COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State will play at Buckeye Field for the final time this season when it challenges Pittsburgh in a single game on Wednesday. The contest will be streamed live on BTN Plus/BTN2Go with the first pitch set for 6 p.m.
Ohio State vs. Pittsburgh | Wednesday (May 2) | 6 p.m. ET | Buckeye Field
- Pitt enters the midweek non-conference matchup with a 28-16-1 overall record and 14-6 ACC mark.
- The Panthers have won their last seven games and will face Kent State on Tuesday.
- As a team, Pitt is batting .263 with 55 doubles and 47 home runs.
- The four-person pitching staff has a 2.87 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 302.2 innings.
- Individually, Giorgiana Zeremenko leads the Panthers hitting .351 with 46 hits, 26 runs, 28 RBI, 10 double and 15 home runs. In the circle, Kayla Harris (13-1) has put in 113.2 innings of work for a 2.03 ERA and 42 strikeouts.
- Ohio State has won 13 of the 17 meetings in the all-time series.
- The Buckeyes traveled to the Steel City last year where they held on for a 3-2 victory. Lilli Piper had a two-run homer and Taylor White provided an insurance run on a RBI single.
- Over the last six seasons, the Buckeyes are 65-27 at home and have won a minimum of 10 games every year.
- Ohio State has a 10-2 mark at Buckeye Field this season.
- Ohio State is riding a six-game win streak after picking up its second straight Big Ten series sweep against Maryland over the weekend. The squad has a 32-11 mark on the season and is fourth in the conference with a 13-6 record.
- Niki Carver earned her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor on Monday. Carver’s big weekend at the plate led to a .625 batting average, five hits, four runs, two RBI, a double, triple, home run and 1.375 slugging percentage against Maryland. She is on a six-game hitting streak, the longest of her career.
- The Buckeyes had a season-high 13 runs, 13 RBI and 14 hits in Friday’s series opener vs. Maryland. The victory marked the seventh consecutive season that Ohio State has won at least 30 games.
- Emily Clark chipped in seven RBI, four runs, four hits, two homers, a double and triple against the Terps. She batted .400, had a 1.300 slugging percentage and recorded a spotless 1.000 fielding percentage.
- Following Sunday’s game, Ohio State honored its 2018 seniors – Becca Gavin, Ashley Goodwin, Maddie Marotti, Shelby McCombs, Bailee Sturgeon, Alex Vargas and Taylor White. The seven-member senior class is responsible for 131 Buckeye victories over the past four seasons, including 53 Big Ten wins. They have earned their spot in the record books as the 10th all-time winningest senior class in program history.
- Lilli Piper has gotten on base successfully in 18 consecutive games. Over the last 15 outings, she has drawn a walk 16 times, four of which have been intentional.
- Bailee Sturgeon is on a seven-game hitting streak, followed by Niki Carver and Shelby McCombswith six consecutive outings with a hit. Emily Clark has four-game hitting streak and has reached base in the last six.
- Over the weekend, head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly reached the 30-win mark for the ninth straight season in her 12-year head-coaching career. She now has 195 wins during her six seasons at the helm for Ohio State and 383 career victories.
- Lilli Piper appears in multiple categories in the national rankings. She stands fifth in home runs per game (0.40), eighth in slugging percentage (.899), 11th in home runs (17), RBI per game (1.23) and total bases (124). Her 1.05 runs per game and 53 RBI rank 14th and 19th, respectively.
- In Big Ten-only games, Shelby McCombs’ numbers are truly impressive: she is hitting .448 with a .931 slugging percentage, 26 hits, 17 RBI, 13 runs scored, seven doubles and seven home runs. That ranks her second in batting average, slugging percentage, hits and fourth in home runs.
- Ohio State leads the conference with 56 home runs and a .498 slugging percentage. The Buckeyes are second in doubles (70), triples (11) and opposing batting average (.218). Nationally, Ohio State is sixth in home runs per game (1.30), 11th in doubles per game (1.63), 16th in slugging percentage and 28th in scoring (5.70).
- In the circle, the 1-2 punch of Shelby McCombs and Morgan Ray have logged nearly every inning this year. The duo has 244 strikeouts over 268.2 innings of work. Ray ranks eighth in the Big Ten in ERA (2.27) and sixth by limiting opponents to a .196 batting average with strikeouts (133). McCombs stands 12th with a 3.08 ERA, ninth in opposing batting average (.228) and strikeouts (111).
- The Buckeyes connected on five home runs against Rutgers (Apr. 8) and Maryland (Apr. 27) to tie the program record for most home runs in a game. Ohio State has hit the single-game mark on five different occasions, dating back to 2002.
SWING FOR THE FENCE
Through 43 games, Ohio State has connected on 56 home runs. The Buckeyes have recorded at least one home run in 32 contests, has four games with three homers and two outings with five dingers. Lilli Piper is responsible for 17 of Ohio State’s home runs while Shelby McCombs has 12.
Ohio State is up to 30th in the latest RPI, released on Monday. The Buckeyes are 8-5 vs. teams ranked in the Top 50 and owns 15 wins against Top 100 teams. It has already played 13 games against Top 50 opponents and has three remaining on the schedule vs. Michigan.
Ohio State concludes the 2018 regular season with a Friday-Sunday series at Michigan.