Ohio State Wraps Up Road Swing with Tuesday Tilt at No. 7 Oregon State
March 11, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team concludes its 14-game road stretch to start the season when it takes on No. 7 Oregon State at 8:35 p.m. ET Tuesday in Corvallis, Ore.
Live stats and a live video and audio stream (Oregon State feed) 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 dropped two of three games over the weekend at No. 9 Oregon. Ohio State lost the opener, 8-2, before picking up a 5-0 win in the middle game and losing the finale, 20-4.
Junior left-hander Ryan Riga was brilliant in a complete-game shutout Saturday, striking out 10 while walking one and scattering five hits to improve to 2-0 on the season.
ON THE BUMP
RHP Jake Post (2-0, 0.84 ERA)
vs. RHP Jake Thompson (3-0, 1.42)
OSU AT OREGON NOTES
- Nick Sergakis tallied his first-career hit in an Ohio State uniform with an eighth-inning double in the Friday game.
- Adam Niemeyer struck out a career-best eight while allowing just one hit over 4.1 scoreless innings of relief Friday.
- The Buckeyes walked a season-high 10 times Saturday.
- 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.
- Ryan Leffel made his first-career start at first base Saturday after starting three games at third base as a freshman.
- Ronnie Dawson earned his team-high fifth multi-hit game of the season and Troy Montgomery notched his first-career triple and first-career multi-hit game Sunday.
SOME MORE NOTES
- The Buckeyes are 3-1 in one-run games.
- The Buckeyes are 5-0 when leading after seven innings and 7-1 when out-hitting their opponent.
- Tim Wetzel is hitting .529 (9-for-17) with runners on base.
- Michael Horejsei is limiting opponents to a .091 average (1-for-11) with runners on base while Travis Lakins has let opponents hit .182 (4-for-22) in the same situation.
- Wetzel is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak. During the streak, Wetzel has upped his batting average from .294 to .368.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeye pitching staff sits near the top of the Big Ten most pitching categories including opposing batting average (1st, .247), saves (2nd, 5) and hits allowed (t-1st, 106).
Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson sits fifth with a .390 batting average and fourth with a .457 on-base percentage and a .537 slugging percentage while Jacob Bosiokovic is tied for eighth with 11 RBI. Troy Kuhn has been hit by a pitch six times to tie for the lead in the Big Ten while Tim Wetzel is tied for fifth with a .455 on-base percentage.
Ryan Riga is tied for sixth in the Big Ten with 18 strikeouts and 10th with a 2.49 ERA while Greg Greve ranks 10th with 17 strikeouts. Riga, Greve and Jake Post sit tied for fifth in the conference with two wins and Trace Dempsey is tied for the Big Ten lead with four saves.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE
Oregon State enters the week with a 14-3 record and ranked No. 7 nationally by Collegiate Baseball. The Beavers are led offensively by Michael Conforto, who is hitting .396 with five doubles, two triples, 26 RBI and 14 runs scored while right-hander Jake Thompson is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 19.0 innings pitched over four appearances.
Ohio State is 1-3 all-time against the Beavers, dropping the last meeting, 4-3, in a 2005 NCAA Regional in Corvallis.
DEMPSEY, DEZSE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
Trace Dempsey and Josh Dezse have been named third team preseason All-Americans by Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball. Dempsey was named a third team relief pitcher while Dezse earned third team honors as a utility player.
Dempsey, also named an NCBWA preseason All-American, garnered multiple All-America laurels a season ago after he went 3-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 17 saves in 31 appearances. A first team All-Big Ten selection from Huntington, W. Va., Dempsey 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.
Dezse, a redshirt junior this season, sat out the 2013 season with a stress reaction in his back. As a sophomore in 2012, 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. 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.
ON THE ROAD
Ohio State plays its first 14 games on the road in 2014, opening the season against 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Connecticut Feb. 14 in Port Charlotte, Fla., before facing Auburn Feb. 15 and playing two contests to wrap up the weekend against Indiana State. The Buckeyes travel to Orlando, Fla., Feb. 21-23 to play host Central Florida, The Citadel and Oklahoma, an NCAA Super Regional team a season ago. Ohio State then hits the road to Greenville, N.C., Feb. 28-March 2 to take on Pittsburgh, Western Kentucky and East Carolina before concluding the road string with a three-game set at sixth-ranked Oregon March 7-9 a single game at fourth-ranked Oregon State March 11.
BUCKS PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State has been selected third in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll, the conference office announced Feb. 12. In addition, Trace Dempsey, Josh Dezse and Pat Porter have been named players to watch in the conference.
Indiana enters the season as the conference favorite followed by Nebraska, Ohio State and Michigan State. Illinois and Michigan were picked in a tie for fifth.
TRIO NAMED 2014 CAPTAINS
Josh Dezse, Greg Greve and Tim Wetzel have been named captains of the 2014 Ohio State baseball team, head coach Greg Beals announced Feb. 7. The trio, selected as captains by their teammates, has combined to appear in 318 career games entering 2014.
B1G TOURNAMENT EXPANDS TO EIGHT
The conference office announced Feb. 7 that the Big Ten Baseball Tournament will feature an eight-team field for the first time in conference history, beginning with the 2014 event. The 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament will be held May 21-25 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., home of the College World Series.
The tournament’s double-elimination format will culminate with a single championship game on Sunday, with the winner earning the tournament title and the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. All eight teams will begin play in one of two brackets, with the No. 1, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 8 seeds appearing in one bracket and the No. 2, No. 3, No. 6 and No. 7 seeds appearing in the other bracket.
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 345-284 career record and is in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach.
18th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 279-141 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 157-86 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
Ohio State opens its home slate with a three-game set against Siena starting Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.