Ohio State Hosts Iowa in Crucial Big Ten Home Series Starting Saturday
May 2, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts Iowa in a three-game set starting Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Saturday and Sunday’s contests will start at 3:05 p.m. with the series finale at 7:05 p.m. Monday.
The 1994 Ohio State baseball team will be honored on alumni day Saturday. The team went 49-9 overall, 25-2 in Big Ten, notching the third-most wins in program history en route to Big Ten regular season and tournament championships.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State dropped a 7-3 decision at No. 19 Louisville Wednesday night. Craig Nennig went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored while Troy Montgomery launched a two-run home run to right.
OSU VS. LOUISVILLE NOTES
- Nick Sergakis’ hitting streak was snapped at seven games.
- Craig Nennig picked up his fifth multi-hit game of the season.
- Troy Montgomery notched his second home run of the year.
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.
- 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 62-35 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
Offensively, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in runs scored (4th, 228), slugging percentage (4th, .367), on-base percentage (5th, .354), triples (t-2nd, 14), home runs (3rd, 16) and total bases (4th, 552). On the mound, the Buckeyes rank in ERA (4th, 3.48), opponent batting average (4th, .260), strikeouts (4th, 273) and saves (t-5th, 10).
Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson ranks seventh with a .344 average and ninth with a .459 slugging percentage while Troy Kuhn is tied for fourth with five home runs, eighth with 31 RBI, tied for eighth 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.
The Hawkeyes are 25-15 on the year, just ahead of the Buckeyes at seventh in the Big Ten with a 7-8 record. Tyler Peyton is hitting .346 with eight doubles, 20 RBI and 16 runs scored while Calvin Mathews is 3-2 with a 2.86 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched over 11 starts.
The Buckeyes hold a 71-47-1 lead in the all-time series against the Hawkeyes but the two teams have not squared off since an Iowa series win in Columbus in 2011.
DEMPSEY, DEZSE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
Trace Dempsey and Josh Dezse have been named third team preseason All-Americans by Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball. Dempsey was named a third team relief pitcher while Dezse earned third team honors as a utility player.
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
Josh Dezse, Greg Greve and Tim Wetzel have been named captains of the 2014 Ohio State baseball team, head coach Greg Beals announced Feb. 7. The trio, selected as captains by their teammates, has combined to appear in 318 career games entering 2014.
B1G TOURNAMENT EXPANDS TO EIGHT
The conference office announced Feb. 7 that the Big Ten Baseball Tournament will feature an eight-team field for the first time in conference history, beginning with the 2014 event. The 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament will be held May 21-25 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., home of the College World Series.
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.
Admission is $11 for adults and $8 for seniors/youth in chairback reserved seats and $8 for adults and $5 for seniors/youth in general admission seating with kids 6 and under free of charge. Ohio State students are free with a valid Buck-ID. Tickets are available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and group tickets (10 or more) are also available starting at $4 when purchased in advance. Service fees may apply. For more information, contact Ohio State Ticket Sales at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or at AthleticSales@osu.edu.
Season tickets, Grand Slam Big Ten packages and Mini Plan package information can be found at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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 362-299 career record and is in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach.
18th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 294-149 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 161-91 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
Ohio State hosts Miami at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Series Finale at Purdue Postponed