Ohio State Hosts Seattle for Three at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium
Andrew Armstrong

May 10, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team welcomes Seattle University to Columbus for a three-game set this weekend at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The opener is set for 6:35 p.m. Friday before a 3:05 p.m. middle game Saturday and a 1:05 p.m. series finale on Senior Day Sunday.

Ohio State is coming off a split at No. 25 Oklahoma State Tuesday and Wednesday. The Buckeyes dropped a 4-2 decision Tuesday before coming back to blank the Cowboys, 4-0, Wednesday. Trace Dempsey picked up the win in his first career start Wednesday, tossing 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out three. Greg Solomon went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI Wednesday while Patrick Porter went 2-for-5 with a run scored in the series.

Game 1: RHP Jaron Long (5-2, 1.90 ERA)
          vs. RHP Seafth Howe (4-3, 2.92 ERA)
Game 2: LHP Brian King (4-3, 4.25)
          vs. RHP Brandon Kizer (3-4, 4.15)
Game 3: RHP John Kuchno (7-3, 4.91)
          vs. TBA

Seattle, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Donny Harrel, enters with weekend with a 21-22 overall record. The Redhawks, a Division I Independent, are led offensively by Ryan Somers with a .304 batting average with five doubles, two triples 23 runs scored and 13 RBI. Seafth Howe leads Seattle on the mound, going 4-3 with a 2.92 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 61.2 innings pitched.

The Buckeyes and Redhawks have not met on the diamond before this weekend.

The Buckeyes enter the weekend with a 28-21 overall record, sixth in the Big Ten Conference with an 11-10 ledger. Ohio State ranks fourth in on-base percentage (.374) and sixth in batting average (.268), runs scored (275) and doubles (73). The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten with 238 walks and 77 stolen bases.

Individually, Josh Dezse sits sixthth with a .441 on-base percentage while Brad Hallberg is tied for sixth with 13 doubles. Tim Wetzel is tied for tops in the Big Ten with 36 walks while Ryan Cypret sits tied for third with 35. Kirby Pellant sits second with 27 stolen bases and Joe Ciamacco is tied for eighth with 14.

On the mound, Jaron Long ranks in several categories, including ERA (1.90, 3rd), strikeouts (57, 9th) and innings pitched (85.1, 1st) while John Kuchno is tied for second with seven wins and Josh Dezse is sixth with six saves. Andrew Armstrong leads the Big Ten with 27 appearances and David Fathalikhani is second with 26.

In addition, the Buckeyes rank seventh nationally in walks and Long sits 15th in walks per nine innings at 1.06.

Every Ohio State starter reached base in the second and third games of the series against Northwestern … The pitching staff combined to allow three earned runs in the series, striking out 14 while walking just four ... Brian King carried a perfect game into the eighth inning before a Colby Everett single broke it up to lead off the inning Saturday evening. The junior left-hander retired the first 21 batters and allowed just the one run on four hits while striking out five to move to 4-3 on the season and earn his first career complete game ... Jaron Long scattered eight hits while allowing one earned run over 8.0 innings to move to 5-2 on the season ... John Kuchno picked up his team-high seventh win of the season, giving up one earned run on six hits over 6.0 innings Sunday ... Josh Dezse picked up a pair of saves over 2.0 scoreless innings ... Pellant went 5-for-11 with a double and a pair of stolen bases ... Patrick Porter went 4-for-9 with two runs scored and two walks ... Ohio State batted .337 as a team to just .198 for Northwestern ... Dezse had his streak of 30 consecutive games reaching base snapped Wednesday against the Cowboys ... Trace Dempsey pitched a career-high 5.2 innings of shutout ball Wednesday.

The Buckeyes are 77 of 96 in stolen base attempts this season. They were 35 of 57 all of last season ... Jaron Long has allowed just 10 walks (two intentional) in 85.1 innings pitched this season. He has struck out 57 and allowed opponents to hit .248 while posting a 1.90 ERA ... Long has gone at least 7.0 innings and allowed two earned runs or less in nine of his 10 starts ... The sophomore has allowed five earned runs while striking out 28 over 48.0 innings pitched over his last six starts ... The Buckeyes are 23-0 when leading after seven innings and 19-4 when out-hitting the opponent ... Ohio State is 16-3 when scoring six or more runs and 22-8 when scoring first ... Junior Joe Ciamacco has nine multi-hit games this season after recording one before this season ... Josh Dezse has reached base safely in 47 of 49 contests ... Brad Hallberg’s 15 extra-base hits this season eclipse his total of eight in 251 at-bats over his first three seasons ... Greg Greve has allowed three earned runs in 14.0 innings pitched over his last four appearances ... Kirby Pellant has reached base safely in his last 20 games ... only five of 25 inherited runners have reached base against reliever David Fathalikhani ... Andrew Armstrong sits seventh on the Ohio State career list with 83 career appearances.

Josh Dezse tied an Ohio State single-game record with three home runs Feb. 24. The feat was last accomplished by Chad Ehrnsberger on May 3, 1998 against Indiana. Dezse gave the Buckeyes the early lead in the top of the second, added a mammoth shot to left in the sixth and tied the record with one to right field in the seventh.

Josh Dezse was named Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 20.

Dezse went 7-for-14 on the weekend with a home run, five RBI and four runs scored as the Buckeyes went 2-1 in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. The Powell, Ohio, native had multi-hit games in all three contests Feb. 17-19, highlighted by a three-hit performance Friday against USF and a 2-for-4 effort with a home run and four RBI Feb. 19 against Connecticut.

Dezse was named an NCBWA third team preseason All-American and a third team preseason All-American by CollegeSportsMadness.com. Dezse also was named to the watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the top amateur baseball player in the country.

The Powell, Ohio, native led the Buckeyes with a .332 batting average and 42 runs batted in last season. He tied for the team lead with four home runs while going 4-2 with a team-high six saves and 32 strikeouts in 27.2 innings pitched. Dezse led the Buckeyes with 12 multiple RBI games and tied for third on the team with 17 multi-hit games.

Dezse became the 10th Buckeye to garner Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors after earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week laurels four times during the season and Player of the Week honors twice. In addition, he was named a Freshman All-American by the NCBWA and Louisville Slugger.

The Ohio State baseball program honored Nick Swisher with a field dedication ceremony Nov. 3 at the newly-renovated Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Current Buckeyes, fans and media were on hand to recognize Swisher for his generosity in giving the program $500,000 to help install a new turf field.

Selected by the Oakland Athletics with the 16th overall pick of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft, Swisher also spent time with the White Sox before heading to his current home with the New York Yankees where he was a part of the 2009 World Champion team and named an American League All-Star the following season. In his professional career, the Columbus native has seen action in 1,061 games and has amassed 185 home runs.

Head coach Greg Beals is just the 11th head coach in Ohio State history and only the fourth in the last 60 years. He has a 297-250 career record and in his 10th season as a collegiate head coach.

Ohio State is 260-129 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 150-82 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.

The Buckeyes conclude the 2012 home slate when they take on Toledo at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday.