March 23, 2023

Baseball Opens Big Ten Schedule at Indiana


Game 1

Date: March 24 | Time| 4:00 p.m

Probable Starters:

Ohio State: LHP Isaiah Coupet

Indiana: RHP Evan Whiteaker

Game 2

Date: March 25 | Time: 1:00 PM

Probable Starters:

Ohio State: RHP Justin Eckhardt

Indiana: RHP Luke Sinnard

Game 3

Date: March 26 | Time: 12:00 p.m

Probable Starters

Ohio State: LHP Gavin Bruni

Indiana: TBD

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeyes (12-7, 0-0 Big Ten) are set to open their Big Ten schedule this weekend with a three-game series at Indiana (14-7, 0-0 Big Ten) this Friday through Sunday.

Last Time Out

  • The Buckeyes played midweek games against in-state opponents Wright State and Toledo.
  • OSU’s seven-game win streak was snapped against Wright State, as the Raiders blanked the Buckeyes, 3-0.
  • Starter Gavin Bruni had a strong outing in a 3.1-inning no-decision. He fanned four and allowed just one hit.
  • The Buckeyes bounced back against the Rockets, with four homeruns helping them earn the 6-4 win.
  • Hank Thomas, Josh McAlister, Tyler Pettorini and Kade Kern each had one homer.
  • Blayne Robinson (1-0) earned the win and Landon Beidelschies notched his third save of the season.

Hot Streak

  • The Buckeyes won seven straight games from March 5-19; they beat Oklahoma in the final game of the Frisco Classic, swept a three-game series at Cal State Bakersfield, defeated Marshall and won two games against the Dayton Flyers at Bill Davis Stadium.
  • It was Ohio State’s longest win streak since the 2018 season when the Buckeyes won seven straight games from March 11-23, defeating CSUN three times, UNC Wilmington twice and winning one game each against Coastal Carolina and Georgetown.
  • OSU’s 11-6 start to the season was its best record through 17 games since the 2018 season, when the team also went 11-6 through its first 17 matchups.

Ohio State Quick Hitters

  • Catcher Cole Andrews leads Ohio State at the plate, batting .391. He also leads the team in RBIs with 18 and has a team-best .525 on-base percentage. His on-base percentage is second in the Big Ten, his slugging percentage of .696 is seventh and his batting average is eighth.
  • Marcus Ernst’s team-high 21 runs scored ranks him 10th in the Big Ten. He is tied for fourth in homeruns with five on the season so far.
  • Isaiah Coupet (3-1) leads the Big Ten in ERA (1.08) and his ERA is the 13th-best in the country. He also leads the Big Ten in opposing batting average (.138), runs allowed (four) and earned runs allowed (three). He is second in hits allowed (12) and he and Jonah Jenkins (3-0) are tied for second-most wins in the Big Ten with three each.
  • Justin Eckhardt’s (1-2) three walks issued this season are the fewest in the conference.
  • Landon Beidelschies’ three saves are tied for second-most in the Big Ten.

The Opponent

  • Indiana enters this weekend’s series 14-7 overall. The Hoosiers are undefeated at home, winning all 11 of their home contests.
  • The Hoosiers have the sixth-best team batting average in the conference with a .295.
  • Phillip Glasser is the top hitter on the Hoosier team, batting .442; it is the third-best average in the Big Ten. He leads the Big Ten in hits with 38 and is tied for second in stolen bases with 10. He also ranks in the top 10 in on-base percentage (.510), runs scored (23) and RBIs (20).
  • Brock Tibbitts has batted in 21 runs, which is the seventh-most in the conference.
  • On the mound, Luke Sinnard (3-0) leads the Indiana pitching staff. He has a 3.33 ERA and his 39 strikeouts are the third-most in the Big Ten.
  • Ryan Kraft (1-1) has earned the most saves in the conference this season with five.

Up Next

  • The Buckeyes return to Bill Davis Stadium to host Xavier on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m.