May 9, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts No. 6 Oregon in a three-game series beginning Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Friday’s opener is slated for 7:05 p.m. before a 3:05 p.m. Saturday contest and the finale at 12:05 p.m. Sunday.
Fans can find links to live stats, audio and streaming video for Saturday and Sunday’s game at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow at Twitter.com/OhioState_BASE. Friday’s contest will be televised live on BTN.
With multiple sporting events on campus this weekend, baseball fans are encouraged to park in the scarlet and gray lots. Head south on Olentangy River Rd., turn right onto Borror Dr. and follow the directions of the parking staff to the stadium.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes split a short two-game set against Georgia Tech, dropping the opener, 9-2, Tuesday before picking up a 3-2 Wednesday win at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
In Wednesday’s game, Ryan Riga picked up the win to move to 2-0 on the season, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out five over a career-high 7.0 innings pitched. Tim Wetzel added a clutch two-out, two-run single in the seventh to put the Buckeyes ahead while Trace Dempsey notched his 16th save of the season.
ON THE BUMP
Fri.: RHP Brad Goldberg (6-1, 3.79)
vs. LHP Tommy Thorpe (5-4, 2.74)
Sat.: LHP Brian King (7-4, 2.59)
vs. LHP Cole Irvin (9-2, 2.93)
Sun.: RHP Jaron Long (6-4, 3.89)
vs. RHP Jake Reed (5-3, 3.27)
Oregon enters the series ranked sixth nationally with a 37-11 record, 19-5 in Pac-12 play. Ryon Healy leads the Ducks with a .342 average with 15 doubles, 10 home runs, 46 RBI and 41 runs scored while Tommy Thorpe is 5-4 with a 2.74 ERA on the mound.
This weekend will mark the first meeting on the diamond between the Buckeyes and Ducks.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Entering the weekend, Ohio State is third in the Big Ten with a 14-7 record in conference play, 33-15 overall. The Buckeyes rank in multiple offensive categories including stolen bases (74, 3rd), triples (13, t-2nd), home runs (19, t-3rd) and runs scored (253, 3rd). On the mound, Ohio State ranks in ERA (3.16, 3rd), saves (18, 1st), walks allowed (120, 2nd), opposing batting average (.247, 4th) and strikeouts (328, 1st). The Buckeyes also are second with a .976 fielding percentage.
Individually, Pat Porter is fourth with 39 runs scored, tied for first with four triples, ninth with a .483 slugging percentage and tied for fourth with 12 doubles. Joe Ciamacco leads the Big Ten with 20 stolen bases while Jacob Bosiokovic, Ryan Cypret and Porter are tied for 10th with four home runs. Kirby Pellant is tied for third with three triples.
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 16 saves and 26 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)
GEORGIA TECH SERIES NOTES
• Jacob Bosiokovic’s home run in the seventh of Tuesday’s game tied him for the team lead with Ryan Cypret and Pat Porter at four apiece.
• Tim Wetzel notched his seventh multi-hit game of the season and 32nd of his career Tuesday.
• Wednesday marked the first-career start on the mound for Ryan Riga.
• Riga set a career high with 7.0 innings pitched and tied his career high with five strikeouts.
• Trace Dempsey earned his Big Ten-best 16th save of the season. He has tossed 28.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
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 16 saves while Kirby Pellant is the ninth-toughest batter to strike out, going down on strikes just nine times in 147 at-bats.
• Dempsey has pitched 28.0 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 32-4 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.
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 0.30 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 30.0 innings pitched over 26 appearances on the season. He sits tied for third nationally with 16 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 335-271 career record and is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach.
17th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 278-135 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 welcome No. 10 Louisville to Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday.