Thursday, March 19, 2009

No Time to Relax; 6 Games in 6 Days for Spring Break Trip

The Ohio State Buckeyes are heading on spring break this week...finally! After finals week this week and four straight weeks of travel to places like St. Petersburg, Winter Haven, Jacksonville and West Palm Beach, Fla., for four-games-in-three days action, the team will take off Thursday afternoon for six games over the course of five days.

This Week in Ohio State Baseball

No. 22 Ohio State (13-2) on Spring Break in Winter Haven, Orlando and Miami...

Game 16: vs. Indiana (6-10 2009; 31-30 in 2008)
Friday, March 20 - 6 p.m. (Note: this is a new start time!)
Chain of Lakes Field; Winter Haven, Fla.

Games 17-18: vs. Army (5-7 2009; 25-25 in 2008)
Saturday, March 21 - 1 & 4 p.m.
Chain of Lakes Field; Winter Haven, Fla.

Game 19: vs. Hartford (1-7 2009; 18-31 in 2008)
Sunday, March 22 - 11 a.m.
Chain of Lakes Field; Winter Haven, Fla.

Game 20: at Rollins (17-9 2009; 29-24-1 in 2008)
Monday, March 23 - 1:30 p.m.
Alfond Stadium; Winter Park, Fla.

Game 21: at No. 9 Miami (15-3 2009; 53-11 in 2008)
Tuesday, March 24 - 6 p.m.
Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Stadium; Coral Gables, Fla.

Scouting the Spring Break Opponents

Indiana, 6-10 after a Tuesday loss to E. Illinois, is in central Florida all this week on spring break. The game with Ohio State will be IU’s second-to-the-last on its trip. The two teams do not meet for a Big Ten series this year. Led by Jerrud Sabourin (.475) and Josh Phegley (.412) the team is hitting .340 and has a 5.43 ERA.

Army, 5-6, has won three consecutive games (Sacred Heart, No. Iowa and Central Florida). The Black Knights, who have scored as many as 17 runs in one game this season, have four players hitting over .365 led by Kyle Fleming (.429). The team has swiped 25 bases.

Hartford is 1-7, including four losses at New Mexico State to open the season, and has had four games cancelled due to weather. The team runs a Big Ten test with games vs. Indiana, Illinois and Ohio State this week. Hartford is led by Mike Amendola’s .481 avg.

Rollins, a Division II school in the Sunshine State Conf., has five wins over DI programs and is 16-9. The Tars (it means sailor) are hitting .342 as a team and two starters - Tim Griffin and Stephen Hiscock - have four wins each.

Miami is 15-3 overall and 5-1 in the ACC. The ‘Canes play a three-game series at unbeaten Virginia this weekend and host Top 10 school Georgia Tech three days after the Ohio State game. Miami boasts a team ERA of 3.14 against a mighty schedule with 145 strikeouts vs. 55 walks. The team averages just under 10 runs per game.



Five consecutive wins and a 13-2 record has the Buckeyes climbing in the polls. The team moved from No. 30 to No. 22 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll and it made its debut in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll at No. 30.

Entire release including directions and a recap of last weekend

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