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March 31, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts Ohio Tuesday and Akron Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Both games are set for 6:35 p.m.

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 was swept by Indiana in a three-game series over the weekend. The Buckeyes lost the opener, 6-4, Friday before dropping a Sunday doubleheader by an 8-2 and a 7-1 count.

Ryan Leffel went 4-for-7 with a run scored in the series while Josh Dezse went 4-for-10 with a double and four RBI.

OSU VS. INDIANA NOTES
Josh Dezse notched his sixth multi-hit game of the season in Game 1 Sunday while Ryan Leffel tallied his fifth.
Connor Sabanosh extended his hitting streak to six games after a single in the sixth inning of the opener of the doubleheader.
Nick Sergakis tallied his first-career triple in the seventh inning of Game 2 Sunday.

SOME MORE NOTES
– The Buckeyes are 11-0 when leading after seven innings and 12-2 when outhitting their opponent.
– Ohio State is 16-2 when limiting opponents to five runs or less and 11-4 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 .222 (10-for-45) in the same situation.
Ronnie Dawson is hitting .375 (9-for-24) with runners in scoring position.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Offensively, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in runs scored (3rd, 127), doubles (t-3rd, 40) and triples (t-2nd, 9) . On the mound, the Buckeyes rank in saves (t-1st, 8).

Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson sits eighth with a .346 average while Troy Kuhn is tied for first with four home runs, eighth with a .485 slugging percentage, tied for sixth with 19 RBI, tied for third with eight doubles and tied for second in the Big Ten after getting hit eight times.

Ryan Riga ranks third in the conference with 46.0 innings pitched and tied for fifth with 31 strikeouts while Tanner Tully is fifth with a 2.06 ERA. Trace Dempsey is tied for third with four saves.

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 5-19 on the season. Mitch Longo leads Ohio with a .438 average with seven doubles, a triple, two home runs and 13 RBI.

Ohio State holds an 80-40 lead with the Bobcats and has won the last six contests.

SCOUTING TOLEDO
The Rockets enter the week with a 9-14 record. Deion Tansel leads Toledo with a .393 average with two doubles, a triple, 13 runs scored and 10 RBI.

Ohio State holds an 27-6 lead in the all-time series and has won the last 19 matchups.

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)

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.

TICKET INFORMATION
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 353-289 career record and is in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach.

18th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 287-145 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 159-90 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.

UP NEXT
Ohio State travels to Nebraska for a three-game set starting Friday in Lincoln.