GREENVILLE, N.C. – Practice day at the Greenville Regional. The No. 3 seed Ohio State baseball team hit the diamond at Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium Thursday afternoon for its 75-minute practice session in preparation for its NCAA Regional game against No. 2 seed South Carolina. The Buckeyes (36-22) square off vs. the Gamecocks (33-24) at 2 p.m. ET Friday live on ESPN2. The contest will also be on the radio at AM 1460 ESPN.
The Buckeyes, dressed in Scarlet from head to toe, went through their normal pregame routine with strength and conditioning Coach Dean Hansen. Following team stretch, the infield group did mass fungo work led by assistant coach Chris Holick. The boys grabbed then grabbed the bats for their batting practice session, while at the same time the OSU pitching staff guided by associate head coach Mike Stafford went through their throwing programs down the right field line.
Head coach Greg Beals then met members of the media following the session, answering questions from each team’s radio, local news outlets and network members from ESPN. See above for photos and below for quotes and as well as the first edition of random notes from around the ball park from Greenville.
HEAD COACH Greg Beals
On what to expect from the Buckeyes
“They’re going to see a group of guys who really like to compete. Our competitive toughness and our brotherhood is going to be the key. We represent a great university, one that often has a target on it. Our guys have to deal with defending this university and we’re going to do that this weekend.”
On scouting South Carolina
“Talented guys, arms with velocity and power. It’s going to be a game that comes down to execution.”
RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK