April 11, 2019

Ohio State and No. 24 Michigan Square Off in Columbus this Weekend

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Ohio State Baseball Gameday2019 NCAA Tournament - Nashville Regional - Opening Round - vs. No. 2 Vanderbilt
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Date/TimeFriday, May 31, 2019 - 7 p.m. ET
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts conference-rival and No. 24 Michigan Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The series opens at 6:35 p.m. Friday with the middle game at 2:05 p.m. Saturday. The two teams conclude the weekend at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. The Buckeyes (18-16, 2-4 B1G) are coming off back-to-back midweek wins against Ohio and Dayton, while the Wolverines (23-9, 4-1 B1G) travel to Columbus after splitting a pair of midweek contests vs Indiana State at home in Ann Arbor.

PROMOTIONS

  • Alumni Weekend – Anniversary Celebrations of the Big Ten Championships Teams (1994, 1999 and 2009)
  • Friday – Script Ohio Hats for 300 Students, Postgame Fireworks
  • Saturday – Baseball Card Giveaway (Pack 2) for first 1,000 fans, $1 Ticket with purchase of football spring game ticket
  • Sunday: Postgame Meet & Greet, Kids Run the Bases

FOLLOW THE ACTION
Links to live stats are available on the Ohio State baseball schedule on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The series will be streamed on BTN Plus ($). Fans can also listen to the series on the radio on AM 1460 ESPN. Matt Andrews and Bob Spears will have the call.

ON THE MOUND
Friday:
RHP Garrett Burhenn (4-1, 3.04 ERA) vs. LHP Tommy Henry (6-2, 1.67 ERA)
Saturday: LHP Seth Lonsway (4-3, 3.77 ERA) vs. RHP Karl Kauffmann (5-2, 2.29 ERA)
Sunday: LHP Griffan Smith (3-1, 4.12 ERA) vs. RHP Jeff Criswell (2-1, 3.46 ERA)

 

QUICK HITS

  • Ohio State is 18-16 overall and 2-4 in Big Ten play. Ohio State defeated Ohio, 10-8, in a comeback win Tuesday night at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens. The Scarlet and Gray then defeated Dayton, 4-2, at home on Wednesday night at Bill Davis Stadium
  • The Buckeyes currently sit in ninth place in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines are at the top of the league standings with a 4-1 mark.
  • Ohio State is led by ninth-year head coach Greg Beals. He is 279-219-1 overall at Ohio State and holds a 522-421-1 career coaching record. Beals has guided the team to NCAA Regional appearances in two of the last three years.
  • Ohio State is hitting .270 as a team and leads the conference with 314 hits. The Buckeyes rank third in runs scored (189), slugging (.405) and RBI (174).
  • Brady Cherry leads the team with a .336 average, while Dominic Canzone is batting .331. Cherry and Canzone have each sprayed 45 hits this spring, which is the most in the conference. Canzone also is the conference leader with 36 runs scored.
  • Canzone is currently on career-high 30-game reached base streak. It is the longest reached base streak by a Buckeye in three years.
  • The OSU pitching staff has combined for 4.65 ERA with 281 strikeouts in 306.0 innings of work.
  • Garrett Burhenn and Seth Lonsway each have four victories on the year. Lonsway has 57 strikeouts, which is fourth-most in the conference. Andrew Magno has five saves in 2019.
  • Beals holds a 12-4 mark against the Maize and Blue as head coach of the Buckeyes, including a 6-0 record at Bill Davis Stadium.
  • The 2019 Buckeyes return 15 letterwinners from the 2019 NCAA Tournament team that finished with a 36-24 overall record. Key players returning include 2018 second team All-Big ten honoree Dominic Canzone, third team selection Conner Pohl and 2018 All-Big Ten Freshman standout Dillon Dingler.
  • The team welcomed 15 newcomers to the spring roster. Eleven Buckeyes have made their debuts, including nine freshmen.
  • Canzone, Pohl and Dingler were each named to the Big Ten Preseason Watch List. Ohio State was picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten.

23RD SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 370-195 all-time at Bill Davis for a fine .655 winning percentage. Ohio State is 187-119 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN
The Wolverines rank No. 24 this week by Baseball America and have won eight of their last 10 games. Michigan is the Big Ten leader in batting average (.294), slugging (.478), on-base percentage (.392) and doubles (66). On the mound, the Wolverines rank first in the conference in ERA (2.71) and opposing batting average (.204). Jordan Brewer is hitting .355 with 10 doubles, nine homers and 33 RBI. He also is 12-for-16 in stolen bases. On the bump, Tommy Henry is 6-2 with a 1.67 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 54.0 innings of work. Willie Weiss has six saves on the year.

OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN
Michigan leads the all-time series, 165-105-1 all-time vs. Ohio State. The Buckeyes have won seven of the last nine games against Michigan. In the last meeting, Ohio State eliminated the Wolverines at the 2018 Big Ten Tournament in Omaha, Neb., with a 5-3 victory at TD Ameritrade Park. Head coach Greg Beals holds a 12-4 mark against the Maize and Blue, including a 6-0 record at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes swept the Wolverines in three-game home conference series during the 2011 and 2016 campaigns.

BUCKEYES VS. THE WOLVERINES
Dominic Canzone is hitting .600 (6-for-10) with a double, RBI, three walks and two stolen bases in three starts vs. Michigan. Dillon Dingler has a .500 average (2-for-4) with a double and Kobie Foppe is hitting .400 (2-for-5) with a run scored and one RBI in one start vs. the Maize and Blue.

HISTORIC PROGRAMS
Two of the top historic teams in the country will be meeting on the diamond this weekend. Consider the following:

  • A combined 50 Big ten titles (36 percent of all-time championships in the Big Ten)
  • A combined 18 Big Ten tournament titles (nine each) since 1981
  • A combined 5,540 wins (both teams rank in the Top 50 in the nation in win percentage)
  • A combined 44 NCAA Tournament appearances and a combined three national titles

NOTING THE ANNIVERSARY TEAMS
The Buckeyes will be honoring the 1994, 1999 and 2009 Big Ten championship teams as part of Alumni Weekend at Bill Davis Stadium. Coach Bob Todd was named Big Ten Coach of the Year five times, including in 1994, 1999 and 2009.

25TH ANNIVERSARY: 1994 TEAM
Guided by Todd, the 1994 team, which ranked second in the country, finished with the best record in the nation with a 49-9 overall record, including a 25-2 mark in Big Ten play in route to the Big Ten championship. The 1994 squad powered a program-record 94 homers and also batted a program-record .354. Matt Beaumont was a named a first-team All-American, going 11-1 and was the Big Ten leader with 101 strikeouts. Jonathan Sweet was a second-team All-American after batting .390. Roy Marsh was a third team All-American, while Brian Mannino was an Honorable Mention. Sweet was also the Big Ten Player of the Year, while Beaumont was Big Ten Pitcher of the Year. In all, five members earned All-Big Ten honors.

20TH ANNIVERSARY: 1999 TEAM
The 1999 team finished with a 50-14 mark and a 25-3 record in Big Ten play. The 50 wins rank second in school history. The 1999 team tied the 1994 squad for most Big Ten wins in school history in route to the Big Ten title. The team hit a combined .325 with a program-record 478 RBI. Justin Fry was named a first-team All-American after posting an 11-2 record with a 3.70 ERA. Mike Lockwood and Chad Ehrnsberger were named second team All-Americans. Fry was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and E.J. Laratta was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Five Buckeyes were named All-Big Ten selections.

10TH ANNIVERSARY: 2009 TEAM
The 2009 Big Ten championship squad finished with a 42-19 overall record and 18-6 mark in Big Ten play. The team holds program records in hits (720) and triples (26) and third in strikeouts by a staff (462). Alex Wimmers was a first team All-American and named the College Baseball Foundation National Pitcher of the Year after posting a 6-0 record and 1.61 ERA. He threw the first nine-inning no hitter in Ohio State history on May 2, 2009, vs. Michigan with 14 strikeouts. Jake Hale was named a first team All-American after setting the school single-season record for appearances (40) and saves (18). Dan Burkhart was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Wimmers was honored as Big Ten Pitcher of the Year. Four Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors.

OHIO STATE AS OF LATE
Ohio State is 5-5 in its last 10 games. The bats are hitting .248 with 16 doubles and six homers. Dominic Canzone is batting .391 with a .543 slugging percentage. Brent Todys is hitting .294 in his last 10. Brent Todys led the Buckeyes to a comeback win at Ohio on Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, double, homer and four RBI. Jake Vance picked up the win vs. Dayton on Wednesday after throwing four scoreless innings of relief vs. the Flyers. Andrew Magno has claimed a win and save in two games this week.

CANZONE STREAKING
Dominic Canzone is currently on a career-high 30-game reached base streak. He is the first Buckeye to have at least 30-game reached base streak since Troy Montgomery reached base safely in 37 games from March 28, 2015-Feb. 26, 2016). Canzone is hitting .336 (41-for-122) with a .424 on-base percentage during the stretch. He is also slugging .533 with five doubles, one triple, five homers and 19 RBI in the last 30 games.

CANZONE, CHERRY LEADING THE BIG TEN
Brady Cherry and Dominic Canzone are listed in the Top 10 in eight different offensive statistical categories in the Big Ten. Cherry and Canzone are tied for the Big Ten lead with 45 hits. Canzone is the conference leader with 36 runs scored. Cherry is second in total bases (79), fourth in slugging (.590), RBI (30) and doubles (10), fifth in homers (8) and seventh in average (.336). Canzone ranks third in total bases (75), fifth in slugging (.551), sixth in on-base percentage (.426), seventh in homers (7) and tenth in average (.331) and RBI (23).

BUCKEYES GETTING IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM
Twenty-one Ohio State baseball student-athletes were named OSU Scholar-Athletes this spring, those with 3.0 or better grade point averages for the 2018-19 academic year. To see the list, click here.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes conclude their five-game homestand with a midweek contest vs. Xavier Tuesday, April 16 at 6:35 p.m. at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.