COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State closes out an 11-game homestand at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium by hosting the Central Michigan Chippewas. The Buckeyes are 7-3 on the homestand after taking three of four from Minnesota last weekend and are 16-9 overall, 5-3 in the Big Ten Conference.
Central Michigan was 11-16 overall prior to hosting Illinois-Chicago Tuesday. That mark is deceiving. The Mid American Conference team struggled in the early going losing eight of nine games but has gone 10-8 since including a 7-3 win over Michigan last Wednesday. The Chippewas are 3-5 in the MAC.
Ohio State Buckeyes (16-9, 5-3 Big Ten)
Central Michigan Chippewas (11-16, 3-5 MAC)
April 9, 2008 – 6:35 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium (4,450)
Series History: Tied, 2-2
Last Meeting: April 12, 2006; Ohio State, 8-5
Radio: WMNI-AM 920
Live Stats for All Games
FIFTH ALL-TIME MEETING
Ohio State and Central Michigan have met only four times previously and each team owns a pair of victories over the other. Ohio State’s wins came in 2000, 11-4, and in 2006, 8-5, and CMU has wins in 1990, 24-22, and 2000, 3-2. The two games in 2000 were played at Texas A&M’s CE “Pat” Olsen Field. The 1990 game was at Trautman Field and the 2006 game was at Bill Davis Stadium.
BUCKS TAKE 3-OF-4 FROM MINN.
Ohio State is coming off a successful series win over Minnesota, taking three of four games including the last two in the series. It was just the third series win for Ohio State over Minnesota since the four-game format started in 1981. Some highlights of the weekend:
The series drew 4,973 paying fans to Bill Davis Stadium with a high of 2,102 for the Saturday doubleheader.
Ohio State continued to hit the ball well with a .347 series average led by Justin Miller (.462; 6-for-13 with four RBI and three runs), Cory Rupert (.429; 6-for-14 with team-high five RBI) and Ryan Dew (.429; 6-for-14 with four RBI).
The pitching staff limited Minnesota to a .282 team batting average and had a 4.78 ERA. Reliever Eric Best was most impressive in his two appearances (1-0 with a 0.00 ERA; 5.2 innings pitched). Dean Wolosiansky pitched a complete game win in game three, winning 4-1.
The Buckeyes came from three runs down to win the finale, 8-7. Ryan Dew’s two-run double cut the Gopher lead to 3-2 and Dan Burkhart hit a run scoring double in the eighth inning for the game winning run.
Ohio State also had to come back from deficits 2-0 and 4-2 in the 11-6 game one win. Offensively, Burkhart scored three times, Zach Hurley hit a pair of doubles Cory Rupert had three hits and a couple of runs scored and Dew had a two-RBI single.
CMU TAKES 2-OF-3 FROM BGSU
Central Michigan is coming off a series win over Bowling Green this past weekend. CMU took the opener, 6-2, and the final game, 10-6. In the finale, Jeff Helps extended his hitting streak to six games and Billy Anderson drove in a pair on three hits.
THIS WEEKEND IN THE BIG TEN
Big Ten action around the midwest has co-leaders Michigan and Illinois meeting in Champaign; Purdue hosts Penn State; Iowa is at Indiana and Minnesota is at Northwestern.
ON TO EAST LANSING
The Buckeyes will leave Thursday afternoon for East Lansing and a four-game set against Michigan State. The games will be played at Oldsmobile Park with starting times of 5:05 p.m. Friday and 1:05 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
THE COMFORTS OF HOME
Ohio State is 7-3 at home this season and is playing some of its best baseball of the season in this current home stand. Prior to the start of home games, the Buckeyes were 9-6, committing almost two errors per game and had a staff ERA of 4.97. At home, those numbers improve to a 7-3 record with less than one (0.8) error per game and a staff ERA of 2.63.
SAME SONG: HITS KEEP COMING
Whether on the road or at home, the Buckeyes have been a consistent .340 hitting team all season. The team is currently hitting a Big Ten best .336 and it also leads with 295 hits and 175 runs scored. Eight players continue to hit above .300 and seven have at least 10 RBI.
DON’T FORGET: OSU IS YOUNG
This is one of coach Bob Todd’s youngest teams. The typical starting lineup includes six freshmen and sophomores sophs Cory Kovanda at 2B, Cory Rupert at 3B and either Zach Hurley or Ryan Dew in RF; and frosh Dan Burkhart at C, Ryan Meade at DH and Tyler Engle at SS. In addition, the pitching staff includes two freshman starters Dean Wolosiansky and Andrew Armstrong and two freshmen relievers (Drew Rucinski and Alex Wimmers).
TWO WHO ARE HOT!
1. Sophomore right fielder Ryan Dew, from Croton, Ohio and Worthington Kilbourne H.S., has been getting untracked in this current Buckeye homestand. Dew leads the team with eight RBI over the last 10 games, including two RBIs in each game of Ohio State wins over Penn State, Toledo and twice vs. Minnesota. He is hitting .381 during the streak (8-for-21) and he now has 15 RBI on the season.
2. Big Dean Wolosiansky he’s 6-5 and 225 pounds sent Minnesota packing Saturday with a complete game, 4-1, victory that improved his record to 3-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.97, second-best on the team. “Wolo” nailed down the first complete game by a Buckeye this season by scattering six hits, walking two and striking out three. The Uniontown, Ohio and Green H.S. product is 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA in two Big Ten starts.
A FEW OSU QUICK HITTERS…
Ohio State is 13-1 this season when leading after six innings…1-5 when trailing.
The Buckeyes are also 13-0 when leading after seen innings and 15-0 when leading after eight innings.
Illness caused Ryan Meade to miss the entire Minnesota series. The true freshman is on a current 17-game hitting streak.
Michael Arp made three appearances in the Minnesota series and made the most of his time by going 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.
Cory Rupert, who injured his leg late in the fourth Minnesota game, continues to lead the team in RBI with 23.
Ryan Meade and Tony Kennedy are second with 18 RBI apiece. Justin Miller has 17.
Miller and Cory Kovanda each hit safely in all four Minnesota games. Zach Hurley had at least one hit in each of the three games he played.
Pitching wins are nicely balanced with J.B. Shuck the leader with four and Jake Hale, Dean Wolosiansky and Andrew Armstrong with three apiece.
In four starts, Armstrong has a 1.70 ERA with just four earned runs allowed in 21.1 innings pitched. He has lasted at least 5.0 innings in each of his starts.
After a pinch hit, RBI single in the second game of the double header win over Minnesota, Ben Toussant earned a start at DH in Game 4 of the series.
Rupert has scored 10 runs in the last 10 games and now only trails leader Shuck by three.
Kovanda and Kennedy have each recorded hits in 21 games this season.
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