April 25, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team begins continues its homestand with a three-game series against Penn State this weekend at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Friday’s opener is slated for 6:35 p.m. with Saturday’s game at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday’s finale at 1:05 p.m.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
After dropping the opener of the series against Illinois, 9-2, the Buckeyes came back to win a 10-inning middle game, 7-6, and picked up a 7-3 win in the rubber game Sunday to take the series.
ON THE BUMP
Fri.: RHP Brad Goldberg (5-0, 2.42)
vs. RHP T.J. Jann (1-4, 4.38)
Sat.: LHP Brian King (5-4, 2.34)
vs. RHP Steven Hill (1-7, 3.65)
Sun.: RHP Jaron Long (4-3, 3.53)
vs. LHP Greg Welsh (2-3, 3.13)
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Penn State enters the weekend with an 11-25 record, 2-10 in Big Ten play. J.C. Coban leads the Nittany Lions with a .315 average with six doubles, two home runs, 21 RBI and 14 runs scored while Steven Hill has posted a 3.65 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 61.2 innings pitched on the mound.
Ohio State leads the series with Penn State, 57-34, after splitting four contests last season.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Entering the weekend, Ohio State is fifth in the Big Ten with a 9-6 record in conference play, 25-13 overall. The Buckeyes rank in multiple offensive categories including stolen bases (60, 3rd), triples (11, t-2nd) and home runs (12, t-3rd). On the mound, Ohio State ranks in ERA (2.94, 3rd), saves (13, 1st), walks allowed (92, 1st), opposing batting average (.237, 3rd) and strikeouts (261, 3rd). The Buckeyes also are third with a .975 fielding percentage.
Individually, Pat Porter is seventh with 31 runs scored, tied for second with Kirby Pellant with three triples, seventh with a .507 slugging percentage and tied for sixth with 10 doubles. Joe Ciamacco is tied for sixth with 14 stolen bases, Pellant sits seventh with a .364 average while Joe Ciamacco is tied for second with 17 stolen bases.
Brad Goldberg sits fourth in the conference with 46 strikeouts and eighth with a .229 opposing batting average while Brian King sits seventh with a .221 opposing batting average, ninth with a 2.50 ERA and is tied for second in the conference with six wins. King and Jaron Long are first and fourth in the conference, respectively, in innings pitched while Trace Dempsey leads the Big Ten with 11 saves and 21 appearances.
BUCKS EARN B1G WEEKLY HONORS
Brian King - PiOW (4/15)
Kirby Pellant - PlOW (3/25)
Jacob Bosiokovic - FOW (3/11)
Aaron Gretz - PlOW (2/25)
Brad Goldberg - PiOW (2/25)
Troy Kuhn - FOW (2/25)
Brad Goldberg - PiOW (2/18)
ILLINOIS SERIES NOTES
• With two more stolen bases Saturday, Joe Ciamacco is 17-for-17 on the season and 33-for-33 for his career.
• Kirby Pellant notched two multi-hit games in the series and now has 12 on the season and tied his career high with four hits Saturday.
• With the win Sunday, the Buckeyes improved to 24-4 when scoring three or more runs and 21-2 when leading after six innings.
• Ryan Cypret’s home run Sunday was his third of the season and eighth of his career.
• The Buckeyes have come back to pick up the series win each of the last two weekends after dropping the first game of the series.
SOME MORE NOTES
• The Buckeye pitching staff ranks in the Top 30 nationally in walks per nine innings (9th), WHIP (15th), strikeout-to-walk ratio (18th), ERA (28th) and hits allowed per nine innings (30th). Ohio State also sits 34th with a .975 fielding percentage.
• Trace Dempsey is tied for eighth nationally with 11 saves while Kirby Pellant is the fourth-toughest batter to strike out, going down on strikes just five times in 107 at-bats.
• Pat Porter leads the team with 10 doubles after tallying four as a freshman a season ago.
• Pellant is batting a team-high .446 in Big Ten games while Porter follows with a .344 average and Brad Hallberg sits third at .320. Hallberg also sits tied for second in the Big Ten with a team-best 15 RBI in conference play.
• Trace Dempsey has not allowed an earned run in 9.1 innings pitched in Big Ten play and Brian King is tossing over 7.0 innings per start with a 2.02 ERA in conference play.
• The Buckeyes are 21-2 when leading after six innings and 18-4 when they score first.
• Ohio State is 24-4 when scoring more than two runs and 19-1 when outhitting the opponent.
• Joe Ciamacco is a perfect 17-for-17 in stolen base attempts in 2013 to move his career total to 33-for-33.
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 327-269 career record and is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach.
17th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 272-134 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 153-84 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
The Buckeyes take on Northern Kentucky in a doubleheader beginning at 3:05 p.m. May 1 at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Ohio State Edged by Kansas State, 3-2