October 12, 2021

Buckeyes Set to Open Scarlet and Gray Series This Weekend


COLUMBUS, Ohio – After not having a fall season in 2020, the Ohio State baseball program is in full swing this fall and is set to hold its Scarlet and Gray Series beginning this weekend at Bill Davis Stadium.

The five-game series will open on Friday night at 6 p.m. Game two will be Saturday at 3 p.m. Next week will feature the final three games as Game three is set for Oct. 19 at 6 p.m., Game four on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. and Game five on Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.

All five games are free and open to the public.

Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes return seven starters in the field from a 22-20 team last season. Sophomore Kade Kern led the team in hitting as freshman, hitting .325 and earning Freshman All-American honors. Shortstop Zach Dezenzo came on strong at the end of last spring and carried that into a great summer. He returns and will be the anchor of the Buckeye infield. Senior third-baseman Nick Erwin has one of the best gloves in the league and the Buckeyes also return their catching tandem of sixth-year senior Brent Todys and fifth-year senior Archer Brookman. Junior Mitchell Okuley and senior Marcus Ernst have both played well this fall and combined for 63 starts last season.

On the mound, senior captain Griffan Smith is back to lead a group of young, talented arms. Smith missed a chunk of last season with a shoulder injury but was 1-0 with 16 strikeouts and just four walks in 18.2 innings. Senior TJ Brock was tied for the Big Ten lead in saves last season while striking out 33 hitters in 21.2 innings of work. Sophomore Isaiah Coupet had a solid freshman season out of the pen. He will likely transition to a starting role this season and if his lone start of the last year is any indication, he might be in for a good year. In his final appearance of the season, the Flossmoor, Ill., native set the first nine Indiana batters down in order, seven via the punchout.

Head coach Greg Beals is in his 12th season at the helm of the program and his 29th season overall as a collegiate coach. He has a record of 325-258-1 at Ohio State and has guided the Buckeyes to three NCAA Regional appearances in the last six years. He also led the Buckeyes to a pair of Big Ten titles in 2016 and 2019.