Ohio State and No. 19 Louisville Square Off Wednesday at Jim Patterson Stadium
April 29, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team takes on No. 19 Louisville at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Live stats and a link to a live audio stream can be found on the baseball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow twitter.com/OhioState_BASE for updates.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
OSU VS. PURDUE NOTES
SOME MORE NOTES
- The Buckeyes are 20-2 when leading after seven innings and 20-5 when outhitting their opponent.
- Ohio State is 23-8 when limiting opponents to five runs or less and 20-11 when it scores first.
- Curtiss Irving is limiting opponents to a .143 average (3-for-21) with runners on base while Tyler Giannonatti has let opponents hit .171 (7-for-41) in the same situation.
- Irving has not allowed an earned run in 8.2 innings pitched over his last five appearances.
- Nick Sergakis has hit safely in seven-straight games while Josh Dezse has reached base in 11-consecutive contests.
- Connor Sabanosh is hitting .424 (14-for-33) with runners on while Josh Dezse is batting .421 (16-for-38) with runners in scoring position.
- Ohio State is outscoring its opponents 62-32 in the first two innings.
- Greg Greve has gone 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 33.2 innings pitched over five Big Ten starts.
- Tanner Tully has now allowed just four walks in 64.1 innings pitched this season and has not allowed a free pass in the last 27.2 innings, dating back to the second frame of his start April 5 at Nebraska. The freshman is fourth nationally with 0.56 walks per nine innings and seventh with an 8.5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson ranks fifth with a .348 average and ninth with a .465 slugging percentage while Troy Kuhn is tied for fourth with five home runs, eighth with 31 RBI, tied for seventh with 34 runs scored, tied for sixth with 11 doubles and tied fifth after getting hit 10 times.
Tanner Tully ranks third with a 2.24 ERA and 10th with a .250 average against while Zach Farmer is tied second with six wins and sixth with a .234 opponent batting average. Trace Dempsey is tied for fifth with six saves while Greg Greve is tied for sixth with five wins.
Louisville holds a 9-3 advantage over the Buckeyes in the all-time series.
DEMPSEY, DEZSE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
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.
TRIO NAMED 2014 CAPTAINS
B1G TOURNAMENT EXPANDS TO EIGHT
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.
Season tickets, Grand Slam Big Ten packages and Mini Plan package information can be found at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
HEAD COACH Greg Beals
18th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM