As big a mid-week game as we’ll have at Bill Davis Stadium this year takes place at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday as the 26-7 Ohio State Buckeyes host 24-7 Kent State University, a team predicted to win the MAC and make the NCAA tournament.
Game 34: vs. No. 24 Kent State (24-7; 9-2 Mid American Conference)
Wednesday, April 15 - 6:35 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium
BOTH TEAMS NATIONALLY RANKED
Ohio State comes into the game ranked 26th by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and 28th by PING! Baseball and Kent State is ranked 24th by Collegiate Baseball. The two teams have numerous other similarities:
• Ohio State has won 14 Big Ten Conference regular season championships, eight Big Ten tournament championships and has participated in the NCAA tournament 18 times, including 12 times under the direction of coach Bob Todd.
• Kent State has won nine Mid American Conference championships, six MAC tournament titles and participated in an NCAA tournament eight times, including once under fifth-year coach Scott Stricklin.
TODD AND CYPRET KENT STATE TIESTwenty-seven years ago Bob Todd accepted his first head coaching assignment on a college level after 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Missouri. That first job was at Kent State. In four years with the program, Todd, who also served as an assistant athletics director, never had a losing season while winning 124 games against 82 losses. His teams set MAC records for wins twice, and his last two teams combined for 73 wins.
Assistant coach Greg Cypret, who played at Missouri while Todd was on the Tigers’ staff, spent three years as an assistant at Kent State before coming to Ohio State with Todd in the fall of 1988.
THE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State and Kent State are playing for the 48th time in a series that started in 1958. Ohio State leads the all-time series, 34-13. In their last meeting, the Buckeyes came out on top with a 5-3 win in 2004 at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Full OSU Athletics Release
Kent State Game Notes