May 11, 2017

Ohio State Travels for Three-Game Series at Iowa

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May 11, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team concludes its Big Ten road schedule with a three-game series at Iowa Friday-Sunday at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City, Iowa. The series opens at 7:05 p.m. ET Friday. The middle game is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET Saturday and the three-game set concludes at 2:05 p.m. ET Sunday. The series will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).

THE BASICS
Game 50
| at Iowa | Friday, May 12 | 7:05 p.m. ET
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Game 51| at Iowa | Saturday, May 13 | 3:05 p.m. ET
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Game 52 | at Iowa | Sunday, May 14 | 2:05 p.m. ET
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ON THE BUMP
FRDIAY:
RHP Jake Post (1-5, 3.98 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Gallagher (6-1, 2.30 ERA)
SATURDAY:
LHP Connor Curlis (3-3, 4.53 ERA) vs. LHP Ryan Erickson (2-2, 2.70 ERA)
SUNDAY:  
TBA vs. LHP Elijah Wood (0-0, 2.93 ERA)

FOLLOW THE ACTION
All three games will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). Fans can also listen on the radio on AM 1460 ESPN. Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Bob Spears (analysis) will have the call. A links to 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.

LEADING OFF

  • Ohio State is 19-30 overall and 6-12 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes are 7-10 on the road this season and hold a 4-5 mark in road conference games in 2017.
  • Last time out, the Scarlet and Gray split their two midweek games in Columbus. Ohio State beat Bowling Green, 7-6, in 12 innings before falling to Ball State, 14-4.
  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 74-52-1. The Buckeyes went 3-2 vs. Iowa in 2016 highlighted by an 8-7 win in the Big Ten tournament title game.
  • Ohio State currently stand in 11th place in the Big Ten standings with two weeks to go in the conference schedule. The Buckeyes are two games out of eighth place.
  • Rookie Dominic Canzone leads the Buckeyes with a .356 average at the dish. Canzone is second in the Big Ten in conference games in batting average (.429), third in on-base percentage (.477) and fourth in slugging percentage (.643).
  • Tre’ Gantt is tied for first in the conference in walks (33). He leads the team in hits (51) and runs scored (35).
  • Jalen Washington leads the Buckeyes with 13 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 31 RBI.
  • The OSU pitching staff has seen 16 different arms on the mound this year. Kinker is 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 46.2 innings pitched in 19 relief appearances. He is fifth in league games with a 2.21 ERA.
  • Ohio State is hitting .247 as a team with 76 doubles, 18 triples and 32 home runs.
  • The OSU pitching staff has combined for a 5.16 ERA with 344 strikeouts in 434.1 innings pitched.
  • The 2017 campaign marks the 134th season of Ohio State baseball and 21st at Bill Davis Stadium.
  • The team is led by seventh-year head coach Greg Beals, who led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten tournament championship and NCAA Regional in 2016.
  • The team is led by a five-member senior class that includes four fifth-year seniors: Jake Post, Shea Murray, Joe Stoll and Zach Ratcliff.
  • Washington and redshirt junior pitcher Adam Niemeyer were both named captains. Washington was recently named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate.
  • Kinker was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List.
  • Yianni Pavlopoulos joined Washington and Kinker on the B1G Players to Watch List.
  • Ohio State welcomed 15 newcomers to the 35-man roster, including seven junior college transfers.
  • Highlighting the early part of the schedule were ranked wins over No. 5 Oregon State (6-1; Feb. 24) and No. 24 FGCU (5-4, March 12).

OHIO STATE AS OF LATE
The Buckeyes split a pair of midweek games last time out in Columbus. Ohio State won, 7-6, over Bowling Green in 12 innings on Tuesday night before dropping a 14-4 contest vs. Ball State Wednesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Dominic Canzone hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 12 to score Jacob Barnwell to win the game. It marked the longest game of the year for the Scarlet and Gray (4:17). Shea Murray highlighted the loss vs. the Cardinals, going 2-for-3 with two triples, one run scored and three RBI.

SUNDAY WIN AT TTUN
After falling in the first two games, the Buckeyes rebounded with a 4-2 win in the series finale at No. 17 Michigan May 7 in Ann Arbor, Mich. In his first career start, Seth Kinker was strong, working six innings and limiting the UM bats to two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks to improve to 3-0. Zach Ratcliff hit the go-ahead grand slam with one out in the top of the sixth, while Adam Niemeyer sealed the win with three scoreless innings of relief work to tally his first career save.

CLIPPED BY NO. 4 TEXAS TECH
Ohio State fell, 5-3, against No. 4 Texas Tech May 3 at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes took a 2-0 early lead, but the Red Raiders rallied with two runs in the fourth and the go-ahead run in the fifth, while stranding 10 Ohio State runners to claim the midweek win. Ohio State freshman pitcher Jake Vance was steady on the mound, tallying a season-high five strikeouts and kept Texas Tech off the board through the first three innings. The Red Raiders strung two, two-out RBI hits in the fourth to tie the game against Vance. Overall, the OSU pitching staff combined to strike out 13 TTU hitters. At the plate, Dominic Canzone was 3-for-5 with two RBI, while Jacob Barnwell was 2-for-4 with a run scored and triple. Co-captain right-handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer made his first appearance on the mound since March 19 vs. Xavier. Niemeyer has missed the last 24 games due to injury.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State ranks second in triples (18), third in walks (204) and seventh in home runs (32). The Buckeye pitching staff has a 5.16 ERA, which is ninth in the conference, while striking out 366 hitters, good for fourth in the league. Dominic Canzone is third in the league in hitting (.356). Tre’ Gantt is first in walks (33). Jalen Washington is tied for second in the league in triples (4) and fourth in hit by pitches (15).

FIVE BUCKEYES RECEIVE DEGREES
Five members of the team graduated from The Ohio State University on Sunday: fifth-year seniors Zach Ratcliff (sport industry), Jake Post (human development & family science), Shea Murray (political science), Joe Stoll (integrated systems engineering) and senior student manager Caleb Huth.

SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
Iowa is 29-17 overall and 11-7 in conference action. Last time out, the Hawkeyes took two of three games at Michigan State last weekend in East Lansing, Mich. Iowa is hitting .281 as a team with 86 doubles, 42 home runs and 56 stolen bases. Five Iowa hitters are hitting around or above the .300 mark led by Robert Neustrom with a .335 average and 15 doubles. The Hawkeye pitching staff has a 4.03 combined ERA with 359 strikeouts in 406.1 innings of work. Nick Gallagher is 5-1 with a 2.30 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 70.1 innings this season.

OHIO STATE VS. IOWA
The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 74-52-1. Ohio State is 32-25 in road games vs. the Hawkeyes and has won six of the last 10 meetings. Last time out, the Buckeyes came back to beat Iowa, 8-7, in the Big Ten tournament title game May 29, 2016, at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. After a disappointing 5-4 loss vs. the Hawkeyes put the Scarlet and Gray in the elimination bracket, Ohio State won four games in 48 hours to claim its ninth tournament title.

A LOOK BACK AT THE TITLE GAME
Troy Kuhn knocked a two-out RBI double to score Ronnie Dawson for the goa-ahead run in the ninth to lead Ohio State to a thrilling 8-7 victory over the Hawkeyes in front of 10,350 fans at TD Ameritrade Park, mostly dressed in black and Gold, May 29, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Ohio State answered with a five-run fourth inning. After stretching its lead to four runs, Iowa answered with three in the eighth to tie it at 7-all before Kuhn’s big hit in the ninth.  Dawson went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, stolen base and two RBI, while Kuhn, Nick Sergakis, Troy Montgomery, Jacob Bosiokovic and Tre’ Gantt each had multi-hit games. Yianni Pavlopoulos received the win, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings on two hits.

ROOKIE LEADING THE WAY
Freshman Dominic Canzone has seen the ball as well as anyone in the Big Ten over the last month, racking up 48 hits and 12 walks for a .356 average. Included in his 44 hits are four doubles, three triples, two home runs, while driving in 28 RBI.

  • Hitting .385 (15-for-39), while driving in 11 in his last 10 games.
  • Had a 12-game hit streak snapped last Sunday at Michigan. The hit streak was a season-high in 2017 for the Buckeyes.
  • Batted .364 (4-for-11) to lead team at plate at Michigan series (5/5-7).
  • Had a three-hit game vs. No. 4 Texas Tech May 3.
  • Hit the walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th vs. Bowling Green on Tuesday.
  • Second in the Big Ten in conference games in batting average (.429), third in on-base percentage (.477) and fourth in slugging percentage (.643).
  • Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week April 10.

GIVE THE LEAD TO THE BULLPEN
The Buckeyes are 14-2 when leading after seven innings and 16-1 when leading after eight innings in 2017. Kyle Michalik is 2-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 21 appearances out of the bullpen, while Joe Stoll is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in 22 appearances. Seth Kinker, a 2017 NCBWA Preseason Stopper Watch List selection, is 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA in 20 appearances.

OTHER NOTES

  • Jalen Washington, Tre’ Gantt and Dominic Canzone lead the team with 15 multi-hit games.
  • Brady Cherry and Canzone each have a team-high eight multi-RBI contests.
  • Seth Kinker has made 75 career appearances, which is 12th in the OSU career appearances list.
  • Jacob Barnwell is hitting .364 (16-for-44) with two outs.
  • Opponents are hitting .182 (6-for-33) vs. left-handed reliever Joe Stoll.
  • Canzone is hitting .395(15-for-38) with runners in scoring position. He leads the team with 16 two-out RBI.
  • Three freshmen position players have seen quality time on the field: Canzone (42 gp, 32 gs), Noah West (31 gp, 24 gs) and Conner Pohl (24 gp, 11 gs).
  • Former Buckeye Drew Rucinski was recently called up to the Minnesota Twins last week. Former Buckeye Travis Lakins was promoted to the Portland Sea Dogs on Wednesday.
  • Ohio State has hit four grand slams this year.

UP NEXT
Ohio State concludes the 2017 home schedule with a midweek game vs. Toledo May 16 before wrapping up Big Ten play with a three-game series vs. Indiana May 18-20 at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.