March 25, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team continues its homestand in a rescheduled game against Marshall at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Live stats and live video 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 dropped a back-and-forth 7-6 game to Michigan State in the opener before coming back to win the middle game 6-2 and the finale 1-0 for the series victory.
Ohio State had six players hit over .300 for the series, paced by Troy Montgomery’s 2-for-5 showing, while Tanner Tully struck out four over 7.0 scoreless innings to pick up the win in the 1-0 rubber game victory.
OSU VS. MICHIGAN STATE NOTES
– Troy Kuhn tallied his eighth multi-hit game of the season while Pat Porter notched his fourth and Troy Montgomery picked up his third Saturday.
– Nick Sergakis made his first-career start at short Sunday in place of the injured Craig Nennig.
– Sergakis tallied his first-career multi-hit game. Josh Dezse picked up his fifth multi-hit contest and Connor Sabanosh notched his third Sunday.
– Kuhn had his career-long 10-game hitting streak snapped Sunday against the Spartans.
SOME MORE NOTES
– The Buckeyes are 10-0 when leading after seven innings and 11-2 when outhitting their opponent.
– Ohio State is 15-2 when limiting opponents to five runs or less and 10-3 when it scores first.
– Michael Horejsei is limiting opponents to a .091 average (1-for-11) with runners on base while Jake Post has let opponents hit .195 (8-for-41) in the same situation.
– Ronnie Dawson is hitting .391 (9-for-23) and Tim Wetzel is batting .353 (6-for-17) with runners in scoring position.
– Tanner Tully has not allowed an earned run in his last 16.0 innings pitched over three appearances. He’s allowed 12 hits and one walk while striking out nine over that span.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Offensively, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in runs scored (3rd, 116), slugging percentage (3rd, .359), on-base percentage (4th, .353) and batting average (5th, .265). On the mound, the Buckeyes rank in saves (1st, 8), opposing batting average (2nd, .254) and ERA (4th, 3.30).
Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson sits ninth with a .356 average and tied for ninth with a .479 slugging percentage while Troy Kuhn is tied for first with four home runs, third with a .529 slugging percentage, tied for third with 19 RBI, tied for second with seven doubles, tied for 10th with 16 runs scored and tied for the Big Ten lead after getting hit eight times.
Ryan Riga, Tanner Tully and Greg Greve are tied for fifth in the conference with three wins while Riga ranks second with 38.2 innings pitched. Tully is second with a 0.96 ERA while Jake Post ranks eighth with a 2.35 ERA and a .227 opposing batting average. Trace Dempsey is third with four saves.
The Thundering Herd enters the week with a 6-15 record, 3-6 in Conference USA play. Cory Garrastazu leads Marshall with a .321 average with three doubles while Josh King is 2-2 with a 2.60 ERA in six starts on the mound.
Ohio State holds a 17-2 lead in the all-time series with Marshall.
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.
BUCKS PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State has been selected third in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll, the conference office announced Feb. 12. In addition, Trace Dempsey, Josh Dezse and Pat Porter have been named players to watch in the conference.
Indiana enters the season as the conference favorite followed by Nebraska, Ohio State and Michigan State. Illinois and Michigan were picked in a tie for fifth.
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.
Season tickets, Grand Slam Big Ten packages and Mini Plan package information can be found at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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 352-286 career record and is in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach.
18th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 286-142 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 159-87 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
Ohio State hosts Indiana in a three-game set starting Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.