Ohio State Travels to West Virginia Tuesday, Hosts Ball State Wednesday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to West Virginia Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. before returning home to host Ball State at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.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 bounced back from a 5-4 series-opening defeat to top Penn State, 7-0 and 12-6, in the final two games to win the series last weekend in Columbus.

The Buckeyes hit .337 as a team in the series and were paced by Nick Sergakis, who went 8-for-13 with a double, a home run, five RBI and five runs scored. Josh Dezse went 5-for-11 with a double, three home runs, seven RBI and six runs scored in the three-game set while Greg Greve tossed a complete-game shutout in the Saturday contest.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Offensively, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in runs scored (3rd, 187), doubles (2nd, 59), triples (2nd, 13) and home runs (t-2nd, 14). On the mound, the Buckeyes rank in ERA (4th, 3.42), strikeouts (4th, 213) and saves (t-4th, 8).

Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson sits sixth with a .355 average while Troy Kuhn is tied for third with four home runs, tied for eighth with 23 RBI, tied for second with 29 runs scored, tied for eighth with nine doubles and tied fifth after getting hit nine times.

Tanner Tully ranks fifth with a 2.15 ERA while Zach Farmer is tied for second with five wins and Trace Dempsey is tied for sixth with four saves.

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Jody Victor

Ohio State Comes Back in the Ninth but Falls, 3-2, at East Carolina

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a narrow 3-2 decision to East Carolina in the finale of the Keith LeClair Classic Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 7-3 on the season while the Pirates improve to 6-5.

The Buckeyes almost tied it in the top of the ninth against East Carolina closer Drew Reynolds. Troy Montgomery doubled to left to lead off the inning before a single through the right side by Aaron Gretz scored Montgomery to cut the lead to one. After Jake Brobst pinch-ran for Gretz, Craig Nennig singled through the right side and Wetzel sacrificed both runners over with one down. However, Reynolds got Kuhn to fly out to shallow left and Porter to fly out to center to end the game.

Farmer suffered the loss, allowing three runs, two earned on three hits over 5.0 innings pitched. Tully pitched well in relief, striking out a pair over 3.0 scoreless frames, while Ronnie Dawson went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Ohio State travels to nationally-ranked Oregon for a three-game set starting Friday.

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Jody Victor

No. 1 Buckeyes Top Indiana, 5-2, in B1G Opener

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team (15-0, 1-0 Big Ten) netted a 5-2 victory over No. 58 Indiana (7-6, 0-1 Big Ten) Monday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind. The victory over the Hoosiers extended the Buckeyes’ regular-season conference win streak to 83-consecutive matches, which dates back to the 2005 campaign.

Senior Peter Kobelt (New Albany, Ohio) claimed match point for the second time in three days, defeating Sam Monette 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 at No. 1 singles to improve to 9-1 in the dual season.

In doubles action, the No. 2 duo of Kobelt and Kevin Metka (Worthington, Ohio) were first off court, defeating Daniel Bednarczyk and Sam Monette 8-7(7-3) on No. 1, saving a match point when serving down, 6-7. Redshirt junior Hunter Callahan (Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania) and freshman Herkko Pollanen (Helsinki, Finland) then fell to Sven Lalic and Dimitrije Tasic on court No. 2, 8-3. The doubles point came down to court No. 3, where redshirt sophomore Chris Diaz (Columbus, Ohio) and redshirt freshman Ralf Steinbach (Halle, Germany) fell to Stefan Lugonjic and Chris Essick, in a close 8-7 (7-5) finish.

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Jody Victor

Ohio State Heads to Orlando to Face UCF, The Citadel and Oklahoma

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to Orlando, Fla., this weekend for the UCF Tournament. The Buckeyes take on host Central Florida at 7:05 p.m. Friday before facing The Citadel at 12:05 p.m. Saturday and Oklahoma at 10:05 a.m. Sunday at Jay Bergman Field.

Live results for all three contests and 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
The Buckeyes opened the 2014 season by splitting four contests last weekend in Port Charlotte, Fla. Ohio State picked up an 8-2 win over Connecticut in the opener and followed that up with a 1-0 victory over Auburn before dropping 7-3 and 8-6 decisions to Indiana State to close the weekend.

Junior left-hander Ryan Riga tossed 6.0 scoreless innings, striking out three to pick up the win over Auburn. Freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson went 5-for-8 with a double, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored while senior outfielder Tim Wetzel went 4-for-11 with three doubles, three RBI and two runs scored.

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Jody Victor

Trace Dempsey Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior right-hander Trace Dempsey has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award watch list, the association announced Tuesday. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.

The NCBWA and Louisville Slugger preseason All-American garnered multiple All-America laurels a season ago and after he went 3-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 17 saves in 31 appearances. Dempsey, a first team All-Big Ten selection from Huntington, W.Va., struck out 28 and allowed opponents to hit .180 in 35.1 innings pitched. His 17 saves were the most in the Big Ten and finished one shy of tying Jake Hale’s Big Ten and Ohio State record of 18 set in 2009. Dempsey went 30.1 innings without allowing an earned run between Feb. 17 and May 17.

The Buckeyes open the 2014 campaign against Connecticut at 5 p.m. Friday in Port Charlotte, Fla.

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Jody Victor