March 14, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts Austin Peay in the first series played at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium this weekend in Columbus. The Buckeyes open their home slate at 5:05 p.m. Friday before a 3:05 p.m. matchup Saturday and the series finale at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
Ohio State is 8-6 on the season after splitting four games at the Chanticleer Classic last weekend. The Buckeyes defeated Marist and Toledo but dropped a pair against host Coastal Carolina, a 4-1 decision Saturday and a 3-2 12-inning contest Sunday.
SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY
An NCAA Regional team in 2011, Austin Peay is 9-5 heading into this week. Greg Bachman leads the Governors with a .339 batting average with six home runs and 15 RBI. Right-hander Ryan Quick is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 26.0 innings pitched.
Austin Peay won the only meeting between the two schools, a 10-8 decision in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2001.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeyes enter the weekend with an 8-6 overall record, the third-best ledger in the conference so far. Ohio State ranks third in runs scored (100) and on-base percentage (.375), fourth in home runs (nine), second in stolen bases (24) and first in walks (72). The Buckeyes also rank second in the conference with a .974 fielding percentage.
Individually Josh Dezse sits in the Top 10 in home runs (4, t-2nd), on-base percentage (.507, 3rd) and slugging percentage (.608, 7th). Ryan Cypret also ranks in multiple categories including walks (15, 1st), doubles (6, t-3rd), on-base percentage (.478, t-4th), runs scored (15, t-5th) and RBI (14, t-6th). Kirby Pellant and Joe Ciamacco also rank third and fourth in the Big Ten with nine and six stolen bases, respectively.
On the mound, John Kuchno (1.93, 7th) and Jaron Long (2.01, 8th) rank in the Top 10 in ERA. Long sits third with 21 strikeouts while Kuchno ranks eighth with a .231 opponent batting average.
CHANTICLEER CLASSIC NOTES
Ryan Cypret’s six RBI against Marist marked a career high and the most by a player in the Big Ten this season ... The 17 runs and 17 hits the Buckeyes tallied against Marist both marked season highs ... Ohio State’s four starting pitchers combined to allow just five earned runs over 26.1 innings pitched (1.71 ERA) over the weekend ... Cypret finished the weekend 8-for-19 with a two doubles, a home run, nine RBI and five runs scored ... Phil Jaskot, Ryan Wonders and Matt Panek each made their first Ohio State appearance in the game against Marist ... Jaron Long had his streak without walking a batter snapped at 22.1 innings against Coastal Carolina ... Joe Ciamacco recorded a career-best eight-game hitting streak before the weekend finale against Coastal.
SOME MORE NOTES
The Buckeyes have scored first in 11 of 14 games this season ... Ohio State is 5-0 when leading after seven innings ... with a single and a pair of walks Sunday, Josh Dezse has now reached base in all 14 games this season ... Kirby Pellant also has reached base in 10 consecutive contests ... the 17 runs scored against Marist were the most in a game for Ohio State since Feb. 26 of last season when the Buckeyes scored 22 in the second game of a doubleheader against Western Michigan ... after struggling in his appearance at Georgia Tech, Andrew Armstrong has struck out six over three scoreless innings in his last three appearances.
DEZSE TIES RECORD
Josh Dezse tied an Ohio State single-game record with three home runs Feb. 24. The feat was last accomplished by Chad Ehrnsberger on May 3, 1998 against Indiana. Dezse gave the Buckeyes the early lead in the top of the second, added a mammoth shot to left in the sixth and tied the record with one to right field in the seventh.
The sophomore is second in the Big Ten in home runs (4) and slugging percentage (.718) and sits seventh with a .410 batting average.
DEZSE BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Josh Dezse, a 1B/RHP on the Ohio State baseball team, was named Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 20.
Dezse went 7-for-14 on the weekend with a home run, five RBI and four runs scored as the Buckeyes went 2-1 in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. The Powell, Ohio, native had multi-hit games in all three contests Feb. 17-19, highlighted by a three-hit performance Friday against USF and a 2-for-4 effort with a home run and four RBI Feb. 19 against Connecticut.
DEZSE PICKS UP PRESEASON HONORS
Ohio State sophomore 1B/RHP Josh Dezse has been named an NCBWA third team preseason All-American and a third team preseason All-American by CollegeSportsMadness.com. Dezse also was named to the watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the top amateur baseball player in the country.
The Powell, Ohio, native led the Buckeyes with a .332 batting average and 42 runs batted in. He tied for the team lead with four home runs while going 4-2 with a team-high six saves and 32 strikeouts in 27.2 innings pitched. Dezse led the Buckeyes with 12 multiple RBI games and tied for third on the team with 17 multi-hit games.
Dezse became the 10th Buckeye to garner Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors after earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week laurels four times during the season and Player of the Week honors twice. In addition, he was named a Freshman All-American by the NCBWA and Louisville Slugger.
A NEW LOOK
The Ohio State baseball program honored Nick Swisher with a field dedication ceremony Nov. 3 at the newly-renovated Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Current Buckeyes, fans and media were on hand to recognize Swisher for his generosity in giving the program $500,000 to help install a new turf field.
Selected by the Oakland Athletics with the 16th overall pick of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft, Swisher also spent time with the White Sox before heading to his current home with the New York Yankees where he was a part of the 2009 World Champion team and named an American League All-Star the following season. In his professional career, the Columbus native has seen action in 1,061 games and has amassed 185 home runs.
The current Buckeyes open the 2012 home campaign March 16 against Austin Peay in the first game at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
HEAD COACH Greg Beals
Head coach Greg Beals is just the 11th head coach in Ohio State history and only the fourth in the last 60 years. He has a 277-235 career record and is in his 10th season as a collegiate head coach.
16th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 246-122 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 142-79 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
The Buckeyes hit the road for midweek contests at Louisville and Dayton on Tuesday and Wednesday before hosting Purdue in a three-game set to open Big Ten play next weekend.