COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State and Louisville, each in the thick of their conference championship races, will meet Tuesday and Wednesday at Louisville’s Patterson Stadium. Game times are 6 p.m. Tues. and 12 noon Wed.
The games are OSU’s first midweek road games outside of early season, spring trip contests in 11 years, or since the team played at West Virginia April 22, 1998.
This Week in Ohio State Baseball
No. 27 Ohio State (34-11; 13-5 Big Ten Conference)
Game 46 at Louisville (32-13; 14-6 BIG EAST Conference)
Tuesday, May 6, 6:05 p.m.
Patterson Stadium (2,500)
Game 47 at Louisville
Wednesday, May 7, 12:05 p.m.
103.9 WTDA Talk FM (Tuesday only)
INTERNET AUDIO & LIVE STATS
Games 48-50 at Illinois (30-13; 14-4 Big Ten)
Friday, May 8, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, 4:05 p.m.
Sunday, May 10, 2:05 p.m.
Illinois Field (1,500)
All times EDT
GETTIN’ TO KNOW EACH OTHER
This is the second consecutive year Ohio State and Louisville meet in the regular season and it won’t be the last. Next year, Louisville returns the midweek favor by coming to Columbus for a pair of games May 4-5 at Bill Davis Stadium.
A FIVE-GAME SERIES HISTORY
The series between Ohio State and Louisville started in 1988 in coach Bob Todd’s first year. Ohio State took two of three from the Cards in a season-opening trio of games in Louisville that year. In 1992, Ohio State won, 12-1, also in a game played in Louisville. Louisville won last year in the first meeting in 15 years to close the all-time record to 3-2 in Ohio State’s favor.
A quick look at each team’s overall stats and some team leaders…
Ohio State is batting .329 with Ryan Dew (.400), Dan Burkhart (.390) and Michael Stephens (.354) leading the way with Burkhart (8 and 51) and Stephens (8 and 44) leading in HRs and RBI, respectively.
Louisville is hitting .304 as a team with LF Phil Wunderlich (.366), 3B Chris Dominguez (.357) and RF Ryan Wright (.341) the team leaders and Dominquiz (14 and 57) and Wunderlich (12 and 51) leading in HRs and RBI, respectively.
Ohio State has a team ERA of 5.20 and an opposing batting average of .275. Louisville counters with a 4.12 ERA and a .254 opposing avg.
Similar stats: Louisville has 165 extra base hits; Ohio State 160; Louisville fields at a .968 clip; Ohio State .967; Ohio State has left 370 on base; Louisville .360.
LOUISVILLE WINS, 13-12, LAST YEAR
Last year the teams combined for 37 hits, 25 runs, five home runs and plenty of excitement as Louisville won, 13-12, at Bill Davis Stadium. Justin Miller led the Buckeyes with a career high five hits and five RBI. Louisville’s Andrew Clark was 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs and Chris Dominguez had a pair of hits and three runs scored. Both took part in a three-home run fourth inning that gave Louisville the lead for good after trailing, 5-2.
WIMMERS’ NO-HITS MICHIGAN
Ohio State is coming off its fifth Big Ten series win of the season, 2-games-to-1, over Michigan. Alex Wimmers threw the school’s first nine-inning no-hitter Saturday, striking out 14 and facing just one batter over the minimum. He is the Big Ten’s Pitcher of the Week (for the fourth time) and a “Louisville Slugger” national Player of the Week (for a second time). Dean Wolosiansky improved to 10-1 with a win in Game 2. Dan Burkhart (.600; 3-5 with four RBI), Ryan Dew (.538 including seven consec. hits at one point), Michael Stephens (.455) and Cory Kovanda (.444 with four runs and a 12-game hitting streak) led the team offensively.
TODD 11 WINS FROM 1,000
Coach Bob Todd is just 11 wins from 1,000 for
his career. He is 989-528-2 in his 26th season overall and 22nd season at Ohio State.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
Jake Hale and Alex Wimmers have each been named to the National Pitcher of the Year Watch List. Hale is also in the running for the fifth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award.
Click on the attached Ohio State Release for a printable version of these notes plus a bunch of interesting statistics pages.