April 30, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team begins concludes its eight-game homestand with a Wednesday doubleheader against Northern Kentucky. The first game is slated for 3:05 p.m. with the nightcap set to begin approximately 30 minutes after the first.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State earned its second sweep in Big Ten play, topping Penn State in three games over the weekend at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes won the opener, 3-1, Friday night before taking both games of a doubleheader Saturday by scores of 10-8 and 8-3.
Ryan Cypret went 5-for-9 with a double, a home run, four RBI, three runs scored and three walks on the weekend while Mike Carroll went 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored. The Buckeye pitching staff posted a 3.33 ERA over the weekend against the Nittany Lions.
SCOUTING NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Northern Kentucky enters the week with an 8-35 record, 3-15 in A-Sun play. Brad Clement leads the Norse with a .311 average to go along with seven doubles, a home run, 20 RBI and 16 runs scored.
The Buckeyes and Norse have never previously met on the diamond.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Entering the week, Ohio State is fourth in the Big Ten with a 12-6 record in conference play, 28-13 overall. The Buckeyes rank in multiple offensive categories including stolen bases (67, 3rd), triples (12, t-1st), home runs (15, 3rd) and runs scored (222, 4th). On the mound, Ohio State ranks in ERA (2.96, 3rd), saves (15, 1st), walks allowed (101, 1st), opposing batting average (.242, 3rd) and strikeouts (282, 2nd). The Buckeyes also are second with a .975 fielding percentage.
Individually, Pat Porter is seventh with 33 runs scored, tied for first with four triples, seventh with a .507 slugging percentage and tied for fifth with 11 doubles. Joe Ciamacco is tied for first with 18 stolen bases while Ryan Cypret is tied for seventh with four home runs. Kirby Pellant is tied for third with three triples and sits eighth with a .345 average.
Brad Goldberg sits fourth in the conference with 52 strikeouts and eighth with a .234 opposing batting average while Brian King sits sixth with a .225 opposing batting average, ninth with a 2.48 ERA and is tied for first in the conference with seven wins. King and Jaron Long are first and tied for second in the conference, respectively, in innings pitched while Trace Dempsey leads the Big Ten with 13 saves and 23 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)
PENN STATE SERIES NOTES
• The announced attendance of 1,744 Friday was a Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium season high.
• Joe Ciamacco stole another base Friday to move to 18-for-18 on the season and 34-for-34 in his career.
• Zach Ratcliff made his first-career start and hit his first-career home run in the nightcap Saturday.
• Mike Carroll tied his career high with two stolen bases and set a career high with three hits in Game 1 Saturday.
• Trace Dempsey earned his Big Ten-best 13th save of the season in Game 1 Saturday. He has now pitched 25.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
• Ohio State improved to 24-2 when leading after six innings and 27-4 when scoring more than two runs.
• The sweep was the second for the Buckeyes in Big Ten play this season.
• Ryan Cypret went 5-for-9 with a double, a home run, four RBI, three runs scored and three walks on the weekend while Carroll went 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
SOME MORE NOTES
• The Buckeye pitching staff ranks in the Top 30 nationally in walks per nine innings (11th), WHIP (17th), strikeout-to-walk ratio (17th) and ERA (27th). Ohio State also sits 23rd with a .975 fielding percentage.
• Trace Dempsey is tied for fifth nationally with 13 saves while Kirby Pellant is the 22th-toughest batter to strike out, going down on strikes just seven times in 119 at-bats.
• Dempsey has pitched 25.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run and has not allowed an earned run in 11.0 innings pitched in Big Ten play.
• Brian King is tossing over 7.0 innings per start with a 2.06 ERA in conference play..
• Pat Porter leads the team with 11 doubles after tallying four as a freshman a season ago.
• Pellant is batting a team-high .397 in Big Ten games while Brad Hallberg follows with a .333 average and Porter sits third at a .329 clip. Hallberg also sits tied for fifth in the Big Ten with a team-best 15 RBI in conference play.
• The Buckeyes are 24-2 when leading after six innings and 21-4 when they score first.
• Ohio State is 27-4 when scoring more than two runs and 20-1 when outhitting the opponent.
• Joe Ciamacco is a perfect 18-for-18 in stolen base attempts in 2013 to move his career total to 34-for-34.
DEMPSEY ON STOPPER OF YEAR LIST
Ohio State sophomore right-hander Trace Dempsey was named to the NCBWA midseason Stopper of the Year watch list April 23. Finalists for the award will be release June 5 with the winner named during the College World Series.
Dempsey is 2-0 with a 0.33 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 27.0 innings pitched over 23 appearances on the season. He sits fifth nationally with 13 saves.
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 330-269 career record and is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach.
17th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 275-134 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 156-84 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
The Buckeyes travel to Evanston, Ill., for a three-game weekend set against Northwestern. The opener is set for 4 p.m. ET Friday with the middle game at 2 p.m. ET Saturday and the finale at 2 p.m. ET Sunday.