Ohio State Faces Michigan for Three-Game Set in Ann Arbor
May 8, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to Michigan for a three-game series starting Friday in Ann Arbor. The opener is slated for 6 p.m. Friday with the middle game at 2 p.m. Saturday and the finale at 12 p.m. Sunday.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State dropped a 3-1 decision at Miami Tuesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Nick Sergakis went 2-for-4 in the loss while Travis Lakins tossed 2.0 scoreless innings in his first career start.
SOME MORE NOTES
- The Buckeyes are 22-2 when leading after seven innings and 21-5 when outhitting their opponent.
- Ohio State is 25-9 when limiting opponents to five runs or less and 22-11 when it scores first.
- Connor Sabanosh is hitting .405 (15-for-37) with runners on while Josh Dezse is batting .405 (17-for-42) with runners in scoring position.
- Curtiss Irving is limiting opponents to a .189 average (7-for-37) with a runner on base.
- Ohio State is outscoring its opponents 66-38 in the first two innings.
- Dezse is hitting .375 with five doubles, five home runs, 21 RBI, 13 runs scored and nine walks in 17 Big Ten games.
- Greg Greve has gone 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA in 40.2 innings pitched over six Big Ten starts.
- Tanner Tully has now allowed just six walks in 71.1 innings pitched this season. The freshman is fifth nationally with 0.76 walks per nine innings and 14th with an 6.5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
- Tully has pitched at least 7.0 innings in all six of his starts in Big Ten play.
- Tim Wetzel has made 197 career starts and drawn 94 walks in that span to rank 20th on the Ohio State all-time list.
- Trace Dempsey has tallied 25 career saves to rank third in Ohio State history behing Jake Hale (29) and Cory Cox (27).
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Offensively, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in runs scored (4th, 243), triples (t-2nd, 14), home runs (3rd, 20) and total bases (4th, 605). On the mound, the Buckeyes rank in ERA (5th, 3.55), opponent batting average (5th, .264), strikeouts (3rd, 302) and saves (t-4th, 11).
Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Troy Kuhn is tied for fourth with six home runs, tied for eighth with 33 RBI, tied for fifth with 13 doubles and tied sixth after getting hit 10 times. Pat Porter is tied for first with four triples while Josh Dezse is tied for sixth with five home runs.
Tanner Tully ranks second with a 2.02 ERA while Zach Farmer is tied third with six wins and seventh with a .234 opponent batting average. Trace Dempsey is tied for fourth with seven saves while Greg Greve is tied for third with six wins.
The Wolverines are 24-25-1 on the year, fourth in the Big Ten with an 11-10 record. Jackson Glines leads Michigan with a .343 average with 17 doubles, three triples, one home run, 37 RBI and 36 runs scored.
The Buckeye trail the all-time series with Michigan, 97-160-2, but have won all four contests with head coach Greg Beals at the helm.
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 364-301 career record and is in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach.
18th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 296-151 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 163-92 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.
Ohio State hosts Cincinnati at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday.