May 2, 2017

Buckeyes Close Homestand vs. No. 4 Texas Tech

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May 2, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team concludes its nine-game homestand with a two-game midweek series against No. 4 Texas Tech Tuesday-Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. First pitches for both games are set for 6:35 p.m. from the campus of The Ohio State University. This week marks the first meeting between Ohio State and Texas Tech in Columbus in program history.   

THE BASICS
Game 44
| vs. No. 4 Texas Tech | Tuesday, May 2 | 6:35 p.m.
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Game 45 | vs. No. 4 Texas Tech| Wednesday, May 3 | 6:35 p.m.
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ON THE BUMP
TUESDAY:
RHP Jake Vance (0-2, 5.79 ERA) vs. TBA
WEDNESDAY: TBA

PROMOTIONS
TUESDAY:
Dollar Dog Night, Postgame Fireworks!
WEDNESDAY: Triple Play Package Available (online and in advance only).

FOLLOW THE ACTION
Both games will be streamed for free on Buckeye Vision. 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.

LEADING OFF

  • Ohio State is 17-26 overall and 5-10 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes hold a 6-13 record at home this season.
  • Last time out, the Buckeyes fell in a home series vs. Nebraska. Ohio State won game one, 9-7, in a suspended contest due to weather, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth to help claim the comeback victory.
  • The Buckeyes batted .324 on the weekend vs. the Huskers, collecting six doubles, two triples and 19 runs scored.
  • Tuesday will be the second time in history the Buckeyes and Red Raiders have met on the diamond. The two teams met at the 2004 Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Tech won the game, 9-4.
  • Ohio State is 30-31 all-time against members of the Big 12 conference. The Buckeyes went 1-1 against Kansas State to begin the season at the Sunshine State Classic Series in Kissimmee, Fla.
  • Rookie Dominic Canzone leads the Buckeyes with a .339 average at the dish. He is hitting .417 in his last 10 games. Canzone was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week April 10. Canzone leads the Big Ten in batting average (.444) and on-base percentage (.491) in conference games. He is third in conference games in slugging (.711).
  • Tre’ Gantt leads the conference with 29 walks. He leads the team in hits (47) and runs scored (32).
  • Jalen Washington leads the Buckeyes with 12 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 31 RBI.
  • The OSU pitching staff has seen 16 different arms on the mound this year. Kinker is 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched in 19 relief appearances.
  • Ohio State is hitting .249 as a team with 71 doubles, 14 triples and 31 home runs.
  • The OSU pitching staff has combined for a 5.15 ERA with 312 strikeouts in 379.1 innings pitched.
  • The 2017 campaign marks the 134th season of Ohio State baseball and 21st at Bill Davis Stadium.
  • The team is led by seventh-year head coach Greg Beals, who led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten tournament championship and NCAA Regional in 2016.
  • The team is led by a five-member senior class that includes four fifth-year seniors: Jake Post, Shea Murray, Joe Stoll and Zach Ratcliff.
  • Washington and redshirt junior pitcher Adam Niemeyer were both named captains. Washington was recently named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate.
  • Kinker was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List.
  • Yianni Pavlopoulos joined Washington and Kinker on the B1G Players to Watch List.
  • Ohio State welcomed 15 newcomers to the 35-man roster, including seven junior college transfers.
  • The Buckeyes went 3-3 in road games and 5-5 in neutral site contests to begin the season. Highlighting the early part of the schedule were ranked wins over No. 5 Oregon State (6-1; Feb. 24) and No. 24 FGCU (5-4, March 12).

OHIO STATE AS OF LATE
Ohio State dropped two of three games vs. Nebraska last weekend in Columbus. The Buckeyes won game one, 9-7, scoring six runs in the bottom of the fifth in a suspended game on Saturday. The Huskers won game two, 3-1, before holding on to an 11-9 victory in the series finale on Sunday. Ohio State scored eight runs in the bottom of the eighth in game three, but dropped to 5-10 in conference play.  Brady Cherry batted .545 (6-for-11) in the series with two runs scored, double, triple and five RBI, while Shea Murray and Jalen Washington each hit. 417 (5-for-12) vs. the Huskers. Connor Curlis received the win in game one, working four innings of relief and allowed one run on one hit with three strikeouts.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State ranks second in the league in triples (14), fourth in walks (176) and sixth in home runs (31). The Buckeye pitching staff has a 5.18 ERA, which is ninth in the conference, while striking out 312 hitters, good for sixth in the league. Tre’ Gantt is tied for the Big Ten lead in walks (29). Jalen Washington is tied for first in the league in triples (4) and fourth in hit by pitches (15). On the mound, Jake Post is 11th in ERA (3.51). He has struck out 24 hitters looking, which is second in the conference.

21st SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 343-178 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .659 winning percentage. Ohio State is 179-109 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.

SCOUTING THE RED RAIDERS
Texas Tech is 36-12 overall and 11-7 in Big 12 play. Last weekend, the Red Raiders took two of three games vs. No. 2 TCU, run-ruling the Horned Frogs in the series finale by a 21-3 score on Sunday. Texas Tech is hitting .307 as a team with 95 doubles, 22 triples and 48 home runs. The squad is slugging .476 with 44 stolen bases on the year. Hunter Hargrove is batting .346 (66-for-191) with 19 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 46 RBI. Orlando Garcia is slugging .582 with eight doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 52 RBI. On the mound, the Red Raider pitching staff has a 3.91 ERA with 416 strikeouts in 428.0 innings pitched.

STREAKY BUCKEYES
A trio of Buckeyes head into the series with hit streaks, including Dominic Canzone (9), Jalen Washington (5) and Shea Murray (3). Several Buckeyes have reached base streaks: Canzone (9), Gantt (9), Washington (6), Murray (6), Cherry (4), West (4) and Ratcliff (3).

OTHER NOTES

  • Ohio State is 13-7 when scoring first and 15-1 when leading after eight innings.
  • Tre’ Gantt and Jalen Washington lead the team with 14 multi-hit games.
  • Brady Cherry and Washington have a team-high seven multi-RBI contests.
  • Dominic Canzone is hitting .417 (15-for-35) in his last 10 games. Washington is batting .400 (8-for-20) with seven RBI in his last five games.
  • Canzone is on a team-high nine-game hit streak. He’s one game away from trying his season high.
  • Seth Kinker has made 74 career appearances, which is 12th in the OSU career appearances list.
  • Jacob Barnwell is hitting .368 (14-for-38) with two outs.
  • Opponents are hitting .179 (5-for-28) vs. left-handed reliever Joe Stoll.
  • Three freshmen position players have seen quality time on the field: Canzone (36 gp, 26 gs), Noah West (26 gp, 20 gs) and Conner Pohl (20 gp, 6 gs).

UP NEXT
Ohio State will travel to play No. 17 Michigan Friday-Sunday in Ann Arbor. The series finale Sunday will be televised live on BTN.