COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State and Indiana meet in a regular season Big Ten Conference series for the first time in three years this weekend at Bill Davis Stadium. The last time these two teams met in a Big Ten series was in 2007 in Columbus. Ohio State swept the series, four-games-to-none, with scores of 6-4, 4-3, 9-8 and 11-3.
First pitch Friday is set for 6:35 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday will begin at 1:05 p.m.
This Week in Ohio State Baseball
Ohio State (17-8, 2-1 Big Ten)
Game 26: vs. Indiana
(13-13, 1-2 Big Ten)
Friday, April 9 – 6:35 p.m.
Game 27: vs. Indiana
Saturday, April 10 – 1:05 p.m.
Game 28: vs. Indiana
Sunday, April 11 – 1:05 p.m.
All Times EDT
LIVE STATS & STREAMING VIDEO
Live stats and streaming video at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Indiana series will be streamed at BigTenNetwork.com.
Ohio State probable rotation:
Friday – RHP Alex Wimmers
Saturday – RHP Drew Rucinski
Sunday – RHP Dean Wolosiansky
GO HOME AND REWATCH THE GAMES
The series will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com (cost to watch a stream on BTN.com is $2.99) and the stream will also be replayed on the Big Ten Network. The production is an all-Ohio State student run effort…from the camera views to video production to the announcing crew. Replays of the games on the Big Ten Network are set for:
THE TWO SPLIT TWO LAST YEAR
The two teams are familiar with each other despite the recent lack of a series of games. The teams split two games last year:
3.20.09 – Alex Wimmers went the distance, striking out 14 and not walking a batter, and Ohio State scored twice in the seventh inning for a 2-0 win over Indiana at Chain of Lakes Field in Winter Haven, Fla. It was a wonderfully pitched ball game by both teams with neither team getting an extra base hit. Wimmers allowed only five singles. IU’s Blake Monar went 7.0 innings and allowed just four hits while walking two and striking out six. Dan Burkhart and Cory Rupert scored the Buckeye runs in the seventh inning. One was unearned.
5.22.09 – Indiana patiently and meticulously scored 10 runs off 11 hits in the fourth and fifth innings to break this Big Ten tournament game open and then went on defeat No. 1 seed Ohio State, 13-3. Monar was strong through 6.2 innings to pick up the win. Offensively, IU featured six multi-hit players with Tyler Rogers’ three hits and four RBI the most damaging.
BUCKEYE/HOOSIER SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State and Indiana first played in 1897 and now have played 252 times. Ohio State leads the series, 154-98. Ohio State has also won 15 of the 27 Big Ten series between the two teams, a mark that includes four consecutive series wins and nine series wins in the last 11 series with the other two series played to a tie. IU’s last series win over Ohio State came in 1996, 3-1, in Bloomington.
IN THE DUGOUTS
Ohio State coach Bob Todd is in his 23rd season at Ohio State and his 27th overall. He has a career mark of 1,014-544-2, a mark that includes a 57-27 record against Indiana. Tracy Smith is in his fifth season at Indiana after coaching nine years at Miami (Ohio). He has a 435-359 overall mark, a 118-139 record at IU and a 3-11 mark vs. Ohio State.
LAST WEEK IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State was on the road and took two of three at Northwestern by scores of 11-1, 2-8 and 11-6. Indiana hosted Michigan and, after losing the first two games by 16-10 and 6-4 scores, won the finale, 26-6, as 1B Jerrud Sabourin and LF Alex Dickerson combined for eight hits, nine runs and four RBI.
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 Wednesday 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. Tyler Engle also went yard and had two runs and two RBI. Brett McKinney pitched 4.0 innings of shutout baseball to get the win and improve to 2-3 on the year.
14th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 225-114 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .662 winning percentage. The team is also 129-68 against the Big Ten.
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.
GETTIN’ DIALED IN
Ohio State’s pitching corps has the second-lowest ERA in the Big Ten at 4.56. The staff ERA is 3.68 the last 13 games after posting a 5.52 ERA in the first 12 games of the season.
ON SECOND THOUGHT…
Dan Burkhart has thrown out 50 percent of those trying to steal so far this season (10 of 20).
SITTING THEM DOWN
Junior Alex Wimmers leads the Big Ten with six wins and 46 strikeouts, ranks second with a 1.98 ERA and sits eighth with a .235 opponent batting average while fellow junior Drew Rucinski is ninth with 32 punchouts and sixth with a 2.53 ERA. Freshman Brett McKinney ranks eighth in the conference with 35 strikeouts.
A TEAM EFFORT
Heading into the week, the Buckeyes rank near the top of most of the Big Ten offensive categories including: batting average (.340, 2nd), slugging percentage (.468, 4th), on-base percentage (.409, 2nd), hits (300, 2nd), and total bases (413, 5th). The Buckeyes have also struck out just 112 times in the first 25 games, 22 less than any other Big Ten team.
The pitching staff has done its part as well, ranking third in earned-run average (4.56) and fifth in strikeouts (181).
Despite misssing three games, outfielder Michael Stephens ranks fourth in the Big Ten with six home runs and ninth in the conference with a .627 slugging perecentage. Stephens has at least one hit in 19 of 21 games played this season.
Cory Kovanda has done his part, leading the team and ranking ninth in the conference with a .397 batting average. The senior co-captain has reached base safely in 20 of 21 starts this season.
Zach Hurley is the third Buckeye among the Big Ten’s top hitters, ranking fifth in hits (39), eighth in slugging percentage (.638) and leading the conference with 12 doubles.
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.
WATCH LIVE ON BUCKEYE VISION
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.
FOLLOW THE ACTION via LIVE STATS
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.
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 will play their first 21 games on the road – 18 in Florida and three in Tennessee – before the home opener against Toledo March 31. In all, 24 of the Buckeyes’ first 25 games will be 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.
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.