Jody Victor®: Ohio State Hosts Marshall Tonight

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Ohio State hosts Marshall at 6:35 pm tonight before traveling to Athens to take on Ohio at 6:05 pm Wednesday at Bob Wren Stadium. The Buckeyes then host rival Michigan in a three-game Big Ten series starting Friday at Bill Davis Stadium.

The Buckeyes dropped a series at Penn State over the weekend. Drew Rucinski tossed seven innings, giving up a run on five hits while striking out four to pick up the win in the first game. Tyler Engle went 6-for-10 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored while reaching base nine times in the three games.

The Buckeyes sit in a five-way tie for fourth at 6-6 in the Big Ten, only one game back of the leaders halfway through the conference slate.

Ohio State's lineup features five batters with averages over the .300 mark while Rucinski leads the Big Ten with a 2.22 earned-run average. Some more stats:

* Ryan Cypret leads the team with a .351 batting average while Josh Dezse leads with 38 RBI and Brian DeLucia is tops with 27 runs scored.

* Ohio State has the best batting average (.324) and best on-base percentage (.390) of any team in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes also lead the conference with 82 runs scored in conference play.

* The Buckeyes' five key relievers (Armstrong, Fathalikhani, Dezse, Minium and Strayer) have combined to go 7-4 with a 4.25 ERA and *) strikeouts in 91 innings pitched.

* Dezse is batting .404 with three doubles, two triples, a home run and 14 RBI in Big Ten play.

Marshall is 15-23 on the season with a 2-10 record in Conference USA play. Kenny Soccoro leads the Thundering Herd with a .319 batting average while driving in 17 runs and scoring 22. Shane Farrell is 2-1 with a 3.54 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched.

The Buckeyes hold a 16-2 lead in the all-time series with Marshall but have dropped two of the last three, splitting the two meetings last season.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: Buckeyes Host Bowling Green Wednesday Night

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Ohio State hosts Bowling Green Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium in a 6:35 p.m. game and then travels to State College, Pa., for three games against Penn State this weekend.

The Wednesday game will be streamed live at while ESPN 1460 AM will carry all three games at Penn State.

8th grade fans and below can come out early for an Easter egg hunt on the concourse before the Bowling Green game. The hunt will begin 45 minutes before the start to the game and kids can win candy as well as different game experiences and prizes.

Ohio State is now 15-15 overall but more importantly, 5-4 in the Big Ten Conference and just a game behind co-leaders Michigan State and Indiana, each at 6-3.

The Buckeyes have won four of their last five games and have played extremely well during that span. Some five-game stats:

* The team has 19 extra base hits (3.8 per game) after averaging just 2.1 extra base hists the first 25 games of the season.

* The team has had four games with double-digit hits after having just nine in the first 25 games.

* Team batting average is .388

* Eight of nine starters in the field are hitting above .330, led by Josh Dezse (.625: 10-16), Brian DeLucia (.556: 10-18 with 10 runs scored). Tim Wetzel (.450: 9-20) and David Corna (.444: 8-18).

Under the direction of longtime head coach Danny Schmitz, Bowling Green is 13-19 on the season, 7-5 in the Mid-American Conference. The Falcons are coming off a series win against MAC West-leading Toledo. Junior Jon Berti leads the Falcons offensively with a .413 batting average to go along with four doubles, four triples, two home runs and 21 runs scored. Cody Apthorpe is 4-3 with a 4.14 ERA in 45.2 innings pitched on the mound.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: Ohio State Hosts Akron Wednesday

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A rare double header is on tap Wednesday as Ohio State plays host to the Akron Zips in a pair of seven-inning games. The teams had a game canceled March 8 in Forest City, N.C., because of rain so the coaches – Greg Beals at Ohio State and Pat Bangtson of Akron – agreed recently to play two games. Ohio State has had four games canceled because of bad weather conditions so far this season. In addition, Wednesday will be buck-a-burger night at Bill Davis Stadium.

Ohio State won the first game of a road series at Indiana over the weekend, 6-1, but dropped the next two to have its Big Ten record evened at 3-3. The Buckeyes are 11-14 overall. Akron dropped a third consecutive Mid-American Conference series to open the season last week vs. Central Michigan. The Zips are now 6-23.

Ohio State and Akron have met only 31 times on the ball diamond. The teams first met in 1890, back when Akron was known as Akron Bucktel. Ohio State leads the all-time series in wins, 20-11, but Akron has won two of the last three meetings: 7-3 in 2008 and 10-7 in 2010 sandwiched around a 7-3 Ohio State win in 2009.

The last seven games between the teams have been played at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus. Ohio State owns only a 4-3 edge in wins at BDS…perhaps because Akron coming to Ohio State has taken on a special significance of late.

Freshman centerfielder Tim Wetzel was named Big Ten Conference co-Freshman of the Week this week. The Mayfield, Ohio, native hit .466 for the week (7-for-15) with five runs scored. Wetzel had the first three-hit game of his career and first multi-RBI game Sunday against Indiana while extending his hitting streak to six consecutive games.

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Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: Buckeyes to Play Clippers at Huntington Park

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Tonight, for the first time in a long, long time, Columbus' Division I baseball team, the Ohio State Buckeyes, will meet its Triple-A affiliate from the International League, the Columbus Clippers, in an exhibition baseball game. Game time at Huntington Park is set for 6:35 p.m.

The game between the Buckeyes and the Clippers is an exhibition contest. And with that, there will be some exhibition rules in place.

* The Clippers will supply the pitchers for both teams. With a much deeper bench and staff, and with the Buckeyes coming off a three-game weekend series and looking at a game the following day (Wednesday vs. Miami) and a Big Ten weekend series at Indiana looming, it is most advantageous for the rest of Ohio State's week to let the Clippers' pitchers do the pitching. It's typical, too.

* Both teams will use wood bats. The new BBCOR bat standards have decreased the size of the sweet spot for the college game bats, making them function more like a wooden bat. Still, the Buckeye hitters will use wooden bats, just like the Clippers. The Clippers will supply.

* WMNI 920 AM will carry the audio broadcast of the game.

Less than 24 hours after the game with the Clippers, Ohio State will host Mid American Conference foe Miami in a 6:35 p.m. game at Bill Davis Stadium. This will be the Redhawks' first visit to Bill Davis Stadium in five years. The two teams last played on April 5, 2006, a 9-2 Ohio State win. The teams have met just five times in the last 30 years…all Ohio State wins. Miami last defeated Ohio State on the ball diamond on April 8, 1980, 7-3, in a game played at Troutman Field.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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