May 7, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team welcomes Georgia Tech to Columbus for a pair of midweek games Tuesday and Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. First pitch Tuesday is set for 7:05 p.m. with Wednesday at 6:35 p.m.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes took two of three games over the weekend against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. Ohio State dropped the opener, 8-0, Saturday before winning the middle game, 5-3, Sunday and earning a 6-2 win in the finale Monday.
Jaron Long tossed 7.0 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits while tying his career high with eight strikeouts to earn the win in the rubber game while Jacob Bosiokovic went 5-for-11 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in the series. Kirby Pellant went 4-for-12 in the series with four RBI, a run scored and the go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning of Monday’s win.
ON THE BUMP
Tue.: RHP Jake Post (2-0, 4.72)
vs. LHP Jonathan King (4-4, 5.01)
SCOUTING GEORGIA TECH
Georgia Tech enters the week with a 29-18 record, 12-12 in ACC play. Brandon Thomas leads the Yellow Jackets with a .379 average to go along with 13 doubles, a triple, a home run, 38 runs scored and 22 RBI.
Ohio State trails the all-time series with the Yellow Jackets, 14-6-1, after Georgia Tech took two of three games last February in Atlanta.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Entering the week, Ohio State is third in the Big Ten with a 14-7 record in conference play, 32-14 overall. The Buckeyes rank in multiple offensive categories including stolen bases (72, 3rd), triples (12, t-2nd), home runs (18, t-3rd) and runs scored (248, 3rd). On the mound, Ohio State ranks in ERA (3.15, 3rd), saves (17, 1st), walks allowed (117, 2nd), opposing batting average (.244, 4th) and strikeouts (313, 1st). The Buckeyes also are second with a .976 fielding percentage.
Individually, Pat Porter is fourth with 33 runs scored, tied for first with four triples, ninth with a .503 slugging percentage and tied for fourth with 12 doubles. Joe Ciamacco leads the Big Ten with 20 stolen bases while Ryan Cypret and Porter are tied for 10th with four home runs. Kirby Pellant is tied for third with three triples and sits 11th with a .336 average.
Brad Goldberg sits tied for sixth in the conference with 53 strikeouts and 10th with a .251 opposing batting average while Brian King sits fifth with a .223 opposing batting average, eighth with a 2.59 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 15 saves and 25 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)
NORTHWESTERN SERIES NOTES
• Pat Porter notched his team-high 12th double of the season in the first inning Sunday.
• Porter’s home run in the fourth Sunday tied him with Ryan Cypret for the team lead.
• Porter tallied his team-high 15th multi-hit game Sunday.
• Trace Dempsey tossed another scoreless inning to earn his 15th save Sunday. He has now pitched 27.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run and has tossed 12.0 scoreless innings in Big Ten play.
• Jacob Bosiokovic notched his 11th multi-hit game of the season while Kirby Pellant tallied his 14th Monday.
• Pellant’s eighth-inning home run Monday was his second-career home run.
• Pellant tied his career high with four RBI Monday.
• Brett McKinney pitched two scoreless innings against the Wildcats. The senior has not allowed an earned run over his last seven appearances out of the bullpen and has allowed five hits while striking out 13 over that span.
SOME MORE NOTES
• The Buckeye pitching staff ranks in the Top 30 nationally in walks per nine innings (ninth), WHIP (17th) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (20th). Ohio State also sits 19th with a .976 fielding percentage.
• Trace Dempsey is tied for third nationally with 15 saves while Kirby Pellant is the ninth-toughest batter to strike out, going down on strikes just seven times in 140 at-bats.
• Dempsey has pitched 27.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run and has tossed 12.0 scoreless innings in Big Ten play.
• Brian King is tossing over 7.0 innings per start with a 2.31 ERA in conference play..
• Pat Porter leads the team with 12 doubles after tallying four as a freshman a season ago.
• Pellant is batting a team-high .388 in Big Ten games while Porter follows at a .310 clip and Brad Hallberg sits at .303.
• The Buckeyes are 25-2 when leading after six innings and 22-4 when they score first.
• Ohio State is 31-4 when scoring more than two runs and 24-1 when outhitting the opponent.
• The Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents 51-16 in the eighth inning.
• Jacob Bosiokovic enters the series on a career-high seven-game hitting streak. He has tallied multi-hit games in four of the last five games.
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 0.31 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 29.0 innings pitched over 25 appearances on the season. He sits tied for third nationally with 15 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 334-270 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 No. 6 Oregon in a three-game set beginning Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Ohio State Edged by Kansas State, 3-2