Ohio State Welcomes Eastern Michigan, Dayton to Columbus for Midweek Contests
April 7, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts Eastern Michigan Tuesday and Dayton Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Both games are slated for 6:35 p.m.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State was swept in three one-run contests over the weekend at Nebraska. The Buckeyes dropped the opener, 3-2, before suffering a 4-3 walk-off defeat in the middle game and a 2-1 loss, also on a walk-off, in the finale.
Ohio State starting pitchers allowed two earned runs over 22.0 innings pitched on the weekend while Nick Sergakis stood out offensively, going 4-for-10 with a run scored.
OSU VS. NEBRASKA NOTES
- Jacob Bosiokovic picked up his 10th multi-hit game of the season Sunday.
- The Ohio State starters in the series (Greg Greve, Tanner Tully and Jake Post) tossed 22.0 innings, allowing two earned runs (a 0.82 ERA) on 15 hits while striking out 10.
- Ryan Leffel extended his hitting streak to six games Saturday.
- Troy Montgomery picked up his fourth multi-hit game of the season while Nick Sergakis tallied his third Saturday.
- Tully pitched a career-high 7.1 innings, striking out a career-best six while allowing one run on three hits in the middle game.
- Post pitched very well but suffered the tough-luck loss to drop to 3-3 on the season after tossing a career-high 8.2 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits Sunday.
- The 1:45 game time Sunday marked the Buckeyes’ fastest game of the season and the quickest since a 1:43 game in a 1-0 defeat at Minnesota April 7 of last season.
SOME MORE NOTES
- The Buckeyes are 13-2 when leading after seven innings and 14-3 when outhitting their opponent.
- Ohio State is 17-5 when limiting opponents to five runs or less and 13-7 when it scores first.
- Michael Horejsei is limiting opponents to a .091 average (1-for-11) with runners on base while Tyler Giannonatti has let opponents hit .179 (5-for-28) in the same situation.
- Ronnie Dawson is hitting .433 (13-for-30) with runners in scoring position.
- Zach Farmer has allowed one earned run while striking out 13 in 14.1 innings pitched over his last three starts.
- Tanner Tully has posted a 2.05 ERA (six earned runs in 26.1 IP) in four starts this season.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Offensively, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in runs scored (3rd, 151), doubles (4th, 45), triples (2nd, 10) and home runs (4th, 9). On the mound, the Buckeyes rank in strikeouts (4th, 180) and saves (t-3rd, 8).
Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson sits sixth with a .356 average while Troy Kuhn is tied for second with four home runs, 10th with a .459 slugging percentage, tied for seventh with 21 RBI, tied for second with 24 runs scored, tied for fourth with eight doubles and tied second after getting hit nine times.
SCOUTING EASTERN MICHIGAN
The Eagles are 10-18 on the season and are paced offensively by Lee Longo, who’s hitting .371 with 12 doubles and 26 RBI. Right-hander Sam Delapane is 0-0 with a 9.26 ERA in 11.2 innings pitched on the mound.
Ohio State holds a 10-3 lead in the all-time series after picking up a 13-4 win in 2012.
The Flyers are 12-17 on the year entering the week, with AJ Ryan leading the way offensively with a .417 average to go along with seven doubles and two home runs. Nick Gobert is 1-1 with an 11.57 ERA in 14.0 innings pitched.
Ohio State leads the all-time series 17-3, including an 11-7 victory in the last meeting in 2012.
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.
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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 355-292 career record and is in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach.
18th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 289-145 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 159-90 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
Ohio State hosts Penn State in a three-game series starting Friday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.