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.