April 4, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota in a three-game series beginning Friday at Siebert Field. The Buckeyes and Golden Gophers square off at 4:05 p.m. ET Friday and 2:05 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State picked up midweek wins over Youngstown State, 3-0, and Miami, 1-0, at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Five Buckeye pitchers combined to shut out the Penguins, allowing two hits while striking out 10 and freshman Troy Kuhn went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. On Wednesday, Jake Post tossed 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four to pick up his first career win.
Minnesota enters the weekend with a 17-12 record, 2-1 in Big Ten play. Left-hander Tom Windle (4-2, 1.44 ERA) is the ace of the Gopher pitching staff while Dan Olinger has a team-high .314 average to go along with five doubles, 14 RBI and 11 runs scored.
Ohio State holds a narrow 85-84-2 lead in the all-time series with Minnesota after sweeping the Golden Gophers last season in Columbus.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Entering the weekend, Ohio State is tied for third in the Big Ten with a 4-2 record in conference play, 18-8 overall. The Buckeyes rank among the top offensive teams in the Big Ten including slugging percentage (.382, 3rd), runs scored (148, 3rd), stolen bases (46, 3rd), triples (9, 3rd), batting average (.287, 4th) and home runs (8, 4th). On the mound, Ohio State ranks in ERA (2.44, 2nd), saves (11, 1st), walks allowed (65, 1st), opposing batting average (.218, 1st) and strikeouts (181, 3rd)
Individually, Pat Porter, Kirby Pellant and Ryan Cypret are tied for third with two triples, Jacob Bosiokovic is tied for fifth with three home runs and Joe Ciamacco is tied for third with 12 stolen bases and 10th with a .410 on-base percentage. Porter is tied for fifth with 23 runs scored and eighth with a .500 slugging percentage while Aaron Gretz is tied for sixth with 16 walks.
Brad Goldberg sits third in the conference with 35 strikeouts and a .184 opposing batting average and sixth with a 1.77 ERA. Goldberg, Jaron Long and Brian King are tied for fourth with four wins while Long and King sit second and third, respectively, in innings pitched. King is tied for eighth with 32 strikeouts while Trace Dempsey leads the conference with nine saves and is tied with Ryan Riga for the Big Ten lead with 14 appearances.
YSU, MIAMI NOTES
• Joe Ciamacco stole another base Tuesday to move to 12-for-12 this year and 28-for-28 in his career.
• Troy Kuhn tallied his third multi-hit game of the season Tuesday against the Penguins. All three of them have been three-hit contests.
• David Fathalikhani made his ninth scoreless appearance to start the season Tuesday.
• Zach Ratcliff notched his first-career hit Tuesday with a pinch-hit single to lead off the eighth.
• The two hits the Buckeye pitching staff gave up Tuesday marked a season low. The Buckeyes didn’t walk a batter for the fifth time this season and reached double-digit strikeouts for the sixth time.
• Jake Post tossed a career-high 6.0 innings and tied a career-best with four strikeouts against Miami.
• The Buckeyes didn’t make an error for the second-consecutive game and the 11th time this season Wednesday. Ohio State didn’t walk a batter for the sixth time this season and have no allowed just six hits over the last two contests.
• The shutout against Miami was the fourth for Ohio State this season.
• The game vs. Miami was played in one hour and 40 minutes, the shortest contest for Ohio State this season.
SOME MORE NOTES
• Aaron Gretz is tied for the team lead with seven doubles this season after tallying three as a freshman a season ago. In addition, the sophomore has walked a team-high 16 times while striking out 13.
• 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 2.42 ERA.
• The Buckeyes are 15-2 when leading after six innings and 14-3 when they score first.
• Ohio State is 17-3 when scoring more than two runs and 14-1 when outhitting the opponent.
• The Buckeyes have buckled down with runners on base, allowing opponents to hit just .198.
• Trace Dempsey is tied for second nationally and leads the Big Ten with nine saves. He’s posted a 0.59 ERA while striking out 15 in 15.1 innings pitched. Dempsey has not allowed an earned run over his last 12.1 innings.
• David Fathalikhani has not allowed a run over his first nine appearances.
• Joe Ciamacco is a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts in 2013 to move his career total to 28-for-28.
• The Buckeyes are hitting .325 in Big Ten play while opponents are batting just .214.
• Jacob Bosiokovic has notched at least one hit in every Big Ten game while Kirby Pellant has also hit safely in each contest, batting .571 in the six games.
• Brad Goldberg has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his eight starts.
• The Buckeyes have tallied back-to-back shutouts for the first time since shutting out Penn State and Toledo March 30 and April 2, 2008.
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 321-264 career record and is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach.
17th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 268-133 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 151-83 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
Ohio State hosts West Virginia Tuesday and Marshall Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Both games are slated for 6:35 p.m.