Ohio State Welcomes Eastern Michigan, Dayton to Columbus for Midweek Contests

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts Eastern Michigan Tuesday and Dayton Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Both games are slated for 6:35 p.m. Live stats and a link to a live video stream can be found on the baseball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow twitter.com/OhioState_BASE for updates.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State was swept in three one-run contests over the weekend at Nebraska. The Buckeyes dropped the opener, 3-2, before suffering a 4-3 walk-off defeat in the middle game and a 2-1 loss, also on a walk-off, in the finale.

Ohio State starting pitchers allowed two earned runs over 22.0 innings pitched on the weekend while Nick Sergakis stood out offensively, going 4-for-10 with a run scored.

OSU VS. NEBRASKA NOTES
– Jacob Bosiokovic picked up his 10th multi-hit game of the season Sunday.
– The Ohio State starters in the series (Greg Greve, Tanner Tully and Jake Post) tossed 22.0 innings, allowing two earned runs (a 0.82 ERA) on 15 hits while striking out 10.
– Ryan Leffel extended his hitting streak to six games Saturday.
– Troy Montgomery picked up his fourth multi-hit game of the season while Nick Sergakis tallied his third Saturday.
– Tully pitched a career-high 7.1 innings, striking out a career-best six while allowing one run on three hits in the middle game.
– Post pitched very well but suffered the tough-luck loss to drop to 3-3 on the season after tossing a career-high 8.2 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits Sunday.
– The 1:45 game time Sunday marked the Buckeyes’ fastest game of the season and the quickest since a 1:43 game in a 1-0 defeat at Minnesota April 7 of last season.

GO BUCKS! GO BUCKS! GO BUCKS!

Jody Victor

Ohio State Welcomes No. 10 Louisville to Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium

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COLUMBUS, Ohio ? The Ohio State baseball team wraps up its non-conference slate when it takes on No. 10 Louisville at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes were swept by No. 6 Oregon in a three-game set over the weekend at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. After Friday?s game was postponed because of rain, the Buckeyes dropped the opening game of the Saturday doubleheader, 3-1, in 11 innings before falling in the nightcap, 4-0. The teams came back Sunday, with the Ducks edging Ohio State, 1-0.

The Buckeyes received excellent pitching, posting a 1.86 ERA against the Ducks, but were unable to get anything going offensively. Brad Goldberg allowed one unearned run on four hits and struck out six in 7.0 innings in the opener and Jaron Long surrendered one earned run on seven hits while striking out a career-high nine in 7.0 innings of a tough-luck loss in the finale.

SCOUTING LOUISVILLE
Louisville enters the week ranked 10th nationally with a 42-10 record, 17-4 in Big East play. Ty Young leads the Cardinals at the plate, posting a .374 average with 11 doubles, seven triples, four home runs, 52 RBI and 46 runs scored. The Buckeyes will face right-hander Kyle Funkhouser, who has gone 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 39.2 innings pitched.

The Cardinals hold an 8-3 advantage over the Buckeyes in the all-time series.

GO BUCKS GO BUCKS GO BUCKS

Jody Victor

Ohio State Welcomes Toledo for Home Finale on Columbus City Schools Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts Toledo in its home finale on Columbus City Schools Day at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

The Buckeyes took two of three games over the weekend against Seattle. Ohio State won the opener, 4-1, and finale, 7-2, while dropping the middle game, 11-1. Jaron Long allowed one earned run over 7.0 innings to pick up the win Friday while John Kuchno gave up two earned runs over a career-high 7.0 innings to earn his team-high eighth win Sunday. Brad Hallberg went 5-for-10 with a double, a triple and three runs scored against the Redhawks.

ON THE BUMP
RHP Brett McKinney (4-5, 4.21 ERA)
vs.
RHP Jared Locke (3-6, 4.99 ERA)

SCOUTING TOLEDO
Toledo, under the direction of ninth-year head coach Cory Mee, enters the week with a 27-24 overall record, 16-8 in Mid-American Conference play. Wes White leads the team with a .371 batting average while Joe Corfman is batting .335 with 13 doubles, a triple, three home runs and a team-high 49 runs scored.

Ohio State holds a 26-6 lead in the all-time series including a 13-1 win March 10 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeyes enter the week with a 30-22 overall record. Ohio State currently sits sixth in the Big Ten Conference with an 11-10 ledger, a game up on Minnesota and two games up on Illinois for the last Big Ten tournament spot heading into the final weekend. The Buckeyes rank fourth in on-base percentage (.372), tied for fifth in runs scored (287) and sixth in batting average (.268). Ohio State leads the Big Ten with 249 walks and 80 stolen bases.

Individually, Josh Dezse sits eighth with a .434 on-base percentage while Brad Hallberg is tied for fifth with 14 doubles. Tim Wetzel is tied for tops in the Big Ten with 38 walks while Ryan Cypret sits fourth with 35. Kirby Pellant sits second with 28 stolen bases and Joe Ciamacco is tied for eighth with 14.

On the mound, Jaron Long ranks in several categories, including ERA (1.85, 2nd), innings pitched (92.1, t-2nd) and wins (6, t-9th) while John Kuchno is tied for first with eight wins and Josh Dezse is tied for second with seven saves. Andrew Armstrong leads the Big Ten with 29 appearances and David Fathalikhani is second with 27.

In addition, the Buckeyes rank seventh nationally in walks and Long sits 15th in walks per nine innings at 1.06.

Jody Victor

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.

SCOUTING OKLAHOMA STATE
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.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
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

Ohio State Drops Series Finale at Michigan State

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped its series finale at Michigan State, 10-5, Monday afternoon at McLane Stadium. With the loss, Ohio State falls to 14-12 on the season, 2-4 in Big Ten play, while Michigan State improves to 17-8, 2-1 in conference play.

The Buckeyes took the early 3-0 lead on three hits in the top of the first. Tim Wetzel singled to lead off the game, stole second and after a fly out by Ryan Cypret, advanced to third when Brad Hallberg struck out but reached on a wild pitch. Josh Dezse followed with an RBI single, then Patrick Porter notched an RBI double to deep right and David Corna plated Dezse with an RBI groundout.

However, Michigan State responded with an eight-run bottom of the first against Ohio State starter Brett McKinney. The Spartans used a double, four singles, three walks and a Buckeye error to take the 8-3 lead after one inning.

Ohio State tallied one in the top of the second when Kirby Pellant doubled to deep right with one out, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI groundout by Wetzel to make it 8-4 Michigan State.

Michigan State then pushed the lead right back to five runs at 9-4 in the bottom of the third on three singles and an RBI groundout by Ryan Jones.

Ohio State answered with a run of its own to cut the lead to 9-5 in the top of the fifth. Hallberg walked with two out, Dezse followed with a single and then Porter plated Hallberg with an RBI single to left. Corna then singled to right to load the bases and chase Michigan State starter Mike Theodore in favor of reliever Jeff Kinley. Brad Hutton pinch-hit for Joe Ciamacco against the left-hander and hit the ball well but it was caught on the warning track in center by Anthony Cheky.

Both teams were then held scoreless until the Spartans pushed the lead to 10-5 in the bottom of the eighth when Torsten Boss tripled to right-center off Ohio State reliever Trace Dempsey and came around to score on an RBI double by Tony Wieber.

Dezse and Porter each had two hits for Ohio State while John Kuchno tossed 4.2 innings of relief, allowing one earned run.

Kinley picked up the win for Michigan State, tossing 4.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out six.

The Buckeyes travel to Oxford for a 6:30 p.m. game Wednesday against Miami (OH) before returning home for a three-game set against Minnesota over the weekend.

GAME NOTES
– The two teams combined for 15 runs after scoring a total of four over the first two contests.
– Josh Dezse tallied his seventh multi-hit game of the season while Patrick Porter added his third.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor