Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Buck-a-Buger Night vs. Akron

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State continues its longest homestand of the season with four games this week at Bill Davis Stadium. Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. the Buckeyes host former assistant coach Pat Bangtson and his Akron Zips.

This Week in Ohio State Baseball

No. 25 Ohio State (31-10; 11-4 Big Ten Conference)

Game 42 vs. Akron (14-27; 8-10 MAC East)
Wednesday, April 29 - 6:35 p.m.
Buck-a- Burger Night!!


Ohio State and Akron are meeting for the 30th time in a series that was initiated in 1980. Ohio State leads the series, 19-10, including a 6-3 record for Bob Todd-coached teams. Pat Bangtson’s Akron club won the last meeting, 7-3, in the second game of a double-header last year.

One dollar...just $1 will get fans a hamburger at the game Wednesday vs. Akron as part of Buck-a-Burger night. Bring $5 to the game and get five burgers. Buy a bunch...only while supplies last.

Ohio State is only 1-3 in Wednesday games this season at Bill Davis Stadium with losses to Marshall, Kent State and Ball State (been outscored, 42-18, in those games, too) and a win over Morehead State.

Ohio State is coming off a 10-6 loss to Northwestern Sunday, but has won seven of its last 10 games, including a 2-1 Big Ten series win over Northwestern. ... The team’s 11-4 record in the Big Ten is good for a tie for first place with Illinois. ... Coach Bob Todd’s teams have won 30 or more games for 24 consecutive seasons, including all 22 of his Ohio State teams. ... The team is 26-2 when leading after the sixth inning and 26-0 when leading after the seventh. Some even quicker notes:

• The team batting average of .330 and slugging pct. of .507 each lead the Big Ten Conference.
• Its 5.45 ERA is fifth in the Big Ten. The staff’s .279 opposing batting average is 2nd.
• The Buckeyes are fielding at a .965 rate, good for fifth in the Big Ten.
• In Big Ten games only, Ohio State is fielding at a .974 rate, good for second in the league.

Pat Bangtson left Ohio State after the 2005 season for Akron and his first head coaching assignment. His Zips make the short trip into Columbus having won eight of their last 12 games. Six players for the Zips currently boast a batting average of over .300 with three totaling over 50 hits on the year.

In MAC play, the Zips have played well at home, going 6-3, but the road has provided its woes with a 2-7 record. Akron is chasing a spot in the MAC Tournament, which takes the top three teams from each division. The next two with the best record, regardless of division, receive at-large bids. Akron is currently fifth in the East Division and looking for an at-large bid. A quick survey of other teams looking for at-large bids includes Bowling Green (10-7), Eastern Michigan, (7-11), Northern Illinois (6-11) and Western Michigan (6-12). Here’s more about the Zips:

• The team has won five of its last six games.
• After a home MAC series with Miami this weekend, Akron plays its final two conference weekends on the road at Kent State and at Bowling Green.

OSU Athletics Release & Game Notes


BaseballBucks33 said...

Hopefully the guys are focused on Akron and not Michigan until Thursday anyway. Lol! Hope to see another good start from Ross Oltorik. Looks like the rain be be out of the area by game time too. We have all the talent in the country,i just think sometimes we lose focus and play down to their level. I know the mid-week games are tough sometimes but they still have to be played and hopefully won.

Robbie said...

Any preview on the Michigan series? I'm looking forward to watching Wimmers vs. Fetter in game 1!

BaseballBucks33 said...

Yeah that game tomorrow night should be fun,i hope the weather is decent and we play great. Fetter always pitches good vs OSU,i hope he is off tomorrow. Our history against Michigan the last couple of years is horrible to say the least. I hope it changes this weekend @ home.