Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Buckeyes, Rockets Preview

Ohio State leads the all-time series with Toledo, 23-6. The teams first met in 1934. Last season, Ohio State defeated the Rockets, 18-5, on Mar. 29 at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes have won the last 15 games in the series. Toledo’s last win in the series came in 1983, when the Rockets defeated the Buckeyes, 3-2, on Apr. 12 in Columbus. Toledo’s appearance this year marks its sixth visit to 12-year-old Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes have a perfect 5-0 record against the Rockets in the stadium. Ohio State is 18-3 versus Toledo all-time in Columbus.

Buckeye Notes and Numbers...
• Four Buckeyes have at least a 10-game hitting streak this season. Meade’s 16-game streak is the only one active. Now-ended hitting streaks by Tony Kennedy, Cory Kovanda and Cory Rupert reached 17, 11 and 10 games, respectively.
• J.B. Shuck has set new career highs for strikeouts twice this season. He had nine in a 1-0 win over Memphis during the first weekend of the season and then struck out 13 today against the Nittany Lions.
• Shuck leads all Ohio State pitchers in wins (four), innings (30.0) and strikeouts (34). His eight scoreless innings today lowered Shucks’ ERA from 4.09 to 3.00.
• Eight Buckeyes are hitting over .300, led by Shuck (.425) and Cory Kovanda (.426).
• Five Buckeyes have double-figure RBI totals topped by Rupert (21), Meade (18) and Kennedy (12).
• Zach Hurley has two of team’s three triples this season.
• Eric Best’s flawless one-inning in game four vs. Penn State netted the sophomore his first career save.
• The 2-0 shutout Sunday over Penn State was the third for the Buckeyes this season. Ohio State also shut out Memphis, 1-0, on Feb. 23, and Penn State on Friday, 15-0. Ohio State did not have a shutout during the 2007 season.
• Josh Edgin pitched the three final innings of the game one win over Penn State for the save, the first of his career.

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