Team faces Pitt and three first time opponents: SIUE, UMBC and NDSU
Ohio State, which survived through a 2-2 weekend last week to remain nationally ranked for a third consecutive week - No. 30 by Collegiate Baseball - will look to strengthen that ranking with four games this weekend as part of the Palm Beach Baseball Classic. All four games will be played at the Santaluces Sports Complex.
Opponents for the Buckeyes this week include regional rival Pittsburgh at 6 p.m. Friday followed by games against first-time opponents SIU Edwardsville, Maryland Baltimore County and North Dakota State.
Palm Beach Baseball Classic
Santaluces Sports Complex in
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Game 12: vs. Pittsburgh
(5-4 2009; 19-34 in 2008)
Friday, March 13 - 6 p.m.
Game 13: vs. SIU Edwardsville
(1-5 2009; 25-26 in 2008)
Saturday, March 14 - 12:30 p.m.
Game 14: vs. Maryland Baltimore Co.
(1-2 2009; 21-29 in 2008)
Saturday, March 14 - 3:30 p.m.
Game 15: vs. North Dakota State
(1-6 2009; 15-30 in 2008)
Sunday, March 15 - 12 noon
Ohio State probable rotation:
Fri. vs. Pitt - Alex Wimmers (2-0; 2.25 ERA)
Sat. vs. SIUE - Andrew Armstrong (1-0; 2.25)
Sat. vs. UMBC - Eric Best (1-0; 5.84)
Sun. vs. NDSU - D. Wolosiansky (1-1; 12.15)
THE OPPONENTS THIS WEEK (SO FAR)
Pittsburgh had its four-game winning streak end Wednesday with an 11-6 loss at No. 6 Miami. The 5-4 Panthers got a complete game win from David Kaye Tuesday in a 6-0 win over SIU Edwardsville. 3B Joe Leonard (.323 in 2009), SS Danny Lopez (.360 with 12 RBI) and 1B Chris Warrner (.200) each hit seven home runs in 2008. C Cory Brownsten (.389, 2 HR, 9 RBI) and INF Chris Sedon (.536, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 5 SBs) are also offensive threats. The team is hitting .303 and the staff has a 4.16 ERA.
SIU Edwardsville, 1-8 this season, is coming off a 22-12 loss to St. Joseph’s Wednesday. The Cougars play Long Island Friday. The Cougars are transitioning from the Great Lakes Valley Conference to the Ohio Valley Conference. Leading the way is senior INF Josh Street (10 RBI in 2009), who hit .407 in 2008 with 26 doubles and 54 RBI. OFs Adam Eggemeyer and Chase Thrasher are hitting .355 and .353, respectively. The team is hitting .289 and its team ERA is 7.01.
UMBC players hit five home runs Monday but lost to Yale, 17-11, to drop to 1-4 on the year. The Retrievers are coming off a 5-4 loss at Towson State Wednesday. 1B Shawn Retz has 3 HRs and is hitting .357. OF Bryan Russo is hitting .462 with two HRs. LHP Ed Bach (0-1, 6.75) pitched 79.1 innings in 2008 as a starter.
North Dakota State led powerful Wichita State, 3-2, in the seventh inning before losing 5-3 during its first series of the year. The Bison, from Fargo, N.D., are 1-6 on the season and play Pittsburgh Saturday. NDSU is led by Summit League player of the week Eric Nutzhorn (.478 avg., 10 RBI) and the Zach duo of Zach Heidmann (.444) and Zach Wentz (.423). John Straka and Josh Smith headline a rebuilt staff.
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