Ohio State Hosts No. 21 Indiana for Three with Big Ten Title on the Line
May 15, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team concludes the regular season when it takes on No. 21 Indiana for a three-game set beginning Thursday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes and Hoosiers square off at 6:35 p.m. Thursday and Friday before the finale on Senior Day at 4:05 p.m. Saturday.
WHAT’S ON THE LINE
The Buckeyes, looking for their first Big Ten regular-season championship since 2009, enter the series tied for second in the conference, a game back of Indiana, with a 14-7 Big Ten record. Ohio State is tied with Minnesota and Nebraska with a .667 win percentage and can clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title with a series win as long as the Huskers and Golden Gophers drop at least one game in their series over the weekend.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes dropped a 6-3 decision to No. 10 Louisville Tuesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Cardinals received a 3-for-4 day with a pair of home runs, five RBI and two runs scored from Coco Johnson. Kirby Pellant and Troy Kuhn each notched multi-hit games for the Buckeyes.
ON THE BUMP
Thu.: RHP Brad Goldberg (6-1, 3.41)
vs. LHP Joey DeNato (7-1, 2.67)
Fri.: LHP Brian King (7-5, 2.82)
vs. LHP Kyle Hart (7-2, 3.07)
Sat.: RHP Jaron Long (6-5, 3.68)
vs. RHP Aaron Slegers (8-1, 1.96)
Indiana enters the weekend ranked 21st nationally by Collegiate Baseball and as high as 15th by other publications with a 38-12 record, 15-6 in Big Ten play. Dustin DeMuth leads the Hoosiers with a .413 average to go along with 16 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 40 runs scored and 35 RBI. Sophomore right-hander Aaron Slegers has posted the best numbers in the rotation, going 8-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 73.1 innings pitched.
Ohio State holds a 157-104 lead in the all-time series with Indiana but the Hoosiers took all three contests last year in Bloomington.
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, 33-19 overall. The Buckeyes rank in multiple offensive categories including stolen bases (77, 3rd), triples (13, t-1st) and home runs (19, t-4th). On the mound, Ohio State ranks in ERA (3.12, 3rd), saves (18, 1st), walks allowed (126, 1st), opposing batting average (.245, 3rd) and strikeouts (357, 1st). The Buckeyes also are second with a .976 fielding percentage.
Individually, Pat Porter is ninth with 39 runs scored, tied for first with four triples and tied for ninth with 12 doubles. Joe Ciamacco is tied for third in the Big Ten with 20 stolen bases while Jacob Bosiokovic, Ryan Cypret and Porter are tied for 12th 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 10th with a .244 opposing batting average while Brian King sits seventh with a .231 opposing batting average, ninth with a 2.81 ERA and is tied for second in the conference with seven wins. King and Jaron Long are first and 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, LOUISVILLE 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.
• Troy Kuhn tallied his fifth multi-hit game of the season Tuesday while Pellant notched another multi-hit game to tie for the team lead with 16.
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 29.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run (dating to Feb. 17) 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 18 in 13.1 innings pitched over his last 10 appearances.
• Ryan Riga has surrendered one earned run while punching out 10 in 14.0 innings pitched over his last five 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 32-5 when scoring more than two runs and 24-3 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 0.29 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 31.0 innings pitched over 27 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 335-275 career record and is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach.
17th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 278-139 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 travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the Big Ten Tournament beginning Wednesday at Target Field.
Series Finale at Purdue Postponed