State and Morehead State with the Buckeyes leading the searies, 1-0, via a 15-13 victory over the Eagles in 1996.
EYEING THE EAGLES
The Eagles, playing in the Ohio Valley Conference, are 10-18 on the year and 1-5 on the road. In the OVC this year, the Eagles are 3-6 and are in 5th place. The Eagles went 3-1 at Allen Field over the weekend. In their matchup with Shawnee State, the team rallied from an 8-4 defecit to win a lopsided affair, 21-10. Daniel Pugh and Andrew Deeds each recorded five RBI and two home runs in the contest. Drew Lee drove in four runs and tied the school record for doubles in a game with three. In a key conference matchup against Tennessee Tech, the Eagles won the series, 2-1.
EXTRA EXTRA BASES
While Ohio State has been building its own impressive total for extra base hits – 108 so far – Morehead State is doing the same with 120 extra base hits with 61 doubles, five triples and 54 home runs. Junior shortstop Drew Lee leads with 12 doubles, two triples and nine home runs for 23 total extra base hits. Junior outfielder J.D. Ashbrook has 16 extra base hits including nine home runs and freshman catcher/third baseman Taylor Davis has 17 and eight, respectively.
The Ohio State power rangers include:
M. Stephens 15 off 6 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 9 HRs
Zach Hurley 14 off 5 2Bs, 5 3Bs, 4 HRs
Dan Burkhart 13 off 6 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 4 HRs
Matt Streng 12 off 4 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 5 HRs
Michael Arp 12 off 9 2Bs, 3 HRs
Cory Kovanda 11 off 7 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 1 HR
Justin Miller 10 off 5 2Bs, 5 Hrs
TODD 23 WINS FROM 1,000
Coach Bob Todd is just 23 wins from 1,000 for
his career. He is 977-524-2 in his 26th season.
A QUICK LOOK AT 22-7 OHIO STATE
Ohio State is 11-5 vs. right-handed starters this season, 11-2 vs. lefties and 19-0 when leading after seven innings. Here are a few more quick hitting notes on the Buckeyes:
After six consecutive weeks in the Collegiate Baseball poll, the Buckeyes dropped out of the poll after their 2-3 week last week.
The team will play 14 of its next 17 games at home as opposed to 27 of its first 29 on the road.
Four every day players are hitting above .350: Jr. OF/DH Ryan Dew (.402), Jr. LF Zach Hurley (.377), So. C Dan Burkhart (.377), and Sr. RF Michael Arp (.357). The top three players rank in the top ten of the Big Ten (Nos. 1, 9 and 10, respectively).
Two Buckeyes have driven in more than 30 runs: Hurley (35) and Burkhart (31), with three more driving in 25 or more.
Five Buckeyes find themselves in the top ten for runs scored in the Big Ten statistical rankings.
The Buckeyes are second in the Big Ten with a .331 average for all games, a Big Ten best .513 slugging pct. and eight more triples than any other team in the conference.
Jake Hale leads the Big Ten in saves with six and has also finished the most games with 16.
Alex Wimmers has struck out the most batters among Big Ten pitchers this year (61).
RECAPPING THE DOME EXPERIENCE
Ohio State played a Big Ten series against Minnesota indoors at the Metrodome for the first time this past weekend, losing the series, 2-1. The Buckeyes didn’t seem to be bothered by the glare of the lights or the light-colored tarp ceiling, but it was clear that Minnesota knows how to run the bases, field grounders and play the outfield in that facility much better than any team it faces there. The series scores: 7-5 UM, 3-2 OSU and 16-3 UM. Some Ohio State numbers:
Michael Arp hit .417 (5-12) with two doubles.
Tyler Engle hit .400 (2-for-5) in two games.
No one had more than two RBI as the team hit .255 and the staff ERA was 7.92.
Pitchers Dean Wolosiansky, Drew Rucinski and Jake Hale held the Golden Gophers “oh-fer” in potential RBI situations (0-15) in the G2 win.
Click on the Ohio State release above for more notes and stats and information on the team and on the Big Ten stats for complete overall and Big Ten Conference statistics.