April 6, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to University Park, Pa., for a three-game set beginning Friday at Penn State. The opener is set for 6:30 p.m. ET Friday with the middle game at 2 p.m. ET Saturday and the finale at 3 p.m. ET Sunday. The final game vs. the Nittany Lions will be televised live on BTN.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
A links to live stats links can be found by going to the schedule page of Ohio State Baseball on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. All three games can be heard on the radio on AM 1460 ESPN or on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The final game vs. the Nittany Lions will be televised live on BTN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter via @OhioState_BASE.
IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State will look to make a push in the standings this weekend as the team heads to Happy Valley with a 12-16 overall record and 1-5 mark in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes rank second in triples (10) and sacrifice bunts (23), third in walks (122), fourth in hit by pitches (31) and fifth in home runs (23). Individually, Jalen Washington is third in triples (3) and hit by pitches (12), while Tre’ Gantt is second in walks (20) and fourth in triples (2). Jake Post is tenth in league in ERA (3.16) and Seth Kinker is eighth in the conference in saves (3).
CRUCIAL WIN OVER KENT STATE
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. 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.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions are 10-17 overall and 0-3 in Big Ten play. Penn State was swept last weekend at Michigan to begin conference action. Jordan Bowersox is hitting .359, which is fifth-best in the Big Ten. On the mound, Sal Biasi is 3-3 with a 5.01 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 32.1 innings pitched in seven starts. Nick Distasio is 2-1 with three saves in 10 relief appearances out of the PSU bullpen. Distasio has fanned 28 hitters in 23.0 innings of work.
OHIO STATE VS. PENN STATE
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series vs. the Nittany Lions, 64-35. Ohio State has won the last five meetings, which included a home series sweep last time out during the 2015 campaign. This weekend marks the first trip to University Park, Pa., since the 2012 campaign when the Buckeyes won the opener, 4-1, but fell in the final two games vs. the Nittany Lions.
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 113 career games with 96 career starts and had registered 18 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 65 RBI, 26 stolen bases, 54 runs scored and 85 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 returns home for two midweek games against Cincinnati April 11 and Eastern Michigan April 12. Both games start at 6:35 p.m. ET from Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.