Ohio State Takes On Michigan State to Open Big Ten Play in Columbus
March 20, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team opens Big Ten play with a three-game set against Michigan State starting Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The series was originally scheduled for East Lansing but was moved to Columbus because of inclement weather so the Spartans will be the home team for each contest. The opener is slated for 6:05 p.m. Friday with the middle game at 3:05 p.m. Saturday and the finale at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free for all three games against the Spartans.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State came back to top Akron, 6-5, in 11 innings Tuesday night before defeating Xavier, 10-3 Wednesday.
Troy Kuhn went 4-for-11 with three RBI and three runs scored in the two contests while Tanner Tully tossed 5.0 scoreless innings while striking out a pair to earn his first-career victory in his first-career start in the win over the Musketeers.
OSU VS. AKRON, XAVIER NOTES
- With three more scoreless innings of relief against Akron, Travis Lakins lowered his ERA from 0.60 to 0.50. He’s allowed one earned run while striking out 14 in 18.0 innings.
- Ronnie Dawson tallied his team-best eight multi-hit game of the year against the Zips.
- Jake Post tied his career best with six strikeouts against Akron.
- Troy Kuhn tallied his sixth multi-hit game of 2014 while Zach Ratcliff also picked up his sixth and Troy Montgomery notched his second against the Musketeers.
- Kuhn’s first-inning home run against Xavier was his fourth of the season, tying him with Iowa’s Taylor Zeutenhorst for the Big Ten lead.
SOME MORE NOTES
- The Buckeyes are 8-0 when leading after seven innings and 10-2 when outhitting their opponent.
- Ohio State is 13-2 when limiting opponents to five runs or less.
- Michael Horejsei is limiting opponents to a .091 average (1-for-11) with runners on base while Jake Post has let opponents hit .222 (8-for-36) in the same situation.
- Troy Kuhn and Ronnie Dawson are both riding career-long eight-game hitting streaks.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
While Ohio State sits third in the Big Ten in runs scored, the Buckeye pitching staff sits near the top of the Big Ten most pitching categories including opposing batting average (2nd, .250), saves (t-2nd, 6) and ERA (2nd, 3.33).
Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson sits fifth with a .379 average, sixth with 25 hits and eighth with a .515 slugging percentage while Troy Kuhn is tied for first with four home runs, fourth with a .554 slugging percentage, fifth with 17 RBI, tied for fifrth with 16 runs scored and tied for the Big Ten lead after getting hit eight times.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
The Spartans enter the weekend with a 9-8 record. Blaise Salter leads Michigan State offensively with a .295 average with six doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI while Mick VanVossen is 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA in five starts.
Ohio State holds a 135-89-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Spartans with Michigan State winning two of three games last season in Columbus.
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.
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.
Admission is $11 for adults and $8 for seniors/youth in chairback reserved seats and $8 for adults and $5 for seniors/youth in general admission seating with kids 6 and under free of charge. Ohio State students are free with a valid Buck-ID. Tickets are available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and group tickets (10 or more) are also available starting at $4 when purchased in advance. Service fees may apply. For more information, contact Ohio State Ticket Sales at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or at AthleticSales@osu.edu.
Season tickets, Grand Slam Big Ten packages and Mini Plan package information can be found at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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 350-285 career record and is in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach.
18th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 284-141 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 faces Marshall in a 6:35 p.m. Tuesday game before hosting Indiana in a three-game set next weekend.