April 26, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team continues its nine-game homestand with a three-game conference series against Nebraska Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Game one is set for 6:35 p.m. Friday. The middle game is slated for 3:05 p.m. Saturday before the series wraps up at 12:05 p.m. Sunday from the campus of The Ohio State University. This weekend marks the first meeting between Ohio State and Nebraska in Columbus since the 2012 campaign.
ON THE BUMP
FRIDAY: RHP Yianni Pavlopoulos (2-5, 6.39 ERA) vs. RHP Jake Hohensee (5-2, 3.17 ERA)
SATURDAY: RHP Jake Post (1-3, 3.38 ERA) vs. RHP Derek Burkamper (2-4, 4.50 ERA)
SUNDAY: TBA vs. LHP Jake Meyers (6-1, 2.91 ERA)
FRIDAY: Military Appreciation Night, Postgame Fireworks!
SATURDAY: Alumni Day, Family Packs Available
SUNDAY: Youth Day, Pregame Inflatables, Family Packs Available
FOLLOW THE ACTION
All three games will be streamed on Buckeye Vision ($). Fans can also listen on AM 1460 ESPN or on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Bob Spears (analysis) will have the call. 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.
OHIO STATE AS OF LATE
Ohio State dropped the first two games of a three-game series vs. UNCG last weekend, but bounced back with a 5-4 win last Sunday over the Spartans. Seth Kinker tossed a career-high six innings with five strikeouts to claim his second win of the season. The OSU junior reliever posted his 100th career strikeout to end the game, fanning Caleb Webster, the toughest hitter in the country to strike out, in the top of the ninth to claim the victory. At the dish, Tre’ Gantt (6-for-12) and Conner Pohl (5-for-10) hit .500, while Dominic Canzone (4-for-10) batted .400 over the weekend.
A LOOK AT THE BIG TEN
The Buckeyes (4-8) currently stand in 11th place in the Big Ten standings heading into the final weekend of April. Maryland (12-3) leads the conference followed by Minnesota (8-4), Nebraska (7-4-1), Purdue (9-6), Michigan (7-5), Indiana (8-6-1), Iowa (6-6), Rutgers (4-5), Michigan State (5-7) and Northwestern (5-7). The top eight teams advance to the 2017 Big Ten Tournament May 24-18 in Bloomington, Ind.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State ranks second in the league in triples (12), third in walks (171) and sixth in home runs (31). The Buckeye pitching staff has a 5.11 ERA, which is ninth in the conference, while striking out 284 hitters, good for fifth in the league. Tre’ Gantt is tied for the Big Ten lead in walks (27). Jalen Washington is tied for fourth in triples (3) and fourth in hit by pitches (153). Noah McGowan and Zach Ratcliff each have five home runs, which is tied for 11th in the conference. On the mound, Jake Post is sixth in ERA (3.38). He has struck out 20 hitters looking, which is tied for third in the Big Ten.
21st SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 342-176 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .660 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.
SCOUTING THE HUSKERS
Nebraska is 24-15-1 overall and 7-4-1 in Big Ten play. The Huskers won two of three games at Minnesota last weekend. Nebraska won, 13-2, over Omaha on Tuesday, hitting three home runs against the Mavericks. Led by sixth-year head coach Darin Erstad, Nebraska is hitting .270 as a team with 72 doubles, five triples and 15 home runs. The Husker pitching staff has a 3.39 ERA, which is second-best in the conference. Scott Schreiber is hitting .316 with eight doubles, four home runs and 30 RBI. On the mound, Jake Meyers is 6-1 with a 2.91 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 55.2 innings of work.
OHIO STATE VS. NEBRASKA
The Cornhuskers lead the all-time series vs. the Buckeyes, 10-8. Ohio State has won the last two meetings. The two squads met in Lincoln, Neb., during the 2015 campaign. The Huskers won game one, 5-2. The Buckeyes bounced back with a 2-1 win in 10 innings in game two to snap a six-game losing streak. The Scarlet and Gray claimed a 5-2 win in 10 innings in game three. Ohio State is 1-2 against Nebraska in Columbus, falling in two of three games during the 2012 season.
Multiple Buckeyes have hit streaks headed into the weekend, including Dominic Canzone (6), Tre’ Gantt (3), Bo Coolen (3) and Conner Pohl (3). Several Buckeyes have reached base streaks led by Jacob Barnwell with a career-high 11-consecutive games. Following Barnwell: Canzone (6), Gantt (6), Jalen Washington (3), Coolen (3), Pohl (3), Noah West (3), and Shea Murray (3).
CANZONE IN B1G GAMES
Freshman Dominic Canzone is leading the Big Ten in batting average (.500) and on-base percentage (.550) in conference games. He is third in the conference in slugging (.824). The native of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, he is also tied for eighth in RBI (12) and stolen bases (4).
BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Dominic Canzone was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced April 13. The native of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, Canzone led the Buckeyes to a 3-1 mark April 5-9, including a road series win at Penn State. 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.
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 125 career games with 108 career starts and had registered 22 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 70 RBI, 29 stolen bases, 61 runs scored and 97 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 host No. 6 Texas Tech May 2-3 at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The series marks the first trip to Columbus for the Red Raiders. Both games will be streamed on Buckeye Vision ($).