COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off a weekend series win over Georgetown, the Ohio State baseball team continues its 11-game homestand with a midweek game against Toledo at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes (16-7) have won eight of their last 10 games and 5-1 at Bill Davis Stadium this spring.
ON THE MOUND
Wednesday, March 28 – RHP Jake Vance (1-1, 3.60 ERA) vs. LHP Jacob Youngpeter (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
FOLLOW THE ACTION
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. The contest will be streamed on Buckeye Vision ($).
– The Buckeyes are receiving votes in two national polls (NCBWA and USA Today Coaches Poll). The team has two ranked wins on the year vs. No. 15 Southern Miss and No. 21 Coastal Carolina.
– Ohio State had a seven-game win streak snapped last Saturday against the Hoyas, but rebounded with a walk-off 5-4 win in 10 innings in the series finale Sunday.
– The team is hitting .294 as team with 70 extra-base hits and 20-for-24 in stolen bases.
– Ohio State ranks first in the Big Ten in scoring (7.3) and runs scored (168), second in batting average (.294) and on-base percentage (.386) and third in doubles (44), home runs (20) and slugging percentage (.437).
– The OSU pitching staff has combined for a 3.88 ERA, good for third-best in the league. Ohio State has a 2.58 strikeout-to-walk ratio which ranks second in the Big Ten.
– Senior Noah McGowan is leading the team with a .385 average with 35 hits, including eight doubles, one triple, five home runs and 30 RBI. He is second in the conference in RBI and third in batting average. McGowan was named National Player of the Week Feb. 19.
– Sophomore Dominic Canzone is hitting .366, sixth-best in the league. The OSU outfielder is leading the league in runs scored (25). His team-high 37 hits leads the team and is second in the league. Senior Tyler Cowles is batting .349. He is third in RBI (25), seventh in hits (30) and 10th in batting average (.349).
– Senior reliever Seth Kinker is 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA in 10 appearances. The Senior CLASS Award Candidate, Kinker is the only pitcher in the country with at least four wins and four saves in 2018.
– Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Vance is making his second start of the season tonight. He is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 10.0 innings of work.
– The 2018 Buckeyes return 22 letterwinners this season, including 13 members from the 2016 Big Ten tournament championship team. The team welcomed 10 newcomers in the fall.
– The Scarlet and Gray racked up the frequent flyer miles, opening the 2018 season with 17-straight road games. The Buckeyes were in state of Florida two times and also visited Arizona, South Carolina and North Carolina. The team flew a combine 7,516 miles across the country over the first five weeks of the season.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
2018 Record: 6-14
Team Stats: .247, 37 2B, 19 HR, 100 RBI, 17-for-23 SB
Top Hitter: Ross Adolph, .317, 6 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 4-for-4 SB
Top Pitcher: Sam Shutes, 4-0 with 4.59 ERA with 32 K in 33.1 IP
Last Time Out: Game cancelled vs. Defiance
22ND SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 351-183 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .655 winning percentage. Ohio State is 180-111 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
LAST TIME OUT
After a loss on Saturday, the Buckeyes rebounded with a 5-4 win in 10 innings over Georgetown last Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium. Down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth, senior Tyler Cowlesknocked a two-run homer to tie the game up. The Hoyas regained the lead in the top of the tenth, but a third double on the day by Brady Cherry knotted the score at 4-all before Noah McGowan hit the walk-off RBI single, scoring Cherry to win the game. Seth Kinker picked up his fourth win after throwing four innings on four hits, two runs, one earned run, five strikeouts and no walks.
Ohio State opens Big Ten play against the defending Big Ten regular season champion Nebraska Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The series begins at 6:35 p.m. ET Friday live on BTN. All three games will be broadcasted on AM 1460 ESPN.