May 31, 2018

The Boys Hit the Diamond in Greenville

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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

  • You’re a beauty, Clark- LeClair Stadium. Traditional brick design around the exterior of the stadium when you pull up to the park. A beautiful roman clock tower stands tall behind home plate. 5,000 capacity. Perfect to host a big time NCAA Regional. A big and bright videoboard in right field. I would say approximately 40 feet tall. 3,000 permanent seating capacity. But there also is space for upwards of 2,000 additional spectators in the elevated berm area behind the outfield wall known as “Williams Jungle”. Trees lined up from foul pole to foul pole. I would say they were Elm trees. It’s going to be an electric weekend here at ECU.
  • A short wall around the outfield at Lewis Field. Around 5 foot 10 inches. It was short enough that volunteer video coordinator Matt Angle was taller than it. He was in The Show remember?
  • The boys had to wear white numerals on the back of their Scarlet practice tops requested by the NCAA. All the numbers were straight to a TEE.
  • Game one of The Finals tonight. Strength and conditioning Dean Hansen picks the Warriors in three. Also predicting a Warriors win was Austin Woodby, the lone anti-Cavs fans on the team. He is from Cincinnati, after all. Jacob Barnwell, a Kentucky native, was indifferent. Everyone else was all-in on the Wine Gold. Go Cavs.
  • First song played as the boys took the field? Hey Girl by O.A.R. They did go to The Ohio State University. Excellent choice.
  • Press Pros Magazine reporter Sonny Folks has no fear. He was seen right in front of second base while the first basemen were turning double plays. The throws were buzzing right by his head. Similar to when Maverick had his unannounced fly-bys in the movie Top Gun. Buzzing right by the tower. Anything to get that perfect shot. A dedicated photographer.
  • It was steamy at the park. Temperature was around a muggy 85 degrees. It felt a little hotter than that when the sun peaked through the low clouds of Greenville. At the halfway point, a gentle mist began to fall from the sky. Dominic Canzone was loving it. Everyone was. It felt good, real good.
  • That’s all from the park today. The boys will be treated with a nice steak dinner in town tonight. A tasty meal before a big day tomorrow. We hope to see you there to cheer on the Baseball Buckeyes.