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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State will kick off a nine game homestand with games Tuesday and Wednesday against Bowling Green and Ball State from the Mid American Conference. Each game will start at 6:35 p.m., respectively

This Week in Ohio State Baseball

No. 24 Ohio State (29-8; 9-3 Big Ten Conference)

Game 38 vs. Bowling Green (17-16; 8-6 MAC East)
Tuesday, April 21 – 6:35 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium

Game 39 vs. Ball State (17-17; 6-7 MAC West)
Wednesday, April 22 – 6:35 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium

Games 40-42 vs. Northwestern (10-24; 2-8 Big Ten Conference)
Friday, April 24 – 6:35 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, 1:05 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium

INTERNET AUDIO & LIVE STATS
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EXPECTED PITCHING MATCHUPS
Tuesday vs. Bowling Green…

  LHP Theron Minium (0-2) vs. TBA
Wednesday vs. Ball State…
  RHP Ross Oltorik (1-0) vs.
  RHP Cal Bowling (3-0)

RANKINGS
Ohio State is ranked in one or more of the major polls for a ninth consecutive week, coming in this week with a ranking of No. 24 by Collegiate Baseball.

OHIO STATE VERSUS…
In a series dating back to 1951, Bowling Green and Ohio State have met 51 times with the Bucks leading the series 29-18-4. Ohio State and Ball State have met 15 times since 1964 with Ohio State leading the series, 11-4.

A QUICK LOOK AT OHIO STATE
Ohio State is 24-6 in away or neutral field games…5-2 at home this season. The team is 12-3 in 1- and 2-run games and 13-1 in games it scores 10 or more runs. The team is also 25-1 when leading after the sixth inning and 25-0 when leading after the seventh. However, the team is 1-6 when trailing after the sixth and 0-8 when trailing after the seventh.

HALE PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Senior relief ace Jake Hale has been named the Pitcher of the Week in the Big Ten Conference. The honor comes in the wake of the announcement that Hale is in the running for the fifth annual NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award. Over the course of 25 hours this weekend he saved all three wins in Ohio State’s 3-0 Big Ten series sweep over Purdue. Hale pitched a total of 5.1 innings in the Purdue series, surrendering four hits, no runs and two walks while striking out seven.

NEWS ON THE FALCONS
Bowling Green makes its way into Columbus for its fourth straight road game. Bowling Green battled Kent State over the weekend, losing a three-game series, 2-1. BGSU won the opener, 9-2, but Kent State came back to win the Saturday double-header, 12-9 and 9-4. The Falcons are batting an impressive .326 as a team and are being led by Tyler Elkins (.400) and Ryan Shay (.387). The staff ERA is 6.96. Leaders on the mound are RH Brennan Smith (6-3; 2.50) and Matt Malewitz (2-1; 3.88).

AN EYE ON BALL STATE
Ball State is coming off a 2-1 series loss at home to Central Michigan. The Cardinals are now 16-17 overall and are in second scond place in the MAC West with a 6-7 mark. Ball State brings speed to the table, leading the MAC in stolen bases with 84 in 98 attempts. Kolbrin Vitek is hitting .376 with seven HRs and 37 RBI and he is also 2-2 with a 4.05 ERA on the mound. Jeremy Hazelbaker leads with a .440 average. Brad Piatt is 4-1 with a 3.95 ERA.  

ALL-TIME AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 213-98 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .685 winning percentage. The team is 5-2 at home in 2009.

AUDIO & VISUAL INFO
The Bowling Green and Kent State games will each have an audio and streaming video broadcast available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com through the Buckeye Vision subscription service.

Click on the attached Ohio State Release for an abbreviated, Cliff Notes look at the 2009 Buckeyes. There’s some stats in the PDF, too. More to come later this week. Much more of the good stuff.

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