Baseball

Ohio State Travels to Minneapolis for Big Ten Tournament at Target Field

Ryan Riga
Ryan Riga

May 21, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team has earned the No. 2 seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament and will open play at 3:35 p.m. CT Thursday at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. The Buckeyes will take on the highest-seeded team from Wednesday’s contests (No. 4 Minnesota/No. 5 Illinois and No. 3 Nebraska/No. 6 Michigan).

Fans can find a link to live stats and a radio stream at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow at Twitter.com/OhioState_BASE. All Big Ten Tournament games will be televised live on BTN and all will be live on AM 1460 ESPN in Columbus.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State dropped two of three contests against No. 21 Indiana to conclude the regular season over the weekend. The Buckeyes picked up a 2-1 victory in the opener but could not clinch a share of the Big Ten title after the Hoosiers came back to win 7-2 in 10 innings Friday and 8-1 in the finale Saturday.

Brad Goldberg allowed one unearned run in 6.0 innings in a no-decision Thursday and Brian King tossed 6.2 shutout frames in a no-decision Friday. Aaron Gretz went 3-for-5 in two games at the plate while Zach Ratcliff finished the series 3-for-7 with an RBI.

BUCKEYES IN 2012 B1G TOURNEY
The Buckeyes went 2-2 in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Huntington Park in Columbus. Ohio State topped Penn State, 12-5, in the opener before dropping a 5-4 heartbreaker to top-seeded Purdue. In an elimination game on the third day of the tournament, Ohio State defeated Nebraska, 6-2, before eventually getting eliminated by a 6-2 defeat to Michigan State.


 

 

Kirby Pellant went 6-for-14 with two triples, four RBI and two runs scored in the four games while Aaron Gretz finished 3-for-7 with an RBI and a run scored.

NOTES vs. 2013 TOURNEY TEAMS
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Ohio State leads the all-time series with No. 1 Indiana, 158-106. Last tourney game: 13-3 Indiana, 2009.
- Ohio State holds a 5-4 lead in the all-time series with No. 3 Nebraska. Last tourney game: 6-2 OSU, 2012.
- Ohio State and No. 4 Minnesota are tied 86-86-2 in the all-time series. Last tourney game: 9-4 Minnesota, 2011.
- Ohio State holds a 103-96-2 advantage in the all-time series with No. 5 Illinois. Last tourney game: 5-4 Illinois, 2011.
- Ohio State trails the all-time series with No. 6 Michigan 97-160-2. Last tourney game: 4-2 OSU, 2007.

BUCKEYES PICK UP B1G AWARDS
Led by first team All-Big Ten selections>Kirby Pellant and Trace Dempsey, five members of the Ohio State baseball team garnered Big Ten postseason awards, the conference office announced May 21. In addition to Pellant and Dempsey,>Brad Goldberg and Brian King were named third team All-Big Ten and Ryan Cypret was the Buckeyes’ sportsmanship award honoree.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Entering the week, Ohio State finished second in the Big Ten with a 15-9 record in conference play, 34-21 overall. The Buckeyes rank in multiple offensive categories including stolen bases (78, 3rd), triples (14, 1st) and home runs (19, 5th). On the mound, Ohio State ranks in ERA (3.21, 3rd), saves (19, 1st), walks allowed (136, 2nd), opposing batting average (.245, 3rd) and strikeouts (376, 1st). The Buckeyes also are second with a .976 fielding percentage.

Individually, Pat Porter is tied for sixth with 41 runs scored, first with five triples and tied for eighth with 13 doubles and Joe Ciamacco is tied for six in the Big Ten with 20 stolen bases.>Kirby Pellant and Ryan Cypret are tied for third with three triples.

Brad Goldberg sits tied for eighth in the conference with 62 strikeouts and eighth with a .240 opposing batting average while Brian King sits fourth with a .226 opposing batting average, sixth with a 2.62 ERA and is tied for fifth in the conference with seven wins. King and Jaron Long are first and third in the conference, respectively, in innings pitched while Long sits fifth in the conference with 65 strikeouts. Trace Dempsey leads the Big Ten with 17 saves and 29 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)

INDIANA SERIES NOTES
Pat Porter recorded his team-high 17th multi-hit contest of the season Thursday while Brad Hallberg tallied his ninth multi-hit game and Zach Ratcliff notched his first.
Aaron Gretz tied his career high with three hits Friday against the Hoosiers.
• The announced attendance of 2,257 Friday marked a Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium season high.
Brett McKinney tossed. 0.2 scoreless frames Friday and has allowed just one earned run while striking out 21 in 14.2 innings pitched over his last 12 appearances.
• With 1.2 scoreless frames over the series, Ryan Riga has surrendered one earned run while striking out 11 in 15.2 innings pitched over his last seven appearances.
Joe Ciamacco tallied his 14th multi-hit game of the season Friday while Mike Carroll notched his seventh.
• Sunday was Senior Day at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium and marked the final home game for Joe Ciamacco, Ryan Cypret, David Fathalikhani, Brad Goldberg, Brad Hallberg, Brian King, Brett McKinney,>Kirby Pellant and Greg Solomon.
•>Kirby Pellant tallied his 17th multi-hit game of the season Saturday.

SOME MORE NOTES
• The Buckeye pitching staff ranks in the Top 30 nationally in walks per nine innings (11th), WHIP (14th), strikeout-to-walk ratio (17th) and hits allowed per nine innings (27th). Ohio State also sits 25th with a .976 fielding percentage.
Trace Dempsey is tied for third nationally with 17 saves.
Brian King is tossing over 7.0 innings per start with a 2.04 ERA in conference play.
Pat Porter leads the team with 13 doubles after tallying four as a freshman a season ago.
•>Kirby Pellant is batting a team-high .370 in Big Ten games while Porter follows at a .315 clip and Brad Hallberg sits at .303.
• The Buckeyes are 25-3 when leading after six innings and 23-5 when they score first.
• Ohio State is 32-5 when scoring more than two runs and 25-4 when outhitting the opponent.
• The Buckeyes are outscoring their opponents 51-17 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 0.81 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 33.1 innings pitched over 29 appearances on the season. He sits tied for third nationally with 17 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.

TRIO NAMED CAPTAINS FOR 2013
Seniors Ryan Cypret, David Fathalikhani and Brett McKinney have been named captains of the 2013 Ohio State baseball team, head coach Greg Beals announced Nov. 8.

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 336-277 career record and is in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach.

17th SEASON AT BILL DAVIS STADIUM
Ohio State is 279-141 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 157-86 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.

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