April 10, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team is set to host two midweek games at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes (14-17, 3-6 B1G) welcome Cincinnati Tuesday before taking on Eastern Michigan Wednesday in Columbus. Both games start at 6:35 p.m. and will be streamed on BTN Plus ($).
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Both games will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). A links to live stats links can be found by going to the schedule page of Ohio State Baseball on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter via @OhioState_BASE.
OHIO STATE AS OF LATE
After falling in the opener at Penn State by a 6-2 score, the Buckeyes rebounded with a Sunday sweep over the Nittany Lions at Medlar Field to improve to 3-6 in conference play. In game one, Bo Coolen knocked the game-tying home run in the top of the ninth before Brady Cherry ripped a two-run triple for the go-ahead score in a 5-2 comeback win. The Buckeyes rolled in game two, 11-2. Dominic Canzone batted .462 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBI in the series, while Brady Cherry hit .333 with four runs scored, double, triple and five RBI. On the mound, the OSU staff combined for a 2.77 ERA striking out 29 hitters in 26.0 innings of work.
BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Dominic Canzone was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The native of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, Canzone led the Buckeyes to a 3-1 mark last week, including a road series win in Happy Valley. Canzone hit .412 (7-for-17) with two runs scored, double, home run, seven RBI and stolen base at the plate, becoming the first OSU rookie to win freshman of the week since Brady Cherry in 2016. He also had a big assist in game one in right field for his team-best fourth outfield assist of 2017. Canzone is currently on a team-high nine-game hit streak, hitting .484 (15-for-31) with a.677 slugging percentage during that span.
IN THE BIG TEN
With a series win at Penn State, Ohio State moved up to ninth in the conference standings with a 3-6 mark. The Buckeyes have another big weekend ahead of them with a road series at Michigan State (3-3). Ohio State ranks second in the league in triples (11), fourth in walks (139) and sixth in home runs (25). The Buckeye pitching staff has a 4.84 ERA, which is eighth-best in the conference, while striking out 224 hitters, good for fifth in the league. Tre’ Gantt is tied for the Big Ten lead in walks (23). Jalen Washington is third in triples (3) and hit by pitches (13). Noah McGowan and Zach Ratcliff each have five home runs, which is tied for 12th in the conference. On the mound, Jake Post is ninth in ERA (3.21) and 10th in strikeouts (37). He has struck out 20 hitters looking, which is second in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes have continued their trend of winning their midweek games, recording a 5-0 record, including a 3-0 mark vs. in-state schools. The team has wins over Youngstown State, Ohio and Kent State at Bill Davis Stadium this spring. The Scarlets and Gray are hitting .302 as a team with eight doubles, three triples, two home runs and eight stolen bases in midweek tilts. Last year, Ohio State was 9-2 in midweek games.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
The Bearcats travel to Columbus with a 15-16 overall record and 2-4 mark in the AAC. Last time out, Cincinnati fell in the first two games at Tulane but won the finale by a score of 11-1. A.J. Bumpass leads the team with a .360 average with 10 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 21 RBI. On the mound, the UC pitching staff has a 4.28 ERA with 180 strikeouts in 273.2 innings pitched.
OHIO STATE VS. CINCINNATI
Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. the Bobcats, 69-24-2. The Buckeyes hold a 44-12-1 mark in Columbus. The Scarlet and Gray have won the last three meetings. Last year, Ohio State shutout the Bearcats, 9-0, April 19, 2016.
A LOOK AT EASTERN MICHIGAN
The Eagles are 12-19 overall and 4-2 in the MAC. Last weekend, Eastern Michigan won a road series at Miami, winning game one 7-5 in 10 innings and game three, 10-6, in Oxford, Ohio. John Montgomery is hitting .295 with six doubles, five home runs and 22 RBI. Sam Delaplane is 0-1 with a 3.34 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 35.0 IP. The Eagles have a midweek game at Michigan on Tuesday before making the trip down to the Buckeyes state.
BUCKEYES VS. EAGLES
Ohio State is 12-3 all-time vs. Eastern Michigan and have won the last three meetings. Ohio State is 9-1 in the last 10 games vs. the Eagles. Last season, Ohio State shutout Eastern Michigan, 2-0, May 17, 2016, to close out the home schedule.
21st SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 340-171 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .665 winning percentage. Ohio State is 178-107 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home. The Buckeyes went 23-4 at home last year for the fifth-most home wins in school history.
SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE
Jalen Washington, a senior captain and infielder on the Ohio State baseball team, is a candidate for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced March 27. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. Washington is in his second year as captain for the Buckeyes. The native of Twinsburg, Ohio, Washington had played in 116 career games with 99 career starts and had registered 19 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 65 RBI, 26 stolen bases, 56 runs scored and 86 hits in his career. Washington is a young man of very high character. He is a two-time captain, voted on by his teammates, and his leadership is invaluable to upholding the high standards at The Ohio State University and in the baseball program. He has passed out shoes to children in schools in Columbus area and took a mission trip to Bolivia with Soles4Souls. During the trip, he participated in a one-week shoe drive, passing out shoes to schools, orphanages, and underprivileged children and families. He was a member of the Big Ten All-Tournament Team in 2016 and was on the Johnny Bench Award Watch List. This season, he was named to the Big Ten Players to Watch List.
CRUCIAL WIN OVER KENT STATE
After falling in back-to-back Big Ten series, the Buckeyes picked up a much-needed win last time out to close a nine-game homestand last Wednesday. Down 7-0, the Scarlet and Gray rallied to win, 9-8, against in-state rival Kent State in seven innings on a stormy evening in central Ohio. Fifth-year Zach Ratcliff tied the game at 8-all in the bottom of the fourth with his first career grand slam before junior Bo Coolen stole home to end the fifth for the eventual game-winning run. The game was called in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs due to severe weather in the campus area. Reece Calvert picked up his first collegiate win in three innings of relief work with one strikeout, while Joe Stoll earned his first career save in the seven-inning victory. In all, Ohio State walked nine times to help lead them to the win over the Golden Flashes.
Ohio State travels to East Lansing, Mich., for a three-game Big Ten series Friday-Sunday at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field. Game one is at 3:05 p.m. Friday with the middle game at 1:05 p.m. Saturday. The series finale is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Sunday.