April 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hits the road for a crucial Big Ten series at Nebraska beginning Friday. The opener is set for 5:05 p.m. ET Friday with the middle game at 3:05 p.m. ET Saturday and the finale at 2:05 p.m. ET Sunday.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State picked up a pair of midweek victories over West Virginia and Marshall this week in Columbus. The Buckeyes topped the Mountaineers, 9-0, Tuesday before defeating the Herd, 5-0, Wednesday.
Brett McKinney tossed 5.0 innings of one-hit, shutout ball while striking out six to earn the win against West Virginia. Jake Post followed that up and pitched 5.0 innings of three-hit, shutout ball while striking out four to pick up the win against Marshall.
ON THE BUMP
Fri.: RHP Jaron Long (4-2, 2.65)
vs. RHP Christian DeLeon (3-2, 3.93)
Sat.: RHP Brad Goldberg (5-0, 1.85)
vs. LHP Aaron Bummer (1-0, 3.86)
Sun.: LHP Brian King (4-4, 2.63)
vs. LHP Tyler King (1-2, 11.32)
Nebraska is 13-17 on the season but sits second in the Big Ten with a 7-2 record after winning a series at Iowa last weekend. Chad Christensen leads the Huskers offensively with a .383 average to go along with three doubles, two triples, two home runs, 23 runs scored and 18 RBI.
Ohio State has split six all-time meetings with Nebraska, dropping two of three in the regular-season series in Columbus last season before knocking off the Huskers in the Big Ten tournament.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Entering the weekend, Ohio State is tied for fifth in the Big Ten with a 5-4 record in conference play, 21-10 overall. The Buckeyes rank in multiple offensive categories including runs scored (167, 3rd), stolen bases (49, 3rd), triples (10, t-2nd), home runs (8, 4th) and walks (103, 4th). On the mound, Ohio State ranks in ERA (2.35, 1st), saves (12, 1st), walks allowed (69, 1st), opposing batting average (.218, 1st) and strikeouts (212, 2nd). The Buckeyes also lead the conference with a .978 fielding percentage.
Individually, Pat Porter is fourth with 26 runs scored while Kirby Pellant is tied for first with three triples and Jacob Bosiokovic is tied for sixth with three home runs. Aaron Gretz is tied for sixth with 18 walks and Joe Ciamacco is tied for third with 13 stolen bases.
Brad Goldberg sits tied for fourth in the conference with 39 strikeouts, fourth 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 17 appearances while Ryan Riga sits second with 16 appearances.
WVU, MARSHALL NOTES
• David Fathalikhani made two more scoreless appearances in the games against West Virginia and Marshall. He hasn’t allowed a run over his first 12 appearances this season.
• Ciamacco is now 13-for-13 in stolen base attempts this season and 29-for-29 for his career after another steal against Marshall.
• Brett McKinney tossed 5.0 innings of one-hit, shutout ball while striking out six to earn the win against West Virginia.
• Jake Post pitched 5.0 innings of three-hit, shutout ball while striking out four to pick up the win against Marshall.
• The Buckeyes earned back-to-back shutouts for the second-consecutive week. The pitching staff now has six shutouts this season.
• Ohio State turned four double plays against Marshall.
• Ohio State did not make an error for the fourth-consecutive game Wednesday and the 15th time this season.
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 2.41 ERA.
• The Buckeyes are 18-2 when leading after six innings and 17-3 when they score first.
• Ohio State is 20-3 when scoring more than two runs and 7-1 when outhitting the opponent.
• The Buckeyes have buckled down with runners on base, allowing opponents to hit just .206.
• Trace Dempsey is tied for second nationally and leads the Big Ten with 10 saves. He’s posted a 0.49 ERA while striking out 17 in 18.1 innings pitched. Dempsey has not allowed an earned run over his last 15.1 innings.
• David Fathalikhani has not allowed a run over his first 12 appearances of the season.
• Joe Ciamacco is a perfect 13-for-13 in stolen base attempts in 2013 to move his career total to 29-for-29.
• Kirby Pellant is batting .467 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, 10 runs scored and five RBI.
• Brad Goldberg has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his nine starts.
• Ohio State has outscored its four midweek opponents over the last two weeks 18-0.
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 324-266 career record and is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach.
17th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 270-133 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 Akron at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday before travelling to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday.
Ohio State Edged by Kansas State, 3-2