May 14, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team concludes the regular season with a three-game series starting Thursday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The opener and middle game are set 5:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday with the series finale at 12:05 p.m. Saturday. Senior Day festivities honoring Tyler Giannonatti, Greg Greve and Tim Wetzel will be held prior to Saturday’s contest against the Wildcats.
The series will be televised live on BTN. Live stats and a link to a live video 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 won an 11-3 contest against Cincinnati Tuesday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Ronnie Dawson went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI while the bullpen tossed 6.0 scoreless innings of relief.
ON THE BUMP
Thu.: LHP Tanner Tully (6-2, 1.79 ERA)
vs. RHP Brandon Magallones (3-7, 5.81)
Fri.: RHP Travis Lakins (1-3, 2.53)
vs. LHP Reed Mason (1-4, 4.40)
Sat.: RHP Greg Greve (6-4, 3.48)
vs. RHP Nick Friar (5-0, 4.38)
OSU VS. CINCINNATI NOTES
– Pat Porter had his hitting streak snapped at eight games.
– Ronnie Dawson picked up his team-high 19th multi-hit game of the season while Jacob Bosiokovic tallied his 12th, Craig Nennig record his seventh and Troy Montgomery earned his sixth.
– Dawson tied his career-high four hits while Montgomery equaled his career-high four RBI.
– Josh Dezse tied his career-high three walks which was set May 26, 2011 against Illinois.
– Yianni Pavlopoulos picked up his first-career win with 3.0 scoreless innings of relief.
SOME MORE NOTES
– The Buckeyes are 24-2 when leading after seven innings and 22-5 when outhitting their opponent.
– Ohio State is 27-11 when limiting opponents to five runs or less and 24-11 when it scores first.
– Josh Dezse is hitting .343 with six doubles, five home runs, 21 RBI, 14 runs scored and 10 walks in 20 Big Ten contests.
– Connor Sabanosh is hitting .400 (16-for-50) with runners on base.
– Ohio State is outscoring its opponents 71-43 in the first two innings.
– Ohio State is tied for 18th nationally with seven shuouts as a team. The seven shutouts are fifth in program history behind the nine shutouts by the 2003 Buckeyes and the eight in 2002, 2001 and 1977.
– Greg Greve has gone 4-2 with a 2.51 ERA in 46.2 innings pitched over seven Big Ten starts.
– Tanner Tully has now allowed just six walks in 80.1 innings pitched this season. The freshman is second nationally with 0.67 walks per nine innings and 11th with a 7-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
– Tully has pitched at least 7.0 innings in all seven of his starts in Big Ten play.
– Tim Wetzel has made 200 career starts and drawn 94 walks in that span to rank 20th on the Ohio State all-time list.
– Trace Dempsey has tallied 25 career saves to rank third in Ohio State history behing Jake Hale (29) and Cory Cox (27).
– Dempsey has allowed just one earned run over his last eight appearances (9.1 IP).
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeyes, who enter the weekend in sole possession of sixth place in the Big Ten, rank near the top of the Big Ten in runs scored (4th, 257), triples (3rd, 14), home runs (3rd, 20) and total bases (4th, 644). On the mound, the Buckeyes rank in ERA (5th, 3.50) and strikeouts (3rd, 320).
Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson sits sixth in the Big Ten with a .339 average while Troy Kuhn is tied for fourth with six home runs, tied for ninth with 33 RBI, tied for sixth with 14 doubles, tied for ninth with 38 runs scored and sixth after getting hit 11 times. Pat Porter is tied for second with four triples while Josh Dezse is tied for sixth with five home runs.
Tanner Tully leads the Big Ten with a 1.79 ERA, is tied for fourth with six wins and ranks ninth with a .241 opposing batting average and 80.1 innings pitched while Zach Farmer and Greg Greve also are tied fourth with six wins. Trace Dempsey is sixth with seven saves on the year.
The Wildcats are 17-32 on the year, 10th in Big Ten play with a 5-15 record. Matt Hopfner leads Northwestern with a .330 average to go along with three doubles, a triple, 28 runs score and 23 RBI while right-hander Nick Friar is 5-0 with a 4.38 ERA on the mound.
Ohio State holds a 93-46 advantage in the all-time series with Northwestern after taking two of three games last year in Evanston.
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)
Tanner Tully – FOW (5/13)
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.
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 366-303 career record and is in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach.
18th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 297-151 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 163-92 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
Ohio State travels to Omaha, Neb., for the Big Ten Tournament starting Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park.