COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team welcomes Xavier and Cincinnati to Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium for a pair of midweek matchups. The Buckeyes will take on Xavier at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday before hosting Cincinnati at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a game that will be televised live on Big Ten Network.
The Buckeyes dropped two of three games against Nebraska over the weekend. Jaron Long earned the win Friday, tossing his second complete game in three starts, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out five to move to 3-1 on the season. Josh Dezse went 7-for-15 on the weekend with three doubles and two RBI while Greg Solomon went 4-for-9 with a triple, a home run, five RBI and three runs scored.
Xavier, under the direction of Scott Googins, enters the week with a 15-21 overall record. Mark Elwell is batting .317 with three doubles, 15 RBI and nine runs scored while Tres Eberhardt is hitting .304 with seven doubles, 17 runs scored and five RBI. Starter Vinny Nittoli is 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA and 24 strikeouts in nine starts.
Ohio State holds a 29-18 lead in the all-time series with the Musketeers after winning, 4-1, last season in Columbus.
Cincinnati has posted a 12-23 record on the season entering play this week. Justin Glass is batting .377 with 14 doubles, two home runs, 31 runs scored and 21 RBI while Joey Bielek is hitting .364 with 12 doubles, 21 RBI and 20 runs scored. Zach Morris is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 47.2 innings pitched.
Ohio State dropped the last meeting with Cincinnati, 11-5, in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge last season but still holds a 65-22-2 lead in the all-time series.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeyes enter the week with a 21-14 overall record, tied for fifth with a 6-6 ledger in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State ranks third in on-base percentage (.377), fourth in runs scored (211) and doubles (59), fifth in batting average (.274) and home runs (17), first in walks (168) and second in stolen bases (56).
Individually, Josh Dezse sits tied for seventh in the Big Ten with five home runs and ninth with a .442 on-base percentage while Ryan Cypret leads the Big Ten with 30 walks. Brad Hallberg is tied for third in the conference with 11 doubles. Kirby Pellant is second with 19 stolen bases while Joe Ciamacco sits eighth with 11. Tim Wetzel is tied for fourth in the Big Ten with 25 walks.
On the mound, Jaron Long sits fifth with a 2.31 ERA and seventh with 43 strikeouts. John Kuchno is tied for fifth with five wins while David Fathalikhani and Andrew Armstrong are tied for first in the Big Ten with 18 appearances.
Head coach Greg Beals is just the 11th head coach in Ohio State history and only the fourth in the last 60 years. He has a 290-243 career record and in his 10th season as a collegiate head coach.
16th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 256-127 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 147-82 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.