Buckeyes’ Season Ends With 6-2 Loss to Michigan State in Second Game of the Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 seed Ohio State baseball team topped No. 4 seed Nebraska, 6-2, in the first game of the day but fell to No. 5 seed Michigan State, 6-2, in an elimination game Friday afternoon at Huntington Park. The second game Friday was the Buckeyes’ third game in 24 hours as Ohio State concluded its season with a 33-27 overall record.

“It was very difficult coming back from the 7:05 p.m. game last night to play the two games starting at 12:05 p.m. today, but I’m really proud of how our guys responded,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “We played Purdue last night and Nebraska in the first game today and those are two tough ballgames to come back from. The team battled all day and I am proud of how we competed in this tournament but the bottom line is that our program needs to continue to grow from here.”

Game 1 vs. Nebraska

The Buckeyes took the lead with two in the bottom of the second against Nebraska starter Dexter Spitsnogle. Josh Dezse blooped a double down the right field line with one down, moved to third on a single to center by Patrick Porter and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by David Corna. After Kirby Pellant singled and Greg Solomon was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Tim Wetzel walked to score Porter for the 2-0 Ohio State lead.

Ohio State added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth against reliever Dylan Vogt when Pellant tripled into right-center to lead off the inning and Greg Solomon followed with an RBI single to left to push the lead to 3-0.

Nebraska threatened in the top of the fifth against Ohio State starter Brian King when a pair of errors put runners at the corners with one out but King induced a 6-4-3 double play by Chad Christensen to end the threat and preserve the 3-0 advantage.

The Cornhuskers were able to get on the board with a pair in the top of the sixth. Josh Scheffert walked to lead off the inning and scored on an RBI double to right-center by Richard Stock. Kash Kalkowski then chopped a single up the middle to plate Stock to cut the Ohio State lead to 3-2.

The Buckeyes then responded with a run in the bottom of the seventh when Wetzel singled up the middle to lead off the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Cypret and came around to score on a two-base error by Scheffert at third base on a ground ball by Brad Hallberg.

Ohio State added two more against Nebraska reliever Travis Huber in the bottom of the eighth. Corna singled through the left side to lead off the inning and Pellant followed with his second triple of the day to right-center to score Corna. Solomon then capped the scoring at 6-2 with a sacrifice fly to center to plate Pellant.

The Ohio State bullpen took over for King in the seventh as Greg Greve tossed 1.2 scoreless innings and Andrew Armstrong recorded the final out of the eighth before Dezse pitches a scoreless ninth to end it.

Pellant finished the game 3-for-3 with two triples, two runs scored an RBI and a career-high seven total bases. King picked up the win to move to 5-5 on the season, allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out four over 6.0 innings pitched.

Game 2 vs. Michigan State

After two scoreless innings, the Buckeyes threatened against Michigan State starter David Garner with runners at the corners and two out in the top of the third after Aaron Gretz singled with one down and Cypret reached on an infield single. However, the Spartans were able to sniff out a first and third play as Cypret got in a rundown between first and second and Gretz was caught off third base to end the inning.

Ohio State starter Trace Dempsey loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the frame but the freshman right-hander induced a 6-4-3 double play by John Martinez to keep the game scoreless.

The Spartans threatened again in the bottom of the fourth, putting the first two on base on a walk and a single but Joel Fisher was unable to get a sacrifice bunt down and struck out and Anthony Checky and Ryan Jones followed with fly outs to end the rally.

Ohio State took the lead in the top of the fifth when Corna reached on an infield single to lead off the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pellant and scored on a single through the left side by Gretz. After Wetzel flew out, Cypret reached on an error and Hallberg walked to load the bases with two down before Mike Carroll lined a single into right to score Gretz but Cypret was thrown out from right field by Jimmy Pickens as the Buckeyes took the 2-0 advantage.

The Spartans answered right back to tie it with two in the bottom of the frame. Justin Scanlon was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and a Jordan Keur single but runners on first and second with nobody out. Scanlon then moved to third and, after a foul out by Martinez, Ryan Krill singled to center to make it a one-run game before Brett McKinney came on to relieve Dempsey. Pickens then doubled down the right-field line to score Keur and tie the game at 2-2.

Michigan State then took the lead with three in the bottom of the sixth. An Anthony Cheky walk and a single when Jones hustled on the throw put runners on second and third with nobody out for the Spartans before Keur drove in Cheky with an RBI fielder’s choice. McKinney was then relieved by Armstrong before Torsten Boss plated Jones with a sacrifice fly to left. After a single and a walk loaded the bases, Pickens was hit by a pitch to push the Spartan lead to 5-2.

After Garner recorded the first out of the seventh inning, Michigan State reliever Bryce Jenney came on to induce an inning-ending double play by Cypret before tossing a scoreless eighth.

Michigan State tacked on another run on a Krill single in the bottom of the eighth and Jenney came back out for the ninth, allowed a pair of baserunners but was able to get Cypret to foul out to end it.

Gretz went 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored while Dempsey pitched well in his second career start, allowing two earned runs while striking out a pair over 4.2 innings.

GAME NOTES
– Josh Dezse reached base safely in 53 of 58 games played this season.
– Kirby Pellant recorded his team-high third triple of the season in the fourth inning against Nebraska.
– Pellant tied his career high with three hits against Nebraska. He also recorded a career-best seven total bases.
– Gretz tallied a career-high three hits against Michigan State.
– Andrew Armstrong finished his career tied for second on the Ohio State all-time list with 92 appearances.
– Kirby Pellant finished the season with 31 stolen bases, good for fifth on the OSU single-season list.
– The Buckeyes won multiple games in the Big Ten tournament for the first time since 2007.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

 

No. 6 Seed Ohio State Opens Big Ten Tournament Wednesday Against No. 3 Seed Penn State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team enters the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 6 seed against No. 3 seed Penn State at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday at Huntington Park in Columbus. If the Buckeyes win, they will take on No. 1 seed Purdue at 7:05 p.m. Thursday. If Ohio State loses, it will take on the loser of No. 4 seed Nebraska/No. 5 Michigan State at 12:05 p.m. Thursday.

All Big Ten Tournament games will be televised live on BTN.

TOURNAMENT INFO       
This is the third time the Big Ten Tournament will be contested at Huntington Park, after initially being held there in 2009. That 2009 tournament, won by Indiana, represented the first time since 1994 the Big Ten tournament was played at a neutral park and hosted by neutral parties – the Columbus Sports Commission and the Columbus Clippers, in addition to the Big Ten Conference. The tournament remained in Columbus in 2010 at Bill Davis Stadium before returning to Huntington Park in 2011.

TOURNAMENT TICKETS
Single-game tickets are $10 each for adults and $7 each for youth and senior citizens. Single-game VIP tickets, which are seated behind home plate and grant access to the Tansky Club Area, are $15 each. All-Tournament passes to the event’s 11 games cost $100 each. Tickets are available at the Huntington Park box office, www.columbussports.org, www.bigten.org and   www.ticketmaster.com.

BUCKEYES IN THE B1G TOURNAMENT
Ohio State has been one of the most successful teams in Big Ten Tournament play. The Buckeyes have won eight tournament titles – 1991-94-95-97 and 2002-03-05-07 – to rank second to Minnesota’s nine. Ohio State also ranks second in Big Ten Tournament wins (50), winning percentage (.589; 50-35) and most tournaments (25). When Ohio State failed to qualify for the 2010 Big Ten Tournament, it snapped a Big Ten record streak of 13 consecutive tournaments for the Buckeyes.

NOTES vs. 2012 TOURNEY TEAMS
Ohio State leads the all-time series with No. 1 Purdue, 138-59-1. Last tourney game: 2-1 OSU, 2006.
– Ohio State holds a 157-104 lead in the all-time series with No. 2 Indiana. Last tourney game: 13-3 IU, 2009.
– Ohio State leads the series with No. 3 Penn State, 56-34. Last tourney game: 10-3 OSU, 2007.
– Ohio State trails the all-time series with No. 4 Nebraska by a narrow 2-3 margin. Last tourney game: never met.
– Ohio State is 134-86-1 vs. No. 5 Michigan State. Last tourney game: 8-3 OSU, 2004.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

 

Ohio State Welcomes Toledo for Home Finale on Columbus City Schools Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts Toledo in its home finale on Columbus City Schools Day at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

The Buckeyes took two of three games over the weekend against Seattle. Ohio State won the opener, 4-1, and finale, 7-2, while dropping the middle game, 11-1. Jaron Long allowed one earned run over 7.0 innings to pick up the win Friday while John Kuchno gave up two earned runs over a career-high 7.0 innings to earn his team-high eighth win Sunday. Brad Hallberg went 5-for-10 with a double, a triple and three runs scored against the Redhawks.

ON THE BUMP
RHP Brett McKinney (4-5, 4.21 ERA)
vs.
RHP Jared Locke (3-6, 4.99 ERA)

SCOUTING TOLEDO
Toledo, under the direction of ninth-year head coach Cory Mee, enters the week with a 27-24 overall record, 16-8 in Mid-American Conference play. Wes White leads the team with a .371 batting average while Joe Corfman is batting .335 with 13 doubles, a triple, three home runs and a team-high 49 runs scored.

Ohio State holds a 26-6 lead in the all-time series including a 13-1 win March 10 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeyes enter the week with a 30-22 overall record. Ohio State currently sits sixth in the Big Ten Conference with an 11-10 ledger, a game up on Minnesota and two games up on Illinois for the last Big Ten tournament spot heading into the final weekend. The Buckeyes rank fourth in on-base percentage (.372), tied for fifth in runs scored (287) and sixth in batting average (.268). Ohio State leads the Big Ten with 249 walks and 80 stolen bases.

Individually, Josh Dezse sits eighth with a .434 on-base percentage while Brad Hallberg is tied for fifth with 14 doubles. Tim Wetzel is tied for tops in the Big Ten with 38 walks while Ryan Cypret sits fourth with 35. Kirby Pellant sits second with 28 stolen bases and Joe Ciamacco is tied for eighth with 14.

On the mound, Jaron Long ranks in several categories, including ERA (1.85, 2nd), innings pitched (92.1, t-2nd) and wins (6, t-9th) while John Kuchno is tied for first with eight wins and Josh Dezse is tied for second with seven saves. Andrew Armstrong leads the Big Ten with 29 appearances and David Fathalikhani is second with 27.

In addition, the Buckeyes rank seventh nationally in walks and Long sits 15th in walks per nine innings at 1.06.

Jody Victor

Ohio State Travels to No. 25 Oklahoma State for a Pair of Midweek Contests

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to Stillwater, Okla., for a pair of midweek games at No. 25 Oklahoma State. The Buckeyes and Cowboys square off at 7:30 p.m. ET Tuesday and Wednesday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

Ohio State swept Northwestern over the weekend to move into sixth place in the current Big Ten standings. After a rain out Friday, the Buckeyes swept a doubleheader Saturday by scores of 3-1 and 7-1 before taking the finale, 4-1, Sunday afternoon. Brian King took a perfect game into the eighth inning of the second game Saturday and finished with his first career complete game, allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out five. Kirby Pellant went 5-for-11 with a double and a pair of stolen bases while Patrick Porter went 4-for-9 with two runs scored and two walks.

SCOUTING OKLAHOMA STATE
Oklahoma State, under the direction of ninth-year head coach Frank Anderson, has posted a 28-18 record on the season, 13-8 in Big 12 Conference play. The Cowboys are 20-3 at home at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Robbie Rea leads the Cowboys in most offensive categories including batting average (.328), doubles (15), home runs (five), runs scored (27) and RBI (33). Left-hander Andrew Heaney leads the Oklahoma State pitching staff, going 7-1 with a 1.65 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 93.0 innings pitched.

Ohio State holds a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series after splitting a pair of games last season in Columbus.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeyes enter the week with a 27-20 overall record, sixth in the Big Ten Conference with an 11-10 ledger. Ohio State ranks third in on-base percentage (.376), fifth in batting average (.270) and tied for fifth in doubles (71). The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten with 231 walks and are tied for first with 73 stolen bases.

Individually, Josh Dezse sits fourth with a .452 on-base percentage while Brad Hallberg is tied for seventh with 12 doubles. Ryan Cypret is tied for tops in the Big Ten with 35 walks while Tim Wetzel sits third with 34. Kirby Pellant sits second with 25 stolen bases and Joe Ciamacco is tied for seventh with 14.

On the mound, Jaron Long ranks in several categories, including ERA (1.90, 3rd), strikeouts (57, 9th) and innings pitched (85.1, 1st) while John Kuchno is tied for second with seventh wins and Josh Dezse is sixth with six saves. Andrew Armstrong leads the Big Ten with 25 appearances and David Fathalikhani is second with 24.

In addition, the Buckeyes rank fourth nationally in walks and Long sits 19th in walks per nine innings at 1.05.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

Three Sign Free Agent Contracts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Buckeyes Michael Brewster, J.B. Shugarts and Andrew Sweat recently signed free agent deals with NFL teams after going unselected in last weekend’s NFL Draft.

Brewster, a four-year starter, signed with his home-state Jacksonville Jaguars, which is about 2 hours away from his home in Orlando. Shugarts and Sweat also stayed close to Ohio State, both signing deals with the Cleveland Browns.

Brewster, who graduated in December 2011 with his degree in strategic communications, is one of the finest centers to ever suit up for the Scarlet and Gray. A 2010 All-American and first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer, Mike was a four-year starter for the Buckeyes. He was named (with Mike Adams) as the team’s 2011 Jim Parker Award winner as the team’s outstanding offensive lineman. He was also one of four team captains as voted on by the players. He capped his Buckeye career in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl by making his 49th consecutive start, the second-longest streak in school history (Luke Fickell started 50 consecutive games). Brewster was named a game captain a team-high eight times this past season, including in six of the last seven games. He was named to the Rimington and Outland Trophy watch lists at the beginning of his senior season. Brewster was a Freshman All-American in 2008 after playing in 12 games and starting the final 10 games of the season. He went on to start all 13 games in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Brewster was the only junior in 2010 to be named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s outstanding center. He played in a total of 51 games.

A native of Washington, Pa., and a graduate of Trinity High School, Andrew will soon graduate from Ohio State with his degree in finance. He is in Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business, one of the most prestigious schools at the university. This past year Sweat’s efforts earned him second-team all-Big Ten Conference honors. He was named the team’s Randy Gradishar Award winner as the outstanding linebacker on the squad. He ranked second among Buckeyes with 72 tackles on the season, numbers that included a career-high 10 tackles vs. Michigan State and a career-high seven solo tackles vs. Indiana. He also had an interception vs. Akron. He had nine tackles vs. both Miami and Indiana. Sweat, who played as a true freshman in nine games in 2008, has started for the Buckeyes in parts of three years (19 career starts and 38 games played). He is the team leader in career tackles with 129. Selected as a game captain by the OSU coaches seven times this season, his peers voted him one of four season captains at the end of the regular season.

Shugarts, a family resource management major, made an immediate impact on this team as a true freshman four seasons ago and he capped his Ohio State career as a three-year starter at right tackle. Despite battling through a number of injuries early in his career, Shugarts started his 35th game when the Buckeyes played Florida in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. That start also represented his 44th game as a Buckeye. He started 12 times in 2011 and was chosen as a game captain for the season opener vs. Akron. J.B. was a four-year lettermen.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor