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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Following a 2-1 record at the Cox Diamond Invitational, the Ohio State baseball team returns to action Friday when it opens a six-game spring break trip at the Environmental Staffing Chanticleer Classic at Springs Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C. The week-long trip wraps up 17 road games to start the 2018 campaign.
Ohio State (7-4) will open play against High Point at 11 a.m. ET Friday. The Buckeyes will then play a doubleheader at 11 a.m. ET Saturday with one contest against the Panthers (5-6) before taking on No. 24 Coastal Carolina at 3 p.m. ET. The team concludes play in Conway, S.C., with a final game at 11 a.m. ET Sunday against the Chanticleers.
Following the game Sunday, the Buckeyes will have a day off in Myrtle Beach before traveling 74 miles north up the Carolina Coast to play two midweek games March 13-14 at UNC-Wilmington. Both contests vs. the Seahawks will start at 4 p.m. ET from Brooks Field.
Ohio State vs. High Point | Friday, March 9 | 11 a.m. ET | Spring Brooks Stadium
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Ohio State vs. High Point | Saturday, March 10 | 11 a.m. ET | Spring Brooks Stadium
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Friday vs. High Point: LHP Connor Curlis (2-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. LHP Jordan Sergent (1-0, 3.60 ERA)
Saturday G1 vs. High Point: RHP Yianni Pavlopoulos (1-1, 2.84 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Gottfried (0-2, 4.61 ERA)
Saturday G2 vs. Coastal Carolina: RHP Ryan Feltner (1-0, 6.75 ERA) vs. vs. RHP Zack Hopeck (0-2, 4.60 ERA)
Sunday vs. Coastal Carolina: RHP Adam Niemeyer (0-2, 8.03 ERA) vs. vs. LHP Anthony Veneziano (1-0, 3.31 ERA)
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Live stats links can be found by going to the schedule page of Ohio State Baseball on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter via @OhioState_BASE. There will be a video stream available for the first game against the Coastal Carolina. Fans with Buckeye Vision accounts will have access to the game. Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio, the official student radio station for OSU athletics, will be covering the two games vs. the Chanticleers. CCU audio also will be available Saturday and Sunday.
- This is the fourth trip to Coastal Carolina in the last seven years for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 7-5 in games played at a Coastal Carolina tournament under head coach Greg Beals. The team is 2-4 vs. the Chanticleers since 2012.
- Last weekend, the Buckeyes went 2-1 at the Cox Diamond Invitational in Pensacola, Fla. The team beat Nicholls State and No. 15 Southern Miss before dropping the finale vs. Eastern Michigan.
- This weekend marks the first time Ohio State will play in South Carolina since the 2016 campaign. The Buckeyes went 2-2 during the 2016 edition with a 1-1 mark vs. the Chanticleers, the eventual 2016 national champions.
- Ohio State is hitting .304 as a team with 86 runs scored, 21 doubles, seven home runs and 7-for-9 in stolen bases.
- The team ranks second in the Big Ten in runs scored (86), hits (119), and RBI (81), third in batting average (.304), on-base percentage (.397) and doubles (21) and fifth in slugging (.416).
- The OSU pitching staff has combined for a 4.26 ERA with 82 strikeouts and 35 walks in 95.0 innings pitched.
- Senior Noah McGowan is leading the team with a .409 average with 18 hits, including four doubles, one triple, three home runs and 20 RBI. He is tenth in the country in RBI.
- McGowan was named National Player of the Week after driving in a nation-best 13 RBI during the opening weekend Feb. 16-18.
- Junior starting pitcher Connor Curlis is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 16.2 innings pitched.
- Senior reliever Seth Kinker is 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA in five appearances. His three saves leads the conference. Senior reliever Curtiss Irving is 2-0 on the year in five appearances out of the bullpen.
- The game Friday will be the first meeting between Ohio State and High Point.
- Ohio State is 2-5 all-time vs. Coastal Carolina. Ohio State went 1-1 during the 2016 campaign highlighted by a 6-4 win over the eventual national champions Feb. 29 at Spring Brooks Stadium.
- The Scarlet and Gray are 1-1 all-time vs. UNC Wilmington. The midweek series will be the first trip for the Buckeyes to Brooks Field and first meeting between the two schools in 40 years.
- The 2018 Buckeyes return 22 letterwinners this season, including 13 members from the 2016 Big Ten championship team. The team welcomed 10 newcomers in the fall.
- The Scarlet and Gray will rack up the frequent flyer miles, opening the 2018 season with 17-straight road games. The Buckeyes will be in the state of Florida two times and will also visit Arizona, South Carolina and North Carolina. The team will fly a combine 7,516 miles across the country over the next five weeks.
- Dominic Canzone returns for his sophomore campaign after leading the Buckeyes at the plate with a .343 average last season. He was named a third team All-Big Ten selection.
- Kinker will anchor an experienced Buckeye bullpen this spring. Kinker posted a 2.95 ERA in 58.0 innings pitched in 2017.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
2018 Record: 5-6
Team Stats: .243, 16 2B, 3 HR, 20-for-26 SB, 4.24 ERA, 110 K, 49 BB
Top Hitter: Daniel Millwee, .400, 2 2B, 2 HR, 13 RBI
Top Pitcher: Drew Daczkowski, 1-1, 3.14 ERA, 20 K, 8 BB, 14.1 IP
Last Time Out: 0-2 at William and Mary (Weekend series in Williamsburg, Va.)
2018 Record: 10-3
Team Stats: .290, 35 2B, 19 HR, 23-for-30 SB, 3.55 ERA, 118 K, 44 BB
Top Hitter: Seth Lancaster, .311, 6 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI
Top Pitcher: Anthony Veneziano, 1-0, 3.31 ERA, 13 K, 3 BB, 16.1 IP
Last Time Out: 2-1 at Johnny Gardner Law Group Tournament
2018 Record: 9-3
Team Stats: .239, 20 2B, 14 HR, 13-for-16 SB, 3.08 ERA, 40 119 K, 37 BB
Top Hitter: Ryan Jeffers, .286, 5 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI
Top Pitcher: Alex Royalty, 2-0, 1.13 ERA, 20 K, 4 BB
Last Time Out: Swept four-game series at Princeton, powered 8 HR on the weekend
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