COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off a series sweep vs. CSUN, the Ohio State baseball team continues its 11-game homestand with a three-game home series against Georgetown this weekend at Bill Davis Stadium. The opener of the series begins at 5 p.m. Friday. The middle game of the series is set for 3 p.m. Saturday and the series concludes at Noon Sunday in Columbus.
The Buckeyes (14-6) are on a six-game winning streak after going 5-0 last week. The Scarlet and Gray hit .271 as a team with nine doubles, two home runs and 36 runs scored. The OSU pitching staff posted a 2.25 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 48.0 IP last week.
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Friday, March 23 – LHP Connor Curlis (3-0, 3.07 ERA) vs. LHP Jacob Grzebinski (0-0, 6.75 ERA)
Saturday, March 24 – RHP Ryan Feltner (2-0, 6.26 ERA) vs. LHP Brent Killam (2-1, 3.18 ERA)
Sunday, March 25 – RHP Adam Niemeyer (1-2, 6.45 ERA) vs. TBA
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 ($) this weekend.
– The Buckeyes are on a season-high six-game win streak. It’s the longest win streak by a Buckeye team in two years when the 2016 boys won seven in a row from May 8-May19.
– The Scarlet and Gray swept CSUN last weekend in Columbus. The team won the home opener, 2-1, in 12 innings and swept the Matadors in a doubleheader on Sunday. The Buckeyes took game one of the twinbill, 11-6, and took game two, 7-3.
– Ohio State went 11-6 to begin the 2018 campaign, playing all 17 games away from Columbus. Ohio State went 3-1 during the opening weekend at the Snowbird Classic, 2-2 at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge and 4-2 during its spring break trip, including a 2-2 mark at the Environmental Staffing Chanticleer Classic. The team is coming off a midweek series sweep at UNC Wilmington Tuesday-Wednesday.
– The team is hitting .294 with 61 extra-base hits and 15-for-18 in stolen bases.
– The team ranks first in the Big Ten in double plays (20), second in hits (210), batting average (.294), home runs (18), runs (149), on-base percentage (.382), scoring (7.5) and third in walks (93).
– The OSU pitching staff has combined for a 4.04 with 162 strikeouts in 1781. Innings pitched. The Buckeyes are second in the conference in strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.53).
– Senior Noah McGowan is leading the team with a .392 average with 31 hits, including seven doubles, one triple, five home runs and 27 RBI. He is second in the conference in RBI. McGowan was named National Player of the Week after driving in a nation-best 13 RBI during the opening weekend Feb. 16-18.
– Junior starting pitcher Connor Curlis is 3-0 with a 3.07 ERA with 32 strikeouts and five walks in 29.1 innings pitched.
– Senior reliever Seth Kinker is 3-1 with a 1.06 ERA in nine appearances. His four saves is second in the conference. Senior Curtiss Irving, sophomore Jake Vance and freshman Griffan Smith each have claimed their first collegiate wins this season.
– The game Friday will be the first meeting between Ohio State and Georgetown since the 2007 campaign. The Buckeyes won, 7-5, against the Hoyas in a neutral-site contest in the last meeting in Clearwater, Fla. This is the first trip for Georgetown baseball to Columbus.
– The 2018 Buckeyes return 22 letterwinners this season, including 13 members from the 2016 Big Ten championship team. The team welcomed 10 newcomers in the fall.
– The Scarlet and Gray racked up the frequent flyer miles, opening the 2018 season with 17-straight road games. The Buckeyes were in state of Florida two times and also visited Arizona, South Carolina and North Carolina. The team flew a combine 7,516 miles across the country over the last five weeks.
– Dominic Canzone returns for his sophomore campaign after leading the Buckeyes at the plate with a .343 average last season. He was named a third team All-Big Ten selection.
– Kinker will anchor an experienced Buckeye bullpen this spring. Kinker posted a 2.95 ERA in 58.0 innings pitched in 2017.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
2018 Record: 5-14
Team Stats: .258, 82 R, 36 2B, 4 HR, 26-for-28 SB
Top Hitter: Eddie McCabe, .356, 8 R, 8 2B, 15 RBI
Top Pitcher: Brent Killam, 2-1, 3.18 ERA, 24 K in 22.2 IP
Last Time Out: Game postponed vs. Navy (3/21)
22ND SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 349-182 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .655 winning percentage. Ohio State is 180-111 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
DURING THE WIN STREAK…
– .285 team batting average with 18 extra-base hits
– .372 on-base/.411 slugging
– 2.68 ERA with 54 Ks in 57.0 IP
– Canzone is hitting .400 (12-for-30) with five run scored, one home run and four RBI. Noah McGowan is slugging .545 with five RBI and Tyler Cowles is hitting .304 with six RBI.
Greg Beals, head coach
On team’s recent success
“The feeling is what I’ve been saying, I think we are close. I wouldn’t call it clicking on all cylinder by any means. We won all three games last week, but I think are 3 and 5-hole hitters had a combined one hit between the two of them. There’s room for our offense to grow and certainly room for our defense to grow. Our infield defense needs to continue to take strides and get better.”
Connor Curlis, junior left-handed pitcher
On spring break trip and first home series
“It was great to concentrate on baseball all week and play a bunch of different teams. To come away with a 4-2 isn’t bad, but I feel like we could have done better. It’s always awesome to come home to Bill Davis Stadium and play in front of the fans and just get to get that series sweep is good and it built some momentum heading into Georgetown.”
Noah McGowan, senior utility
On overall feel in the dugout
“It feels good. We have a lot of confidence in our offense to score runs and it’s a good feeling for our pitchers to have too. If they give up a couple runs, we know that we have guys in the dugout that can come back quickly at the plate.”