Feb. 21, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team takes on South Dakota St. and Mount St. Mary’s this weekend in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Buckeyes face the Jackrabbits at 4 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday before matching up with The Mount at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
The first and third games of the weekend will be played at Charlotte Sports Park while the second and fourth games will take place at North Charlotte Regional Park.
ON THE BUMP
Fri.: RHP Jaron Long (0-0, 3.18)
vs. RHP Layne Somsen (0-0, 0.00)
Sat. 1: LHP Brian King (0-1, 9.00)
vs. RHP Kolton Emery (-)
Sat. 2: RHP Brad Goldberg (1-0, 0.00)
vs. RHP Thomas Williams (1-0, 1.80)
Sun.: RHP Jake Post (0-0, 27.00)
vs. LHP Jordan Lawson (0-0, 0.00)
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State went 1-2 on the opening weekend of 2013, falling to Mercer, 6-5, in 10 innings in the opener and 13-3 to Notre Dame Saturday before topping St. John’s, 3-1, Sunday.
Brad Goldberg picked up the win in his Ohio State debut against St. John’s. The senior tossed seven scoreless innings, striking out seven while giving up two hits. He allowed just one baserunner past second base. Pat Porter paced the Buckeyes offensively, going 4-for-10 with a home run, four runs scored and two RBI on the weekend.
SCOUTING SOUTH DAKOTA ST.
South Dakota St. is 2-0 on the season after sweeping a doubleheader against Waldorf (Iowa) Monday. Stephen Bougher tossed seven shutout innings to earn the win in the opener while Adam Bray pitched five shutout frames to pick up the win in Game 2. Outfielder Zach Coppola went 4-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored in the twinbill.
Ohio State won all three games in the all-time series with the Jackrabbits, each coming in Edinburg, Texas in 1989.
SCOUTING MOUNT ST. MARY’S
Mount St. Mary’s is 2-1 on the season after winning a series against Iona on the opening weekend. Thomas Williams allowed one earned run over five innings to pick up the win in the opener while Sam Nott went 5-for-9 with a double, two home runs, six RBI and four runs scored on the weekend.
Ohio State and Mount St. Mary’s have never met on the diamond.
GOLDBERG BIG TEN PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Ohio State senior right-hander Brad Goldberg has been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The award is the first Big Ten weekly award for a Buckeye since Pat Porter was named Freshman of the Week April 9 of last season.
Goldberg, from Beachwood, Ohio, picked up the win in his Ohio State debut as the Buckeyes topped St. John’s, 3-1, Sunday. The senior tossed seven scoreless innings, striking out seven while giving up two hits. He allowed just one baserunner past second base.
SOME MORE NOTES
• Newcomer Tyler Giannonatti and Ryan Riga were both impressive in relief in their Buckeye debuts. Giannonatti tossed 1.2 scoreless frames while Riga didn’t allow an earned run over 1.1 innings over two appearances.
• Ohio State struck out 25 batters over the first weekend, the most in the Big Ten.
• Pat Porter is tied for the Big Ten lead with four runs scored while Ryan Cypret is tied for tops in the conference with four walks.
• Brad Goldberg’s seven strikeouts against St. John’s marked the most in the Big Ten over the first weekend of play.
• Trace Dempsey was solid in two appearances in relief. The sophomore earned the save against St. John’s and struck out four batters while allowing opponents to hit just .182 over three innings on the weekend.
• Ryan Cypret, Brad Hallberg and Pat Porter reached base in all three games.
• Craig Nennig and Jacob Bosiokovic each made their first starts in a Buckeye uniform. Nennig started all three contests, two at third base and one at shortstop, while Bosiokovic mad a start at third base and another in left field.
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 a season ago. 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 FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State was selected fourth in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll, the conference office announced Feb. 12. In addition, Josh Dezse, Brad Goldberg and Jaron Long have been named players to watch.
Indiana enters the season as the conference favorite followed by Nebraska, Michigan State, Ohio State, Minnesota and Illinois.
“These three guys were voted on by their teammates and I couldn’t agree more,” Beals said. “They all three represent Buckeye Nation the right way and will help lead this team on a championship mission this spring.”
Cypret, a second baseman from Powell, Ohio, has appeared in 138 career games, batting .275 with 21 doubles and five home runs. Cypret has scored 93 runs and driven in 70 more.
Fathalikhani, from Vienna, Va., has made 57 appearances out of the bullpen over the last two seasons after making the transition to the mound from catcher. The right-hander has gone 3-3 with a 3.46 earned-run average.
McKinney, from Hamilton, Ohio, has made 51 career appearances, starting 33 contests. The right-hander has picked up 11 wins while striking out 143 over 194.2 career innings.
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 304-258 career record and is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach.
17th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 263-130 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 150-82 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
Ohio State takes on Connecticut, Stetson and Central Michigan March 1-3 at Melching Field in DeLand, Fla.