April 13, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State baseball team travels for a three-game road series against Michigan State this weekend in East Lansing, Mich. Game one begins at 3:05 p.m. Friday with the middle game at 1:05 p.m. Saturday. The series concludes at 1:05 p.m. Sunday from McLane Stadium at Kobs Field. All three games will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).
ON THE BUMP
FRIDAY: RHP Yianni Pavlopoulos (2-3, 5.46 ERA) vs. LHP Alex Troop (4-2, 1.69 ERA)
SATURDAY: RHP Jake Post (1-2, 3.21 ERA) vs. RHP Ethan Landon (2-1, 4.67 ERA)
SUNDAY: RHP Reece Calvert (1-0, 8.51 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Gonzalez (3-1, 4.40 ERA)
FOLLOW THE ACTION
All three games will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). 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
The Buckeyes dropped back-to-back midweek games this week in Columbus. Ohio State fell against Cincinnati, 7-1, despite a quality start from left-handed pitcher Connor Curlis. The OSU sophomore lefty worked six innings and allowed one run on two hits in a no decision. Brady Cherry homered vs. the Bearcats. The team lost, 3-1, against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night. Conner Pohl scored the lone run on a RBI single. The OSU bullpen combined to allow just one run on two hits with four strikeouts in six innings of relief work.
BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Dominic Canzone was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The native of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, Canzone led the Buckeyes to a 3-1 mark last week, including a road series win in Happy Valley. 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. He also had a big assist in game one in right field for his team-best fourth outfield assist of 2017.
IN THE BIG TEN
With a series win at Penn State, Ohio State moved up to ninth in the conference standings with a 3-6 mark. The Buckeyes have another big weekend ahead of them with a road series at Michigan State (3-3). Ohio State ranks second in the league in triples (11), third in walks (147) and sixth in home runs (26). The Buckeye pitching staff has a 4.82 ERA, which is eighth-best in the conference, while striking out 235 hitters, good for fifth in the league. Tre’ Gantt leads the Big Ten lead in walks (25). Jalen Washington is third in triples (3) and hit by pitches (13). Noah McGowan and Zach Ratcliff each have five home runs, which is tied for 13th in the conference. On the mound, Jake Post is ninth in ERA (3.21) and tenth in strikeouts (37). He has struck out 20 hitters looking, which is second in the Big Ten.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
The Spartans are 18-11 overall and 3-3 in Big Ten play. Last weekend, Michigan State played a non-conference series against Fresno State and swept the Bulldogs at Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids, Mich. The series was moved due to flooding on campus in East Lansing. The Spartans dropped a midweek game at Notre Dame, 2-1, on Tuesday. The Spartans lead the league in hitting with a .298 average and are third in the conference in ERA with a 3.23 mark. Michigan State also is third in the Big Ten in stolen bases with 55 swipes. Brandon Hughes is hitting .336 with seven doubles, four home runs, 28 RBI and 18 stolen bases. On the mound, Left-hander Alex Troop is 4-2 with a 1.69 ERA.
OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN STATE
Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. the Spartans, 140-89-1, and hold a 60-44 record in East Lansing, Mich.
LAST YEAR VS. THE SPARTANS
The two teams squared off in back-to-back games at the 2016 Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. In an elimination game for the Buckeyes, Ohio State rallied to win, 3-2, in 10 innings Saturday, May 28, after Ronnie Dawson launched the go-ahead home run in the top of the tenth. Daulton Mosbarger started for the Buckeyes and struck out five, allowing two runs on six hits in 4.1 innings of work. Kyle Michalik, Seth Kinker and Yianni Pavlopoulos quieted the Spartan bats, throwing a combined 5.2 scoreless innings of relief work in the win. Just 12 hours later, the two teams met again with a spot in the Big Ten tournament title game on the line Sunday, May 29. Ohio State kept its tournament magic going with a 7-3 victory. Tre’ Gantt had a pair of hits and also made SportsCenter’s Top Play of the Day with a diving catch at the warning track in right field. Michalik claimed the win, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings on four hits with a strikeout, while Kinker recorded the save with 3.2 scoreless innings and two strikeouts on the mound. The Buckeyes went on to defeat Iowa, 8-7, in the tournament final to claim the program’s ninth crown in school history.
SERIES WIN AT PENN STATE
After falling in the opener at Penn State by a 6-2 score, the Buckeyes rebounded with a Sunday sweep over the Nittany Lions at Medlar Field to improve to 3-6 in conference play. In game one, Bo Coolen knocked the game-tying home run in the top of the ninth before Brady Cherry ripped a two-run triple for the go-ahead score in a 5-2 comeback win. The Buckeyes rolled in game two, 11-2. Dominic Canzone batted .462 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBI in the series, while Brady Cherry hit .333 with four runs scored, double, triple and five RBI. On the mound, the OSU staff combined for a 2.77 ERA striking out 29 hitters in 26.0 innings of work.
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 118 career games with 101 career starts and had registered 19 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 65 RBI, 26 stolen bases, 56 runs scored and 86 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.
WIN OVER IN-STATE RIVAL
After falling in back-to-back Big Ten series, the Buckeyes picked up a much-needed win last time out to close a nine-game homestand April 5. Down 7-0, the Scarlet and Gray rallied to win, 9-8, against in-state rival Kent State in seven innings on a stormy evening in central Ohio. Fifth-year Zach Ratcliff tied the game at 8-all in the bottom of the fourth with his first career grand slam before junior Bo Coolen stole home to end the fifth for the eventual game-winning run. The game was called in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs due to severe weather in the campus area. Reece Calvert picked up his first collegiate win in three innings of relief work with one strikeout, while Joe Stoll earned his first career save in the seven-inning victory. In all, Ohio State walked nine times to help lead them to the win over the Golden Flashes.
KINKER NAMED TO PRESEASON STOPPER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
After a breakout sophomore campaign, junior pitcher Seth Kinker has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List, announced Feb 14. The Huntington, W. Va., native is one of 55 student-athletes on the list. Last season, the native of Huntington, W. Va., went 6-1 out of the bullpen with a 1.65 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 54.2 innings pitched. He led the Big Ten with 38 appearances at the plate, which ranked second in OSU single-season history in 2016. Kinker also earned two saves for the Scarlet and Gray. A mid-season watch list will be released on April 28 followed by the award announcement on June 18.
TRIO OF BUCKEYES NAMED TO B1G PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST
Senior Jalen Washington, redshirt junior Yianni Pavlopoulos and junior Seth Kinker have been named to the B1G Players to Watch list, announced by the conference office Feb. 15. Washington, a 2016 Big Ten All-Tournament selection and fall MVP, returns to shortstop this season after starting in 59 games from behind the dish during his junior campaign. Pavlopoulos, a right-hander from Homer Glen, Ill., led the Big Ten in saves with 14 last season, including five saves in conference play. Kinker, a junior pitcher, also added to his preseason honors list.
WASHINGTON & NEIMEYER NAMED 2017 CAPTAINS
Senior infielder Jalen Washington and redshirt junior pitcher Adam Niemeyer were named captains of the 2017 squad. Washington, a two-time Ohio State captain, led the team to 44 overall wins last spring, including a Big Ten Tournament title and NCAA Regional appearance. Niemeyer, a native of Minster, Ohio, helped to guide the OSU pitching staff last season to a Big Ten-best 2.63 ERA and 3.07 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which ranked sixth in the country.
Ohio State welcomed 15 newcomers to the 35-man roster, including seven junior college transfers: Junior Noah McGowan (McLenann; Houston, Texas), Nate Romans (Meridian College; Canton, Ohio), Tyler Cowles (Sinclair; Grove City, Ohio), Thomas Waning (Lincoln Trail, Maple City, Mich.), Reece Calvert (McLennan; Plano, Texas), Dustin Jourdan (McLennan; Austin Texas) and Bo Coolen (Cypress College, Honolulu Hawaii). The Buckeyes welcomed seven freshmen with five of them pitchers: Noah West (Westerville, Ohio), Michael McDonough (Columbiana, Ohio), Collin Lollar (Columbus, Ind.), Gavin Lyon (Westerville, Ohio), Dominic Canzone (Sagamore Hills, Ohio), Andrew Magno (Dublin, Ohio), Jake Vance (Canton, Ohio) and Conner Pohl (Arcanum, Ohio).
Seventh-year head coach Greg Beals is the 11th head coach in Ohio State history and the fourth in the last 60 years. In his 15th year as a collegiate head coach, he is 460-366-1 and 217-164-1 at the helm of the Buckeyes.
Greg Beals COACHES SHOW
Fans can tune in to AM 1460 ESPN each Monday evening for the Greg Beals Coaches Show. Fans can also log on to 97.1thefan.com to stream online. The show will air weekly at 7-7:30 p.m. ET each Monday unless noted on 1460 ESPN.
BTN PLUS HOME GAMES
Ohio State will have 17 home games on BTN Plus this spring, beginning vs. Youngstown State March 21. Game one and two of the Minnesota series, the team’s conference opener, will also be featured on BTN Plus. Fans can purchase a subscription by visiting www.btn2go.com.
Home Games on BTN Plus: Youngstown State (3/21), Minnesota (3/24), Minnesota (3/25), Ohio (3/28), Kent State (4/5), Cincinnati (4/11), Eastern Michigan (4/12), Northern Kentucky (4/19), UNC-Greensboro (4/21-23), Bowling Green (5/9), Ball State (5/10), Toledo (5/16), Indiana (5/18-20).
NINE GAMES ON BUCKEYE VISION
Starting with its home opener vs. Xavier March 17, the Buckeyes will have nine home games streamed live on Buckeye Vision. Fans can purchase either monthly or yearly subscriptions by visiting this page.
Home games on Buckeye Vision: Xavier (3/17-18), Purdue (3/31), Purdue (4/2), Nebraska (4/28-30) and Texas Tech (5/2-3).
OHIO STATE BASEBALL TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Ohio State single game and season tickets are now on sale. Season tickets are the best value with a 38% savings off of the single game ticket price for all 28 home games. Single-game tickets are available for $8 for general admission and $11 for reserved seats for adults, $8 (Reserved) and $5 (GA) for seniors (62+) and $8 (6 & under) and free (GA) for children 6 and under. Students can get in free with Buck ID. Family packs are also available for purchase for every Saturday and Sunday regular season home game. Other promotions throughout the season include, Triple Play Package, Buy One, Get One & Dollar Dog Night. Click here for more info.
Ohio State returns to Columbus for a midweek game vs. Northern Kentucky at 6:35 p.m. April 19 at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.