April 10, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts Penn State in a three-game series starting Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The opener is set for 6:35 p.m. Friday with the middle game at 4:05 p.m. Saturday and the finale at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
Live stats and links to a live video and audio 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 defeated Eastern Michigan, 8-1, Tuesday before dropping an 8-5 decision to Dayton Wednesday evening.
OSU VS. EMU, DAYTON NOTES
– Zach Farmer pitched a career-high 7.0 innings Tuesday against the Eagles. He’s now allowed two earned runs while striking out 16 in 21.1 innings (0.84 ERA) over his last four starts. Farmer’s 4-0 in those starts.
– Ryan Leffel picked up his seventh multi-hit game of the season Tuesday.
– Leffel extended his hitting streak to a career-best eight games Wednesday.
– Pat Porter earned his eighth multi-hit game while Nick Sergakis notched his fourth and Aaron Gretz tallied his third Wednesday.
– Gretz picked up three doubles over the last two games.
SOME MORE NOTES
– The Buckeyes are 14-2 when leading after seven innings and 15-3 when outhitting their opponent.
– Ohio State is 18-5 when limiting opponents to five runs or less and 14-7 when it scores first.
– Michael Horejsei is limiting opponents to a .091 average (1-for-11) with runners on base while Tyler Giannonatti has let opponents hit .167 (5-for-30) in the same situation.
– Ronnie Dawson is hitting .382 (13-for-34) with runners in scoring position.
– Zach Farmer has allowed two earned runs while striking out 16 in 21.1 innings (0.84 ERA) over his last four starts. Farmer’s 4-0 in those starts.
– Tanner Tully has posted a 2.05 ERA (six earned runs in 26.1 IP) in four starts this season.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Offensively, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in runs scored (3rd, 1641), doubles (2nd, 53), triples (2nd, 11) and home runs (4th, 10). On the mound, the Buckeyes rank in strikeouts (t-3rd, 197) and saves (t-3rd, 8).
Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson sits seventh with a .346 average while Troy Kuhn is tied for second with four home runs, 10th with a .457 slugging percentage, eighth with 22 RBI, second with 27 runs scored, tied for third with nine doubles and tied second after getting hit nine times.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions enter the weekend at 16-14 and third in the Big Ten with a 4-1 record. Steve Snyder is hitting .367 with four doubles, a triple and 20 runs scored while T.J. Jann is 1-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched on the mound.
Ohio State leads the series with Penn State, 60-34, after sweeping Penn State last year in Columbus.
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 356-293 career record and is in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach.
18th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 290-146 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 159-90 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
Ohio State travels to face West Virginia at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday before returning home to face Ball State at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday.