Jody Victor: The Buckeyes have their first Tuesday game during the conference season this week as they host the 36-7 and 10th-ranked Louisville Cardinals tonight at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The two-game series will conclude Wednesday with a 2 p.m. first pitch at Bill Davis Stadium. Ohio State is 24-15 overall.
The Louisville games start a season-long six-game home stretch of games. Illinois comes to town for a key weekend series and then the Buckeyes will entertain Ball State next Wednesday (May 12) in a 6:35 p.m. game.
The series between Ohio State and Louisville started in 1988 in coach Bob Todd's first year. Ohio State took two of three from the Cards in a season-opening trio of games in Louisville that year. In 1992, Ohio State won, 12-1, also in a game played in Louisville. Louisville has won the last three games to take a 4-3 lead in the all-time series.
Ohio State was defeated by Louisville twice last year at UL's very cool Jim Patterson Field. The Cardinals hit six home runs and as part of a 19-hit night in the Game 1, 21-5 win. Game 2 was won by the Cardinals, 12-7. All of Ohio State's runs were the results of five home runs, by Matt Streng, Zach Hurley, Justin Miller and tow by Michael Stephens.
In 2008, Ohio State and Louisville combined for 37 hits, 25 runs, five home runs and plenty of excitement as Louisville won, 13-12, at Bill Davis Stadium. Justin Miller led the Buckeyes with a career high five hits and five RBI. Louisville's Andrew Clark was 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs and Chris Dominguez had a pair of hist and three runs scored. Both took part in a three-home run fourth inning that gave Louisville the lead for good after trailing, 5-2.
Ohio State dropped its second consecutive Big Ten Conference series, 2-1, at Michigan over the weekend. The team got admirable pitching performances in the wake of Alex Wimmers' tweaked hamstring on Friday. The reshuffled lineup limited the Wolverines to a .220 batting average and a 4.15 ERA for the series.
Tonight's game with Louisville will be replayed on the Big Ten Network at 12 a.m. Wednesday morning and again at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. For more info on this and other games go to osu.edu.