Feb. 28, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team heads to DeLand, Fla., for games against Connecticut, Stetson and Central Michigan this weekend. The Buckeyes face the Huskies at 1 p.m. Friday, Hatters at 7 p.m. Saturday and Chippewas at 11 a.m. Sunday at Melching Field at Conrad Park.
ON THE BUMP
Fri.: RHP Jaron Long (1-0, 3.09)
vs. LHP Anthony Marzi (0-2, 11.05)
Sat.: RHP Brad Goldberg (2-0, 0.00)
vs. RHP Josh Powers (0-1, 2.92)
Sun.: LHP Brian King (1-1, 3.75)
vs. LHP Rick Dodridge (1-1, 1.46)
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State went 4-0 last weekend in games against South Dakota State and Mount St. Mary’s in Port Charlotte, Fla., tallying 41 runs and allowing 10 over the three days.
The Buckeyes hit .372 as a team and recorded a team earned-run average of 2.00 for the weekend.
Connecticut is 3-3 on the season after winning a pair of games last weekend in Orlando, Fla. Outfielder Eric Yavarone leads the Huskies with a .385 average with a home run, five RBI and two runs scored while Carson Cross is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 11 strikeouts over 13.0 innings pitched in two starts.
Ohio State holds a 7-3 advantage in the all-time series with Connecticut after defeating the Huskies, 9-5, last season in Clearwater, Fla.
Stetson has posted a 2-4 record through six games after dropping a series against Maine last weekend. Patrick Mazeika is batting .545 with a double, four walks, three RBI and two runs scored while Josh Powers is 0-1 with a 2.92 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 12.1 innings pitched over a pair of starts.
Ohio State holds a narrow 6-5 advantage all-time against the Hatters. The teams last played in 2001, a 13-5 Buckeye win in Jacksonville, Fla.
SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Central Michigan is 2-5 in 2013 after dropping a series at Western Kentucky last weekend. Outfielder Nick Regnier is hitting .379 with two doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and five runs scored while right-hander Jordan Foley is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 15 strikeouts over 13.0 innings pitched.
Ohio State and Central Michigan have split six all-time meetings on the diamond with Ohio State winning the last meeting, 16-7, in 2009 in Winter Haven, Fla.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Through two weekends of play, Ohio State has the best record in the Big Ten at 5-2. The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in batting average (.316), slugging percentage (.430), runs scored (52), hits (77), RBI (47), total bases (105) and are tied with Michigan for the Big Ten lead with 19 stolen bases. On the mound, the Buckeyes have struck out the most batters in the Big Ten (66) while tallying the second-best opponent batting average (.221) and third-best ERA (3.38).
Individually, Pat Porter is tied for the Big Ten lead in home runs (2) and runs scored (8), tied for second in RBI (8) and third in total bases (16) while Brad Hallberg is tied for the conference lead in runs scored (8) and doubles (4). Troy Kuhn is tied for third with a .667 batting average while Greg Solomon is tied for second with eight RBI and Tim Wetzel is tied for second with five stolen bases.
Brad Goldberg is tied for the conference lead with a 0.00 ERA and two wins and leads the Big Ten with a .050 opposing batting average and 17 strikeouts. Trace Dempsey is tied for first in the Big Ten with a pair of saves while Brett McKinney is tied for second with five batters struck out looking.
TRIO EARNS B1G WEEKLY HONORS
Aaron Gretz, Brad Goldberg and Troy Kuhn, members of the Ohio State baseball team, combined to take all three Big Ten weekly awards, the conference office announced Monday. Gretz earned Big Ten Player of the Week laurels while Goldberg was named Pitcher of the Week for the second-consecutive week and Kuhn garnered Freshman of the Week honors.
Gretz, a sophomore from Apple Valley, Minn., made three starts on the weekend, going 5-for-10 with three doubles, six runs scored and three RBI as the Buckeyes went 4-0 in games against South Dakota State and Mount St. Mary’s. He reached base nine times in 14 plate appearances. Gretz is the first Ohio State Big Ten Player of the Week since Josh Dezse earned the honor Feb. 20 of last season.
Goldberg picked up the win after tossing 6.1 hitless innings and striking out a career-high 10 batters in a 13-2 win over Mount St. Mary’s Saturday night. The Buckeyes lost their combined no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning but the game was the first 10-strikeout game by a Buckeye since Alex Wimmers struck out 11 against Penn State in 2010. Goldberg has allowed two hits and struck out 17 over 13.1 scoreless frames this season.
In two games, Kuhn went 6-for-8 with a stolen base, four RBI and two runs scored. The infielder made his first two collegiate starts at third base against Mount St. Mary’s. The award is the first since Pat Porter was earned a Freshman of the Week honor April 9 of last season.
SNOWBIRD CLASSIC NOTES
• The Buckeyes hit .372 as a team while allowing opponents to hit just .171.
• Ohio State slugged .517 (14 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR) while reaching base at a .431 clip. The Buckeyes also were 14-of-16 in stolen base attempts and tallied a .980 fielding percentage.
• The Buckeyes struck out 41 batters over the for games while walking 13.
• Aaron Gretz, Tim Wetzel and Brad Hallberg each tallied three doubles on the weekend.
• Pat Porter and Wetzel were each a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.
SOME MORE NOTES
• Tim Wetzel’s three doubles vs. South Dakota State Feb. 23 are tied for the most in a single game in the Big Ten this season.
• The Buckeyes have struck out 66 batters to just 26 walks this season and are 19-of-22 in stolen base attempts.
• Ohio State is 5-1 when leading after seven innings.
• Ryan Cypret and Pat Porter have reached base safely in all seven contests.
• Aaron Gretz’s three doubles in two weekends this season tie his mark from all of last year.
Dezse finished second on the team with a .306 batting average and five home runs to go along with nine doubles, 33 RBI and 31 runs scored a season ago. The Powell, Ohio, native also made 24 appearances on the mound, going 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA and tied for third in the Big Ten with seven saves as he allowed opponents to hit a paltry .188.
BUCKS PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State was selected fourth in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll, the conference office announced Feb. 12. In addition, Josh Dezse, Brad Goldberg and Jaron Long have been named players to watch.
Indiana enters the season as the conference favorite followed by Nebraska, Michigan State, Ohio State, Minnesota and Illinois.
HEAD COACH Greg Beals
Head coach Greg Beals is the 11th head coach in Ohio State history and only the fourth in the last 60 years. He has a 304-258 career record and is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach.
17th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 263-130 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 150-82 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
Ohio State travels to South Carolina for four games in Myrtle Beach and another at Charleston Southern March 8-12.