May 13, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team wraps up its non-conference slate when it takes on No. 10 Louisville at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Fans can find a link to live stats at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow at Twitter.com/OhioState_BASE. The game will be televised live on BTN.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes were swept by No. 6 Oregon in a three-game set over the weekend at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. After Friday’s game was postponed because of rain, the Buckeyes dropped the opening game of the Saturday doubleheader, 3-1, in 11 innings before falling in the nightcap, 4-0. The teams came back Sunday, with the Ducks edging Ohio State, 1-0.
The Buckeyes received excellent pitching, posting a 1.86 ERA against the Ducks, but were unable to get anything going offensively. Brad Goldberg allowed one unearned run on four hits and struck out six in 7.0 innings in the opener and Jaron Long surrendered one earned run on seven hits while striking out a career-high nine in 7.0 innings of a tough-luck loss in the finale.
ON THE BUMP
RHP Tyler Giannonatti (0-2, 4.25)
vs. RHP Kyle Funkhouser (3-1, 1.59)
Louisville enters the week ranked 10th nationally with a 42-10 record, 17-4 in Big East play. Ty Young leads the Cardinals at the plate, posting a .374 average with 11 doubles, seven triples, four home runs, 52 RBI and 46 runs scored. The Buckeyes will face right-hander Kyle Funkhouser, who has gone 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 39.2 innings pitched.
The Cardinals hold an 8-3 advantage over the Buckeyes in the all-time series.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Entering the weekend, Ohio State is tied for second in the Big Ten with a 14-7 record in conference play, 33-18 overall. The Buckeyes rank in multiple offensive categories including stolen bases (76, 3rd), triples (13, t-1st) and home runs (19, t-3rd). On the mound, Ohio State ranks in ERA (3.08, 3rd), saves (18, 1st), walks allowed (124, 1st), opposing batting average (.246, 4th) and strikeouts (354, 1st). The Buckeyes also are second with a .976 fielding percentage.
Individually, Pat Porter is tied for seventh with 39 runs scored, tied for first with four triples, 10h with a .471 slugging percentage and tied for eighth with 12 doubles. Joe Ciamacco is tied for second in the Big Ten with 20 stolen bases while Jacob Bosiokovic, Ryan Cypret and Porter are tied for ninth with four home runs. Kirby Pellant and Cypret are tied for third with three triples.
Brad Goldberg sits tied for sixth in the conference with 59 strikeouts and ninth with a .244 opposing batting average while Brian King sits sixth with a .231 opposing batting average, eighth with a 2.81 ERA and is tied for second in the conference with seven wins. King and Jaron Long are first and for second in the conference, respectively, in innings pitched while Long sits tied for sixth in the conference with 59 strikeouts. 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)
OREGON SERIES NOTES
• Brad Hallberg notched his eighth multi-hit game of the season and Kirby Pellant tallied his 15th in the opener. Joe Ciamacco had a pair of hits for his 13th multi-hit game, Tim Wetzel tallied his eighth and Aaron Gretz recorded his seventh.
• Brad Goldberg tied his career high with 7.0 innings pitched in Game 1 Saturday.
• The announced attendance of 2,225 Saturday marked a season high at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
• Jaron Long set a career high with nine strikeouts Sunday and has struck out at least seven hitters in three of his last four starts.
• Pat Porter tallied his team-high 16th multi-hit game Sunday.
SOME MORE NOTES
• The Buckeye pitching staff ranks in the Top 30 nationally in walks per nine innings (ninth), WHIP (13th) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (14th). Ohio State also sits 25th with a .976 fielding percentage.
• Trace Dempsey is tied for third nationally with 16 saves.
• Dempsey has pitched 28.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run and has tossed 12.0 scoreless innings in Big Ten play.
• Over his last three starts, Jaron Long has posted a 2.10 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 21.1 innings pitched.
• Brett McKinney has allowed one earned run while striking out 17 in 12.1 innings pitched over his last nine appearances.
• Ryan Riga has surrendered one earned run while punching out 10 in 13.0 innings pitched over his last four appearances.
• 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 24-2 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 335-274 career record and is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach.
17th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 278-138 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 conclude the regular season with a three-game set against No. 21 Indiana beginning Thursday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
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