March 28, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team welcomes Michigan State to Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium for a three-game set beginning Friday. The Buckeyes and Spartans will square off at 6:35 p.m. Friday, 3:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
ON THE BUMP
Fri.: RHP Jaron Long (4-1, 2.13)
vs. RHP Andrew Waszak (3-1, 1.56)
Sat.: RHP Brad Goldberg (3-0, 1.56)
vs. RHP David Garner (4-0, 3.03)
Sun.: LHP Brian King (4-2, 2.43)
vs. RHP Mick VanVossen (2-1, 3.34)
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State swept a three-game set at Purdue to open Big Ten play last weekend before both midweek games were cancelled because of snow and cold temperatures. The Buckeyes won 10-1 in the opener, 8-3 in the middle game and 7-0 in the series finale. It’s the first Big Ten road sweep for the Buckeyes since they took three from the Boilermakers in 2009.
Ohio State starting pitchers allowed two earned runs in 21.0 innings pitched. The pitching staff posted a 1.33 ERA and allowed the Boilermakers to hit just .144 on the weekend. The Buckeyes hit .336, reached base at a .432 clip and were paced by Kirby Pellant, who went 6-for-9 with a double, a home run, seven runs scored and two RBI.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State enters the series with a 13-7 record after sweeping a four-game set last weekend against Oakland. The Spartans, who are on a seven-game win streak, are led offensively by Jordan Keur. The senior is batting .338 with five doubles, a home run, 14 RBI and 11 runs scored.
Ohio State holds a 134-87-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Spartans.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Through a week of Big Ten play, Ohio State is tied atop with conference with a 3-0 record and sits 15-6 overall. The Buckeyes rank high in several offensive categories including triples (8, t-1st), slugging percentage (.391, 2nd), runs scored (127, 2nd), home runs (8, 2nd), stolen bases (39, 3rd) and batting average (.287, 3rd). Ohio State also ranks among the leaders on the mound, including strikeouts (156, 2nd), earned-run average (2.35, 2nd), opponent batting average (.220, 2nd) and saves (9, 1st).
Individually, Pat Porter, Kirby Pellant and Ryan Cypret are tied for second with two triples, Aaron Gretz is tied for second with seven doubles, Jacob Bosiokovic is tied for second with three home runs and Joe Ciamacco is tied for second with nine stolen bases. Porter is tied for fifth with 18 runs scored and tied for seventh with 17 RBI while Tim Wetzel is tied for fifth with eight stolen bases and Ciamacco is ninth with a .449 on-base percentage.
Brad Goldberg leads the conference with a .168 opposing batting average, is tied for second with 33 strikeouts and sits sixth with a 1.56 ERA. Long is tied for the Big Ten lead with 42.1 innings pitched and is ninth with a 2.13 ERA. Long and Brian King are tied for second in the conference with four wins while Trace Dempsey sits atop the Big Ten with seven saves.
PURDUE SERIES NOTES
• The series marked the first Big Ten road sweep for the Buckeyes since they took three from the Boilermakers in 2009.
• Tim Wetzel’s triple in the sixth inning Friday was his seventh extra-base hit of the season, tying his total from last season. His four RBI in the game set a career high.
• Joe Ciamacco set a career high with three walks Friday against the Boilermakers.
• The Buckeyes drew a season-high 14 walks Friday.
• Every Buckeye starter reached base in the first game of the doubleheader Saturday.
• Ohio State tallied a season-high 17 hits in the first game Saturday.
• The four hits for Kirby Pellant in Game 1 Saturday marked a career high. Pellant went 6-for-9 in the series with a double, his first-career home run, seven runs scored and two RBI.
• Ohio State starting pitchers allowed just two earned runs on 21.0 innings pitched against the Boilermakers.
• The pitching staff posted a 1.33 ERA for the weekend and allowed Purdue to hit just .144.
• Ohio State did not make an error in the series and hit .336 as a team.
• Brad Hallberg got on track offensively at Purdue, going 7-for-13 with a double, six RBI and two runs scored.
SOME MORE NOTES
• Jaron Long hasn’t walked a batter in his last 23.0 innings pitched dating back to the second inning against Harvard. He’s allowed just two earned runs while striking out 12 in 24.0 innings pitched over his last three starts.
• Aaron Gretz has a team-high seven doubles this season after tallying three as a freshman a season ago. In addition, the sophomore has walked a team-high 14 times while striking out 11.
• 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 2.07 ERA.
• The Buckeyes are 12-1 when leading after six innings and 11-2 when they score first.
• Ohio State is 15-2 when scoring more than two runs and 12-1 when outhitting the opponent.
• The Buckeyes have buckled down with runners on base, allowing opponents to hit just .193.
• Trace Dempsey is tied for second nationally and leads the Big Ten with seven saves. He’s posted a 0.69 ERA while striking out 14 in 13.0 innings pitched. Dempsey has not allowed an earned run over his last 10.0 innings.
• David Fathalikhani has not allowed a run over his first seven appearances.
• Joe Ciamacco is a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts in 2013 to move his career total to 25-for-25.
• Brett McKinney has tossed 19.1 innings over his last six appearances, allowing two earned runs on 14 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 318-262 career record and is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach.
17th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 265-131 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 hosts Miami for a single game at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday before travelling to Minneapolis to face Minnesota in a three-game series next weekend.