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After taking a looser approach, Ohio State baseball set for stretch run

April 21, 2014
With the most treacherous part of the Ohio State baseball team’s schedule already in the books, the Buckeyes are left with a severe limp. After midweek losses at West Virginia and at home against Ball State, OSU sat only four games above .500. The team’s preseason goal of making the NCAA Tournament was quickly slipping away. But the coaching staff lightened the downtrodden mood of the team with a wiffle ball contest before its weekend series against the Murray State Racers, which might have helped the team pick up a pair of wins. “I know we’ve been grinding lately and, obviously, losing isn’t fun. That was really nice to do,”… Read more

Ohio State baseball wins weekend series against Murray State

April 21, 2014
In the midst of a slump on the field, the Ohio State baseball team decided to loosen things up in order to get back on track. The Buckeyes were playing tight in their losses to West Virginia and Ball State earlier in the week, redshirt-junior first baseman Josh Dezse said. So to loosen players up and help boost team morale, the coaches decided to have the team play wiffle ball during practice Thursday, which Dezse said helped against Murray State this weekend. “It was nice to just have fun all of us together, I know we’ve been grinding lately. Obviously losing is not fun so that was really nice to… Read more

Ohio State baseball looks to end 2-game losing streak in weekend series against Murray State

April 17, 2014
In order to finish out the final month of the regular season the way it wants to, the Ohio State baseball team needs to regroup in a series away from conference play. “It’s very good for us right now, we need to have some non-Big Ten play,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. After losses at West Virginia Tuesday and at home against Ball State the following day, the Buckeyes (21-17, 4-8) are scheduled to continue their non-conference slate with a three-game series against Murray State (16-18, 9-9) over the weekend at Bill Davis Stadium. Senior pitcher Greg Greve agreed with his coach and said the Buckeyes have to use this… Read more

Ohio State baseball drops 4th game in last 6, falls to Ball State, 8-6

April 16, 2014
It seems like nothing can go right for the Ohio State baseball team. After falling on the road to West Virginia Tuesday, the Buckeyes (21-17, 4-8) lost their second game in as many days, losing to Ball State 8-6 Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium. After the loss to Ball State (25-12, 9-2), where OSU’s coach Greg Beals was in charge for eight seasons prior to coming to Columbus, Beals had nothing positive to say about OSU’s performance this week. “They need to play baseball … we had a poor secondary lead, we had a guy on deck who didn’t tell the guy to slide, we had a guy running to… Read more

Ohio State baseball takes 2 of 3 in weekend series against Penn State

April 14, 2014
The Ohio State baseball team (21-15, 4-8) got back on track with a weekend series victory at home against Penn State. The bats woke up in a big way for the final two games of the three-game series — both victories for OSU — and coach Greg Beals credited the lineup change and the wind for helping out the offense. “When the wind is blowing, it really helps the mentality of the hitters,” Beals said. “And we’ve been talking mentality and maybe it took the wind blowing to get them going a little bit and get that mentality at game time to attack.” Sunday’s game began with the Buckeyes jumping… Read more

Following slow start to Big Ten slate, Ohio State baseball facing ‘must-win’ series against Penn State

April 10, 2014
When the Big Ten announced the 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament was expanding to an eight-team field for the first time in conference history after previously having just six eligible teams, the Ohio State baseball team believed it could show up to Omaha, Neb., as the No. 1-seed. Now three weeks into its conference schedule, the Buckeyes might soon be thankful for that expansion. The Buckeyes (19-14, 2-7) currently sit 10th in the Big Ten standings heading into their weekend series at home against Penn State (16-14, 4-1, third in the Big Ten) Friday, a series some players are calling a must-win. Last year, OSU swept Penn State in a… Read more

Early runs create ‘snowball effect’ as Ohio State baseball loses to Dayton, 8-5

April 9, 2014
The University of Dayton just keeps on beating Ohio State. Just a few weeks removed from the two schools playing in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the Flyers (13-17, 5-4) took it to the Buckeyes (19-14, 2-7) on the diamond in Columbus, beating them, 8-5. Normally assuming the role of closer, junior pitcher Trace Dempsey started for the Buckeyes Wednesday. “I let the team down today,” Dempsey said. “It was important to get this win today and I didn’t really come out or give us an opportunity to win … today my body language got out of hand and I kind of sucked a little life out of the team.… Read more

Ohio State baseball downs Eastern Michigan, 8-1

April 9, 2014
One of the most important things a team has to do to succeed is win the games they are supposed to win. The Ohio State baseball team has done that all season long, and Tuesday was no exception in its game against Eastern Michigan. OSU (19-13, 2-7) won its ninth straight non-conference game against EMU (10-19, 1-8) defeating the Eagles, 8-1. While the win was good for the team, coach Greg Beals said after two straight weekend sweeps losing against Indiana and Nebraska, he would still like to see his team play at a higher level. “I told the guys afterwards that I don’t think we played a whole lot… Read more

Ohio State baseball swept in weekend series at Nebraska

April 6, 2014
After three games, three runs were all that separated the Ohio State baseball team from Big Ten foe Nebraska. Those three runs proved costly though, as the Buckeyes (18-13, 2-7) dropped each of three games of a weekend series in Lincoln, Neb., to the Cornhuskers (19-13, 4-2) by a one-run margin. The Buckeyes found themselves with a lead in each game, but just could not seal the deal down the stretch. Two losses were walk-offs while the other saw the Cornhuskers take the lead in the eighth inning. “We just have to finish games. We were right there,” redshirt-sophomore infielder Ryan Leffel said after Sunday’s 2-1 loss. “One play can… Read more

Ohio State baseball looking to establish itself as one of Big Ten’s best in weekend series against Nebraska

April 3, 2014
If the Ohio State baseball team wants to be considered as one of the best teams in the Big Ten, making a statement in its first conference road series will go a long way. After getting swept in a three-game series at home by Indiana last weekend, the Buckeyes (18-10, 2-3) have a season-defining series this weekend at Nebraska (16-13, 1-2). OSU cruised in two midweek games against Ohio and Toledo that resulted in 31 hits for the Buckeyes, and coach Greg Beals said after feeling the pressure last weekend, the team has to step up against another one of the Big Ten’s top teams. “They were picked to be… Read more