May 20, 2019

Ohio State Faces Michigan in Opening Round at Big Ten Tournament in Omaha

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The boys are headed back to Omaha. The Ohio State baseball team is set for an opening round showdown at the 2019 Big Ten Tournament vs. conference-rival Michigan at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The Buckeyes earned the No. 7 seed with a 12-12 Big Ten record after sweeping a road series at Purdue to conclude the regular season, while the Wolverines are the No. 2 seed after finishing with a 16-7 record in league play. The game vs. the Maize and Blue will be televised live on BTN and can be heard on the radio on AM 1460 ESPN. Matt Andrews and Bob Spears will have the call from the radio booth in Omaha.

ON THE MOUND
Wednesday: LHP Seth Lonsway (7-4, 3.91 ERA) vs. RHP Karl Kauffmann (8-5, 2.91 ERA)

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT FORMAT
The eight-team, double-elimination tournament begins Wednesday, May 22, with first-round games and continues through Sunday’s championship game on May 26. The tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

The first pitch of the 2019 Big Ten Tournament will take place at 9 a.m. (CT) Wednesday when No. 3 Illinois takes on sixth-seeded Maryland. Second-seeded Michigan will take the field at 1 p.m. on Wednesday against No. 7 Ohio State. The tournament will continue at 5 p.m. when No. 1 Indiana plays No. 8 Iowa. The final game on Wednesday will feature No. 4 Minnesota and No. 5 Nebraska at 9 p.m.

Once again this season, BTN will televise all games of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament live, with each game also available on the BTN2Go platform, either online at btn2go.com or through the BTN2Go app.

LEADING OFF

  • Ohio State is 31-24 overall and 9-12 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
  • Ohio State is led by ninth-year head coach Greg Beals. He is 292-227-1 overall at Ohio State and holds a 535-429-1 career coaching record. Beals has guided the team to NCAA Regional appearances in two of the last three years.
  • Ohio State earned the No. 7 seed in the Big Ten Tournament after finishing with a 12-12 league record.
  • The Buckeyes claimed 31 wins during the regular season, marking the seventh time in nine years Ohio State has claimed at least 30 wins under head coach Greg Beals.
  • The Buckeyes are making their 31st appearance in the Big Ten Tournament. Head coach Greg Beals has guided the Buckeyes to the Big Ten Tournament in eight of nine seasons.
  • Ohio State is 60-46 all-time at the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes have won nine tournament titles, tied for second-most in the conference (91-94-95-97-02-03-05-07-16). The Scarlet and Gray last won the Big Ten Tournament in 2016.
  • Ohio State is 4-3 in neutral-site games this season and 7-5 all-time at TD Ameritrade Park.
  • The Buckeyes are 3-0 against Michigan at TD Ameritrade Park. Last year, the No. 7 seeded Buckeyes eliminated No. 3 seeded Michigan, 5-3, in Omaha.
  • The Scarlet and Gray took two of three games vs. Michigan April 12-13 in Columbus.
  • Ohio State is hitting .273 as a team with 91 doubles, 13 triples and 62 homers.
  • The Buckeye bats powered 10 homers in the series sweep at Purdue last weekend. The 62 homers are the most long balls hit by a Buckeye team since 2009 (66).
  • The OSU pitching staff has combined for a 4.73 ERA with 503 strikeouts in 502.1 innings of work.
  • The 503 strikeouts by the OSU arms this spring is an Ohio State school record, surpassing the 2016 team that fanned 495 hitters.
  • Dominic Canzone leads the team with a .357 average, 81 hits, 56 runs scored, 16 doubles, 15 homers, 41 RBI, .643 slugging, .442 on-base percentage and eight stolen bases. He is first in the Big Ten in hits, slugging percentage and total bases (146). Canzone led all Big Ten hitters in league games with a .374 average.
  • Canzone is one of four players in the nation with at least 80 hits, 50 runs scored and 15 homers.
  • Canzone is currently on a 51-game reached base streak. It’s the second-longest active streak in the country (as of May 15). Canzone’s reached base streak tied the program record last Saturday held by Nick Swisher who reached safely in 51 games in 2002.
  • Seth Lonsway is the reigning Big Ten Pitcher and Big Ten Freshman of the Week. He leads the conference with 110 strikeouts. Lonsway is 7-4 with a 3.91 ERA in 78.1 innings of work.
  • Andrew Magno is 4-3 with a 2.64 ERA and 10 saves in 26 appearances out of the bullpen. He has fanned 54 in 47.2 innings.
  • The game Wednesday will be the 275th meeting between Ohio State and Michigan. The Wolverines lead the all-time series, 166-107-1. The Buckeyes have won nine of the last 12 games against the Wolverines. Head coach Greg Beals holds a 14-5 mark against Michigan.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
The Buckeyes are 60-46 all-time in the conference tournament. The Scarlet and Gray are 16-15 all-time in the opening game of the tournament and 4-3 under coach Beals. The Buckeyes are 2-6 all-time as the No. 7 seed.

LAST TIME IN OMAHA
No. 7 seed Ohio State advanced to the weekend of the 2018 Big Ten Tournament and finished with a 2-2 record. The Scarlet and Gray fell in the opening round to Purdue, 8-2, but rebounded with a 2-0 victory over Iowa and a 5-3 win over Michigan in elimination games. Minnesota eliminated the Buckeyes on Saturday with an 8-2 win. Dillon Dingler batted .308 in the tournament, while Dominic Canzone hit .273 on the week. Jake Vance, Andrew Magno and Griffan Smith are the only returning pitchers on the Buckeye staff that made an appearance at the 2018 tourney.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN
The Wolverines return to the diamond after falling in two of three games to Nebraska last weekend in Lincoln to wrap up the regular season. No. 2 seed Michigan is hitting .285 as a team with 117 doubles, 11 triples and 59 homers. Jordan Brewer leads the Big Ten with a .358 average and has 18 doubles, 12 homers, 52 RBI and 19-of-23 in stolen bases. Jordan Nwogu is batting .343 with 10 doubles, four triples, nine homers and 14 stolen bases. On the mound, the Maize and Blue have combined for a 3.40 ERA with 455 strikeouts in 471.0 innings of work. Karl Kauffmann has fanned 83 in 89.2 innings of work and holds an 8-5 record on the year.

BUCKEYES VS. WOLVERINES
Dominic Canzone is hitting .625 (15-for-24) with six runs scored, a pair of doubles, one triple, two homers and five RBI in six career games vs. Michigan. Dillon Dingler has a .400 average (6-for-15) with two runs scored and three doubles in four career games.

TTUN SERIES RECAP
The Buckeyes won game one, 10-5, April 12 and got the win in game one of a doubleheader, 10-4, April 13. The Buckeye bats hit .340 vs. the top Big Ten team in pitching coming into the weekend, scoring 22 runs with a combined nine extra-base hits. Five Buckeyes hit .300 or better, including Dominic Canzone (.643), Ridge Winand (.444), Conner Pohl (.444), Zach Dezenzo (.400) and Dillon Dingler (.364). Garrett Burhenn and Seth Lonsway each earned victories, while Will Pfennig also recorded a save. In game one, the Buckeye bats sprayed 13 hits and scored seven runs on eight hits vs. UM left-handed starter Tommy Henry. Canzone went 4-for-5 with a triple and a homer and Brent Todys hit a big three-run homer in the fifth inning. Burhenn picked up a quality start in 6.2 innings of work with a season-high seven strikeouts to improve to 5-1. In game two, Canzone had another big game at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, homer and two RBI, while fellow captain Ridge Winand hit his first career homer for a three-run shot in the third inning. Zach Dezenzo also homered vs. the Maize and Blue. Lonsway worked 5.2 innings to improve to 5-1 on the year. Pfennig struck out a season-high six in 3.1 innings of relief to claim his second save of the season.

LONSWAY EARNS NATIONAL, BIG TEN WEEKLY AWARDS
Redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Seth Lonsway was recognized as National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and Big Ten Pitcher and Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday afternoon after his 14-strikeout performance in a win at Purdue May 17. Lonsway fanned a career-high 14 in eight innings of work and allowed just one unearned on two hits and two walks to help the Buckeyes to a series sweep at Purdue last weekend in West Lafayette, Ind. Lonsway is the Big Ten strikeout leader with 110 this season. He became the first Buckeye pitcher to strike out at least 100 hitters in a single-season since Alex Wimmers in 2009. His 110 strikeouts currently ranks seventh in OSU history.

SERIES SWEEP AT PURDUE
In a must-win weekend, the Buckeyes answered the bell in West Lafayette, Ind., claiming a series sweep of Purdue to earn the right to play in Omaha. The bats combined to hit .345 and powered 10 homers in three games. Brent Todys led the Buckeyes at the plate with a .455 average, homering in each of the three games. Ohio State won the opener, 7-0, behind eight shutout innings from Garrett Burhenn. At the dish, Todys, Dillon Dingler and Brady Cherry each homered Friday night. Seth Lonsway fanned a career-high 14 in game two. In game three, Ohio State launched six homers, including four in the opening inning to jump out to an eight-run lead. The Boilermakers rallied from behind to tie it at 9-all before Conner Pohl hit his second homer of the game with a three-run shot in the sixth. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno recorded the final 16 outs to claim his fourth save of the year. Ohio State improved to 12-1 all-time at Alexander Field.