May 8, 2017

Buckeyes Host Two MAC Opponents in Midweek Games

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May 8, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team welcomes two Mid-American Conference opponents this week in Columbus. The Buckeyes (18-29, 6-12 B1G) host Bowling Green Tuesday and Ball State Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Both games start at 6:35 p.m. ET and will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).

THE BASICS
Game 48
| vs. Bowling Green | Tuesday, May 9 | 6:35 p.m.
Live Stats |  BTN Plus | Twitter Updates

Game 49 | vs. Ball State | Wednesday, May 10 | 6:35 p.m.
Live Stats |  BTN Plus | Twitter Updates

ON THE BUMP
TUESDAY:
RHP Reece Calvert (2-1, 8.91 ERA) vs. LHP Chandler Stillings (0-4, 7.40 ERA)
WEDNESDAY:
RHP Jake Vance (0-2, 5.60 ERA) vs. LHP Kevin Marnon (5-4, 5.14 ERA)  

PROMOTIONS
TUESDAY:
Dollar Dog Night
WEDNESDAY: Triple Play Packages Available (online and in advance only)

FOLLOW THE ACTION
Both games 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.

LEADING OFF

  • Ohio State is 18-29 overall and 6-12 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes are 6-14 at home this season.
  • Last time out, the Scarlet and Gray fell in a road series at No. 17 Michigan, but won game three of the series by a 4-2 score. The Buckeyes dropped a 5-3 midweek game against No. 4 Texas Tech last Wednesday in Columbus.
  • Ohio State currently stand in 11th place in the Big Ten standings with two weeks to go.
  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series vs. Bowling Green, 30-19-4. Ohio State holds a 13-6 record vs. Ball State.
  • Head coach Greg Beals was head coach of the Cardinals from 2003-2010, where he won 243 games and three Mid-American Conference West Division championships. He guided Ball State to the 2006 Lexington Regional.
  • Rookie Dominic Canzone leads the Buckeyes with a .352 average at the dish. He is hitting .378 in his last 10 games. Canzone was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week April 10. Canzone is second in the Big Ten in batting average (.429) in conference games, third in on-base percentage (.477) and fourth in slugging percentage (.643).
  • Tre’ Gantt is second in the conference in walks (31). He leads the team in hits (49) and runs scored (33).
  • Jalen Washington leads the Buckeyes with 13 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 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 46.2 innings pitched in 20 relief appearances.
  • Ohio State is hitting .247 as a team with 74 doubles, 15 triples and 32 home runs.
  • The OSU pitching staff has combined for a 5.02 ERA with 344 strikeouts in 413.1 innings pitched.
  • The 2017 campaign marks the 134th season of Ohio State baseball and 21st at Bill Davis Stadium.
  • The team is guided 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.
  • 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).

SUNDAY WIN AT TTUN
After falling in the first two games, the Buckeyes rebounded with a 4-2 win in the series finale at No. 17 Michigan last Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich. In his first career start, Seth Kinker was strong, working six innings and limiting the UM bats to two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks to improve to 3-0. Zach Ratcliff hit the go-ahead grand slam with one out in the top of the sixth, while Adam Niemeyer sealed the win with three scoreless innings of relief work to tally his first career save.

CLIPPED BY NO. 4 TEXAS TECH
Ohio State fell, 5-3, against No. 4 Texas Tech May 3 at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes took a 2-0 early lead, but the Red Raiders rallied with two runs in the fourth and the go-ahead run in the fifth, while stranding 10 Ohio State runners to claim the midweek win. Ohio State freshman pitcher Jake Vance was steady on the mound, tallying a season-high five strikeouts and kept Texas Tech off the board through the first three innings. The Red Raiders strung two, two-out RBI hits in the fourth to tie the game against Vance. Overall, the OSU pitching staff combined to strike out 13 TTU hitters. At the plate, Dominic Canzone was 3-for-5 with two RBI, while Jacob Barnwell was 2-for-4 with a run scored and triple. Co-captain right-handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer made his first appearance on the mound since March 19 vs. Xavier. Niemeyer has missed the last 24 games due to injury.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State ranks second in triples (15), fifth in walks (189) and seventh in home runs (32). The Buckeye pitching staff has a 5.05 ERA, which is ninth in the conference, while striking out 344 hitters, good for sixth in the league. Dominic Canzone is third in the league in hitting (.352). Tre’ Gantt is second in walks (31). Jalen Washington is tied for second in the league in triples (4) and fourth in hit by pitches (15).

FIVE BUCKEYES RECEIVE DEGREES
Five members of the team graduated from The Ohio State University on Sunday: fifth-year seniors Zach Ratcliff (sport industry), Jake Post (human development & family science), Shea Murray (political science), Joe Stoll (integrated systems engineering) and senior student manager Caleb Huth.

SCOUTING THE FALCONS
Bowling Green is 12-30 overall and 7-14 in MAC play. The Falcons are hitting .227 as a team with 57 doubles, and 19 home runs. Randy Righter is hitting .280 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 17 RBI. The BGSU pitching staff has a 6.04 ERA with 243 strikeouts in 365.1 innings pitched.

OHIO STATE VS. BOWLING GREEN
The Buckeyes are 30-19-4 all-time vs. the Falcons. Ohio State has won nine of the last 10 meetings and hold a 24-9 record in Columbus. The two teams last met during the 2012 campaign as the Buckeyes won, 8-4, April 25, 2012, in Columbus.

A LOOK AT BALL STATE
The Cardinals are 25-22 overall and 12-9 in MAC action. The Cardinals are hitting .276 as a team with 93 doubles, 14 triples and 25 home runs. Sean Kennedy leads Ball State with a .346 average with 13 doubles, nine home runs and 42 RBI. The Ball State pitching staff has a 4.19 ERA with 404 strikeouts in 416.2 innings of work.

OHIO STATE VS. BALL STATE
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series vs. the Cardinals, 13-6. Ohio State has won six of the last 10 meetings and hold an 8-5 record against Ball State in Columbus. The two teams last met during the 2014 campaign as the Cardinals won, 8-6, April 16, 2014. Head coach Greg Beals is 1-1 vs. his former coached team. Beals was head coach of the Cardinals from 2003-2010, where he won 243 games and three Mid-American Conference West Division championships. He guided Ball State to the 2006 Lexington Regional.

ROOKIE LEADING THE WAY
Freshman Dominic Canzone has seen the ball as well as anyone in the Big Ten over the last month, racking up 44 hits and 11 walks for a .352 average. Included in his 44 hits are four doubles, two triples, two home runs, while driving in 25 RBI.

  • Hitting .378 (14-for-37), while driving in nine in his last 10 games.
  • Had a 12-game hit streak snapped last time out at Michigan. The hit streak was a season-high in 2017 for the Buckeyes.
  • Batted .364 (4-for-11) to lead team at plate at Michigan series (5/5-7).
  • Had a three-hit game vs. No. 4 Texas Tech May 3.
  • Second in the Big Ten in conference games in batting average (.429), third in on-base percentage (.477) and fourth in slugging percentage (.643).
  • Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week April 10.

GIVE THE LEAD TO THE BULLPEN
The Buckeyes are 14-2 when leading after seven innings and 16-1 when leading after eight innings in 2017. Kyle Michalik is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 19 appearances out of the bullpen, while Joe Stoll is 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA in 20 appearances. Seth Kinker, a 2017 NCBWA Preseason Stopper Watch List selection, is 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA in 20 appearances.

OTHER NOTES

  • Jalen Washington leads the team with 15 multi-hit games.
  • Brady Cherry, Dominic Canzone and Washington have a team-high seven multi-RBI contests.
  • Seth Kinker has made 75 career appearances, which is 12th in the OSU career appearances list.
  • Jacob Barnwell is hitting .364 (16-for-44) with two outs.
  • Opponents are hitting .167 (5-for-30) vs. left-handed reliever Joe Stoll.
  • Canzone is hitting .371 (13-for-35) with runners in scoring position. He lead the team with 16 two-out RBI.
  • Three freshmen position players have seen quality time on the field: Canzone (40 gp, 30 gs), Noah West (29 gp, 22 gs) and Conner Pohl (22 gp, 10 gs).
  • Former Buckeye Drew Rucinski was recently called up to the Minnesota Twins last week.
  • Ohio State has hit four grand slams this year.

UP NEXT
Ohio State travels to Iowa City, Iowa, for a three-game Big Ten road series Friday-Sunday at Duane Banks Field.