COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hits the road for a three-game Big Ten series at Maryland Friday-Sunday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium in College Park, Md. Game one is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday with the middle game at 2 p.m. Saturday. The series concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Buckeyes (21-17, 4-5 B1G) will look to make a climb in the Big Ten standings after winning a home series over No. 24 Michigan last weekend, while the Terrapins (18-19, 5-4 B1G) return to league play following a road series win at Northwestern a week ago in Evanston.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Links to live stats can be found on the Ohio State baseball schedule on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The series can be heard on the radio on AM 1460 ESPN. Matt Andrews and Bob Spears will have the call. No information has been released on a web stream this weekend from Maryland.
ON THE BUMP
Friday: RHP Garrett Burhenn (5-1, 3.16 ERA) vs. RHP Hunter Parsons (6-2, 2.95 ERA)
Saturday: LHP Seth Lonsway (5-3, 3.88 ERA) vs. RHP Zach Thompson (1-4, 5.29 ERA)
Sunday: LHP Griffan Smith (3-2, 4.25 ERA) vs. RHP Trevor LaBonte (1-3, 5.85 ERA)
- Ohio State has won five of its last six games, including a ranked series win over the 24th-ranked Wolverines last weekend in Columbus.
- Friday will be the 13th meeting between Ohio State and Maryland. The two squads last me in April of 2016, as the Terrapins swept the Scarlet and Gray in a three-game series.
- Ohio State head coach Greg Beals is in his ninth season with the Buckeyes and 26thth season in coaching collegiately. He holds a 282-220-1 record at Ohio State and a 525-422-1 career record. Beals has guided the Buckeyes to NCAA Regionals in two of the last three seasons.
- The Buckeyes are coming off a successful weekend in which it took two of three games from then-first place Michigan to improve to 4-5 in league play. It marked the third straight home series win over the Maize and Blue. Ohio State is currently 10th in the league standings.
- The Scarlet and Gray hit .340 with four doubles, two triples and five homers against the UM staff, which came into the weekend as the top pitching team in the conference.
- Ohio State leads the league in hits (361), second in triples (11) and third in batting average (.277), slugging (.423) and RBI (203).
- The OSU pitching staff has combined for a 4.63 ERA, which is seventh in the league. The staff has struck out the third-most batters in the conference with 323 punch outs.
- Dominic Canzone was named the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week for his performance last weekend vs. Michigan. The junior hit .643 (9-for-14) with a double, triple, two homers, four runs scored and four RBI vs. the Wolverines. He hit .545 with 12 hits and seven runs scored to lead OSU to a 4-1 record last week.
- Canzone leads the Big Ten in runs scored (42) and hits (57). He is one of eight players in the nation hitting .360 or better with at least 40 runs scored and 10 home runs. Canzone is hitting .442 in Big Ten games this season.
- This marks the fourth week Ohio State has won a Big Ten weekly award.
- Brady Cherry is second in the league with 48 hits and fifth in the Big Ten with 33 RBI.
- Canzone is on a career-high 34-game reached base streak. It’s the longest streak by a Buckeye in three years.
- Right-handed pitcher Garrett Burhenn is 5-1 on the year with a 3.16 ERA. He has claimed a quality start in eight of nine this spring.
- The team welcomed 15 newcomers to the spring roster. Eleven Buckeyes have made their debuts, including nine freshmen.
Ohio State returns home to host a three-game Big Ten series vs. Iowa Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.