COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State hosts the Xavier Musketeers in the first night game of the season at Bill Davis Stadium Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. The Buckeyes are 1-0 at home this year, with a well-played, 4-3 win over Toledo coming last Tuesday.
Ohio State enters the game with a 16-8 record and a 2-1 mark in the Big Ten Conference after winning two of three last weekend at Northwestern. Ohio State continues Big Ten play this weekend with a three-game series against Indiana at Bill Davis Stadium.
Xavier, under the direction of fifth-year coach Scott Googin, is 7-20 overall and 3-3 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
This Week in Ohio State Baseball
Ohio State (16-8, 2-1 Big Ten)
Game 25: vs. Xavier
(7-20, 3-3 Atlantic 10)
Wednesday, April 7 – 6:35 p.m.
Game 26: vs. Indiana
(13-13, 1-2 Big Ten)
Friday, April 9 – 6:35 p.m.
Game 27: vs. Indiana
Saturday, April 10 – 1:05 p.m.
Game 28: vs. Indiana
Sunday, April 11 – 1:05 p.m.
All Times EDT
LIVE STATS & STREAMING VIDEO
Live stats and streaming video of the Xavier game at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The Indiana series will be streamed at BigTenNetwork.com.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Xavier on the diamond, 27 wins to eight. The teams have split the last two meetings: Ohio State won, 9-7, last year and Xavier won, 4-3, in 2007. Each game was played at Bill Davis Stadium. The only other meeting between Ohio State and Xavier in the 23-year Bob Todd era came in 2000 in Jacksonville, Fla., a 5-0 Ohio State win.
Ohio State opened its home season last season against Xavier after 24 consecutive “road” games. The home team defeated Xavier, 9-7, before a nice crowd of 689 fans. The win improved Ohio State’s record to 21-4 – which tied for the best 25-game start in school history – while Xavier fell to 13-9.
OHIO STATE UPDATE
Ohio State started the season nationally ranked in four of the five major polls and stayed in the rankings for five weeks while building a 12-4 record. Since then, however, the team is just 4-4 and is unranked. The Buckeyes did open the Big Ten campaign on a good note, taking two of three from an always-tough-to-play Northwestern team in Evanston to hold down a share of the early Big Ten lead. Ohio State is 1-0 at home, 11-5 on neutral fields and 4-3 in away games so far thi season.
BOBINSKI and BOBINSKI
Ohio State sophomore pitcher Brian Bobinski is the son of the Xavier Athletics Director, Mike Bobinski. Brian tried out for the Ohio State team during the fall and made the team. He has appeared in four games to date. Dad has been at Xavier for nine years and is in his third year (and his second stint) as Xavier AD. He played baseball at Notre Dame.
14th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 224-114 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .662 winning percentage.
OVER THE AIR
Tune in to Highway 102.5 FM (WCVZ) to hear over the air broadcasts of Ohio State baseball. Listen in as veteran baseball announcers Frank Fraas and/or Marty Bannister describe the action with former Buckeyes Bob Spears and Brian Maninno providing color commentary.
GETTIN’ DIALED IN
Ohio State’s pitching corps has the second-lowest ERA in the Big Ten at 4.58. The staff ERA is 3.65 the last 12 games after posting a 5.52 ERA in the first 12 games of the season.
ON SECOND THOUGHT…
Dan Burkhart has thrown out 56 percent of those trying to steal so far this season (10 of 18).