Ohio State Travels to No. 25 Oklahoma State for a Pair of Midweek Contests

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to Stillwater, Okla., for a pair of midweek games at No. 25 Oklahoma State. The Buckeyes and Cowboys square off at 7:30 p.m. ET Tuesday and Wednesday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

Ohio State swept Northwestern over the weekend to move into sixth place in the current Big Ten standings. After a rain out Friday, the Buckeyes swept a doubleheader Saturday by scores of 3-1 and 7-1 before taking the finale, 4-1, Sunday afternoon. Brian King took a perfect game into the eighth inning of the second game Saturday and finished with his first career complete game, allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out five. Kirby Pellant went 5-for-11 with a double and a pair of stolen bases while Patrick Porter went 4-for-9 with two runs scored and two walks.

Oklahoma State, under the direction of ninth-year head coach Frank Anderson, has posted a 28-18 record on the season, 13-8 in Big 12 Conference play. The Cowboys are 20-3 at home at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Robbie Rea leads the Cowboys in most offensive categories including batting average (.328), doubles (15), home runs (five), runs scored (27) and RBI (33). Left-hander Andrew Heaney leads the Oklahoma State pitching staff, going 7-1 with a 1.65 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 93.0 innings pitched.

Ohio State holds a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series after splitting a pair of games last season in Columbus.

The Buckeyes enter the week with a 27-20 overall record, sixth in the Big Ten Conference with an 11-10 ledger. Ohio State ranks third in on-base percentage (.376), fifth in batting average (.270) and tied for fifth in doubles (71). The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten with 231 walks and are tied for first with 73 stolen bases.

Individually, Josh Dezse sits fourth with a .452 on-base percentage while Brad Hallberg is tied for seventh with 12 doubles. Ryan Cypret is tied for tops in the Big Ten with 35 walks while Tim Wetzel sits third with 34. Kirby Pellant sits second with 25 stolen bases and Joe Ciamacco is tied for seventh with 14.

On the mound, Jaron Long ranks in several categories, including ERA (1.90, 3rd), strikeouts (57, 9th) and innings pitched (85.1, 1st) while John Kuchno is tied for second with seventh wins and Josh Dezse is sixth with six saves. Andrew Armstrong leads the Big Ten with 25 appearances and David Fathalikhani is second with 24.

In addition, the Buckeyes rank fourth nationally in walks and Long sits 19th in walks per nine innings at 1.05.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor