February 20, 2020

Ohio State Hits the Road for Three at No. 21 Georgia Tech

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to Atlanta for a three-game series at No. 21 Georgia Tech starting Friday at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Buckeyes and Yellow Jackets will square off at 4 p.m. Friday before a 2 p.m. first pitch Saturday and a 1 p.m. meeting Sunday.

All three games will be streamed on WatchESPN and available on the TuneIn app (Georgia Tech feed).

LEADING OFF

  • Big Ten Tournament champions and NCAA Nashville Regional participants a season ago, the Buckeyes return 20 letterwinners, including six starting position players and all three weekend starters, to go along with 15 newcomers.
  • Ohio State is led by 10th-year head coach Greg Beals. He is 299-231-1 overall at Ohio State and holds a 542-433-1 career coaching record. Beals has guided the team to NCAA Regional appearances in three of the last four years.
  • The Scarlet and Gray will open the 2020 season with 14-straight road games. The Buckeyes will play in the state of Florida twice and will also visit Georgia and Tennessee.
  • Ohio State returns all three weekend starters from last season in Garrett Burhenn, Seth Lonsway and Griffan Smith. The trio combined for 280 innings pitched in 2019.

SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS
Georgia Tech, ranked No. 21 in the latest Baseball America poll, is 3-1 on the year with wins over Saint Peter’s, Cincinnati and at Georgia Southern and a loss against St. John’s. Junior infielder/outfielder Michael Guldberg is batting .571 (8-for-14) with three double, three RBI and two runs scored. Freshman right-hander Zach Maxwell opened the season on the bump for the Yellow Jackets, going 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and four walks while striking out five.

Georgia Tech holds a 15-7-1 lead in the all-time series with the Buckeyes after the teams split a two-game set in Columbus in 2013.

BEALS vs. HALL
Buckeye head coach Greg Beals will be squaring off with his college coach at Kent State and current Georgia Tech head coach for the sixth time when the two teams meet Friday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets won two of three against the Buckeyes in Atlanta in 2012 before the teams split a two-game midweek series in 2013 in Columbus.

Hall, now in his 27th season at the helm of the Yellow Jackets, led the Golden Flashes from 1988-93 while Beals was a three-year letterwinner from 1989-91. Beals tallied three All-MAC selections while Hall was named MAC Coach of the Year twice.

LONSWAY BRILLIANT IN 2020 DEBUT
Redshirt sophomore left-hander Seth Lonsway bounced back from a rocky first inning to strike out 12 in six innings Saturday night against the Panthers. The Celina, Ohio, native allowed one earned run on just one hit against a Pittsburgh lineup that had scored 25 runs in its first two games. Lonsway’s 12 strikeouts tied for the third-most in his career and marked his fifth double-digit strikeout game in 18 career starts. Through the first weekend, Lonsway leads the Big Ten and is tied for eighth nationally in strikeouts.

DEZENZO, DINGLER, SEYMOUR STAND OUT AT THE PLATE
Sophomore third baseman Zach Dezenzo led the Buckeye regulars offensively, hitting .417 (5-for-12) with a pair of doubles, including one that gave Ohio State the lead for good in the fourth inning Saturday night, while tallying two multi-hit games. Junior catcher Dillon Dingler hit .364 (4-for-11) with a double and a triple and a team-high .636 slugging percentage. Scottie Seymour, a redshirt junior outfielder, batted .333 (3-for-9), drove in a pair, walked twice, was hit three times and reached base at a .571 clip.

The trio, along with sophomore outfielder Nolan Clegg, hit safely in all three games, while senior shortstop Noah West also reached base safely in all three contests.

BULLPEN ARMS SHINE
Five arms out of the bullpen combined for seven appearances without allowing an earned run. Sophomore right-hander Bayden Root appeared in two games, earning his first-career save with three scoreless innings against Pittsburgh, while tossing four scoreless innings on the weekend, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out seven. Freshman right-hander Wyatt Loncar, sophomore left-hander Mitch Milheim and sophomore right-hander TJ Brock combined for seven innings without surrendering an earned run while allowing three hits and punching out 11, while senior right-hander Joe Gahm tossed an inning over two appearances while not allowing an earned run and striking out three.

BUCKEYE STAFF SOLID ON THE MOUND
Through three games, the Ohio State pitching staff has quieted opposing bats to the tune of a .234 batting average against and a 2.57 earned-run average. Ten Buckeye arms saw time on the mound in the first weekend, combining to strike out 44 batters in 28 innings. The 14.1 strikeouts/per nine innings out of the staff is the best in the Big Ten and third-best nationally. The Buckeyes’ 2.57 ERA is fourth in the conference and their 3.67-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks third in the Big Ten through the opening weekend.

CARPENTER, DINGLER NAMED CAPTAINS
Infielder Matt Carpenter and catcher Dillon Dingler were named captains of the 2020 Ohio State baseball team, head coach Greg Beals announced Jan. 9. The captains, as selected by their teammates, have combined to appear in 169 career games.

TRIO OF BUCKEYES NAMED TO B1G PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST
Juniors Dillon Dingler and sophomores Garrett Burhenn and Seth Lonsway were named to the Big Ten Preseason to Watch List, the conference office announced Wednesday afternoon. The Buckeyes were picked to finish second in the Big Ten. Michigan was the league’s preseason favorite followed by the Buckeyes, Minnesota, Nebraska and Illinois.

UNDER BEALS
10th-year head coach Greg Beals is the 11th head coach in Ohio State history and the fourth in the last 60 years. In his 18th year as a collegiate head coach, he is 542-433-1 all-time and 299-231-1 at the helm of the Buckeyes.

THE COACHING AND SUPPORT STAFF
Greg Beals is assisted by assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Matt Angle, pitching coach Dan DeLucia, volunteer assistant coach Kirby Pellant and director of pitching development Brad Goldberg. Angle is in his second season as assistant coach and sixth overall on the Buckeye staff while DeLucia is in his first season as pitching coach after six as volunteer assistant coach. Pellant is in his first season as volunteer assistant but has been with the program as a staff member since 2015 and Goldberg is in his first season as director of pitching development. Supporting the coaching staff is director of operations Blair Everhart, strength and conditioning coach Dean Hansen and athletic trainer Paul Dawson.

UP NEXT
Ohio State continues its road swing to start the season when it travels to Nashville to take on Lipscomb in a three-game series starting Feb. 28.