COLUMBUS, Ohio –
The boys are back in town. The Ohio State baseball team opens the 2019 home schedule against Lipscomb at 5 p.m. Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The middle game of the series is set for 3 p.m. Saturday and the series concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday in Columbus. The three-game, non-conference series marks the beginning of a nine-game homestand for the Scarlet and Gray.
The Buckeyes are 7-9 overall after playing the first 16 games of the season away from Columbus. The Bisons (9-6) travel to Columbus with a five-game win streak. This weekend marks the first meeting between the two schools.
This weekend, the OHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament will be taking place at the Schottenstein Center. Events begin on Thursday and go through Saturday evening. Traffic and parking in and around this area will be altered and visitors are encouraged to allow extra time to get around. Click HERE for more info and parking diagram.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Links to live stats are available on the Ohio State baseball schedule page. All Buckeye Baseball games will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). Matt Andrews and Neil Sika will have the call. There will be no radio broadcast this weekend.
ON THE BUMP
Friday, March 15: RHP Chris Kachmar (3-0, 2.74) vs. RHP Garrett Burhenn (2-1, 3.70)
Saturday, March 16: LHP Noah Thompson (0-3, 14.40) vs. LHP Griffan Smith (3-0, 4.50)
Sunday, March 17: RHP Josh Colon (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Seth Lonsway (1-2, 7.27)
- Ohio State is 7-9 to begin the 2019 campaign, playing all 16 games away from Columbus. The team began the year 4-0, including a sweep of Seton Hall at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Buckeyes also have wins against FGCU, Oral Roberts and Bethune-Cookman.
- The 2019 Buckeyes return 15 letterwinners from the 2018 NCAA Tournament team that finished with a 36-24 overall record. Key players returning include 2018 second team All-Big ten honoree Dominic Canzone, third team selection Conner Pohl and 2018 All-Big Ten Freshman standout Dillon Dingler.
- The team welcomed 15 newcomers to the spring roster. Eleven Buckeyes have made their debuts, including nine freshmen.
- Ohio State is led by ninth-year head coach Greg Beals. He is 268-212-1 overall at Ohio State and holds a 511-414-1 career coaching record. Beals has guided the team to NCAA Regional appearances in two of the last three years.
- Ohio State is hitting .255 as a team with 85 runs scored, 25 doubles, 13 home runs and 57 walks.
- The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in runs scored (85), hits (137) and RBI (79), second in homers (13) and third in doubles (25).
- Brady Cherry is leading the bats with a .344 average (21-for-61) with four doubles, four homers and 13 RBI.
- The OSU pitching staff has combined for a 4.28 ERA with 127 strikeouts and 67 walks in 136.2 innings pitched.
- Garrett Burhenn is 2-1 with a 3.70 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 24.1 innings pitched and Griffan Smith is 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 22.0 innings of work. Seth Lonsway leads the Buckeye pitching staff with 25 strikeouts.
- The Buckeyes lost 442.1 innings pitched (IP) of 535.1 total IP from 2018 (83 percent), one of the largest percentage of innings pitched lost in the country (according to college baseball sports information directors).
- Burhenn was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Feb. 18 after allowing just one hit in eight innings of work and only faced the minimum (24 batters) in his collegiate debut vs. Seton Hall Feb. 16 in Port Charlotte, Fla.
- Canzone, Pohl and Dingler were each named to the Big Ten Preseason Watch List. Ohio State was picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten.
23RD SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 362-189 all-time at Bill Davis for a fine .657 winning percentage. Ohio State is 187-116 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home. The Buckeyes are 7-1 in their home openers under head coach Greg Beals.
A LOOK AT LIPSCOMB
The Bisons are 9-6 overall and travel to Columbus with a five-game win streak. Last time out, Lipscomb defeated Tennessee Tech, 4-1, Wednesday night at Dugan Field. The Bisons are hitting .297 as a team with 29 doubles, 10 homers and 96 RBI. Chris Bashlor is batting .434 with four doubles, two homers and 16 RBI. The pitching staff has combined for a 4.67 ERA with 137 strikeouts in 133.0 innings of work. Friday is the first meeting between the two schools on the diamond.
OHIO STATE AS OF LATE
The Buckeye bats have combined for a .298 average in the last five games. Seven different Buckeyes are hitting .300 or better. Conner Pohl is hitting .400 (8-for-20), while Dominic Canzone is batting .391 (9-for-23). Brady Cherry is hitting .381 (8-for-21) with five RBI.
ON TOP OF THE HILL
- Ohio State starting pitchers have lasted at least 5.0 innings in 12 of their 16 starts.
- Seth Lonsway (4.1 IP and 11 Ks at Bethune-Cookman), Griffan Smith (5.0 IP and 7 Ks at FGCU), Jake Vance (5.0 IP and 6 Ks vs. Seton Hall) and Garrett Burhenn (8.0 IP and 6 Ks vs. Seton Hall) tied or set career strikeout highs.
- Lonsway became the first Buckeye pitcher to strike out at least 11 hitters in a game since 2010 (Alex Wimmers, vs. Minnesota).
- Ohio State has had seven different arms make their collegiate or OSU debuts this season.
- Griffan Smith leads the team with three wins and also has one save out of the bullpen. Garrett Burhenn is 2-1, guiding OSU to two of its three shutouts.
- Rookie TJ Brock fanned five in three scoreless innings of relief vs. Michigan State March 9. He has nine strikeouts in 8.1 innings. Classmate Will Pfennig had a 2.03 ERA in seven appearances. Rookie Bayden Root has struck out 16 in 9.2 innings of relief work.
- Veteran relievers Andrew Magno and Thomas Waning also have saves on the year.
The Buckeyes are getting offensive contributions from its entire roster. Consider:
- 13 players have scored runs, including eight members with at least five runs.
- Six players have hit home runs led by Dominic Canzone and Brady Cherry with four apiece.
- Ten players have doubled, including Brent Todys with a team-high five doubles. Cherry has a team-high eight extra-base hits as the team’s clean-up hitter (.344).
- Pohl led the Buckeyes last weekend during the team’s trip to South Carolina with a .500 average (8-for-16), two doubles and three RBI.
Ohio State continues its nine-game homestand with a midweek game against Northern Kentucky Tuesday, March 19 at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.