No. 7 Seed Ohio State Opens Big Ten Tournament Against No. 2 Seed Nebraska in Omaha
May 19, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 7 seed Ohio State baseball team takes on No. 2 seed Nebraska at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
Live stats and links to a live video and audio stream can be found on the baseball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow twitter.com/OhioState_BASE for updates.
OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State dropped the first two games of its series against Northwestern, 6-3 and 6-2, before winning the finale, 5-2, over the weekend in Columbus.
Jacob Bosiokovic paced the Buckeyes offensively, going 5-for-8 with three doubles, an RBI and a run scored.
ON THE BUMP
LHP Tanner Tully (6-3, 2.08 ERA)
vs. RHP Chance Sinclair (9-1, 1.88 ERA)
OSU VS. NORTHWESTERN NOTES
- Jacob Bosiokovic picked up his 13th multi-hit game of the season and tied his career high with four hits Thursday.
- Travis Lakins tossed a career-high 6.1 innings, striking out a career-best seven Friday.
- Troy Kuhn notched his 18th multi-hit game of the season in the finale.
- Trace Dempsey earned his eighth save of the season Saturday.
SOME MORE NOTES
- The Buckeyes are 25-2 when leading after seven innings and 23-5 when outhitting their opponent.
- Ohio State is 28-11 when limiting opponents to five runs or less and 25-11 when it scores first.
- Connor Sabanosh is hitting .381 (16-for-42) with runners on base.
- Ohio State is outscoring its opponents 73-45 in the first two innings.
- Ohio State has tallied seven shuouts as a team in 2014. The seven shutouts are fifth in program history behind the nine shutouts by the 2003 Buckeyes and the eight in 2002, 2001 and 1977.
- Greg Greve went 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 54.2 innings pitched over eight Big Ten starts.
- Tanner Tully has now allowed just six walks in 86.1 innings pitched this season. The freshman is second nationally with 0.67 walks per nine innings and 11th in strikeout-to-walk ratio.
- Tully pitched at least 7.0 innings in seven of eight starts in Big Ten play.
- Tim Wetzel has made 202 career starts and drawn 94 walks in that span to rank 20th on the Ohio State all-time list.
- Trace Dempsey has tallied 26 career saves to rank third in Ohio State history behing Jake Hale (29) and Cory Cox (27).
- Greve has pitched 229.1 innings in his career, ranking 24th on the Ohio State all-time list.
NOTES vs. 2014 TOURNEY TEAMS
- Ohio State leads the all-time series with No. 1 Indiana, 158-110. Last tourney game: 11-3 Indiana, 2013.
- Ohio State trails the all-time series with No. 2 Nebraska, 8-6. Last tourney game: 5-0 Nebraska, 2013.
- Ohio State holds a 103-96-2 lead in the all-time series with No. 3 Illinois. Last tourney game: 5-4 Illinois, 2011.
- Ohio State and No. 4 seed Minnesota are knotted 86-86-2 all-time. Last tourney game: 9-4 Minnesota, 2011.
- Ohio State trails the all-time series with No. 5 Michigan 98-162-2. Last tourney game: 4-2 OSU, 2007.
- Ohio State holds a 137-90-1 lead in the all-time series with No. 6 Michigan State. Last tourney game: 6-2 MSU, 2012.
- Ohio State leads the all-time series with No. 8 Iowa, 73-48-1. Last tourney game: 8-5 OSU, 1990.
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeyes rank near the top of the Big Ten in runs scored (4th, 267), triples (t-3rd, 14), home runs (t-2nd, 23) and total bases (4th, 681). On the mound, the Buckeyes rank in ERA (5th, 3.53) and strikeouts (3rd, 343).
Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson sits fourth in the Big Ten with a .342 average and 10th with a .464 slugging percentage while Troy Kuhn is tied for fourth with six home runs, tied for 10th with 34 RBI and 39 runs scored, tied for eighth with 14 doubles and tied for sixth after getting hit 11 times. Pat Porter is tied for second with four triples while Josh Dezse is tied for sixth with five home runs.
Tanner Tully ranks fourth in the Big Ten with a 2.08 ERA, is tied for sixth with six wins and ranks ninth with 86.1 innings pitched while Zach Farmer also is tied for sixth with six wins. Greg Greve is tied for third with seven wins and 10th with 85.2 innings pitched while Trace Dempsey is tied for fifth with eight saves on the year.
The Huskers are 37-18 on the year and paced offensively by Blake Headley, who’s hitting .331 with seven doubles, two triples, two home runs, 24 RBI and 21 runs scored. Right-hander Chance Sinclair is 9-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 91.0 innings pitched over 14 starts.
Nebraska holds an 8-6 lead in the all-time series with the Buckeyes after winning three one-run games in its last at-bat earlier this season in Lincoln.
BUCKS EARN B1G WEEKLY HONORS
Ryan Riga - PiOW (2/18)
Ryan Riga - PiOW (3/10)
Travis Lakins - FOW (3/17)
Tanner Tully - FOW (3/24)
Greg Greve - PiOW (4/14)
Nick Sergakis - POW (4/14)
Ryan Riga - PiOW (4/28)
Tanner Tully - FOW (5/13)
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.
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 367-305 career record and is in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach.
18th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 298-153 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 164-94 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.