April 18, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team opens a nine-game homestand against Northern Kentucky at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes (15-21, 4-8 B1G) return to campus after falling in two of three games at Michigan State last weekend. Ohio State won the series finale, 13-8, in East Lansing last Sunday. The Norse (12-22, 6-6 Horizon) were swept in a three-game series at UIC last weekend.
ON THE BUMP
WEDNESDAY: RHP Jake Vance (0-1, 3.18 ERA) vs. LHP Trey Ganns (2-5, 8.76 ERA)
FOLLOW THE ACTION
The game vs. the Norse will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). A links to live stats links can be found by going to the schedule page of Ohio State Baseball on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter via @OhioState_BASE.
21st SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 341-173 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .665 winning percentage. Ohio State is 178-107 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home. The Buckeyes went 23-4 at home last year for the fifth-most home wins in school history.
MICHIGAN STATE SERIES RECAP
After opening the series with two losses, the Buckeyes rebounded with a 13-8 victory in the series finale at Michigan State last Sunday at Kobs Field in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes sprayed a season-high 21 hits in the win as seven different Buckeyes recorded multi-hit games. Dominic Canzone went 4-for-6 with a double, triple, three RBI and two stolen bases, while Jalen Washington, Shea Murray and Brady Cherry each homered in the road win. Andrew Fishel also tallied his first career three-hit game in his first start of the season, while Tre’ Gantt scored a season-high three runs in his team-high 11 multi-hit game of the year. Canzone led the Buckeyes at the plate in the series with a .545 average (6-for-11).
The Buckeyes will be home for the next two weeks. Ohio State will head out of conference this weekend and host UNC Greensboro Friday-Sunday in the first meeting between the two teams. Ohio State will then have five days off to prepare for a key home series against Nebraska April 28-30 before welcoming No. 5 Texas Tech May 2-3 to begin the final month of the regular season.
SCOUTING THE NORSE
Northern Kentucky is 12-22 overall and 6-6 in Horizon League play. The Norse are hitting .275 as a team with 71 doubles and 36 home runs on the year. Four batters are hitting over the .300 mark. Dominic Mercurio is hitting .327, while Trey Ganns and TJ Alas each have eight home runs on the year, combining for 55 of the team’s 185 RBI. On the mound, the NKU staff has a 6.41 ERA with 209 strikeouts in 287.2 innings pitched.
Ohio State is 3-0 all-time vs. the Norse. Last time out, the Scarlet and Gray won, 4-3, to open up the home schedule March 11 during the 2015 campaign.
BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Dominic Canzone was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced April 10. The native of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, Canzone led the Buckeyes to a 3-1 mark last week, including a road series win in Happy Valley. Canzone hit .412 (7-for-17) with two runs scored, double, home run, seven RBI and stolen base at the plate, becoming the first OSU rookie to win freshman of the week since Brady Cherry in 2016.
IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State is ninth in the conference standings with a 4-8 mark. Ohio State ranks second in the league in triples (12), third in walks (160) and tied for fifth in home runs (31). The Buckeye pitching staff has a 4.89 ERA, which is eighth-best in the conference, while striking out 257 hitters, good for fifth in the league. Tre’ Gantt is second in walks (27). Jalen Washington is third in triples (3) and fourth in hit by pitches (13). Noah McGowan, Zach Ratcliff and Washington each have five home runs, which is tied for 15th in the conference. On the mound, Jake Post is tenth in ERA (3.38) and 11th in strikeouts (38). He has struck out 20 hitters looking, which is second in the Big Ten.
SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE
Jalen Washington, a senior captain and infielder on the Ohio State baseball team, is a candidate for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced March 27. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. Washington is in his second year as captain for the Buckeyes. The native of Twinsburg, Ohio, Washington had played in 120 career games with 103 career starts and had registered 19 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 65 RBI, 26 stolen bases, 56 runs scored and 86 hits in his career. Washington is a young man of very high character. He is a two-time captain, voted on by his teammates, and his leadership is invaluable to upholding the high standards at The Ohio State University and in the baseball program. He has passed out shoes to children in schools in Columbus area and took a mission trip to Bolivia with Soles4Souls. During the trip, he participated in a one-week shoe drive, passing out shoes to schools, orphanages, and underprivileged children and families. He was a member of the Big Ten All-Tournament Team in 2016 and was on the Johnny Bench Award Watch List. This season, he was named to the Big Ten Players to Watch List.
Seventh-year head coach Greg Beals is the 11th head coach in Ohio State history and the fourth in the last 60 years. In his 15th year as a collegiate head coach, he is 461-368-1 and 218-166-1 at the helm of the Buckeyes.
Greg Beals COACHES SHOW
Fans can tune in to AM 1460 ESPN each Monday evening for the Greg Beals Coaches Show. Fans can also log on to 97.1thefan.com to stream online. The show will air weekly at 7-7:30 p.m. ET each Monday unless noted on 1460 ESPN.
BTN PLUS HOME GAMES
Ohio State will have 17 home games on BTN Plus this spring, beginning vs. Youngstown State March 21. Game one and two of the Minnesota series, the team’s conference opener, will also be featured on BTN Plus. Fans can purchase a subscription by visiting www.btn2go.com.
Home Games on BTN Plus: Youngstown State (3/21), Minnesota (3/24), Minnesota (3/25), Ohio (3/28), Kent State (4/5), Cincinnati (4/11), Eastern Michigan (4/12), Northern Kentucky (4/19), UNC-Greensboro (4/21-23), Bowling Green (5/9), Ball State (5/10), Toledo (5/16), Indiana (5/18-20).
NINE GAMES ON BUCKEYE VISION
Starting with its home opener vs. Xavier March 17, the Buckeyes will have nine home games streamed live on Buckeye Vision. Fans can purchase either monthly or yearly subscriptions by visiting this page.
Home games on Buckeye Vision: Xavier (3/17-18), Purdue (3/31), Purdue (4/2), Nebraska (4/28-30) and Texas Tech (5/2-3).
OHIO STATE BASEBALL TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Ohio State single game and season tickets are now on sale. Season tickets are the best value with a 38% savings off of the single game ticket price for all 28 home games. Single-game tickets are available for $8 for general admission and $11 for reserved seats for adults, $8 (Reserved) and $5 (GA) for seniors (62+) and $8 (6 & under) and free (GA) for children 6 and under. Students can get in free with Buck ID. Family packs are also available for purchase for every Saturday and Sunday regular season home game. Other promotions throughout the season include, Triple Play Package, Buy One, Get One & Dollar Dog Night. Click here for more info.
Ohio State hosts UNC Greensboro Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. All three games will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and fans also can listen on AM 1460 ESPN.