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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fans of the Ohio State baseball program will be able to follow the team in a variety of ways this season, starting with free streaming video broadcasts of the first two games of the Greg Beals era this weekend. Broadcasts this year include games on the Big Ten Network, radio broadcasts on The Fan 1460 AM with free audio streaming on OhioStateBuckeyes.com, and additional games streamed live on the internet.

Jumping right into the schedule, the first two games of the season – vs. Cincinnati Friday at 1 p.m. and vs. Louisville Saturday at 4 p.m. – will be streamed over the internet free of charge. The broadcasts can be viewed at www.Collegebaseball360.com and/or at www.BIGEASTBigTenBaseballChallenge.com. Calling the action will be Collegebaseball360.com’s Sean Stires, Bradenton Marauders announcer Joel Godett and Ian Dooley.

As of this release, those are the only games out of Ohio State’s opening 21 games – all on the road – that will feature audio or video broadcasts, but multi-game series at California, Fresno State and Cal State Bakersfield the last weekend in March may have a broadcast element. Stay tuned.  

Stats and Tweets

Until the Big Ten Conference season opens the weekend of April 1 against Northwestern, game stats and action can be tracked via Live Stats, available through the schedule link on the baseball home page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Additional game notes and good news will also be available via Twitter: @BuckeyeNotes.

Fraas and The Fan

Columbus radio station The Fan, WBNS 1460 AM, will kick of its 28-game regular season broadcast schedule starting with the Northwestern series. Longtime Ohio State baseball announcer Frank Fraas, and Marty Bannister picking up games on the road, will describe the action of all 24 of Ohio State’s Big Ten games this year plus both games of the two-game series against Oklahoma State and North Florida. Back providing color analysis are former Buckeyes Brian Mannino and Bob Spears.  

Free Audio on the Internet

Each of the 28 games carried by WBNS 1460 AM will also be audio streamed over the internet – free of charge – on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Three BTN and 14 BTN.com Games

Three Ohio State baseball games will be televised live on the Big Ten Network in 2011, the network recently announced. All three are Ohio State home games:

  • Sunday, April 3 vs. Northwestern – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 16 vs. Michigan State – 2 p.m.
  • Friday, April 29 vs. Michigan – 7 p.m.

The Ohio State/Northwestern game will kick off the Big Ten Network’s third season of baseball coverage. The Network will carry 20 regular season Big Ten games – no team appears more than four times – with the Friday and Saturday, May 20-21 games, selected as “wild card” games.

In addition, 14 Ohio State home games will be streamed over the internet to www.BigTenNetwork.com. These games are part of the Big Ten Network’s subscription package that cost as little as $7.95 per month for a one-school plan. Additional subscription options are available at https://video.bigtennetwork.com/bigtenus/secure/registerform. Ohio State home games that will feature audio and video streams on BigTenNetwork.com include the following:

  • Tuesday, March 29 vs. Xavier – 6:35 p.m.
  • Friday, April 1 vs. Northwestern – 6:35 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 6 vs. Miami (Ohio) – 6:35 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 13 vs. Akron – 6:35 p.m.
  • Friday, April 15 vs. Michigan State – 6:35 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 17 vs. Michigan State – 1:05 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 1 vs. Michigan – 1:05 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 3 vs. North Florida – 6:35 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 10 vs. Oklahoma State – 6:35 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 11 vs. Oklahoma State – 6:35 p.m.
  • Friday, May 13 vs. Iowa – 6:35 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 14 vs. Iowa – 3:05 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15 vs. Iowa – 1:05 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 17 vs. Toledo – 12 noon

Some of Ohio State’s road games may be streamed on the BigTenNetwork.com, but these will announced by the host sites. Some additional Ohio State home games may be streamed free-of-charge on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Check the web site periodically for broadcast updates.

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