April 8, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts West Virginia Tuesday and Marshall Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Both games are set for 6:35 p.m.
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OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State dropped two of three contests over the weekend at Minnesota. The Buckeyes fell, 3-0, in the opener before picking up a 5-2 win in the middle game and falling, 1-0, in the finale.
Brad Goldberg picked up the win in the middle game to move to 5-0 on the season while King allowed one earned run on three hits over 7.0 innings pitched in a tough-luck loss in the finale.
SCOUTING WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia is 17-15 on the season after dropping a series over the weekend at Baylor. Ryan Tuntland leads the Mountaineers with a .379 average with six doubles, two home runs, 20 runs scored and 18 RBI.
Ohio State holds a 14-9 lead in the all-time series but the schools have not played since 1999.
Marshall enters the week with a 13-18 overall record after winning a series over the weekend to No. 19 Houston. Andrew Dundon leads the Herd with a .351 batting average to go along with 14 RBI and 13 runs scored.
Ohio State holds a 16-2 advantage over in the all-time series.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Entering the week, Ohio State is tied for fifth in the Big Ten with a 5-4 record in conference play, 19-10 overall. The Buckeyes rank among the top offensive teams in the Big Ten including runs scored (153, 4th), stolen bases (46, 3rd), triples (10, t-2nd) and home runs (8, 4th). On the mound, Ohio State ranks in ERA (2.51, 2nd), saves (12, 1st), walks allowed (68, 1st), opposing batting average (.220, 1st) and strikeouts (196, 3rd). The Buckeyes are second in the conference with a .976 fielding percentage.
Individually, Pat Porter is tied for fifth with 24 runs scored and 10th with a .486 slugging percentage while Kirby Pellant is tied for first with three triples and Jacob Bosiokovic is tied for fifth with three home runs. Aaron Gretz is tied for seventh with 16 walks and Joe Ciamacco is tied for sixth with 12 stolen bases.
Brad Goldberg sits tie for third in the conference with 39 strikeouts, third with a .184 opposing batting average and seventh with a 1.85 ERA. He also is tied for the conference lead with five wins while Brian King and Jaron Long are among the Top 4 in the conference in innings pitched. Trace Dempsey leads the Big Ten with 10 saves and is tied, along with Ryan Riga, for the Big Ten lead with 15 appearances.
MINNESOTA SERIES NOTES
• Pat Porter extended his career-long hitting streak to nine games in the middle game before getting it snapped in the finale.
• Kirby Pellant notched his seventh multi-hit game of the season in the middle game of the series.
• David Fathalikhani made his 10th scoreless appearance to start the season in the middle game.
• Trace Dempsey picked up his Big Ten-leading 10th save of the season in the middle game.
• Brian King retired 13-consecutive batters between the first and fifth innings of the finale.
• The finale marked the first time the Buckeyes have been shut out since May 18 of last season at Indiana.
• The Buckeyes didn’t make an error in two of the three contests which pushes their total to 13 errorless games this season.
• After Sunday, the all-time series between Ohio State and Minnesota is even at 86-86-2.
SOME MORE NOTES
• Pat Porter leads the team with eight doubles after tallying four a season ago.
• 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 2.43 ERA.
• The Buckeyes are 16-2 when leading after six innings and 15-3 when they score first.
• Ohio State is 18-3 when scoring more than two runs and 15-1 when outhitting the opponent.
• The Buckeyes have buckled down with runners on base, allowing opponents to hit just .208.
• Trace Dempsey is tied for second nationally and leads the Big Ten with 10 saves. He’s posted a 0.55 ERA while striking out 16 in 16.1 innings pitched. Dempsey has not allowed an earned run over his last 13.1 innings.
• David Fathalikhani has not allowed a run over his first 10 appearances of the season.
• Joe Ciamacco is a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts in 2013 to move his career total to 28-for-28.
• Kirby Pellant is batting .467 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, 10 runs scored and five RBI in Big Ten play.
• Brad Goldberg has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his nine starts.
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 322-266 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 travels to Lincoln for a three-game set beginning Friday at Nebraska.