April 25, 2019

Ohio State Hosts Iowa this Weekend at Bill Davis Stadium

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Ohio State Baseball Gameday2019 NCAA Tournament - Nashville Regional - Opening Round - vs. No. 2 Vanderbilt
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Date/TimeFriday, May 31, 2019 - 7 p.m. ET
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts Iowa in a key three-game Big Ten series this weekend at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes (23-18, 6-6 B1G) are currently tied for seventh in the league standings, while the Hawkeyes (24-15, 9-6 B1G) sit in fourth place at the midway point of Big Ten play. The series opens at 6:35 p.m. Friday with the middle game at 3:05 p.m. Saturday. The series concludes at 12:05 p.m. Sunday.

PROMOTIONS
Friday:
Ohio State stirrup socks to first 300 students and postgame fireworks
Saturday: Zach Farmer Memorial Game, first 1,000 fans receive baseball card set No. 3
Sunday: Bark in The Park, First 50 dogs that pre-register get an Ohio State puppy bowl (more info: go.osu.edu/BarkInThePark)

ZACH FARMER MEMORIAL GAME
The Zach Farmer Memorial Game will be on Saturday vs. the Hawkeyes. In the summer of 2015, the Buckeyes lost their teammate and friend Zach Farmer after his battle with leukemia. During his fight, Zach helped raise awareness for the bone marrow registry through Be The Match, starting a campus drive with help from his Buckeye teammates. The organization provides marrow transplants in the United States from volunteer unrelated donors to leukemia patients. Be The Match will be on hand in the concourse at Bill Davis Stadium Saturday from 2-4 p.m. and will accept volunteers to be swabbed for potential matches in the bone marrow registry.

FOLLOW THE ACTION
Links to live stats can be found on the Ohio State baseball schedule on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The series will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and can be heard on the radio on AM 1460 ESPN. Matt Andrews and Bob Spears will have the call.

ON THE MOUND
Friday:
RHP Garrett Burhenn (5-2, 4.21 ERA) vs. RHP Cole McDonald (3-3, 3.86 ERA)
Saturday: LHP Seth Lonsway (5-3, 4.83 ERA) vs. LHP Cam Baumann (3-2, 5.11 ERA)
Sunday: LHP Griffan Smith (4-2, 3.75 ERA) vs. RHP Grant Judkins (4-4, 1.88 ERA)

QUICK HITS

  • Ohio State has won seven of its last nine games, including a ranked series win over then-No. 24 Michigan April 13 in Columbus and a road series win at Maryland last weekend in College Park, Md.
  • Friday will be the 132nd meeting between Ohio State and Iowa. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 76-54-1. The two squads last met in the 2018 Big Ten Tournament with the Scarlet and Gray shutting out Iowa, 2-0, May 24 in an elimination game at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
  • Ohio State head coach Greg Beals is in his ninth season with the Buckeyes and 26thth season in coaching collegiately. He holds a 284-222-1 record at Ohio State and a 527-423-1 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 on the road at Maryland April 20-21. It marked the third Big Ten series win overall and second straight series win in league play.
  • The Scarlet and Gray hit .306 vs. the Terrapins with nine doubles, eight homers and 23 runs scored. The defense was stellar as the team did not commit an error in three games.
  • Ohio State is hitting .280 as a team and leads the conference with 398 hits. The Buckeyes rank second in homers (44) and third in batting average, slugging (.436), runs scored (242) and RBI (226).
  • The Buckeye bats have powered 25 home runs in the last 20 games.
  • The OSU pitching staff has combined for 4.86 ERA with 366 strikeouts in 370.0 innings of work. The pitching staff struck out 43 Maryland hitters in three games last weekend with a program-record 21 strikeouts in game two of the doubleheader last Saturday.
  • Ohio State is 11-7 at home this season. The team is hitting .302 at Bill Davis Stadium with 28 doubles, 10 triples and 19 homers.
  • Dominic Canzone leads the Big Ten in batting average (.375), runs scored (44) and hits (63). His reached base streak of 37 straight games is tied for the fifth-longest active streak in the nation.
  • Brady Cherry is second in the league with 54 hits and fourth in the Big Ten with 34 RBI.
  • Canzone is third in the league in homers, while Cherry follows in fourth with 10 long balls.
  • Griffan Smith is the reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after throwing a complete game with a career-high 10 strikeouts last Sunday at Maryland. Zach Dezenzo is the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week. He hit .533 (8-for-15) on the week with five runs scored, one double, two homers, four walks and six RBI.
  • The team welcomed 15 newcomers to the spring roster. Eleven Buckeyes have made their debuts, including nine freshmen.

UP NEXT
Ohio State hits the road for a midweek contest at Miami (Ohio) at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Oxford, Ohio.