March 14, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team opens its 2013 home slate with a three-game set beginning Friday against Bryant. Ohio State will take on the Bulldogs at 5:05 p.m. Friday, 3:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
ON THE BUMP
Fri.: RHP Jaron Long (2-1, 2.63)
vs. RHP Peter Kelich (1-1, 2.81)
Sat.: RHP Brad Goldberg (2-0, 1.09)
vs. RHP Kevin McAvoy (0-1, 3.63)
Sun.: LHP Brian King (2-2, 3.04)
vs. RHP Craig Schlitter (1-2, 3.71)
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State went 4-1 last week in South Carolina, picking up wins over Harvard, Ball State, Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern. The Buckeyes outscored their opponents by a 26-11 margin.
Ohio State was led offensively by Ryan Cypret, who went 9-for-20 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI and Jacob Bosiokvic, who finished the trip 8-for-18 with a double, three home runs, 10 RBI and four runs scored.
Bryant is 4-7-1 on the season and 4-1 on its trip to Ohio, defeating Wright State and Dayton twice. Kevin Brown leads the Bulldogs offensively with a .348 average, four doubles, four runs scored and three RBI while Joseph Michaud has posted a 1.32 ERA with 10 strikeout in 13.2 innings pitched over two starts.
The Buckeyes and Bulldogs have never met on the diamond.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Through four weeks of play, Ohio State has the third-best record in the Big Ten at 10-5. The Buckeyes rank high in several offensive categories including doubles (29, 2nd), triples (5, t-2nd), home runs (7, 2nd), stolen bases (34, 2nd), runs scored (90, 3rd) and slugging percentage (.399, 3rd). Ohio State also ranks among the leaders on the mound, including strikeouts (117, t-1st), earned-run average (2.62, 2nd) and opponent batting average (.237, 3rd).
Individually, Tim Wetzel, Aaron Gretz and Brad Hallberg are tied for second with five doubles while Kirby Pellant is tied for second with a pair of triples. Wetzel leads the conference with eight stolen bases while Joe Ciamacco is tied for second with seven and ranks seventh with a .395 batting average. Jacob Bosiokovic is tied for the Big Ten lead with three home runs, tied for fifth with 13 RBI and ranks ninth with a .511 slugging percentage.
Brad Goldberg leads the Big Ten with 26 strikeouts, ranks second with a .176 opponent batting average and fourth with a 1.09 ERA while Brett McKinney sits fifth with 21 strikeouts, seventh in opponent batting average at .217 and 10th with a 2.08 ERA. Trace Dempsey is tied for the Big Ten lead with five saves while Jaron Long, Brian King and Goldberg are in the Top 10 in the conference in innings pitched.
SPRING BREAK TRIP NOTES
• Ryan Cypret went 9-for-20 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI while reaching base 12 times in 23 plate appearances.
• Jacob Bosiokovic went 8-for-18 with a double, three home runs, 10 RBI and four runs scored.
• Bosiokovic’s two-home run game against Harvard was the first for a Buckeye since Josh Dezse hit three long balls against Georgia Tech Feb. 24 of last season.
• Buckeye pitchers struck out 26 batters and walked just five over the five games.
Jaron Long’s shutout of Harvard was the first by a Buckeye since he threw one March 31 of last season at Michigan State.
• Brett McKinney pitched well in his first start of the season, allowed one earned run on six hits while striking out seven over 7.0 innings to pick up the win against Coastal Carolina. His scoreless inning streak was snapped at 14.1 innings on a two-out RBI single in the 4th.
• The Ohio State bullpen tossed 13.1 innings in the five games in South Carolina, allowing one unearned run. The bullpen has not allowed an earned run in the last 21.1 innings dating back to the ninth inning against Connecticut March 1.
SOME MORE NOTES
• Ryan Cypret extended his hitting streak to 12 games and has reached base safely in all 15 games.
• 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 2.29 ERA.
• The Buckeyes are 8-1 when leading after seven innings and 7-2 when they score first.
• Ohio State is 10-2 when scoring more than two runs.
• The Buckeyes have buckled down with runners on base, allowing opponents to hit just .209.
• Trace Dempsey has tossed 7.0 consecutive shutout frames, striking out five.
• David Fathalikhani has not allowed a run over his first seven appearances.
• Joe Ciamacco is a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts in 2013 to move his career total to 21-for-21.
• Brett McKinney has tossed 16.0 innings over his last five appearances, allowing one earned run on 10 hits while striking out 19.
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 313-261 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 West Lafayette, Ind., for a three-game set at Purdue March 22-24.
Ohio State Edged by Kansas State, 3-2