COLUMBUS, Ohio – Big Ten Conference champion Ohio State will compete in its 13th NCAA tournament under the direction of coach Bob Todd and the 19th NCAA in school history this weekend as the No. 3 Seed in the Tallahassee Regional.
The 40-17 Buckeyes, ranked 30th this week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, meet the No. 2 Seed Georgia Bulldogs, 37-22, in a noon game at Mark Martin Field in Dick Howser Stadium. No. 1 Seed and 42-16 Florida State and No. 4 Seed and 31-26 Marist meet in the 4 p.m. game Friday. The winners of these games play at 4 p.m. Saturday while the two losing teams play in an elimination game at noon Saturday.
THIS WEEK IN OHIO STATE BASEBALL
Ohio State (40-17; 18-6/Big Ten Champion)
at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional
Game 58 vs. Georgia (37-22; 15-15/3rd SEC East)
Friday, May 29, 12 noon
Dick Howser Stadium; Tallahassee, Fla.
Game 59 vs. Marist (31-26; 15-9/MAAC Tourn. Champion)
Saturday, May 30, 12 noon or 4 p.m.
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Game 59 vs. Florida State (42-16; 19-9/1st ACC Atlantic)
Saturday, May 30, 12 noon or 4 p.m.
ESPNU (All games)
103.9 WTDA Talk FM
INTERNET LIVE STATS
OhioStateBuckeyes.com and Seminoles.com
All of the games at the Tallahassee Regional will be carried live on ESPNU. The games can be heard locally and over the internet on 103.9 WTDA Talk FM with Frank Fraas and former Buckeye pitcher Bob Spears describing the action.
19th NCAA APPEARANCE
Ohio State is making its 19th NCAA tournament appearance, its 13th under the direction of head coach Bob Todd and first since 2007. No Big Ten team has more NCAA appearances since 1988 (Todd’s first year) and only Minnesota (29 NCAAs) and Michigan (21) have more NCAA appearances among Big Ten teams than Ohio State.
NCAA TOURNAMENT RECORDS
Ohio State is 40-37 all-time in NCAA tournament play, including districts, regionals, super regionals and CWS games. Coach Bob Todd’s teams are 19-24 in NCAA play.
YES! ANOTHER ODD YEAR
This is the 15th NCAA tournament for Ohio State in an odd numbered year and the 10th consecutive odd-year NCAA for Ohio State. Coach Bob Todd’s teams have made every odd year tournament since 1991 (1991-93-95-97-99-2001-03-05-07-09) in addition to making the field in 1992, 1994 and 2002.
ODD IS GOOD
No one predicted in the preseason that Ohio State would win the Big Ten. That’s only the beginning of the “odd” that can be gleaned from this season Consider:
The team played its first 21 games in the state of Florida and won 18 of them, including a 7-1 win at Miami. The loss was to D-II Rollins.
The team was only 3-5 in Tuesday and Wednesday home games, including getting outscored, 51-23, in losses to Marshall, Kent State, Ball State and Eastern Michigan.
Ohio State won seven of eight Big Ten series, including three-game sweeps of Michigan State, Northwestern and Iowa.
Ohio State was 6th and 5th in 2007 and 2008, respectively, in the Big Ten before jumping to 1st in 2009.
Buckeyes hit more home runs 63 than the previous two years combined (40) and more than any Ohio State team has hit in nine of the last 10 years.
The team scored 10 or more runs 18 times but allowed 10 or more runs 12 times.
The staff ERA was over 5.00, but the team set a single season record for saves (19), had the third-most strikeout total in school history (439), produced the Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Year (Alex Wimmers) and 50-percent of the first-team all-Big Ten staff (Wimmers and Jake Hale), plus a second-team selection (11-game winner Dean Wolosiansky).
Led by a lineup full of players capable of getting extra-base hits nine Buckeyes had 10 or more extra-base hits with 26 apiece from captain Justin Miller, Big Ten Player of the Year Dan Burkhart and Michael Stephens, and 24 (and 50 RBI) from leadoff hitter Zach Hurley Ohio State produced an 11-year high 199 extra base hits, sixth-most in school history.
15TH BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP
About four hours after Ohio State came from behind in Game 3 to sweep Iowa and improve to 18-6 in the Big Ten, the team became the 2009 Big Ten champion when Penn State upset league-leading Minnesota, 10-8. The title was the 15th for Ohio State and the seventh for coach Bob Todd.
995 WINS and 402 BIG TEN WINS
Big Ten Coach of the Year Bob Todd has 995 wins in his 26-year career and is seeking to become the 40th D1 coach to reach 1,000. Enshrined in the ABCA Hall of Fame in January and the Ohio State sports Hall of Fame last fall, Todd is second alltime with 402 Big Ten wins. His teams have won at least 30 games 24 consecutive seasons and 40-or-more 12 times.
FOREST THRU THE BUCKEYE TREES
Ten big picture things to know about the 2009 Ohio State Buckeyes:
1. Ohio State has been nationally ranked since the second week of the season, a span of 14 consecutive weeks. The team is 30th this week by the NCBWA.
2. The team played 24 of its first 27 games on the road and went 20-7 in those games.
3. The team is 27-10 this season in away (11-7) and neutral field (16-3) games.
4. Ohio State leads Big Ten teams in six major stat categories, including slugging (.498), hits (677) triples (25) and home runs (63), and it is 2nd in hitting (.328).
5. The team’s 5.67 overall ERA ranked 6th in the Big Ten and its .285 opposing batting avg. ranked 3rd.
6. Buckeyes were honored as Big Ten weekly award winners a school record nine times.
7. Alex Wimmers was the Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Year and his grade school/high school/college battery mate Dan Burkhart was the Big Ten Player of the Year.
8. Reliever Jake Hale (16 saves 1.12 ERA) and DH Ryan Dew (.389) were first-team all-Big Ten. Four Buckeyes were named to the all- Big Ten second team: 3B Justin Miller (hit .350 in Big Ten play with 28 RBI), CF Michael Stephens (.339 w/ 12 HR and 58 RBI); 2B Cory Kovanda (.345 w/ .436 OB%) and SP Dean Wolosiansky (11-2 record).
9. Defensively, the team’s .964 fielding pct. is a four-year high and is 7th-best all-time at OSU.
10. Ohio State is 34-1 when leading after the seventh inning; 1-16 when trailing.
CONSISTENTLY ON TOP
Since Bob Todd became Ohio State coach in 1988, Ohio State leads the Big Ten with seven Big Ten championships, eight Big Ten tournament titles, 21 Big Ten tournament appearances and 13 NCAA appearances.
MIGHTY FINE COMPANY
Bob Todd’s seven Big Ten championships places him in lofty coaching company at Ohio State. He ranks fourth all-time in Big Ten crowns. The list of Scarlet and Gray coaching greats includes:
Coach Big Ten Titles
1. Jim Brown, Golf (1973-2009) – 17
2. Woody Hayes, Football (1951-78) – 13
3. Mike Peppe, Swim/Dive (1931-63) – 12
4. Bob Todd, Baseball (1988-present) – 7
Fred Taylor, Basketball (1959-76) – 7
Therese Hession, Golf (1991-present) – 7
Click on the attached Ohio State NCAA Release for more notes, statistics, bio updates and insights on the 2009 Buckeyes. Included is the finest stats packet to date, with stats vs. the 2009 NCAA teams Ohio State has played, last 10 games stats, individual game-by-game stats and much, much more.