March 17, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts Akron at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday and Xavier at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes swept Siena in Columbus over the weekend, taking the opener, 8-5, Friday before winning both games of a Saturday twinbill, 7-3 and 7-1.
The Buckeyes hit .348 for the series, paced offensively by Troy Kuhn, who went 4-for-9 with two doubles, a home run, nine RBI and three runs scored. Ohio State boasted a 1.67 ERA over the three games, with Ryan Riga allowing one earned run over 7.0 innings to pick up the win Friday.
OSU VS. SIENA NOTES
– The Buckeyes hit .348 for the series and posted a 1.67 team ERA.
– Troy Kuhn tallied his second-career home run and a career-high five RBI in the opener.
– Jacob Bosiokovic tallied his fifth multi-hit game of the season, Zach Ratcliff earned his fourth, Josh Dezse picked up his third and Craig Nennig and Connor Sabanosh each recorded their second in the Friday game.
– Bosiokovic tallied his sixth multi-hit game of the season in the opener while Dezse notched his fourth in Game 1 Saturday while Ronnie Dawson notched his team-high seventh multi-hit game in the nightcap.
– Tanner Tully tied his career best with 4.0 innings pitched and set a career high with three strikeouts in the first game Saturday.
SOME MORE NOTES
– The Buckeyes are 7-0 when leading after seven innings and 10-2 when outhitting their opponent.
– Ohio State is 11-2 when limiting opponents to five runs or less.
– Tim Wetzel is hitting .417 (10-for-24) with runners on base.
– Michael Horejsei is limiting opponents to a .091 average (1-for-11) with runners on base while Jake Post has let opponents hit .172 (5-for-29) in the same situation.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeye pitching staff sits near the top of the Big Ten most pitching categories including opposing batting average (1st, .245), saves (t-2nd, 5), hits allowed (2nd, 137) and ERA (3rd, 3.29).
Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson sits third with a .393 average, fifth with a .536 slugging percentage and seventh with a .452 on-base percentage while Troy Kuhn is tied for fourth with two home runs, tied for fifth with 14 RBI, tied for 10th with a .476 slugging percentage and tied for first after getting hit eight times.
Akron is 7-8 on the season and is led offensively by Devan Ahart, who is batting .407 with two doubles, three home runs, 15 runs scored and nine RBI. Left-hander Pat Dyer is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 13.1 innings pitched.
The Buckeyes hold a 17-9 advantage in the all-time series with the Zips.
Xavier enters the week with a 10-6 record before hosting Ohio Tuesday afternoon. Outfielder Patrick Jones leads the Musketeers with a .342 average while left-hander Trent Astle is 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched over five appearances.
Ohio State holds a 29-19 lead in the all-time series with the Musketeers.
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.
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.
Admission is $11 for adults and $8 for seniors/youth in chairback reserved seats and $8 for adults and $5 for seniors/youth in general admission seating with kids 6 and under free of charge. Ohio State students are free with a valid Buck-ID. Tickets are available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and group tickets (10 or more) are also available starting at $4 when purchased in advance. Service fees may apply. For more information, contact Ohio State Ticket Sales at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or at AthleticSales@osu.edu.
Season tickets, Grand Slam Big Ten packages and Mini Plan package information can be found at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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 348-285 career record and is in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach.
18th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 282-141 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 hosts Michigan State in a three-game set to open Big Ten play this weekend. The series, originally scheduled for East Lansing but was moved because of unplayable field conditions, will have a 6:05 p.m. start Friday, with Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m.