Ryan Riga Picks Up Big Ten Pitcher of the Week Honor

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ryan Riga, a junior left-hander on the Ohio State baseball team, has been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The award is the second Pitcher of the Week honor for Riga after garnering the laurel Feb. 18.

Riga was brilliant in a complete-game shutout of No. 9 Oregon Saturday, striking out a career-high 10 while walking one and scattering five hits to improve to 2-0 on the season. The complete game shutout by Riga was the first by a Buckeye in exactly one year. Jaron Long tossed a three-hit shutout in an 11-0 win over Harvard March 8 of last season in Myrtle Beach, N.C. Riga’s 10-strikeout game was the first double-digit strikeout game since Brad Goldberg struck out 10 in 6.1 hitless innings in a win over Mount St. Mary’s Feb. 23, 2013.

The Buckeyes face No. 7 Oregon State at 8:35 p.m. ET Tuesday in Corvallis.

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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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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.

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