March 7, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to South Carolina for five contests beginning Friday in Myrtle Beach.
The Buckeyes open the weekend with a noon matchup with Harvard Friday before taking on head coach Greg Beals’ former program, Ball State, at 11 a.m. Saturday. It will be Beals’ first matchup against his old school. Ohio State then takes on Coastal Carolina at 3 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. Monday before traveling to Charleston to face Charleston Southern at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The games Friday through Monday will be played at TicketReturn.com Field in Myrtle Beach.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State went 1-2 last weekend, falling to Connecticut, 5-2, and dropping a 3-2, 12-inning decision to Stetson before topping Central Michigan, 8-1, in the weekend finale Sunday.
The Buckeye pitching staff, led by Brian King (7 IP, 1 ER, 7 K in Sunday win), posted a 2.15 earned-run average on the weekend but the inability to get a timely hit and seven errors in the first two contests plagued the Buckeyes.
Harvard is 1-3 on the season, splitting two games against Bucknell and dropping two at nationally-ranked Virginia. Carlton Bailey leads the Crimson offensively, going 7-for-16 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Ohio State has won all 10 meetings with Harvard.
SCOUTING BALL STATE
Ball State has gone 5-4 to start the year after splitting a doubleheader against Morehead State on Monday. Cody Campbell is batting .364 with four doubles, a triple, nine runs scored and eight RBI.
Ohio State holds a 12-5 advantage in the all-time series with the Cardinals.
SCOUTING COASTAL CAROLINA
The Chanticleers enter the week with a 4-6 record after dropping two of three games last weekend. Left-hander Ben Smith is 0-1 in three starts on the season but has posted a 2.70 ERA.
The Buckeyes are 0-3 all-time against Coastal Carolina after dropping a pair of games last season.
SCOUTING CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
Charleston Southern is 6-6 on the season after picking up an 8-4 win over Savannah State Monday. Bobby Ison leads the Bucs offensively with a .372 average with three doubles, a home run, 12 runs scored and six RBI.
Ohio State and Charleston Southern have never met on the diamond.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Through three weeks of play, Ohio State has the third-best record in the Big Ten at 6-4. The Buckeyes rank high in several offensive categories including doubles (23, t-1st), triples (4, 2nd), stolen bases (27, 2nd), runs scored (64, 3rd), slugging percentage (.403, 3rd) and batting average (.289, 4th). Ohio State also ranks among the leaders on the mound, including strikeouts (91, 1st), earned-run average (2.99, 2nd) and opponent batting average (.232, 2nd).
Individually, Brad Hallberg and Tim Wetzel are tied for second with five doubles and Wetzel also sits tied for second with six stolen bases. Kirby Pellant is second in the conference with a pair of triples while Pat Porter is tied for the Big Ten lead with two home runs.
Brad Goldberg is third in the Big Ten with a 0.47 ERA and leads the conference in opponent batting average (.119) and strikeouts (22). Ryan Riga is tied for the Big Ten lead with six appearances while Goldberg and Brian King are tied for second in the conference with 19.0 innings pitched.
STETSON TOURNAMENT NOTES
• The Buckeyes went 7-for-10 in stolen base attempts in the three games.
• Brian King struck out a career-best seven batters in 7.0 IP to pick up the win Sunday against Central Michigan.
• The pitching staff posted a solid 2.15 ERA in the three games.
SOME MORE NOTES
• The Buckeyes are 6-2 on the season when scoring three or more runs and 6-1 when leading after seven innings.
• Ohio State is getting quality starts out of its rotation of Long, Goldberg and King. The trio has averaged over six innings per start and posted a 2.40 ERA.
• The Buckeyes have buckled down with runners on base, limiting opponents to a .209 batting average.
• Aaron Gretz has a career-best eight-game hitting streak while Ryan Cypret is sitting on a seven-game streak.
• Cypret has reached base in the last 10 contests while Tim Wetzel and Gretz have reached in the last nine and eight games, respectively.
• Brett McKinney has been lights out in his last three appearances, tossing 9.0 scoreless frames, allowing four hits while striking out 12.
• Joe Ciamacco is a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts in 2013 to move his career total to 21-for-21.
• Gretz has four doubles already this year after three as a freshman last season and Wetzel has a career-high five doubles after registering seven over his first two campaigns.
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 305-260 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 opens its home slate with three games against Bryant March 15-17 at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Ohio State Edged by Kansas State, 3-2