Jody Victor® : No. 26 Ohio State Hosts No. 24 Kent State Wednesday

Jody Victor: Ohio State made the most of its opportunities and received a fine pitching performance from three players to win its third consecutive game and its second of this series with a 5-3 win Saturday over Michigan State at sunny but chilly Bill Davis Stadium. The No. 28 Buckeyes are now 25-7 on the season and 5-3 in the Big Ten. Michigan State dropped to 11-20 and 3-5.

Alex Wimmers is the Big Ten pitcher of the week this week, the third time this season the sophomore from Cincinnati and Archbishop Moeller High School has claimed the Big Ten's weekly award.

Wimmers was named co-pitcher of the week for his two-hit, 11-strikenout command performance in a 6-1 win over Michigan State Friday at Bill Davis Stadium. He shared the award with Indiana's Eric Arnett.

As big a mid-week game as we'll have at Bill Davis Stadium this year take place at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday as the 26-7 Ohio State Buckeyes host 24-7 Kent State University, a team predicted to win the MAC and make the NCAA tournament.

Ohio State comes into the game ranked 26th by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and 28th by PING! Baseball and Kent State is ranked 24th by Collegiate Baseball. The two teams have numerous other similarities:

* Ohio State has won 14 Big Ten Conference regular season championships, eight Big Ten tournament championships and has participated in the NCAA tournament 18 times, including 12 times under the direction of coach Bob Todd.

* Kent State has won nine Mid American Conference championships, six MAC tournament titles and participated in an NCAA tournament eight times, including once under fifth-year coach Scott Stricklin.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor