Feb. 24, 2016
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to Myrtle Beach, S.C., this weekend for the 17th-annual Caravelle Resort Baseball at the Beach hosted by Coastal Carolina. The Buckeyes open the weekend against Duke at 1 p.m. Friday, take on No. 19 Coastal Carolina at 2 p.m. Saturday, Liberty at 1 p.m. Sunday, and close the four-game tournament at 4 p.m. Monday in a second game against the Chanticleers.
The two neutral-site games will be played at TickerReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, S.C., while the two contests against Coastal Carolina will be played at its home facility – Spring Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C.
ON THE BUMP
DUKE: RHP Adam Niemeyer (0-0, 6.23 ERA) vs. RHP Bailey Clark (0-0, 3.38 ERA)
COASTAL: LHP Tanner Tully (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Alex Cunningham (0-0, 13.50 ERA)
LIBERTY: LHP John Havird (0-0, 7.94 ERA) vs. LHP Mike Stafford (0-0, 3.00 ERA)
COASTAL: RHP Ryan Feltner (0-0, 6.75 ERA) vs. RHP Cole Schaefer (0-0, 6.23 ERA)
FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES
There are multiple ways to follow the Scarlet and Gray this weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Gametracker links can be found above or by going to the Ohio State schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The contests vs. the Chanticleers will be have live CCU audio available. The final game on Monday vs. Coastal will be streamed by Big South Network. For up to minute updates, follow the action on twitter via @OhioState_BASE.
BUCKEYES START 2016 UNDEFEATED
For the second-consecutive season, the Buckeyes began the year with an undefeated record during the opening weekend. Ohio State defeated Toledo, 7-1, to open the inaugural Historic Dodgertown Classic on Friday following a six-inning scoreless performance by junior left-hander Tanner Tully. The Buckeyes then rallied twice on Saturday to improve to 3-0. Redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic homered twice, including a three-run walk-off moonshot off the left field foul pole in in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Niagara, 10-7, in game one. In game two, the Buckeyes took on ACC-opponent and it took four hours and 54 minutes to get over the hump and win, 11-8. Returning to the mound for the first time since 2014, redshirt sophomore pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos earned the win over the Purple Eagles, while freshman left-hander Connor Curlis picked up the victory in the marathon contest vs. the Panthers. The final contest vs. the Rockets ended a 5-5 tie on Sunday due to travel restrictions for both schools.
LONGEST GAME THIS CENTURY
The Ohio State 11-8 win in 13 innings over Pitt last Saturday in Vero Beach, Fla., was the longest game of this century – four hours and 54 minutes. The game included:
NOTBALE RECENT LONG GAMES
The Buckeyes are 5-0 in games longer than four hours since 2000 (non-rain delays). Other Notable long games of this century:
Feb. 21, 2010 – 20-9 win vs. Richmond (4:02)
May 27, 2007 – 10-9 win (11 innings) vs. Minnesota (4:06)
March 8, 2002 – 38-15 win vs. Toledo (4:43)
March 10, 2000 – 10-7 win (14 innings) vs. Marshall (4:00)
BOSIOKOVIC NAMED B1G PLAYER, NATIONAL PLAYER OF WEEK
It was a big return for the 6-5, redshirt junior right fielder last weekend. Jacob Bosiokovic nabbed the first Big Ten Player Week honor and also was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, the conference office and Collegiate Baseball announced Monday. Bosiokovic, a native of Delaware, Ohio, earns his first player of the week honor and becomes the first Buckeye since the 2009 campaign to be recognized as a national player of the week.
Bosiokovic, who missed the majority of 2015 due to injury, batted .412 (7-for-17) with seven runs scored, eight RBI, three home runs, including a two-run, game-tying and three-run walk-off dinger vs. Niagara in game two of a doubleheader Feb. 21. He leads the Big Ten in runs scored (7), RBI (8), total bases (16) and home runs (3) after week one.
The Blue Devils are 3-1 on the early season after taking two of three games in a non-conference series against No. 10 Cal. Duke was the lone team in the country to win a series over a Top 10 opponent during the opening weekend, claiming two walk-off victories at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Jimmy Herron is batting .429 (6-for-14) with two doubles, runs scored and one RBI, while Max Miller is hitting .316 (6-for-19) with two doubles and a RBI. Junior right-hander Bailey Clark was named an alternate for the 2015 U.S. Collegiate National Team and was also listed in the top 150 college prospects for the MLB Draft by Perfect Game. Duke finished the 2015 campaign with a 31-22 overall record.
Ohio State is 2-1 all-time vs. the Blue Devils. This will be the first meeting between the two schools since the 1998 season. Head coach Greg Beals is 2-0 vs. Duke in his coaching career.
A LOOK AT NO. 19 COASTAL CAROLINA
The Chanticleers are 2-1 overall with home wins against Appalachian State and fourth-ranked Virginia. Coastal Carolina rallied in the bottom of the eighth vs. the Cavaliers on a RBI single by Billy Cooke, while relief pitcher Andrew Beckwith tossed 4.1 scoreless frames to claim the victory over the defending national champions. G.K. Young is batting .500 (6-for-12) with a double, home run and seven RBI, while Cook follows at .455 (5-for-11) with three RBI and one walk. Starting pitcher Alex Cunningham pitched four innings and allowed six runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in a no decision vs. North Carolina State Feb. 20. Coastal went 39-21 in 2015 to earn the No. 2 seed in NCAA College Station Regional.
Coastal Carolina leads the all-time series against the Buckeyes, 4-1. Last time out, Ohio State took down the Chanticleers, 3-2, March 11, 2013, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Senior co-captain Nick Sergakis transferred from Coastal following his freshman season with the Chanticleers.
BREAKING DOWN THE FLAMES
Liberty is 2-2 on the season with wins against South Florida and William and Mary. D.J. Artis leads the Flames at the plate with a .438 batting average (7-for-16) with five runs scored, two triples, one home run and five RBI. Left-handed pitcher Mike Stafford tossed three innings and gave up one run on two hits with five strikeouts and four walks in a no decision vs. South Florida Feb. 21 in Tampa, Fla.
BOSIOKOVIC NAMED TO BUCKS GO PRO CLASS
Redshirt junior Jacob Bosiokovic was named the 2016 Bucks Go Pro Class on Tuesday and will be assisting this summer at the OSU golf course. The program matches student-athletes with internships in the Department of Athletics and across other areas of the university.
Said Bosiokovic: “I want to create relationships and absorb valuable knowledge that will aid me in my future professional endeavors.”
MONTGOMERY NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
Ohio State junior outfielder Troy Montgomery was named a 2016 preseason third team All-American, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced Feb. 2. Montgomery joins Michigan utility player Carmen Benedetti, Maryland pitcher Mike Shawaryn and Minnesota utility player Matt Fielder as Big Ten standouts on the list.
The Buckeye centerfielder had a breakout year in 2015, batting .317 with 54 runs scored, 12 doubles, six triples, four home runs and a conference-best 35 stolen bases, which tied the OSU single-season record.
This season, he extended his reached base streak to 36-consecutive games, making reaching safely in all four games at the Historic Dodgertown Classic (ended 2015 at 32 straight games).
ON THE ROAD
Ohio State plays its first 15 games on the road in 2016. The Buckeyes open the season with a trip down to Vero Beach, Fl. from Feb. 19-21 to play in the Historic Dodgertown Classic and face off against Toledo, Niagara and Pittsburgh. Their next action will be at the Caravelle Resort Baseball at the Beach Feb. 26-29 in in Myrtle Beach, S.C. hosted by Coastal Carolina. The Scarlet and Gray will play against Duke, Liberty and Coastal Carolina twice. The Buckeyes then finish tournament play in sunny Port Charlotte, Fla. where they will participate in the 2016 Snowbird Classic March 4-6 and square up with Seton Hall, Illinois State and Boston College. Ohio State will close out the opening month of the season with six-night, four-game series trip to Las Vegas, Nev., to play against UNLV March 11-15.
TRIO OF JUNIORS
Ohio State juniors Tanner Tully, Ronnie Dawson and Troy Montgomery were named to the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch List, the conference announced Jan. 29. Dawson, who was named the fall series MVP, is ranked No. 121 Prospect by D1Baseball, while Montgomery, the fall season MVP, is also listed at No. 110. Tully was the 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and allowed the fifth-fewest walks in the Big Ten last season.
“We’ve got great leadership on this ball club, but these two guys exemplify this team and the things we are looking to accomplish.” Beals said of the selection.
Sergakis, a Columbus, Ohio native, has appeared in 95 games, starting in 88 contests the past two seasons for the Scarlet and Gray. The OSU infielder has a .288 career batting average to go along with 39 RBI, 19 doubles, two home runs and nine steals. Washington, from Twinsburg, Ohio, was named most improved player of the fall season and earned the starting catcher job after being a utility player for his first two years as a Buckeye. He has made nine starts in 26 career appearances.
Sixth-year 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 405-327-1 career record and is in his 14th season as a collegiate head coach.
20TH SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 314-161 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .661 winning percentage. Ohio State is 168-99 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
Ohio State travels for the second time the Sunshine State for the 2016 Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla., March 4-6. The Buckeyes take on Seton Hall, Illinois State and Boston College.