May 29, 2018

Ohio State vs. South Carolina at Greenville Regional Friday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team will compete in its 21st NCAA Tournament in school history this weekend as the No. 3 seed in the Greenville Regional. The 36-22 Buckeyes meet the No. 2 seed South Carolina Gamecocks, 33-24, at 2 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, N.C. No. 1 seed East Carolina (43-16), who earned the No. 12 overall seed in the tournament, will play No. 4 seed UNC-Wilmington (37-21) at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner of these games play at 5 p.m. Saturday while the losing teams play in an elimination game at Noon Saturday. The contest vs. the Gamecocks will be televised on ESPN2 and all games will be streamed on ESPN3 and also can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN Columbus.

FOLLOW THE ACTION
Live stats link can be found by going to the schedule page of Ohio State Baseball on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The contest vs. the Gamecocks will be televised on ESPN2. Mike Couzens and Lance Cormier will have the call. All OSU games can also be heard on the radio at AM 1460 ESPN. Matt Andrews and Bob Spears will have the call. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter via @OhioState_BASE.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets for the Greenville Regional are currently on sale via ECUPirates.com through the ECU Athletics Ticket Office for Pirate Club members and season ticket holders only.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, sales open for the general public. All-session ticket books are available for $90, $72 and $60 depending on seat locations, while tickets for single sessions (games) – priced at $15, $12 and $10 – will go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased in person or over the phone by calling (800) DIAL-ECU or (252) 737-4500 during normal business hours from Tuesday through Thursday following the Memorial Day Holiday.

LEADING OFF

  • Ohio State earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament with a 36-22 overall record. The team went 14-10 in Big Ten play and advanced to the semifinals at the 2018 Big Ten Tournament last week in Omaha, Neb.
  • The Buckeyes are making their 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament and second in the last three years.
  • This is the second appearance under eighth-year head coach Greg Beals. Beals took the Buckeyes to the 2016 Louisville Regional as well as a 2006 Regional appearance as head coach at Ball State. He is 2-4 in NCAA play.
  • The Buckeyes advanced to the Big Ten Tournament for the seventh time under Beals. The team went 2-2 in Omaha with two victories in elimination games over Iowa and Michigan.
  • Ohio State is 43-41 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 33-29 in regional games.
  • The Scarlet and Gray have won 35 games in a season four times under Beals.
  • The Buckeyes had a final RPI of 37 released on Monday. Ohio State had nine wins against Top 50 RPI teams.
  • Ohio State played 22 of its 58 games against 2018 NCAA teams (38 percent). The team went 11-11 against NCAA participants.
  • The Big Ten had four teams hear their name called on Monday during the selection show. Also joining the Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament are Minnesota, Indiana and Purdue. The Big Ten has had 19 at-large selections in the last 11 years.
  • According to Baseball America, Ohio State has had the fourth-best turnaround in the country after finishing 22-34 overall in 2017.
  • Ohio State is 10-7 in neutral-site games this year. The Buckeyes are making their second trip in school history to Greenville, N.C., and first since the 2014 campaign.
  • The Buckeyes and Gamecocks are playing for the first time in 30 years on Friday. South Carolina leads the all-time series, 13-6. The game marks the first time the two teams have played each other in the NCAA Tournament.
  • This is the first meeting against an SEC opponent since the 2014 campaign. Ohio State is 1-0 against SEC schools under Beals.
  • The Buckeyes are batting .287 as a team, good for second in the league. The Buckeyes are second in scoring in the league (6.5).
  • Ohio State holds a 4.58 ERA and have struck out 443 batters in 515.0 innings pitched.
  • Seth Kinker is the Big Ten leader in ERA (1.49), which ranks fourth in the country. He is third in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (11.80). Kinker is second in the Big Ten with 15 saves.
  • Noah McGowan ranks in the Top 10 in nine different offensive categories in the Big Ten, including second in doubles (49), third in hits (78) and total bases (126), fourth in RBI (55) and on-base percentage (.449), sixth in slugging (.581), eighth in batting average (.359) and ninth in walks (33) and tenth in runs scored (45).
  • Dominic Canzone leads all Big Ten hitters with 82 hits. It’s the most hits by a Buckeye in two years. He also is fourth in doubles (18) and fifth in runs scored (51). Tyler Cowles is second in doubles (19) and Conner Pohl is eighth in RBI (48). Kobie Foppe ranks 10th in the league in batting (.344).
  • Ryan Feltner is third in the Big Ten with 82 strikeouts, while Connor Curlis is ninth with 73 strikeouts. Curlis is tied for fourth with seven victories. Kyle Michalik is the Big Ten leader in appearances with 31 games, while Kinker has appeared in 28 games in 2018.
  • The Buckeyes have 13 players on the 2018 roster that were a part of the 2016 Big Ten Tournament title team and advanced to the 2016 Regional.
  • Kinker and Cowles were each named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team last week.

NCAA TOURNAMENT FORMAT
The Buckeyes and Gamecocks are joined by regional No. 1 seed East Carolina and No. 4 seed UNC-Wilmington, who meet in the night cap of the opening day at 7 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes are 3-1 all-time vs. Pirates. Ohio State holds a 3-1 all-time record vs. the Seahawks. Ohio State swept UNCW in a midweek series earlier this year in Wilmington, N.C.

The winner of the Greenville regional will move on to a Super Regional next weekend against the winner of the Fayetteville Regional, which consists of Arkansas, Oral Roberts, Dallas Baptist and Southern Miss. The Super Regional is a best two-of-three format with the winner advancing to the eight-team College World Series, scheduled for June 16-27 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Buckeyes are making their 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament and second in three years under head coach Greg Beals. Ohio State is 43-41 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and has won one national championship (1966). Two years ago, Ohio State went 1-2 at the Louisville Regional during the 2016 campaign. Ohio State defeated Wright State in its opener, but fell against top seed Louisville and the Raiders in an elimination game. The Buckeyes will be looking to make their third Super Regional in school history (1999 and 2003). This weekend marks the first time Ohio State has played a NCAA Regional in the Carolinas.