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.