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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State opens its 12th season of play at Bill Davis Stadium Wednesday, March 26 at 2 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Panthers. The team is coming off three weekends of games on the road and a six-games-in-seven-days spring trip to Bradenton, Fla. Ohio State enters the game with a 9-6 record. Pittsburgh is 6-11 and 0-3 in the BIG EAST Conference after dropping three at West Virginia last week.

Ohio State (9-6; 0-0 Big Ten)
vs.
Pittsburgh Panthers (6-11, 0-3 Big East)
Wednesday, March 26, 2 p.m. EDT
Bill Davis Stadium

RADIO/TV/WEB COVERAGE
Radio: None
Television: None
Webcast: Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Leading Off…
1. The game opens the 12th season of action at Bill Davis Stadium (BDS).
2. This is the last radio-less game.
3. The rest of this season’s games will either be carried on WMNI-AM 920 or on http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/.
4. Ohio State leads the series, 15-1.
5. Pitt won the last meeting: 7-3 at BDS in 2006.

OHIO STATE LEADS SERIES, 15-1
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Pitt by a 17-1 count. The Buckeyes won the first 15 games in the series. Pitt stopped the streak in 2006 with a 7-3 win at Bill Davis Stadium. The two teams first played in 1942 and had a total of 12 meetings between then and 1968. There was a 30-year pause in the series until the teams met in 1998 (a 5-3 Ohio State win).

THE HOT CORNER
Senior outfielder Tony Kennedy has hit safely in each of the team’s first 15 games and after having just one hit in eight consecutive games, he has come alive of late and is now hitting .339. The hitting streak is a personal best, topping 10-game streaks in 2006 and 2007.

  Junior pitcher/center fielder J.B. Shuck leads the every day starters with a .455 average and 17 runs scored. He is also tops on the pitching staff with a 3-1 record and 22.0 innings pitched. He was chosen Big Ten pitcher of the week Feb. 26 after striking out a career-high nine batters and pitching 5.0 scoreless innings against Memphis.

Buckeye Notes & Numbers
  Ohio State held a lead in each of its first 13 games and in 14 of its first 15.
  Dan DeLucia has climbed to eighth on the career innings pitched chart with 285.2.
  Rory Meister has moved into third place in all-time appearances with 83.
  Four freshmen pitchers have multiple appearances: Alex Wimmers (8), Drew Rucinski (5), Dean Wolosiansky (5) and Andrew Armstrong (2). All but Wolosiansky are true freshmen.
  Cory Kovanda and J.B. Shuck lead the team with eight multi-hit games apiece.
  Cory Rupert and Justin Miller lead the team with eight and five multi-RBI games, respectively.
  Brian DeLucia (vs. Arkansas State), Shuck (vs. Louisiana Tech), Dan Burkhart (vs. Harvard), Ryan Meade (vs. Dartmouth) and Kovanda (vs. Kansas) each have four-hit games this season.
  Dan DeLucia struck out a career-high 10 batters in his win over Bradley.
  Tony Kennedy has thrown out two runners at home plate and he has three outfield assists total.
  Five Buckeyes who start every day, led by Rupert (17-for-30; .567 avg.) and Ryan Meade (16-of-36; .444), are hitting .400 or above with runners on base. Kovanda (.429), Kennedy (.414) and Justin Miller (.412) are the others.
  With runners in scoring position, Rupert’s average climbs to .632.

PITT SNIPPITS
The Panthers exceeded everyone’s expectations, according to the school’s web site, in 2007 by placing fourth in the Big East during the regular season. The team was 27-27 overall and 15-12 in the Big East.

The Pitt Panthers Today
  Sean Conley has been the team’s offensive leader early on, with .364 average, six home runs and 26 RBI through the team’s first 17 games.
  Jordan Herr and Danny Lopez also sport nice averages at .380 and .301, respectively.
  Herr, Joe Leonard and Lopez are double-digit RBI men with 14, 14 and 13, respectively.
  The pitching staff has a 5.85 team ERA.
  Brian Chrisman leads the starters with a 3-2 mark and a 3.58 ERA.
  Rob Brant has a 5.53 ERA. He and Nate Reed join Chrisman as inning eaters: they’ve pitched 27.2 and 18.1 innings through the team’s first 17 games, respectively.
  Coach Joe Jordano entered the season ranked 40th on the winningest active coaches list. 
  28 of Jordano’s Pitt players have signed professional contracts.
  The University of Pittsburgh was founded in 1787 and has an enrollment of 33,574.

BRADENTON RECAP
Ohio State completed its initial month on the road with a 9-6 record including a 4-2 mark on its recent week-long stay in Bradenton. The Army game was cancelled. Some of the story lines from Florida include: Tony Kennedy extended his season long hitting streak to 15 games. He hit .500 in the six games (11-for-22) … Cory Kovanda has been on fire since being moved into the No. 2 batting order seven games ago. He hit .625 in  Bradenton (15-for-26) and he scored eight runs … As a team, Ohio State had 16, 19, 15, 19, 10 and 20 hits in the six games and scored 57 runs … Five other everyday starters hit over .400 in Florida with Cory Rupert’s .480 average and nine RBI most impressive … Chris Macke’s first career home run – a grand slam vs. Kansas – helped him to a six RBI day against the Jayhawks and to eight RBI in four games in Florida … Macke’s grand slam was the first by a Buckeye in nearly three years. Paul Farinacci hit one against Illinois April 2, 2005, a span of 174 games … Freshman Ryan Meade has an 11-game hitting streak … Dan DeLucia dominated Bradley for his well-deserved first win of the season and 22nd of his career … True freshman Andrew Armstrong pitched a fine first start (vs. St. Louis) with 6.1 innings pitched and only two earned runs allowed … Justin Miller did not play in the team’s past two games due to a leg injury … A fine food find: Sonny’s home-style BBQ in Sarasota. The manager, Erik, is an Ohio State graduate and the “feast for four,” featuring smoked pork, brisket, ribs and chicken, with beans, fries and slaw on the side, will satisfy even the hungriest foursome.
  
And Some Quick Hitters
  The Buckeyes are hitting .342 as a team and have outhit their opponents by 60 hits: 191 to 131.
Opponents are hitting just .255 off Ohio State’s pitching staff.
Among Buckeyes with 10 or more starts: seven are hitting at least .300.
Among Buckeyes with 10 or more starts: seven are hitting at least .300.
Cory Rupert (18), Ryan Meade (13), Justin Miller (12) and Tony Kennedy (11) are leading the team in RBI.
Drew Rucinski (1.80), Dean Wolosiansky (3.00) and Dan DeLucia (4.05) lead in ERA.

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