COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes have their first Tuesday game during the conference season this week as they host the 36-7 and 10th-ranked Louisville Cardinals Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The two-game series will conclude Wednesday with a 2 p.m. first pitch at Bill Davis Stadium. Ohio State is 24-15 overall.
The Tuesday game with Louisville will be replayed on the Big Ten Network at 12 a.m. Wednesday morning and again at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.
This Week in Ohio State Baseball
Ohio State (24-15, 8-7 Big Ten)
Game 40: vs. No. 10 Louisville
(36-7, 14-4 Big East)
Tuesday, May 4 – 7 p.m.
Game 41: vs. No. 10 Louisville
Wednesday, May 5 – 2:05 p.m.
Game 42: vs. Illinois
(20-20, 6-9 Big Ten)
Friday, May 7 – 6:35 p.m.
Game 43: vs. Illinois
Saturday, May 8 – 1:05 p.m.
Game 44: vs. Illinois
Sunday, May 9 – 1:05 p.m.
All Times EDT
Tuesday vs. Louisville can be seen live on the Big Ten Network. Brent Stover and Danan Hughes will have the call.
LIVE STATS & STREAMING VIDEO
Live stats and streaming video at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
The Louisville games start a season-long six-game home stretch of games. Illinois comes to town for a key weekend series and then the Buckeyes will entertain Ball State next Wednesday (May 12) in a 6:35 p.m. game.
SERIES HISTORY WITH LOUISVILLE
The series between Ohio State and Louisville started in 1988 in coach Bob Todd’s first year. Ohio State took two of three from the Cards in a season-opening trio of games in Louisville that year. In 1992, Ohio State won, 12-1, also in a game played in Louisville. Louisville has won the last three games to take a 4-3 lead in the all-time series.
WE’RE JUST NOT GOING TO GO THERE
Ohio State was defeated by Louisville twice last year at UL’s very cool Jim Patterson Field. The Cardinals hit six home runs and as part of a 19-hit night in the Game 1, 21-5 win. Game 2 was won by the Cardinals, 12-7. All of Ohio State’s runs were the results of five home runs, by Matt Streng, Zach Hurley, Justin Miller and two by Michael Stephens.
LOUISVILLE WINS, 13-12, IN ’08 AT BDS
In 2008, Ohio State and Louisville combined for 37 hits, 25 runs, five home runs and plenty of excitement as Louisville won, 13-12, at Bill Davis Stadium. Justin Miller led the Buckeyes with a career high five hits and five RBI. Louisville’s Andrew Clark was 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs and Chris Dominguez had a pair of hits and three runs scored. Both took part in a three-home run fourth inning that gave Louisville the lead for good after trailing, 5-2.
Ohio State dropped its second consecutive Big Ten Conference series, 2-1, at Michigan over the weekend. The team got admirable pitching performances in the wake of Alex Wimmers’ tweaked hamstring on Friday. The reshuffled lineup limited the Wolverines to a .220 batting average and a 4.15 ERA for the series.
RELIEVERS COME UP BIG
Special mention goes to the relief corps. In the three games against Michigan the relievers pitched 13.0 innings and allowed just five hits and two runs with eight strikeouts and only two walks. The relievers’ combined ERA was 1.30 for the series. Dean Wolosiansky, Eric Best, Theron Minium and Jared Strayer contributed in relief.
AWESOME START FOR DREW
Drew Rucinski pitched a career-best 9.0 innings, scattered eight hits, struck out a career-best nine and walked just one batter to improve to 4-2 on the season with Ohio State’s 3-2, 10-inning Game 2 win at Michigan.
LOUISVILLE COACH DAN McDONNELL
Dan McDonnell has led Louisville to 171 wins and the CWS, NCAA Regionals and NCAA Super Regionals in his first three-plus years.
THE LOUISVILLE SLUGGERS
Louisville is coming off its fifth consecutive series sweep, this time over Rutgers last weekend. The team has won 12 of its last 13 games and has a .327 team average and a 3.81 team ERA. The Cardinals have hit 68 home runs this year. Andrew Clark had two HRs and eight RBI’s in the 24-6 win Sunday over Rutgers. He has 11 HRs and 46 RBI. Massive numbers also come from Phil Wunderlich (17 HRs & 46 RBI), Ryan Wright (12 & 53), Adam Duval (10 & 31) and Stewart Ijames (9 & 41).
MISC. STATS, RECORDS, NOTES, ETC.
Ohio State’s longest win streak is five games this season and the longest losing skid is two games. … Alex Wimmers tweaked a hamstring just before he was scheduled to pitch last Friday against Michigan. At the time of this release, there was no indication how long he would be out of action. Wimmers ranks 1st in the Big Ten in seven stat categories, including ERA (1.61), oppos. batting avg. (.218) and strikeouts (78). … 2005 was the last time Ohio State lost back-to-back Big Ten series (MSU and Michgan), although the Michigan series was just one game because of the weather. Before that, one has to go all the way back to the 1996 season for Ohio State’s last consecutive series losses (Indiana and Illinois). … Ohio State is 12-6 in games decided by two or fewer runs and 11-7 in 5-plus run games. The team is also 22-0 when leading after eight innings and 19-2 when leading after six (but 0-13 and 3-11 when trailing). And finally, the Buckeyes are 19-4 in games where the hits are tied or Ohio State out-hits its opponent.
DIAMOND CLUB COOKOUT
The annual Buckeye Diamond Club cookout will be held this Saturday, May 8th, starting at 12 noon on the terrace of the baseball offices at Bill Davis Stadium. Tickets for the game for Diamond Club members will be available at the Ticket Booth outside the main gate. Game time is 1:05.
WIMMERS OPENS 9-0
Ohio State defeated Penn State, 3-1, in Game one of the series as All-American ace Alex Wimmers won his ninth consecutive game to open the season. The terrific junior from Cincinnati’s Archbishop Moeller High School pitched a complete-game four-hitter that included 11 strikeouts. With the win, he ties the school record for the best start to a season that has been done only twice in 127 years of baseball at Ohio State. Doug Swearingen started 9-0 for Ohio State in 1982 and Scott Lewis opened 9-0 in 2003.
OVER THE AIR
Tune in to Highway 102.5 FM (WCVZ) to hear over the air broadcasts of Ohio State baseball. Listen in as veteran baseball announcers Frank Fraas and/or Marty Bannister describe the action with former Buckeyes Bob Spears and Brian Maninno providing color commentary.
Fans can watch Ohio State baseball home games live online this season on Buckeye Vision at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or BigTenNetwork.com. Check the schedule page for listings.
Track the action through Live Stats, available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Click on the Live Stats link on the main home page in the upper right hand corner or through the baseball schedule page to access.
VOTE FOR CORY KOVANDA
Cory Kovanda has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Nationwide balloting has begun. Fans can vote for Cory on the award’s official Web site at www.seniorCLASSaward.com as well as through text messaging. Text BASEBALL to 74567 to vote for the finalists.
14th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 230-106 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .683 winning percentage. The team is also 131-69 against the Big Ten.
ON SECOND THOUGHT…
Dan Burkhart has thrown out 44 percent of those trying to steal so far this season (16 of 36).
SITTING THEM DOWN
Junior Alex Wimmers is tied for first nationally with nine wins on the season and is the only starter in the country to win each start. The last Buckeye to starter to begin a season 9-0 was Scott Lewis in 2003. Wimmers leads the Big Ten in strikeouts (78), ERA (1.61) and opponent batting average (.218).
A TEAM EFFORT
Heading into the week, the Buckeyes rank near the top of most of the Big Ten offensive categories including: batting average (.327, 2nd), slugging percentage (.452, 5th) and on-base percentage (.407, 1st). The Buckeyes have also struck out just 188 times, 43 less than any other Big Ten team.
Zach Hurley leads the Buckeyes and ranks fifth in the conference with a .391 average. He also sits second in the conference with 17 doubles, third with 68 hits and fourth with a .626 slugging percentage
Cory Kovanda has done his part, ranking third on the team with a .358 batting average. The senior co-captain ranks second on the team with 33 runs scored and has reached base safely in 33 of 35 starts this season.
Outfielder Michael Stephens is the third Buckeye among the Big Ten’s top hitters, ranking fifth in the Big Ten with eight home runs and ninth in batting average (.381) and slugging percentage (.590). He has also been hit 10 times, more than any other player in the conference.
A GRAND OCCASION
After a 42-win campaign in 2009, Ohio State head coach Bob Todd picked up win No. 1,000 against Richmond Feb. 21 in Jacksonville. The NABC Hall of Famer became the 41st coach in NCAA history to reach 1,000 victories.
BURKHART ON BENCH WATCH LIST
Dan Burkhart was named to the 2010 Johnny Bench Award watch list, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced. The award is given to the nation’s top collegiate catcher.
WIMMERS ON GOLDEN SPIKES LIST
Ohio State junior right-hander Alex Wimmers was named to the 2010 Golden Spikes Award watch list, USA Baseball announced. The award is given each year to the best collegiate baseball player in the country. The 2010 Golden Spikes Award will be presented live on Tuesday, July 13, at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest in Anaheim, Calif. Wimmers is one of six players on the list who finished among the 30 semifinalists for the award in 2009.
OHIO STATE NATIONALLY RANKED
The Buckeyes garnered Top 25 recognition in almost every preseason poll with a ranking as high as No. 14 (Collegiate Baseball).
HITTING THE ROAD
The Buckeyes played their first 20 games on the road – 17 in Florida and three in Tennessee – before the home opener against Toledo March 31. In all, 23 of the Buckeyes’ first 24 games were away from home.
BUCKEYES SELECT CAPTAINS
Seniors Zach Hurley and Cory Kovanda were elected 2010 co-captains by their teammates at the Scarlet and Gray World Series victory dinner in October.
SO FAR THIS SEASON…
BIG 1ST INNING KEYS W OVER HERD
Ohio State used a five-run first inning to down Marshall, 7-4, April 28 at Bill Davis Stadium. Ohio State starter Brett McKinney tossed five hitless, scoreless innings to pick up the win and even his record at 3-3 on the season.
BUCKS DROP SERIES TO PENN STATE
Ohio State split its first two games with Penn State this past weekend before flirting with lightning and thunderstorms throughout the day April 25 while trying to get Game three played. The teams did play around about 60 minutes of weather delays with Penn State claiming a series win with a 14-6 victory.
ZIPS, BANGTSON TOP BUCKEYES
The Akron Zips, coached by former Buckeye assistant coach Pat Bangtson, jumped out to a 4-1 lead and then, after Ohio State tied the score at 4-all in the fifth inning, regained the lead in dramatic fashion in the eighth inning and went on to post a 10-7 win over the Buckeyes April 21 at Bill Davis Stadium.
CRUCIAL SERIES GOES BUCKS’ WAY
Ohio State went 2-1 in a Big Ten road series at Michigan State. The Buckeyes rode solid pitching from Wimmers to defeat Michigan State, 10-1, April 16. The following day at McLane Stadium, Ohio State came from behind and scored four late runs to defeat the Spartans, 4-3. Ohio State then fell to Michigan State, 14-7, April 18 in the series conclusion.
BUCKEYES TAKE TWO OF THREE VS IU
Ohio State topped Indiana 7-1 April 9 behind a complete game, 14-strikeout performance by Alex Wimmers as the junior right-hander moved to 7-0 on the season. After falling 6-4 in 10 innings April 10, the Buckeyes came back to win the rubber game, 10-8, April 11.
BUCKEYES TOP XAVIER, 12-7
Ohio State scored runs in the first six innings, twice coming back from deficits in the process, and the staff gave up just four earned runs in a 15-7 win over Xavier April 7 before 1,506 at Bill Davis Stadium. Zach Hurley led a 17-hit parade with a home run and a double, three runs scored and three RBI. Ryan Dew had a three-run home run and four total RBI.
OSU TAKES TWO OF THREE AT NW
Behind a strong effort by Alex Wimmers, the Buckeyes dropped Northwestern 11-1 in a Friday matinee. Ohio State lost by an 8-2 count Saturday before coming back and defeating the Wildcats 11-6 in the finale.
BUCKEYES EDGE TOLEDO
Ohio State scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth to pick up a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Toledo in the home opener Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium.
Eric Best tossed two perfect innings in relief to improve his record to 2-1 on the season while Drew Rucinski pitched a flawless ninth for his fourth save of the season. Dan Burkhart, Cory Kovanda and Ryan Dew each had two hits for the Buckeyes.
BUCKEYES GO 4-3 ON SPRING BREAK
After opening the spring break trip with three consecutive wins over Eastern Illinois, Bucknell and Army, the Ohio State bats struggled to get much going offensivley, dropping three of the last four games on the trip.
OSU DROPS 2 OF 3 IN KNOXVILLE
After losing to Marshall Saturday and dropping a close 5-4 decision to Connecticut in the first game Sunday, the Buckeyes bounced back to defeat Tennessee behind a 10-strikeout performance from Alex Wimmers.
OSU WINS 3 OF 4 IN CLASSIC
After defeating Duquesne Friday and St. Louis in the first game Saturday, the Buckeyes dropped the second game of the doubleheader to the Billikens before defeating Fairleigh Dickinson in the weekend finale Sunday.
BUCKS TAKE 2 OF 3 IN “CHALLENGE”
After coming back to beat South Florida 4-2 Friday in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge, the Buckeyes knocked off Notre Dame 10-2 Saturday before falling to Cincinnati by a final of 12-4 in the weekend finale Sunday afternoon.
STARTING OFF RIGHT
The Buckeyes came through the first weekend unbeaten behind excellent pitching and timely hitting. Ohio State outscored their opponents 40-12. The 40 runs scored were the most in the first three games of the season since 1996. The Buckeyes batted .364 compared to just .254 for opponents and Ohio State pitchers posted a 2.33 ERA while opponents had a 10.73 ERA. Ohio State pitchers struck out 33 batters while walking just seven the opening weekend.
ROUND AND ROUND THEY GO
Eleven Buckeyes scored a run in the 20-9 win over Richmond including six crossing home plate more than once. Junior Matt Streng scored five runs against the Spiders.