Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Lantern: Big Ten-best OSU hosts BG, Ball State in midweek games

Nathan Schlabach
Issue date: 4/21/09

The Big Ten leading Ohio State Buckeyes baseball team will host two mid-week games this week as they face Bowling Green on Tuesday night and Ball State Wednesday night.

The Buckeyes first mid-week game will be against Bowling Green at Bill Davis Stadium. The first pitch is set for Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m.

Bowling Green (17-16, 8-6 MAC) comes in to Bill Davis Stadium on a two game losing skid, losing two out of three to Kent State this past weekend. They will be looking to rebound before they return to MAC play this weekend against Miami of Ohio.

"There a solid ball club," coach Bob Todd said. He also noted the importance of these mid-week games and how it's a jump starter for their Big Ten series this weekend.

If the Buckeyes play well for these mid-week games it acts as a tune up for their Big Ten games.

"Weekday games are huge," pitcher Alex Wimmers said. "If we are able to win those games it gives us confidence [for the weekend]."

The Buckeyes will finish off their two game mid-week slate on Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. as the Bucks will take on Ball State at Bill Davis Stadium.

Ball State (16-17, 6-7 MAC) comes in to the game with a one game winning streak after defeating Central Michigan 12-4 on Saturday.

Ball State's pitching coach Mike Stafford is a 1998 graduate of Ohio State is now helping the Ball State baseball team.

"Mike Stafford is doing an outstanding job over there" coach Todd said. "We talked to him in the winter time and he said they were going to have an outstanding ball club."

Hopefully the Buckeyes can come out for both games and get good pitching, timely hitting and get the two wins heading into this weekend games against Northwestern

OSU leads the all time series against Bowling Green 29-18-4 and they also lead the series against Ball State 11-4.

Pitcher Jake Hale has been named Big Ten player of the week he comes in to Tuesday's game with 10 saves and a 1.12 ERA. It is the sixth time this season a Buckeye player has been player of the week.

Hale has also been added to the midseason watch list for the Stopper of the Year Award.

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