COLUMBUS, Ohio Tough early season tournaments and a trip to Ann Arbor to play Michigan highlight a challenging 2008 schedule for the Ohio State baseball team. And this year across the collegiate baseball landscape, there is a universal starting date for all teams of Feb. 22.
The season begins with three out-of-town tournaments. The Buckeyes first travel to Millington, Tenn. to play three games Feb. 22-24 (vs. Arkansas State, Memphis and Seton Hall) before heading to College Station, Tex. for a set of three games. The first game in Texas is against the Texas A&M Aggies, who eliminated Ohio State from last year’s NCAA Tournament. Louisiana Tech and Arkansas, which finished second in last year’s SEC tournament before winning two games in the NCAA Tournament, are the Buckeyes’ other opponents in College Station.
Coach Bob Todd’s 21st Ohio State baseball team then travels to West Palm Beach, Fla. for a tournament against Air Force, Maine and Connecticut and then will spring break in Bradenton, Fla., for a series of games that are still being confirmed.
Ohio State opens the home portion of its schedule March 26 against Pittsburgh. In addition to the Panthers, the Buckeyes will host Toledo, Central Michigan, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Marshall and Buffalo in non-conference action at Bill Davis Stadium.
Ohio State’s first Big Ten match-up is a weekend series at Bill Davis Stadium against Penn State March 28-30. The Buckeyes also host perennial Big Ten power Minnesota the weekend of Apr. 4-6, Purdue April 18-20 and Illinois April 9-11. Big Ten road series will take the team to Ann Arbor to face defending regular season conference champ Michigan for a series starting May 2. The Buckeyes also travel to Michigan State, Northwestern and Iowa this season.
2008 Ohio State Baseball Schedule
Date Opponent Site Time
22 Fri. Arkansas State Millington, Tenn. 1:00 p.m.
23 Sat. Memphis Millington, Tenn. 4:00 p.m.
24 Sun. Seton Hall Millington, Tenn. 10:00 a.m.
29 Fri. Texas A&M College Station, Tex. 7:30 p.m.
1 Sat. Louisiana Tech College Station, Tex. 1:30 p.m.
2 Sun. Arkansas College Station, Tex. Noon
7 Fri. Air Force West Palm Beach, Fla. 7 p.m.
8 Sat. Maine West Palm Beach, Fla. TBA
9 Sun. Connecticut West Palm Beach, Fla. Noon
15-21 Spring Trip Bradenton, Fla. TBA
26 Wed. Pittsburgh Columbus, Ohio 2:05 p.m.
28 Fri. Penn State Columbus, Ohio 6:35 p.m.
29 Sat. Penn State# Columbus, Ohio 1:05 p.m.
30 Sun. Penn State Columbus, Ohio 1:05 p.m.
2 Wed. Toledo Columbus, Ohio 6:35 p.m.
4 Fri. Minnesota Columbus, Ohio 6:35 p.m.
5 Sat. Minnesota# Columbus, Ohio 1:05 p.m.
6 Sun. Minnesota Columbus, Ohio 1:05 p.m.
9 Wed. Central Michigan Columbus, Ohio 6:35 p.m.
11 Fri. at Michigan St. East Lansing, Mich. 5:05 p.m.
12 Sat. at Michigan St.# East Lansing, Mich. 1:05 p.m.
13 Sun. at Michigan St. East Lansing, Mich. 1:05 p.m.
16 Wed. TBA Columbus, Ohio TBA
18 Fri. Purdue Columbus, Ohio 6:35 p.m.
19 Sat. Purdue# Columbus, Ohio 1:05 p.m.
20 Sun. Purdue Columbus, Ohio 1:05 p.m.
23 Wed. Akron Columbus, Ohio 6:35 p.m.
25 Fri. at Northwestern Evanston, Ill. 4 p.m.
26 Sat. at Northwestern# Evanston, Ill. 2 p.m.
27 Sun. at Northwestern Evanston, Ill. 2 p.m.
30 Wed. Eastern Michigan Columbus, Ohio 6:35 p.m.
2 Fri. at Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. 6:05 p.m.
3 Sat. at Michigan# Ann Arbor, Mich. 4:05 p.m.
4 Sun. at Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. 1:05 p.m.
7 Wed. Marshall Columbus, Ohio 6:35 p.m.
9 Fri. Illinois Columbus, Ohio 6:35 p.m.
10 Sat. Illinois# Columbus, Ohio 1:05 p.m.
11 Sun. Illinois Columbus, Ohio 1:05 p.m.
13 Tue. Buffalo Columbus, Ohio 12:05 p.m.
15 Thu. at Iowa Iowa City, Iowa 7:05 p.m.
16 Fri. at Iowa# Iowa City, Iowa 2:05 p.m.
17 Sat. at Iowa Iowa City, Iowa 2:05 p.m.
21-25 Big Ten Tournament (at site of regular season champion)
All home games (in bold) will be contested at Bill Davis Stadium at Ohio State. All times listed as Eastern Standard Time. # Doubleheader
Schedule as of 11/16/07