May 10, 2018

Ohio State Concludes Home Schedule vs. Purdue

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May 10, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team concludes the 2018 home schedule with a three-game series against Purdue Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The series opens at 6:35 p.m. Friday with middle game at 3:05 p.m. Saturday. Senior Day is set for 1:05 p.m. Sunday. The Buckeyes (31-16, 11-7 B1G) sit in fourth place in the Big Ten standings and are 2.5 games back from the Boilermakers (29-16, 13-4 B1G). Ohio State sits at No. 36 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings with seven regular season games remaining. Purdue has won 13 straight games heading to Columbus.

WEEKEND ROTATION
Friday: LHP Connor Curlis (6-3, 3.92 ERA) vs. RHP Tanner Andrews (5-3, 2.71 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Ryan Feltner (4-3, 4.68 ERA) vs. LHP Gareth Stroh (5-2, 5.13 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Adam Niemeyer (3-2, 5.79 ERA) vs. TBA

PROMOTIONS
Friday, May 11: Tote Bag giveaway courtesy of Delta Air Lines, First Responders Night, Postgame Fireworks
Saturday, May 12: Hat giveaway courtesy of Delta Air Lines, Alumni Day, Family & Friends Packs Available
Sunday, May 13: Sunglasses giveaway courtesy of Delta Air Lines, Senior Day, Family & Friends Packs Available

FOLLOW THE ACTION
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. All three games will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). The series vs. the Boilermakers can also be heard on the radio at AM 1460 ESPN. Matt Andrews and Bob Spears will have the call.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL

– Ohio State is 31-16 overall and 11-7 in Big Ten play with seven games left in the 2018 regular season.

– The Buckeyes (11-7) are 2.5 games behind the Boilermakers (13-4). Michigan (14-3) and Minnesota (14-3) are tied for first in the conference with two weekends remaining in league play.

– The team is 14-6 at home in 2018. The Buckeyes are No. 36 in the latest RPI rankings released Thursday.

– Last time out, the Buckeyes split a midweek series against Campbell in Columbus. Ohio State won game one, 10-6, behind a strong bullpen performance. Kyle Michalik tossed a career-high four innings of work on Tuesday, sending down 12 straight hitters with three strikeouts. Conner Pohl batted .625 with a double, home run, two RBI and two walks in the series.

– Head coach Greg Beals is one win shy of 500 in his career. His career record sits at 499-397-1.

– Senior reliever Seth Kinker is one appearance shy of breaking the Ohio State career appearances record held by former Buckeye Trace Dempsey. He currently is tied with Dempsey with 102 appearances.

– Ohio State is 145-61-1 all-time against the Boilermakers. Ohio State is 46-22 all-time at home vs. Purdue. Last year, the Boilermakers won a road series in Columbus. Ohio State is 10-5 in its last 15 games vs. Purdue.

– The Buckeyes are batting .292 as a team, good for second in the league.

– Kinker is leading the Big Ten and sixth nationally in ERA (1.29). He is 6-1 with 11 saves.

– Senior Noah McGowan is leading the team in batting (.376), hits (67), doubles (18), home runs (8), RBI (50), slugging (.624) and on-base percentage (.461).

– Dominic Canzone is tied for the team lead with McGowan with 42 runs scored. He is 13-for-15 in stolen bases.

– The Buckeyes will honor their 2018 senior class on Senior Day Sunday. The senior class includes student manager Drew OnegaBo CoolenTyler CowlesNoah McGowanCurtiss IrvingSeth KinkerKyle Michalik, Adam NiemeyerYianni Pavlopoulos and Austin Woodby.

– The Big Ten Tournament is set for May 23-27 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The top eight teams in the conference will battle for the tournament crown. Ohio State won the 2016 tournament last time it was held in Omaha.

2018 SENIOR CLASS
The 2018 senior class will be recognized before first pitch on Sunday as part of Senior Day. These 2018 seniors have won 162 games the past five years, including 81 contests at Bill Davis Stadium. This group helped guide the Scarlet and Gray to the 2016 Big Ten Tournament title and the team’s 20th NCAA appearance. After a 22-34 season in 2017, the senior class has turned the program back to its winning ways this spring, collecting the fourth best turnaround in the country according to Baseball America.

– Bo Coolen: Has spent the last two years with the Buckeyes after transferring from Cypress College. A two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, Coolen has played in 74 games with 49 starts. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native, Coolen has collected 29 runs scored, 41 hits, three doubles, one triple, two home runs and 22 RBI. He plans to graduate this summer.

– Tyler Cowles: Also spent the last two years with the Scarlet and Gray after transferring from Sinclair CC. A two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, Cowles, from Grove City, Ohio, has played in 86 games with 79 starts and has a .272 career average with 77 hits, 16 doubles, eight home runs and 52 RBI. In 2018, Cowles is hitting .320 with 31 runs scored, 12 doubles, five home runs and 37 RBI. He plans to graduate this summer.

– Curtiss Irving: Has been a part of the team the last five years, making 36 career appearances with three starts. A native of Greenfield, Ind., Irving is 2-0 with a 4.72 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 13.1 innings pitched. An OSU Scholar-Athlete, he graduated this past week a degree in logistics management.

– Seth Kinker: The anchor of the Buckeye pitching staff the last four years, Kinker is tied for the program record in career appearances with 102. A native of Huntington, W. Va., Kinker is a 2018 Senior CLASS Award Finalist. He holds a 2.11 career ERA and is 15-4 with 163 strikeouts in 183.2 innings of work. A two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection, Kinker leads the Big Ten in ERA (1.29) and is 6-1 with 11 saves and 45 strikeouts in 48.2 innings of work. He graduated last week with a degree in sport industry.

– Noah McGowan: The best hitter on the Buckeyes in 2018, McGowan, a native of Houston, Texas, is leading the team in average, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, slugging and on-base percentage. He has played in 85 career games with 83 career starts, collecting a .307 average with 60 runs, 95 hits, 24 doubles, 13 home runs and 69 RBI. McGowan, who transferred in as a junior from McLennan CC, plans to graduate this summer.

– Kyle Michalik: Has been a part of the Buckeye pitching staff the last five years, Michalik was a named a team captain in 2018. A native of Brunswick, Ohio, Michalik sits in the Top 10 in career appearances with 86. He holds a 2.97 career ERA with a 7-5 record, striking out 64 in 103.0 innings pitched. An OSU Scholar-Athlete, Michalik graduated last week with a degree in human development and family science.

– Adam Niemeyer: Has been a part of the Buckeye pitching staff the last five years and is a two-time captain. Niemeyer, from Minster, Ohio, has appeared in 51 games with 35 starts and is 11-8 with a 4.38 career ERA. He struck out 70 in 71.0 innings during the 2016 title run. This year, Niemeyer has been the team’s Sunday starter and is 3-2 with a 5.79 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 56.0 innings of work. A five-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Niemeyer graduated this past week with a degree in finance and real estate.

– Yianni Pavlopoulos: Has been a part of the Buckeye pitching staff the last five years and has appeared in 66 games with 10 career starts. He holds a 4.82 career ERA with 84 strikeouts in 106.1 innings of work. From Homer Glenn, Ill., Pavlopoulos had 16 career saves, which is fourth all-time. He collected 14 saves in 2016, which ranks third in program history and held a 3.03 ERA in 29 appearances during the team’s title run two years ago. Pavlopoulos is an OSU Scholar-Athlete and graduated last week with a degree in logistics management.

– Austin Woodby: Has been a part of the Buckeye pitching staff the last three years and has appeared in 50 games with six starts, holding a 4.84 career ERA with 75 strikeouts in 102.1 innings pitched. Woodby, from Cincinnati, Ohio, was 5-1 with one save during the team’s title run in 2016. This year, he is 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 30.1 innings of work. A two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection, Woodby graduated last week with a degree in Communications.

#VOTE4KINKER
Seth Kinker is one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award. Kinker, who has made 102 career appearances and leads the Big Ten in ERA at 1.29 is majoring in sport industry. He is from Huntington, W. Va., and Cabell-Midland High School. Fans can vote for Seth Kinker on the award’s official website at www.seniorclassaward.com through May 28. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. This year’s Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2018 College World Series® in June.

SCOUTING PURDUE
The Boilermakers have been the hottest team in the Big Ten for the last three weeks, winning 13 straight games. Purdue has swept the last three league series with wins over Maryland, Rutgers and Northwestern to elevate the squad to third in the conference standings at 13-4. Purdue is hitting .279 as a team with 74 doubles, 23 home runs and 71-for-103 in stolen bases. Nick Dalesandro is hitting .329 with 13 doubles and is 20-for-22 in stolen bases, while Jacson McGowan is batting .320 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI. On the mound, the Boilermakers have combined for a 3.84 ERA with 327 strikeouts in 402.2 innings of work. Tanner Andrews is 5-3 with a 2.71 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 69.2 innings.

OHIO STATE VS. PURDUE
Ohio State is 145-61-1 all-time against the Boilermakers. Ohio State is 46-22 all-time at home vs. Purdue. Last year, the Boilermakers won a road series in Columbus. Ohio State is 10-5 in its last 15 games vs. Purdue. Dominic Canzone is hitting .333 with two runs scored, triple, RBI and walk vs. the Boilermakers in his career. Seth Kinker has not allowed a run in three career appearances vs. the Boilermakers with seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched.

OHIO STATE AS OF LATE
The team is 9-6 in the last 15 games. The team is hitting .267 with 24 doubles, three home runs and seven RBI. Noah McGowan is batting .327 (17-for-52) with three doubles, home run, eight RBI and 12 walks. Jacob Barnwell is hitting .321 and Kobie Foppe is batting .320. Seth Kinker is 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 18.1 innings pitched.

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Tickets for the 2018 Big Ten Tournament May 23-27 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., are on sale now. Tickets for the tournament can be purchased at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha starting one and a half hours prior to the start of the first game each day. Tickets are now on sale for all-session tickets, single-game tickets and group tickets. Please call the MECA Box Office (800-745-3000) or visit Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com.

OTHER NOTES

– The Buckeyes are outscoring opponents, 136-106, at Bill Davis Stadium this season. Noah McGowan is hitting .371 at home and Dominic Canzone is batting .357 in Columbus.

– The Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents, 54-31 in the opening inning. The team is 11-1 when scoring 10 or more runs and 13-3 vs. left-handed starting pitchers.

– The Scarlet and Gray are 23-1 when leading after the sixth inning and 26-0 when leading after the eighth inning.

– Ohio State has an impressive 108 two-out RBI. Noah McGowan has 21 and Tyler Cowleshas 18 RBI with two outs on the board.

– Opposing hitters have just a .157 average (11-for-70) with two outs against Connor Curlis.

– The Buckeyes are second in the league in overall wins (31).

– Canzone has 123 career hits in two seasons, which leads all active Buckeyes.

– Kinker ranks second in career ERA (2.11) and only trails Buckeye legendary pitcher Steve Arlin (2.01).

– McGowan is batting .393 (24-for-61) with runners in scoring positon.

– Noah West leads the Buckeyes with a five-game hit streak and seven-game reached base streak.

UP NEXT
Ohio State concludes the 2018 regular season with four road games next week. The team travels south to play Cincinnati at 11 a.m. ET May 15 for its final midweek game. The Buckeyes travel to East Lansing, Mich., to wrap up league play with a three-game series at Michigan State May 17-19.