March 5, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to Eugene, Ore., for a three-game set with No. 9 Oregon beginning Friday at PK Park. The opener is set for 9:05 p.m. ET Friday with the middle game set for 7:05 p.m. ET Saturday and the finale slated for 3:05 p.m. ET Sunday.
Live stats for all three contests and a live video and audio stream (Oregon feed) can be found on the baseball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow twitter.com/OhioState_BASE for updates.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes took two of three games last weekend at the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C. Ohio State picked up a 6-2 win over Pittsburgh in the opener before coming back to top Western Kentucky, 5-4, Saturday and dropping a hard-fought, 3-2, decision to host East Carolina in the finale Sunday.
Greg Greve carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Panthers. The senior right-hander picked up the win, going 6.0 scoreless frames, allowing one hit while striking out a career-high nine. Tim Wetzel paced the Buckeyes offensively, going 3-for-8 with a .500 on-base percentage.
OSU AT KEITH LeCLAIR CLASSIC NOTES
– After reaching base in all three contests, Troy Kuhn and Pat Porter have reached base safely in each game this season.
– Ohio State collected a season-high 12 hits against Pittsburgh.
– Greg Greve notched a career-high nine strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
– Kuhn’s first-inning triple Sunday was the first of his career.
– Ronnie Dawson notched his fourth multi-hit game Sunday in eight starts.
– The attendance of 3,684 for Sunday’s finale was the most for an Ohio State baseball game since the opener of the Buckeyes’ series at Nebraska April 12 of last season in Lincoln.
– The Buckeyes hit .291 on the weekend while limiting opponents to a .235 average.
SOME MORE NOTES
– The Buckeyes are 3-1 in one-run games.
– Ohio State is 6-2 when it scores at least three runs.
– The Buckeyes are 4-0 when leading after seven innings and 6-1 when out-hitting their opponent.
– Greg Greve is limiting opponents to a .150 average with runners on base while Travis Lakins has posted a .158 opponent average with runners on.
– The Buckeye sophomore infield of first baseman Zach Ratcliff, second baseman Troy Kuhn, shortstop Craig Nennig and third baseman Jacob Bosiokovic has started all 10 contests.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeye pitching staff sits at the top of the Big Ten in earned-run average (1st, 2.71), opposing batting average (1st, .237), saves (1st, 5) and hits allowed (1st, 79).
Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson sits seventh with a .382 batting average and a .529 on-base percentage while Jacob Bosiokovic is tied for the conference lead with 11 RBI. Troy Kuhn has been hit by a pitch six times to lead the Big Ten and is tied for seventh with nine runs scored while Tim Wetzel is tied for 10th with a .441 on-base percentage.
On the mound, Jake Post (3rd, 0.84), Tanner Tully (5th, 1.69) and Greg Greve (8th, 2.08) sit in the Top 10 in ERA while Post and Greve are tied for second with two wins. Greve also is tied for third with 17 strikeouts, fourth with a .183 opponent batting average and tied for 8th with 17.1 innings pitched while Trace Dempsey leads the Big Ten with four saves.
Oregon enters the week with an 8-3 record and ranked No. 9 nationally by Collegiate Baseball. Heading into a pair of midweek games against Seattle, Kyle Garlick leads the Ducks with a .394 average to go along with four doubles, a home run, eight RBI and seven runs scored while Matt Krook has posted a 2.33 ERA with 27 strikeouts and a .159 opponent batting average in 19.1 innings over three starts.
Ohio State is 0-3 all-time against the Ducks after dropping a three-game set last season in Columbus.
BUCKS EARN B1G WEEKLY HONORS
Ryan Riga – PiOW (2/18)
DEMPSEY, DEZSE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
Trace Dempsey and Josh Dezse have been named third team preseason All-Americans by Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball. Dempsey was named a third team relief pitcher while Dezse earned third team honors as a utility player.
Dempsey, also named an NCBWA preseason All-American, garnered multiple All-America laurels a season ago after he went 3-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 17 saves in 31 appearances. A first team All-Big Ten selection from Huntington, W. Va., Dempsey struck out 28 and allowed opponents to hit .180 in 35.1 innings pitched. His 17 saves were the most in the Big Ten and finished one shy of tying Jake Hale’s Big Ten and Ohio State record of 18 set in 2009. Dempsey went 30.1 innings without allowing an earned run between Feb. 17 and May 17.
Dezse, a redshirt junior this season, sat out the 2013 season with a stress reaction in his back. As a sophomore in 2012, Dezse finished second on the team with a .306 batting average and five home runs to go along with nine doubles, 33 RBI and 31 runs scored. The Powell, Ohio, native also made 24 appearances on the mound, going 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA and tied for third in the Big Ten with seven saves as he allowed opponents to hit a paltry .188.
ON THE ROAD
Ohio State plays its first 14 games on the road in 2014, opening the season against 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Connecticut Feb. 14 in Port Charlotte, Fla., before facing Auburn Feb. 15 and playing two contests to wrap up the weekend against Indiana State. The Buckeyes travel to Orlando, Fla., Feb. 21-23 to play host Central Florida, The Citadel and Oklahoma, an NCAA Super Regional team a season ago. Ohio State then hits the road to Greenville, N.C., Feb. 28-March 2 to take on Pittsburgh, Western Kentucky and East Carolina before concluding the road string with a three-game set at sixth-ranked Oregon March 7-9 a single game at fourth-ranked Oregon State March 11.
BUCKS PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State has been selected third in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll, the conference office announced Feb. 12. In addition, Trace Dempsey, Josh Dezse and Pat Porter have been named players to watch in the conference.
Indiana enters the season as the conference favorite followed by Nebraska, Ohio State and Michigan State. Illinois and Michigan were picked in a tie for fifth.
TRIO NAMED 2014 CAPTAINS
Josh Dezse, Greg Greve and Tim Wetzel have been named captains of the 2014 Ohio State baseball team, head coach Greg Beals announced Feb. 7. The trio, selected as captains by their teammates, has combined to appear in 318 career games entering 2014.
B1G TOURNAMENT EXPANDS TO EIGHT
The conference office announced Feb. 7 that the Big Ten Baseball Tournament will feature an eight-team field for the first time in conference history, beginning with the 2014 event. The 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament will be held May 21-25 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., home of the College World Series.
The tournament’s double-elimination format will culminate with a single championship game on Sunday, with the winner earning the tournament title and the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. All eight teams will begin play in one of two brackets, with the No. 1, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 8 seeds appearing in one bracket and the No. 2, No. 3, No. 6 and No. 7 seeds appearing in the other bracket.
HEAD COACH Greg Beals
Head coach Greg Beals is the 11th head coach in Ohio State history and only the fourth in the last 60 years. He has a 344-282 career record and is in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach.
18th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 279-141 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 157-86 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
Ohio State has a Tuesday contest at No. 8 Oregon State before it opens its home slate with a three-game set against Siena March 14-16 at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.