May 2, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Welcome to the month of May when the college baseball season begins to heat up around the country. And for the Buckeyes, it’s good to be home. The Ohio State baseball team will play 11 of its final 14 games in the friendly confines at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium beginning with a two-game series against UAB Tuesday-Wednesday. First pitch for both games will be at 6:35 p.m. ET live on BTN Plus ($).
The Buckeyes are 28-14-1 overall and 8-7 in Big Ten play and are coming off a series sweep at Purdue last weekend. The Scarlet and Gray hold a perfect 11-0 mark vs. non-conference opponents in Columbus. The Blazers travel to the Buckeye state with an 18-24 overall record and 10-11 ledger in Conference USA (C-USA).
|Date||Time||Location||Live Stats||Live Video|
|Tuesday, May 3||6:35 p.m. ET||Columbus, Ohio||GameTracker||BTN Plus ($)|
|Wednesday, May 4||6:35 p.m. ET||Columbus, Ohio||GameTracker||BTN Plus ($)|
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Both games will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). For constant updates, follow the Buckeyes on twitter via @OhioState_BASE.
Tuesday, May 3 – ALS Awareness Night, Triple Play Package – cell phone wallet
Wednesday, May 4 – Star Wars Night, Star Wars/Ohio State decals for the first 500 fans, Dollar Dog Night
HOME WE’LL GO…
Ohio State, currently seventh in the Big Ten with an 8-7 mark, are 15-2 in the friendly confines of Bill Davis Stadium and have won 11 of its last 12 games in Columbus. Ohio State will host Iowa (20-21, 7-8 B1G) this weekend in a three-game series before hosting No. 17 FAU in a two-game series May 10-11. The Buckeyes will then conclude the weekend schedule with a three-game series vs. conference-rival Michigan May 13-15. Senior Day on Sunday, May 15 will be broadcasted on Big Ten Network.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State is 7-3 in its last 10 games. The group improved to 8-9 on the road following the three-game sweep of the Boilermakers. The Buckeyes won both games of a doubleheader, 3-1, and 3-2, respectively last Friday before winning the finale, 5-1. Troy Kuhn batted .462 (6-for-13) with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. Jacob Bosiokovic hit .333 (5-for-15) with a two runs scored, double, home run and three RBI. On the mound, Tanner Tully allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings of work with five strikeouts. Ryan Feltner pitched four scoreless frames in game two to pick up his second save and John Havird improved to 5-1 on the year. The bullpen limited the Boilermaker bats to one run in seven innings of action as five different relievers were used in the finale. Seth Kinker earned the victory to improve to 4-1.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
A LOOK AT UAB
The Blazers head to Columbus with an 18-24 overall record and 10-11 mark in C-USA games. UAB is hitting .237 as a team with 47-of-66 in stolen bases. Brewer Hicklen is hitting .305 with six doubles, four triples, three home runs and 16-for-21 in stolen bases. On the mound, the UAB pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.62 with 245 strikeouts to 188 walks in 363.0 innings. Lefty Stephen Baggett is 0-2 with a 5.22 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 29.1 innings of work.
OHIO STATE VS. THE BLAZERS
UAB leads the all-time series vs. Ohio State, 7-6. Last year, the Blazers took two of three games from the Buckeyes in Birmingham, Ala., in the first meeting between the two programs in 13 years. UAB won both contests in a doubleheader by scores of, 3-2 and 8-1. However, the Buckeyes won the finale 4-3 after a Troy Kuhn homer late in the game. Kuhn batted .455 (5-for-11) in the series with three runs scored, double, home run and RBI.
HOME SWEET, HOME
Ohio State has put up some impressive numbers on its home turf in 2016:
LOOK OUT FOR DAWSON
Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson has been a force at the plate in the past several weeks for the Buckeyes. The native of Grove City, Ohio, Dawson is batting .450 (18-for-40) with five doubles, two home runs, five RBI, six walks and two steals in his last 10 games at the dish. He is currently on a career-high 20-game reached base streak and tied his career high with a 10-game hit streak from April 12-April 29. Dawson is in the in Top 10 in eight different B1G batting categories, including second in total bases (98) and doubles (15), third in triples (3), fourth in slugging (.587), fifth in home runs (8), seventh in stolen bases (14) and eighth in run scored (36) and walks (27).
Senior co-captain infielder Nick Sergakis has been one of the top hitters in the Big Ten this season, leading the league with 17 doubles and 99 totals bases. He’s in the Top 5 in four other statistical batting categories as well, including second in slugging (.615), third in on-base (.469), fourth in hit by pitch (9) and fifth in RBI (36). His .366 batting average at the plate ranks eighth-best in the league. A native of Columbus, Ohio, he’s reached base in 42 of 43 games after starting the year on a career-high 28-game reached base streak. The OSU third baseman also has put together two separate hitting streaks during the span, including a career-high 11-game hit streak last month. Not only that, the power numbers are up as well. Sergakis has a season-high seven home runs. To top it off, he has a season-high nine steals.
PRODUCTIVE AND POWER HITTING
The team is getting productive and powerful hitting up and down its lineup. Six players have 10 or more extra base hits. The power rangers include:
Ronnie Dawson: 15 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 8 HRs
Nick Sergakis: 17 2Bs, 1 3B, 7 HRs
Troy Montgomery: 12 2Bs, 1 3B, 7 HRs
Jacob Bosiokovic: 5 2Bs, 0 3B, 10 HRs
Troy Kuhn: 11 2Bs, 1 3B, 0 HR
Brady Cherry: 4 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 5 HRs
ILLINOIS SERIES NOTES
TOP 10 NATIONALL ON THE MOUND
The staff’s strike-out-walk ranks sixth in the nation (3.07) and walks allowed per nine sits at seventh in the country (2.53). Ohio State has a team ERA of 2.99 ERA and leads the conference with 2.28 ERA in league games, holding opposing hitters to a .245 average.
MONTGOMERY CLIMBING STEALS LIST
Troy Montgomery continues to rise in the Ohio State career stolen base list. The Big Ten leader in steals in 2015 with 35 swipes, Montgomery has collected 12 this season and has 51 steals in his OSU career, which is fifth-most all-time.
VERY, VERY EFFICIENT ROTATION
The trio of Tanner Tully, Adam Niemeyer and John Havird has collected an ERA of 2.99 with a combined 16 quality starts with a strikeout-to-walk ratio at an impressive 4.70. Niemeyer is 10th in the country in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.86) and 19th in walks allowed per nine (1.07). Tully (3.40) and Havird (2.90) also have been very efficient on the mound in 2016.
The OSU bullpen has a combined ERA 2.60 with 155 strikeouts to 4947 walks (3.44). Michael Horejsei has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 6.580 with a season-high 27 strikeouts followed by Seth Kinker (26, 3.70) and Yianni Pavlopoulos (26, 3.30).
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