May 12, 2022

Buckeyes Host Penn State in Final B1G Series


Ohio State vs. Penn State
Game 1
May 13, 2022 | Time: 6:05 | BTN+ | Scoring/Listen |
Probable Starters:
Ohio State – Nate Haberthier (So. | RHP | 0-4 | 6.35 ERA | 56.2 IP | 42 K | 13 BB)
Penn State – Jaden Henline (So. | RHP | 2-2 | 4.14 ERA | 50.0 IP | 50 K | 13 BB)

Game 2
May 14, 2022 | Time: 3:05 | BTN+ | Scoring/Listen |
Probable Starters:
Ohio State – Isaiah Coupet (So. | LHP | 3-5 | 5.91 ERA | 53.1 IP | 84 K | 33 BB)
Penn State – TBA

Game 3
May 15, 2022 | Time: 1:02 | BTN | Scoring/Listen |
Probable Starters:
Ohio State – TBA
Penn State – TBA

Rosters: Ohio State | Penn State
Season Stats:
Ohio State | Penn State
Game Notes:
Ohio State | Penn State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State continues its home stand this weekend by hosting Penn State in the final Big Ten series of the season. First pitch Friday is set for 6:05 and Sunday’s game will be televised on BTN.

The Buckeyes are the lone Big Ten team with an off week in the final weekend of the regular season next weekend. Both teams are coming off tough midweek games as the Buckeyes were beaten twice by Campbell and Penn State lost to 9-0 at Georgetown on Tuesday. The Nittany Lions are currently sixth in the Big Ten standings with two weekends to play.

Parking Note

  • Fans coming to Friday game should park in Gray Lot 3 (next to the stadium) and be prepared to exit near Jesse Owens Stadium. There is a concert Friday evening at the Schottenstein Center and parking attendants will be directing traffic both pre and postgame.

Ohio State Quick Hitters

  • Ohio State is coming off coming off a big weekend sweep of Northwestern in Evanston last weekend.
  • The Buckeyes clubbed 51 hits and 45 runs over the three games. They scored 29 runs over a five-inning span between games one and two of Saturday’s double-header.
  • That was the Buckeyes’ second consecutive sweep in Evanston and the fourth overall.
  • The pitching staff remains third in the Big Ten in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.0.
  • Brent Todys had an on-base percentage of .632 and in the three games vs. the Wildcats and he hit .667 (10-of-15) with nine RBI and two home runs. He is now second on the team in batting at .321.
  • Todys was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for this performance at Northwestern. He has had a hit in nine of the last 12 and 15 of the last 19 games.
  • Senior Zach Dezenzo is currently riding a career-high 13 game hitting streak which is also tied for the longest by a Buckeye this season. His previous career-high was a nine-game streak back in 2019 as a freshman.
  • Over the streak, he is batting .434 with 23 hits, 10 doubles and four home runs. He has drove in 16 runs including a six-RBI game at Michigan on April 24. He has also had multiple hits in six of the 13 games, including a five-hit game vs. Northwestern last weekend.
  • Blayne Robinson played in two of the three games vs. Northwestern last weekend and was 5-of-7 with all five hits being doubles. He also scored seven runs.
  • Mitchell Okuley was 7-of-10 in the series last weekend and drove in seven. He had his 10-game reached base streak snapped this week vs. Campbell but reached via a walk in game two and has now reached in 20 of his last 22 games.
  • Marcus Ernst is hitting .349 on the season and has a team-high 19 multi-hit games this season. He is still second in the Big Ten with 36 walks and has a .455 on-base percentage.
  • Nate Karaffa has picked up the win in each of his last two appearances and is 3-1 on the season. He has made 21 appearances and has 30 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.
  • Ethan Hammerberg collected two saves last week and now has five on the season. He is second on the team-lead with 22 appearances and has recorded 43 strikeouts and just eight walks in 31.2 innings.
  • Nolan Clegg, a converted outfielder, made his first collegiate appearance on the mound last weekend at Northwestern and also pitched an inning vs. Campbell on Wednesday. He has two appearances on the mound which matches his at-bats this season.
  • Isaiah Coupet continues to lead the Big Ten and is fifth in the country in strikeouts per nine innings at 14.18
  • Nate Haberthier is second in the Big Ten in walks per nine innings at 2.06.
  • Wyatt Loncar has made nine starts this season. He has struck out 31 batters over his last five appearances. He is coming off a Sunday start vs. Northwestern that saw him go 5.0 innings and allow just one unearned while striking out six.

The Opponent

  • The Nittany Lions have won 10 of their last 13 games, dating back to a win over Purdue on April 16 and come into the weekend at 23-22 overall and 10-8 in Big Ten play.
  • The Nittany Lions are coming off a three-game sweep over Michigan State. Penn State swept Sunday’s doubleheader, winning 15-3 and 10-4 and on Monday, the Nittany Lions walked it off in the 11th on a bases-loaded walk by Johnny Piacentino for a 10-9 win.
  • In Monday’s win, Jay Harry set a program record with six hits, including a double, and scored three runs. Matt Wood batted .500 in the series with a double, two homers, six runs and seven RBI.
  • Harry’s six hits are tied for the most in a Division I game this season.
  • Wood ranks seventh in the nation in batting average (.414) and 13th in on-base percentage (.505), leading the Big Ten in both categories.
  • Wood has reached base in 27-straight games.