May 2, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to Evanston, Ill., for a three-game set beginning Friday at 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.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes swept a doubleheader against Northern Kentucky Wednesday, picking up a 9-8 win in the opener before coming back to earn a 6-5 victory in the nightcap.
Joe Ciamacco went 5-for-9 with a pair of RBI while Brad Hallberg finished 3-for-7 with five RBI and two runs scored. The senior first baseman notched his first-career grand slam in the nightcap while Greg Greve picked up both wins for the Buckeyes in relief.
ON THE BUMP
Fri.: RHP Brad Goldberg (6-0, 2.91)
vs. RHP Luke Farrell (2-2, 1.79)|
Sat.: LHP Brian King (7-4, 2.48)
vs. RHP Brandon Magallones (4-5, 3.82)
Sun.: RHP Jaron Long (5-4, 4.02)
vs. RHP Zach Morton (3-3, 2.43)
Northwestern enters the weekend with a 19-8 record, 7-11 in conference play. Kyle Ruchim leads the Wildcats with a .347 average with 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 27 runs scored and 16 RBI.
Ohio State holds a 91-45 advantage in the all-time series with Northwestern after sweeping the Wildcats last year in Columbus.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Entering the weekend, Ohio State is fourth in the Big Ten with a 12-6 record in conference play, 30-13 overall. The Buckeyes rank in multiple offensive categories including stolen bases (68, 3rd), triples (12, t-1st), home runs (16, 3rd) and runs scored (237, 3rd). On the mound, Ohio State ranks in ERA (3.06, 3rd), saves (16, 1st), walks allowed (107, 2nd), opposing batting average (.243, 4th) and strikeouts (286, 1st). The Buckeyes also are second with a .975 fielding percentage.
Individually, Pat Porter is fifth with 36 runs scored, tied for first with four triples, seventh with a .500 slugging percentage and tied for sixth with 11 doubles. Joe Ciamacco is tied for first with 18 stolen bases while Ryan Cypret is tied for eighth with four home runs. Kirby Pellant is tied for third with three triples and sits 10th with a .336 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 14 saves and 24 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)
NORTHERN KENTUCKY NOTES
• The games marked the first meetings on the diamond between the Buckeyes and the Norse.
• Joe Ciamacco and Aaron Gretz each tied career highs with three hits in Game 1.
• Game 2 marked the first-career start for Tyler Giannonatti.
• Giannonatti tossed a career-high five innings and tied his career high with three strikeouts in Game 2.
• The grand slam by Brad Hallberg marked his second home run of the season and the first grand slam for a Buckeye since Ryan Cypret went yard in a 17-2 win over Marist March 9, 2012.
• Hallberg tied his career high with four RBI in Game 2.
• Pat Porter notched his team-high 14th multi-hit game of the season in Game 2.
• Ohio State moved to 8-0 in the four doubleheaders this season.
• Greg Greve became the first Buckeye to win two games in the same day since May 7, 1995 when Ron Nelson picked up a pair of wins in two extra-inning victories over Northwestern.
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 14 saves while Kirby Pellant is the 22th-toughest batter to strike out, going down on strikes just seven times in 128 at-bats.
• Dempsey has pitched 26.0 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 25-2 when leading after six innings and 21-4 when they score first.
• Ohio State is 29-4 when scoring more than two runs and 22-1 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 0.32 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 28.0 innings pitched over 24 appearances on the season. He sits fifth nationally with 14 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 332-269 career record and is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach.
17th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 277-134 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 host nationally-ranked Georgia Tech for a pair of midweek games Tuesday and Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Ohio State Edged by Kansas State, 3-2