April 4, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team concludes its nine-game homestand, hosting Kent State at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes (11-16, 1-5 B1G) return to the diamond after dropping two of three games against Purdue last weekend in Columbus. The Golden Flashes (17-8, 5-1 MAC) have won eight of their last 10 games heading into a midweek game vs. Youngstown State on Tuesday before making the trip to Columbus on Wednesday.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
The contest will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). A link to live stats links can be found by going to the schedule page of Ohio State Baseball on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Fans should follow the action on Twitter via @OhioState_BASE.
21st SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 340-171 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .671 winning percentage. Ohio State is 178-107 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home. The Buckeyes went 23-4 at home last year for fifth-most home wins in school history.
A LOOK BACK AT PURDUE SERIES
Ohio State won the opener vs. Purdue, 13-2, Friday night, but lost the last two games of the series by scores of 6-1 and 2-1. Yianni Pavlopoulos tossed five scoreless innings to claim his second win of the year in game one. Overall in the series, Shea Murray batted .429 (3-for-7) with two doubles, while Jalen Washington hit .333 (4-for-12) with two doubles, three runs scored and a stolen base.
SCOUTING KENT STATE
The Golden Flashes are 17-8 overall and 5-1 in MAC heading into the week. Kent State is hitting .313 with a .469 slugging percentage. Luke Burch leads the team at the dish, batting .411 with eight doubles, two triples and three home runs. The KSU pitching staff has a 3.58 ERA with 226 strikeouts in 221.0 IP. Joey Murray is 4-0 with a 1.70 ERA, striking out 55 batters in 37.0 IP.
OHIO STATE VS. KENT STATE
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series vs. the Golden Flashes, 34-15. Ohio State is 21-8 against Kent State in Columbus and 6-4 in the last 10 meetings. Last year, Kent State won, 8-3, at home. In 2015, the Golden Flashes traveled to Columbus and was leading 8-4 before having the game be called in the fourth inning due to a thunderstorm. Prior to those two recent matchups, Ohio State won, 5-3, in 2004.
TIES TO KENT STATE
Greg Beals will be facing his alma mater for the 18th time as a head coach and is 9-7 overall vs. the Golden Flashes. Beals was an assistant coach for nine seasons and was a part of three Golden Flashes teams to make an NCAA Regional — 1994, 2001 and 2002 — and three that won MAC Championships. Assistant coach Chris Holick was a two-year starter at Kent State, helping the Golden Flashes to 60 victories. He spent the 2000 season on the Kent State coaching staff that included Beals and helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament.
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 109 career games with 92 career starts and had registered 16 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 65 RBI, 24 stolen bases, 50 runs scored and 81 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.
Ohio State will hit the road for the first time in Big Ten play, traveling to State College, Pa., for a three-game series at Penn State Friday-Sunday at Medlar Field. The series finale will be broadcasted live on BTN at 3 p.m. Sunday.