Jody Victor: Ohio State took a half-game lead in the Big Ten Conference race by defeating Penn State, 3-1, Friday at Bill Davis Stadium behind a record-tying pitching performance by All-American ace Alex Wimmers. The Buckeyes are now 7-3 in the Big Ten and 22-11 overall. Penn State is 2-8 and 15-22. Michigan, which is hosting Iowa this weekend, dropped both games of its Friday doubleheader and is in second-place with a 6-5 mark.
Wimmers, the terrific junior from Cincinnati's Archbishop Moeller High School, improved his record to 9-0 this season with a complete-game four-hitter that included 11 strikeouts. With the win, he ties the school record for the best start to a season that has been done only twice in 127 years of baseball at Ohio State. Doug Swearingen started 9-0 for Ohio State i 1982 and Scott Lewis opened 9-0 in 2003.
Wimmers, who is 18-2 the past two seasons, gave up two of the hits in the third inning – a double and a single – and they staked the Nittany Lions to a 1-0 lead. He also gave up a pair of two-out singles in the ninth. Wimmers did walk a season-high five batters, but his 10 strikeouts and scarce number of hits rendered that stat moot. The 10 Ks represented the 10th time in his career that he has struck out 10-or-more.
The Buckeyes came back to tie the score at 1-all with a run in the third. Zach Hurley led off with a double and he scored on Michael Stephens' two-out single.
Ohio State took the lead in the fourth on a Cory Rupert single and Matt Streng's RBI double.
Streng, a junior from Columbus and Upper Arlington High School, gave the Buckeyes some breathing room with a two-out home run to left field to increase a slim, 2-1, Ohio State lead in the sixth inning. It was the switch-hitting Streng's first home run of the season after hitting eight in his breakout 2009 season.
Penn State received a nice pitching effort from Steven Hill, who lasted 7.0 innings and gave up just three runs on eight hits. Hill walked three and struck out five. His record drops to 2-4. For more info on this and other games go to osu.edu.
Jody Victor: Ohio State hosts coach Pat Bangston and the Akron Zips at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at bill Davis Stadium. this is the third consecutive season the two schools have met on the ball diamond. The Buckeyes are coming off a 2-1 series win at Michigan State last weekend and enters with a record of 21-10 overall. Akron lost a MAC series to Eastern Michigan over the weekend in Akron and is now 15-19 on the season.
Ohio State and Akron are meeting for the 31st time in a series that was initiated in 1980. Ohio State leads the series, 20-10, including a 7-3 record for Bob Todd-coached teams. Bangston's Akron teams last defeated Ohio State, 7-3, in the second game of a double-header in 2008. Ohio State is 12-2 vs. Akron in games played in Columbus, a mark that includes a 4-2 record at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Buckeyes are in a tie for first place in the Big Ten Conference with Michigan after winning its series at Michigan State last weekend. The Buckeyes have won seven of their last 10 games. The team is collectively hitting a Big Ten best .337 (in all games) with seven every day players batting better than .320. The pitching staff has been on a role of late with another Big Ten best stat: a 4.65 team earned run average. For this and more info go to osu.edu.
Jody Victor: Ohio State pounded out 13 hits en route to a 10-8 victory over Indiana Sunday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium. With the win, Ohio State won the series and moved to 19-9 on the season, 4-2 in the Big Ten. Indiana dropped to 15-15, 3-3 in the Big Ten.
Buckeyes starter Dean Wolosiansky tossed six innings, giving up six hits and four earned runs while striking out three to even his record at 3-3 on the season. Theron Minium tossed the final three innings, striking out a pair, to earn his third save of the season.
Brian Delucia led the Buckeyes offensively, going 3 for 3 with four RBI and a run scored while Michael Stephens finished 2 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI.
For the second consecutive day, the Hoosiers got out to the early lead and once again, it was Micah Johnson sparking Indiana offensively. The freshman singled to lead off the ballgame, advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt and a ground-out to first, and scored on a two-out RBI single by Alex Dickerson as the Hoosiers took the 1-0 lead.
The Buckeyes answered right back to score four in the bottom of the first, getting to Indiana freshman starter Walker Stadler. After Zach Hurley singled to lead off the inning and Cory Kovanda flew out to center, Hurley was erased on a fielder's choice by Dan Burkhart and that is when the Ohio State rally started. Stephens followed Burkhart with a single and Ryan Dew walked to load the bases with two out. Cory Rupert then hit a swinging bunt down the third base line and the throw to first by Indiana catcher Dylan Swift tailed up the line and allowed Burkhart and Stephens to score. DeLucia then followed with a two-run single to give Ohio State the 4-1 lead after one. For the rest of the game highlights go to osu.edu.
Next up, the Buckeyes travel to East Lansing to face Big Ten leader Michigan State for a three-game series beginning this Friday.
Jody Victor: Ohio State hosts the Xavier Musketeers in the first night game of the season at Bill Davis Stadium Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. The Buckeyes are 1-0 at home this year, with a well-l=played, 4-3 win over Toledo coming last Tuesday.
Ohio State enters the game with a 16-8 record and a 2-1 mark in the Big Ten Conference after winning two of three last weekend at Northwestern. The Buckeyes continue Big Ten play this weekend with a three-game series against Indiana at Bill Davis Stadium. Xavier, under the direction of fifth-year coach Scott Googin, is 7-20 overall and 3-3 in the Atlantic Conference.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Xavier on the diamond, 27 wins to eight. The teams have split the last two meetings: Ohio State won, 9-7, last year and Xavier won, 4-3 in 2007. Each game was played at Bill Davis Stadium. The only other meeting between Ohio State and Xavier in the 23-year Bob Todd era came in 2000 in Jacksonville, Fla., a 5-0 Ohio State win.
Ohio State opened its home season last year against Xavier after 24 consecutive “road” games. The home team defeated Xavier, 9-7, before a nice crowd of 689 fans. The win improved Ohio State's record to 21-4 – which tied for the best 25-game start in school history – while Xavier fell to 13-9.
Ohio State started the season nationally ranked in four of the five major polls and stayed in the rankings for five weeks while building a 12-4 record. Since then, however, the team is just 4-4 and is unranked. The Buckeyes did open the Big Ten campaign on a good note, taking two of three from an always-tough-to-play Northwestern team in Evanston to hold down a share of the early Big Ten lead. Ohio State is 1-0 at home, 11-5 on neutral fields and 4-3 in away games so far this season.