April 29, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team takes on No. 19 Louisville at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Live stats and a link to a live audio stream can be found on the baseball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow twitter.com/OhioState_BASE for updates.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State bounced back from a 4-3 loss in 13 innings in the opener at Purdue to take the series with a 2-0 Saturday win and an 11-2 victory in the rubber game Sunday.
OSU VS. PURDUE NOTES
– The Buckeye pitching staff posted a 1.50 team ERA and limited the Boilermakers to a .196 batting average in the series.
– Troy Kuhn picked up his 15th multi-hit game of the year Sunday while Aaron Gretz and Craig Nennig each notched their fourth.
– Ryan Riga made his first appearance Saturday since March 28 after missing almost the last month with an injury.
– Tim Wetzel returned to the lineup Saturday after missing the last eight contests with an injury.
– The shutout in the middle game was the sixth of the season for the Buckeye pitching staff.
– Josh Dezse picked up his eighth multi-hit game of the season and 40th of his career while Nick Sergakis notched his ninth multi-hit contest of the season Friday.
– Travis Lakins set a career high with six strikeouts Friday.
– Nennig was back at shortstop Friday after missing the last 20 games with an injury. Sergakis made his first start at second base after starting the previous 20 at short.
– Kuhn made his eighth-career start at third base Friday and first since May 4 of last year after starting the first 41 contests at second base this season.
SOME MORE NOTES
– The Buckeyes are 20-2 when leading after seven innings and 20-5 when outhitting their opponent.
– Ohio State is 23-8 when limiting opponents to five runs or less and 20-11 when it scores first.
– Curtiss Irving is limiting opponents to a .143 average (3-for-21) with runners on base while Tyler Giannonatti has let opponents hit .171 (7-for-41) in the same situation.
– Irving has not allowed an earned run in 8.2 innings pitched over his last five appearances.
– Nick Sergakis has hit safely in seven-straight games while Josh Dezse has reached base in 11-consecutive contests.
– Connor Sabanosh is hitting .424 (14-for-33) with runners on while Josh Dezse is batting .421 (16-for-38) with runners in scoring position.
– Ohio State is outscoring its opponents 62-32 in the first two innings.
– Greg Greve has gone 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 33.2 innings pitched over five Big Ten starts.
– Tanner Tully has now allowed just four walks in 64.1 innings pitched this season and has not allowed a free pass in the last 27.2 innings, dating back to the second frame of his start April 5 at Nebraska. The freshman is fourth nationally with 0.56 walks per nine innings and seventh with an 8.5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Offensively, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in runs scored (4th, 225), slugging percentage (4th, .369), on-base percentage (4th, .357), doubles (t-5th, 67), triples (t-2nd, 14), home runs (3rd, 15) and total bases (4th, 544). On the mound, the Buckeyes rank in ERA (4th, 3.39), opponent batting average (3rd, .257) and saves (t-4th, 10).
Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson ranks fifth with a .348 average and ninth with a .465 slugging percentage while Troy Kuhn is tied for fourth with five home runs, eighth with 31 RBI, tied for seventh with 34 runs scored, tied for sixth with 11 doubles and tied fifth after getting hit 10 times.
Tanner Tully ranks third with a 2.24 ERA and 10th with a .250 average against while Zach Farmer is tied second with six wins and sixth with a .234 opponent batting average. Trace Dempsey is tied for fifth with six saves while Greg Greve is tied for sixth with five wins.
The Cardinals, ranked 19th nationally by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, are paced offensively by Jeff Gardner, who is batting .333 with 15 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 44 RBI.
Louisville holds a 9-3 advantage over the Buckeyes in the all-time series.
BUCKS EARN B1G WEEKLY HONORS
Ryan Riga – PiOW (2/18)
Ryan Riga – PiOW (3/10)
Travis Lakins – FOW (3/17)
Tanner Tully – FOW (3/24)
Greg Greve – PiOW (4/14)
Nick Sergakis – POW (4/14)
Ryan Riga – PiOW (4/28)
DEMPSEY, DEZSE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
Trace Dempsey and Josh Dezse have been named third team preseason All-Americans by Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball. Dempsey was named a third team relief pitcher while Dezse earned third team honors as a utility player.
Dempsey, also named an NCBWA preseason All-American, garnered multiple All-America laurels a season ago after he went 3-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 17 saves in 31 appearances. A first team All-Big Ten selection from Huntington, W.Va., Dempsey struck out 28 and allowed opponents to hit .180 in 35.1 innings pitched. His 17 saves were the most in the Big Ten and finished one shy of tying Jake Hale’s Big Ten and Ohio State record of 18 set in 2009. Dempsey went 30.1 innings without allowing an earned run between Feb. 17 and May 17.
Dezse, a redshirt junior this season, sat out the 2013 season with a stress reaction in his back. As a sophomore in 2012, Dezse finished second on the team with a .306 batting average and five home runs to go along with nine doubles, 33 RBI and 31 runs scored. The Powell, Ohio, native also made 24 appearances on the mound, going 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA and tied for third in the Big Ten with seven saves as he allowed opponents to hit a paltry .188.
TRIO NAMED 2014 CAPTAINS
Josh Dezse, Greg Greve and Tim Wetzel have been named captains of the 2014 Ohio State baseball team, head coach Greg Beals announced Feb. 7. The trio, selected as captains by their teammates, has combined to appear in 318 career games entering 2014.
B1G TOURNAMENT EXPANDS TO EIGHT
The conference office announced Feb. 7 that the Big Ten Baseball Tournament will feature an eight-team field for the first time in conference history, beginning with the 2014 event. The 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament will be held May 21-25 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., home of the College World Series.
The tournament’s double-elimination format will culminate with a single championship game on Sunday, with the winner earning the tournament title and the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. All eight teams will begin play in one of two brackets, with the No. 1, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 8 seeds appearing in one bracket and the No. 2, No. 3, No. 6 and No. 7 seeds appearing in the other bracket.
Admission is $11 for adults and $8 for seniors/youth in chairback reserved seats and $8 for adults and $5 for seniors/youth in general admission seating with kids 6 and under free of charge. Ohio State students are free with a valid Buck-ID. Tickets are available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and group tickets (10 or more) are also available starting at $4 when purchased in advance. Service fees may apply. For more information, contact Ohio State Ticket Sales at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or at AthleticSales@osu.edu.
Season tickets, Grand Slam Big Ten packages and Mini Plan package information can be found at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
HEAD COACH Greg Beals
Head coach Greg Beals is the 11th head coach in Ohio State history and only the fourth in the last 60 years. He has a 362-298 career record and is in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach.
18th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 294-149 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 161-91 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
Ohio State hosts Iowa in a three-game Big Ten series starting Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.