February 13, 2020

Ohio State Opens 137th Season at Snowbird Classic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team opens its 2020 season this weekend at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Buckeyes take on Saint Joseph’s at 1 p.m. Friday before facing Pittsburgh at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Indiana State at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The Friday and Sunday contests will be played at North Charlotte Regional Park with the Saturday matchup against the Panthers at CoolToday Park the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves.

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 297-230-1 overall at Ohio State and holds a 540-432-1 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 2020season with 14-straight road games. The Buckeyes will play in the state of Florida twice and will also visit Georgia and Tennessee.
  • The Buckeyes are 17-5-1 during the opening weekend in the last six years.
  • The Buckeyes are 27-10 all-time at the Snowbird Classic and have played in Port Charlotte, Fla., for the last 10 years. Ohio State has gone undefeated at the Snowbird three times (2015, 2017 and 2019).
  • The Scarlet and Gray have won their season opener six-consecutive seasons.
  • 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.

ON THE BUMP
Fri. – RHP Garrett Burhenn (OSU) vs. RHP Jordan DiValerio (SJU)
Sat. – LHP Seth Lonsway (OSU) vs. RHP Mitch Myers (Pitt)
Sun. – LHP Griffan Smith (OSU) vs. RHP Connor Cline (ISU)

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
SAINT JOSEPH’S
2019 Record: 21-28
Top Returning Hitter: Brendan Hueth, .308, 7 2B, 1 HR, 42 R
Top Returning Pitcher: Jordan DiValerio, 5-5, 3.80 ERA, 12 GS, 73.1 IP, 67 K

PITTSBURGH
2019 Record: 21-34
Top Returning Hitter: Nico Popa, .353, 15 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 46 R, 39 RBI
Top Returning Pitcher: Billy Corcoran, 2-6, 3.80, 20 G, 11 GS, 68.2 IP, 54 K

INDIANA STATE
2019 Record: 43-18 (Nashville Regional)
Top Returning Hitter: Max Wright, .296, 8 2B, 4 HR, 36 RBI
Top Returning Pitcher: Collin Libertore, 10-2, 2.96 ERA, 16 GS, 103.1 IP, 80 K

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.

Carpenter, a fifth-year senior, has appeared in 67 games, including 41 starts as a redshirt junior a season ago. A native of Aurora, Ohio, Carpenter hit .257 with eight doubles, two triples 25 runs scored and 15 RBI as the Buckeyes won the Big Ten Tournament and advanced to an NCAA Regional in Nashville in 2019. Carpenter is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Dingler, selected a team captain as a sophomore last season, was named second team All-Big Ten and earned Big Ten All-Tournament team recognition in 2019 after being selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2018. The North Canton, Ohio, native has appeared in 102 career games, including 88 starts, totaling 17 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 62 runs scored and 36 RBI in two seasons. The backstop is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a 2019 Academic All-Big Ten selection.

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.

Dingler, now a two-time team captain, was named second team All-Big Ten and earned Big Ten All-Tournament team recognition in 2019 after being selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2018. The North Canton, Ohio, native has appeared in 102 career games, including 88 starts, totaling 17 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 62 runs scored and 36 RBI in two seasons. The backstop is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a 2019 Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Burhenn went 6-4 with a 3.96 ERA on his way to Big Ten All-Freshman team honors. The Indianapolis native struck out 69 and walked 31 in 91.0 innings pitched as the Buckeyes Friday-night starter. Burhenn notched a quality start in 11 of 15 starts.

Lonsway, a Second Team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball, voted a First Team Freshman All-American by Perfect Game/Rawlings and a Second Team Freshman All-American by Baseball America and the NCBWA and a season ago. Lonsway, a Third Team All-Big Ten selection and member of the Big Ten All-Freshman and All-Tournament teams last year, went 8-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 92.1 innings pitched over 17 starts. The left-hander led all Division I freshmen with 126 strikeouts and struck out 71 batters in Big Ten play, the most of any conference pitcher.

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 540-432-1 all-time and 297-230-1 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 will travel to Atlanta to take on No. 21 Georgia Tech in a three-game set Feb. 21-23.