Month: September 2019

Jeff Van Gundy Becomes Strong BackUp Coaching Candidate for

The Brooklyn Nets are looking at current ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy as a strong back-up coaching candidate if they are unable to persuade 11-time champion coach Phil Jackson to fill the vacancy, according to also reported that before Van Gundy would even consider taking the job that he would need to get to know Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and the internal operations of the team. A source told Yahoo! Sports that Van Gundy, who has prior coaching experience with the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets, would rather assume the position after the season and not during the season.“I would never comment on a job that was filled,” Van Gundy told Yahoo! Sports. “I was an interim coach. I hope P.J. has great success there. He’s someone I respect greatly.”The Nets fired coach Avery Johnson on Thursday after starting the season 11-4 and going 3-10 in the month of December. P.J. Carlesimo has been named interim head coach and led the Nets to a 97-81 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats Friday night.The 67-year-old Jackson is the Nets obvious top candidate to fill the coaching void, according to on Thursday. Jackson was in the mix for becoming the Los Angeles Lakers coach for his third time in November, but was surprisingly passed over for Mike D’ Antoni.Prokhorov attempted to dodge questions regarding the Nets interest in Jackson as the next head coach on Friday.“P.J. is the head coach and we have an amount of trust with him,” Prokhorov said. “Now P.J. is the head coach, and if it become necessary, you know who the usual suspects are.”The Nets are also looking at the Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson, Nate McMillan, Mike Dunleavy and several other coaches to possibly take over.“I’m from Brooklyn. Coaching there would be a dream come true,” a tweet from Dunleavy read on SirusXM Basketball.But Carlesimo could have the “interim” title removed if he can get the Nets back on the winning track. read more

Ohio States Draft Class Is The Most Impressive In Modern NFL History

1988Oklahoma13 151.2 1944Notre Dame13 1946Notre Dame16 1981Pittsburgh12 1945Notre Dame15 1987Penn State13 2004Ohio State14 2008USC10107.1 2015Florida State11101.7 2012Alabama898.7 1971Ohio State13 Source: 1944Texas12 1947UCLA9103.1 1954Notre Dame12 POSITIONPLAYEROVERALL SELECTIONDRAFT VALUE 2016Ohio State12 1988Miami (FL)12 1982Texas12 1940USC9100.3 Schools with more than a dozen players chosen in one year 1968USC11122.2 1944USC12 2002Miami (FL)11103.3 OLBDarron Lee2015.5 1977USC13 TENick Vannett945.7 2010Oklahoma7112.9 2006USC11102.8 1975USC14 Given all that, it wasn’t a surprise that Ohio State produced a top-notch draft class in 2016. What is surprising is that it’s the most impressive draft class in modern history. At the most basic level, there were just a lot of Buckeyes taken in the draft. Twelve Ohio State players were selected during the 2016 NFL draft, the 25th time a school has had such a distinction. And, in fact, it’s the fourth time Ohio State has sent at least a dozen players to the pros via the NFL draft:But although Ohio State was not exactly hurting in the quantity department, the quality of those picks sets the team apart. Consider, for example, that although the Texas Longhorns had 17 players drafted in 1984, eight of those players were selected with the 180th pick or later; conversely, all 12 Ohio State players were selected in the first four rounds, with Jones being the last pick at number 139. Using the draft value chart, which assigns the average marginal approximate value produced by each draft pick, we can give more weight to the best picks to provide a more accurate measure of class strength. Here is how many points of draft value were used on each Ohio State player in the 2016 draft: 1950Minnesota13 Total 1987Miami (FL)7108.1 2006Ohio State9111.5 WRMichael Thomas4710.1 WRBraxton Miller856.3 YEARSCHOOLPICKS FSVonn Bell618.4 Using this methodology, the best draft class between the 1970 merger and this year came out of Miami in 2004. And yet this class beat that mark by 31.7 percent! That Hurricanes draft was great, with Sean Taylor (fifth overall), Kellen Winslow Jr. (sixth), Jonathan Vilma (12th), D.J. Williams (17th), Vernon Carey (19th) and Vince Wilfork (21st) all selected in the first round. But after those six players, Miami didn’t have another player drafted until the seventh round. By contrast, the Buckeyes had five first-round picks, two more in the second round, three in the third and two more in the fourth. As a result, it stands out as the most impressive draft class in modern history. ILBJoshua Perry1025.1 1952Maryland12 1984Texas17 1967Michigan State8113.7 2016Ohio State12151.2 DEJoey Bosa327.6 1942Texas10100.6 DTAdolphus Washington806.7 1975Nebraska12 RBEzekiel Elliott425.8 1955Notre Dame9128.8 1974UCLA12 CBEli Apple1019.9 1975Ohio State13 2004MiamI (FL)9114.8 1993Notre Dame9114.0 Incredibly, Ohio State had five players drafted in the top 20 and another five in the top 100. As a result, a total of 151.2 points of draft value was used on Buckeyes players. That’s the most — by a very large margin — in 70 years. The table below shows the top 25 draft classes as measured by points of draft value used to select players: 1946Notre Dame16170.4 1954Notre Dame12121.7 Source: 1976Colorado12 1950Notre Dame12 1981Pittsburgh12106.2 The 2016 Ohio State draft class is amazing Source: 1953USC15 OTTaylor Decker1616.9 1945Notre Dame15126.2 Coach Urban Meyer came to Columbus in 2012, and the Ohio State football team has been outstanding from the moment he arrived. In his first season, the Buckeyes went 12-0, although the team was ineligible for a bowl game or postseason play. In 2013, the team began 12-0 again before being upset by Michigan State in the Big 10 championship game. Two seasons ago, Ohio State won the national championship, going 12-1 in the regular season and defeating Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon in the postseason behind third-string quarterback Cardale Jones. And last season, Ohio State’s only loss came as time expired against Michigan State in late November. YEARTEAMNUMBER OF PICKSDRAFT VALUE 1948Alabama6103.8 1939TCU6100.1 1977USC13113.9 QBCardale Jones1393.2 2000Tennessee9102.6 read more

The Best Teams Of Baseballs 2015 Season Are Bums In 2017

LCS SEASONTEAMS ABOVE .500TEAMS AT OR BELOW .500 Since League Championship Series format began in 1969. Includes all LCS seasons for which at least three of the “Final Four” teams were at or below .500 through 40 games, two years later.Sources: ESPN, Retrosheet, Lahman DB 2007Red SoxDiamondbacks, Indians, Rockies The only group that may have fallen further, faster were the LCS participants from 1985 — the Blue Jays, Royals, St. Louis Cardinals and L.A. Dodgers — all of whom were at or below .500 through 40 games of the very next season. Of those four, only the Jays rallied over the remainder of the season to finish with more wins than losses. (At 86-76, they finished in third place and never really sniffed the playoffs after the rough start, though they were arguably the AL’s best team from mid-May onward.)The same scenario — one team ultimately recovering from the slow start — may play out this season. Although the Cubs are in this unenviable group for now, it’s probably just an early bump on the road to another fine season. (Even if their once-mighty defense isn’t what it used to be.)But the other three have bigger problems that might prevent them from clawing their way back onto the winning side of the ledger. Even after their recent upswing, the Blue Jays still occupy last place in the AL East, which might be baseball’s toughest division. Similarly, K.C. is last in the AL Central despite making strides over the past week-plus. And the Mets are in significant disarray from both an injury and a performance perspective. None are tracking for a winning season, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo projections.Baseball is fundamentally more unpredictable than sports such as the NBA (looking forward to that third consecutive Warriors-Cavs final?) or even the NFL (for all its vaunted parity). But it’s still surprising to see these four teams struggle after being, until very recently, the cream of the game’s crop. Since the League Championship Series format began in 1969, it’s tough to find a “Final Four” of baseball that’s fallen on harder times two years later than 2015’s quartet of the Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays. Through 40 games of a season, this is the first time ever that all four LCS participants from two years prior were .500 or worse: 1983OriolesWhite Sox, Dodgers, Phillies 1984PadresCubs, Tigers, Royals THROUGH 40 GAMES, TWO YEARS LATER… Baseball’s 2015 “Final Four” have fallen on hard times 1992BravesAthletics, Pirates, Blue Jays 2015—Cubs, Royals, Mets, Blue Jays read more

Ohio State Penn State mens hockey trade wins hits over the weekend

OSU senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple (24) finishes off a check during a game against Michigan at the Schottenstein Center.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s hockey team split its two games against the Penn State in a physical yet high-flying series that included 11 goals and 12 penalties between the two sides.Penn State would strike first in the first encounter with 9:24 remaining in the first period. Freshman forward Andrew Sturtz fired the puck behind OSU junior Christian Frey’s right shoulder while the Buckeyes were on the power play.The Scarlet and Gray responded rapidly, taking advantage of the shorthanded Nittany Lions courtesy of junior defenseman Josh Healey’s fourth goal of the season. The assist by junior forward David Gust extended his point streak to 10 games. The lamplighter extended OSU’s power-play goal streak to four games.The second period was dominated by defense. Senior forward and co-captain Anthony Greco and Gust had good chances to grab the lead, but they couldn’t find a way past senior netminder Matthew Skoff. Frey would also make nine saves in the period. The Buckeyes finally found the back of the net when junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey scored his 11th goal of the season with just over a minute left in the period.Both sides continued to demonstrate their defensive prowess into the third period. Penn State would eventually level the score at 2-2, courtesy of freshman defenseman Kevin Kerr’s first career goal at the 16:50 mark. Neither side would score again, sending the game into overtime.There would not be another shootout like the Saturday prior against Michigan. Penn State freshman forward Alex Marsh netted the game winner at the 3:32 mark in overtime, ending the contest at 3-2.“You got to continue to get better as a hockey team, and you can’t keep giving points away to Penn State,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said after Friday’s loss. “They continue to work hard, they continue to put pucks on the net. As a hockey team you got to be able to take care of leads, take care of the puck.”The Buckeyes finished the match only scoring once on five power-play opportunities. Both Rohlik and Schilkey expressed their belief that there was more to be desired from the special teams.“Certainly you got to take advantage of power plays. We had one (power-play goal), but when you go back and look at the game, if we could get a second or a third, certainly you would like to do that,” Rohlik said. “We’ll continue to sharpen things up.”Schilkey echoed his coach’s words, saying he believed the team has to be able to convert some of the opportunities it was granted.“It is frustrating, but it’s just something we got to stick with. We can’t let it affect our game. We try not to let that happen,” Schilkey said. “Chances still came, so I can’t say that it really affected us too much, but of course it’s frustrating you want a couple of those (shots) to go in. Tonight it just didn’t happen.”In Game 2 it would be the Buckeyes that would breakthrough first. Senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple scored on a breakaway four minutes into the first period, putting one past junior goaltender Eamon McAdam.“It was great to get off to a good start. Great to get the first goal. In any game, to go up one-nothing is everything you want,” Dalrymple said. “I think tonight as soon as we got one I don’t think we ever looked back.”The goal was assisted by freshman forward Brendan Kearney. Kearney and freshman forward Dakota Joshua returned from one-game suspensions resulting from Sunday’s post-match altercation against Michigan.“Everybody in that locker room, all our guys contribute, and when we push each other Monday through Thursday it helps us on the weekend,” Rohlik said. “Not having (Kearney and Joshua) in last night and getting them in tonight and it was nice to see them get on the board, but their energy was more than everything.”Schilkey would double the lead for the Scarlet and Gray in the second period. He collected an errant clearance from the Penn State defense and netted the Buckeyes’ fifth shorthanded goal on the season with 8:10 remaining in the period. OSU then made it 3-0 five minutes later. Freshman forward Miguel Fidler squeezed the puck behind a sprawling McAdam; it was his first goal in a Buckeye uniform.Penn State would get on the board in a little under two minutes into the third period. A shot from senior forward Eric Scheid clanged off Frey’s right-side post and ricocheted off his back and into the net.The Buckeyes impressively held off a five-minute-long power play by the Nittany Lions during the period. They did not allow Penn State, the nation’s leader in shots on goal, one attempt on Frey’s net. The penalty was a result from contact to the head by Healey.“Even in a tough situation there in the third period, to kill off that five minute major, that just shows you, what we can do,” Rohlik said. “It was a big kill, and it was a big night for us.”Dalrymple said the penalty kill was a key moment in the game for the home team.“We know they scored early in the third. A two-goal lead is never safe in hockey. Maybe there was a bit of controversy on the call, but we knew we could take care of that for Josh Healey,” Dalrymple said. “We just kind of buckled down. Four guys on the ice and everyone did their job and we just killed it off.”OSU would capitalize on its first power play of the night later in the period. A nifty solo move and a slick finish by freshman forward Mason Jobst put the Buckeyes up 4-1 at the 14:30 mark in the period.Penn State pulled its goalie in an effort to get their offense going and it backfired on them quickly, as Joshua put the puck into the empty net with a little over four minutes remaining in the period. That would be the last of the scoring, and the game would finish in a 5-1 OSU victory.OSU’s three-series homestand is set to continue next Friday and Saturday against Michigan State. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Ohio State mens hockey completes sweep over No 14 Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan came into its game against the Ohio State men’s hockey team Saturday night ranked No. 14 in the country, but for the second-straight game, it was the Buckeyes who played like a team worthy of national recognition. OSU won 4-1 and completed a two-game sweep of the Wildcats after defeating Northern Michigan by the same score Friday afternoon. Four players scored for OSU in the Saturday contest and senior goalie Cal Heeter had 18 saves to help the team to a series sweep. The unranked Buckeyes are now unbeaten in their last seven games, and are riding a five-game winning streak during which they have outscored their opponents 20-2. “Ohio State is a good hockey team. I don’t know if people know how good they are. They were owning the game,” Northern Michigan coach Walt Kyle said. The Buckeyes owned Saturday’s game from the start. Senior forward Danny Dries put OSU on the board with a goal at 10:54 in the first period. Dries received a pass from senior defenseman Sean Duddy just inside the blue line and fired the puck past Wildcats’ goalie Reid Ellingson. Freshman forward Nick Oddo scored at 9:08 in the second period, and OSU led 2-0 after 40 minutes. The Buckeyes outshot the Wildcats 31-8 through two stanzas, including a 17-2 advantage in the middle period. Northern Michigan cut OSU’s lead to one with a goal at 3:12 in the third period. The Buckeyes went on the power play less than a minute after the goal, and took advantage with a goal from sophomore defenseman Curtis Gedig at 4:14. OSU was on the power play four times during the game, while the Wildcats only held a player advantage twice. “At the beginning of the year, we were spending too much time in the box,” Dries said. “We have done a much better job of staying out of the box, especially over the last two weekends.” Oddo found sophomore forward Alex Lippincott in front of the Wildcats goal, who backhanded the puck into the net, giving OSU a 4-1 lead with just more than 12 minutes remaining in the game. The Buckeyes responded to Northern Michigan’s lone goal with two of their own in a span of 3:54, putting the game far from in reach for the Wildcats, preserving a win and series sweep. “When the other team scores, you are going to start second guessing yourselves, but I do not think they did that,” OSU head coach Mark Osiecki said. “It is probably a good thing Northern scored and put us in that position. It let us see how our guys would handle it.” The win puts OSU in a tie for first place atop the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings with Notre Dame and Lake Superior. The Buckeyes are now 8-3-1 on the year, 5-2-1-1 in conference play. “We are taking things day-to-day, and we are not looking at the rankings yet. We are trying to go one day at a time,” Gedig said. Northern Michigan drops to 4-5-3, 1-4-3-2 in the CCHA with the loss. The Buckeyes will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face Michigan in a two-game series starting on Friday. read more

Gallery Ohio State kicks off spring practice

The OSU football team returned to the practice field on March 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, less than 2 months after the Buckeyes beat Oregon in the 1st-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorThe Ohio State football team kicked off its spring practice sessions on Tuesday, less than two months after the Buckeyes beat Oregon, 42-20, in the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.A few familiar faces were back in the fold, including redshirt-senior quarterback Braxton Miller, as the Buckeyes get set for 14 spring practices, ending with the Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium.OSU’s 2015 season is scheduled to begin Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. read more

Mens Tennis Mikael Torpegaards two wins lead No 3 Ohio State to

Then-junior Mikael Torpegaard defeated Minnesota’s Matic Spec, 6-4, 6-4 in a match on April 14. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated Nebraska 7-0 Sunday afternoon to remain undefeated in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes (21-2, 7-0 Big Ten) won the doubles match and dominated the six remaining singles matches to sweep the Cornhuskers (9-10, 0-7 Big Ten). In his first Big Ten match of the season, redshirt senior Riley Reist joined senior Mikael Torpegaard to put the Buckeyes up 1-0 with a 6-2 doubles win. Torpegaard followed up on the doubles win with another victory in his singles match, winning 6-2 and 6-1 against Nebraska junior Toby Boyer to extend the Buckeyes’ lead to 2-0. “I felt like in doubles I served well and I try to carry over that momentum every time I play,” Torpegaard said. “Usually when my serve is on I win comfortably so it was great to have that happen today.” Redshirt sophomore Alex Kobelt also capitalized in his first conference match of the season for the Buckeyes. He rolled over Nebraska freshman William Grattan-Smith, winning 7-5 and 6-0.Ohio State pushed the lead to 3-0 when sophomore J.J. Wolf finished his match with 6-1 and 6-3 set victories.“I just tried to focus on getting that first point in the game,” Wolf said. “When you start up in the game early it’s easier to finish them out and that’s one of the things our coach tells us to work on and I did that most of that match.” Buckeyes sophomore Kyle Seelig picked up another win for Ohio State in a dominant 6-1, 6-2 performance versus Cornhusker freshman Isaac Nortey. Ohio State will continue conference play when it takes on Illinois at home at noon Saturday for the top spot in the Big Ten. read more

Womens Basketball Ashanti Abshaw out for season with ACL injury

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Ashanti Abshaw suffered a season ending ACL-injury this past weekend during a practice with the women’s basketball team.Abshaw, a native of Cleveland, was set to begin her first season as a graduate player for Ohio State after spending her last four seasons with Cleveland State.Abshaw played in 97 games and averaged 17.1 ppg, recorded 17 double-doubles and was the third fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. She was also a three-time All-Horizon League honoree.There is no timetable for her return, and no date has been set yet for her surgery. read more

Mens Basketball Andre Wesson shows improvement with post play

Ohio State junior forward Andre Wesson (24) dunks the ball with 1:11 to go in the second half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDuring Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann’s first season, forward Andre Wesson did not make a great first impression. Averaging 18.5 minutes per game off the bench, he shot 37.9 percent from the field, averaging 2.9 points per game along with 2.3 personal fouls. Holtmann said the then-sophomore forward took bad shots, especially early last season, and struggled with turnovers. “I remember everyone was yelling at me, ‘Bench Wesson and bench [Andrew] Dakich,’” Holtmann said.But to the head coach, it was the uncertainty Wesson had of his own game in Holtmann’s first season that caused the forward to have problems. “I think he struggled with, ‘where do I, how do I impact the game, where do I impact the game?’” Holtmann said. Without a true expectation for how significant Wesson’s impact would be for Ohio State during the 2018-19 season — many viewed him as a defensive specialist off the bench — Wesson has slowly begun to find his identity on the basketball court. In the past two games, the junior forward has scored 30 points, making 11-of-18 attempts from the field, including two 3s on six attempts. “My teammates have always been on me, ‘just keep shooting the ball,’ so I have put it on them,” Wesson said. “They have done a great job of boosting my confidence.” Now Wesson’s role has shifted this season when he is on the court. As his brother, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, averaged 3.8 fouls per game in Big Ten play, fouling out of four of his past 10 games, and sophomore forward Kyle Young was sidelined due to injury, Andre Wesson took more of a prominent role in the post. He is second on the team in rebounding, averaging four per game in Big Ten play. In Andre Wesson’s past two games against Penn State and Indiana, he has recorded 14 rebounds, more than the previous five games combined. This change in mentality has affected Wesson’s offense as well, increasing his shooting percentage 5.7 percent from nonconference to conference play. Holtmann views Wesson as a player who has figured out his role. “He’s moved into this year where he’s gotten even a better understanding of that: how can he impact the game based on his skills,” Holtmann said. Wesson’s understanding helped Ohio State to its three-point win against Indiana Sunday. With senior guard C.J. Jackson on the outside, Wesson faked a screen, cutting through the two defenders to set up a wide-open dunk to give Ohio State its third straight win and its fourth in five games. Holtmann said this play was specifically set up for Wesson, putting his brother on the 3-point line to distract the Hoosiers from crowding the paint. According to the head coach, Wesson fit the action required for this play to succeed, looking at what he has done and earning the trust of the coaching staff and the team to go to him with the game on the line. With what he considered to be a great pass leading to a great finish, the head coach said it happened exactly how he drew it up. “That’s about a 10 out of 10 and it rarely happens for you as coaches, honestly, where you get exactly late what you are trying to get,” Holtmann said. “It doesn’t happen a lot.” Wesson said it was a moment he dreamt of, complimenting his teammates for feeding him in the post, setting him up for success, especially on the final play of the game.He said that each time he scores, he has continued to build confidence and poise to improve upon the Wesson that Holtmann saw in his first season with the Buckeyes. But to Jackson, this confident and poised Wesson is the player he is used to. “This is kind of the Andre that I’ve seen since he got here,” Jackson said. “It’s just a matter of him doing it and he’s playing unbelievable for us. We know he is a big key to our team and we are going to need his scoring, his ability to do everything that he does on the court for us.” read more

Baseball Ohio State seeks bounceback weekend against BethuneCookman

Ohio State assistant coach Chris Holick (6) embraces and greets players Malik Jones (5), Tyler Cowles (12) and Dominic Canzone (33) after the top of the fifth inning in Ohio State’s 2-1 win against Cal State Northridge in extra innings on Mar. 16 in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Ebo Amissah-Aggrey | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State baseball team strives to rebound from a three-loss weekend in Texas.Ohio State (5-3) will face off against Bethune-Cookman (3-4) in a four-game series in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Buckeyes are coming off a weekend of sloppy baseball that plagued the team, losing three of the four games played. The team only walked five batters during the first weekend, but 24 runners reached base on balls the second weekend. The Buckeyes also committed seven errors in Texas.  These statistics showed up on the scoreboard, as Ohio State surrendered more than three times the amount of runs they allowed opening weekend. “We need to get back to playing clean baseball: throwing strikes, taking care of the baseball, doing the things that need to be consistent on a championship ballclub,” Beals said.The opening weekend was defined by dominant pitching, which struggled to shine in the second weekend. Sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith, who picked up his second win this season, is not alarmed by the performance of the pitching staff in Texas. “It’s a long season,” Smith said. “This is the game of baseball. You’re going to give up hits. You’re going to give up runs. Some days you’re not going to have your stuff.”Echoing this calm mindset, senior left fielder Brady Cherry will lean on his past experiences to help guide the team through rough patches this season. Cherry has been on Buckeye squads that have made the NCAA tournament and on a team that lost more games than it won. “I can use that kind of experience to help guys, especially if they’re struggling right at the beginning, because I know I have been there a lot in my career,” Cherry said. “Just being able to let them know that it’s not the end of the world. It’s not the end of the season.” Cherry, who came into the season batting a career .240, leads the 2019 team with a .379 average. He has also launched three home runs so far this season. There is opportunity for the Ohio State offense to thrive against a Bethune-Cookman team that is allowing more than 10 runs a game. The Wildcats also have hit 20 batters and thrown 11 wild pitches in only seven games this season. Junior pitcher Anthony Maldonado has been a bright spot on the mound for the Wildcats, with a 3.27 ERA and nine strikeouts in two starts this season. On the offensive side, redshirt senior infielder Brandon Wilkes has hit .500 this season to go along with seven RBIs. Wilkes has six of his eight hits and all seven of his RBIs in the past two games. Overall, the Wildcats are struggling at the plate. The team has a .217 batting average and only two home runs on the season. Bethune-Cookman has also been severely beaten on the base paths this season. The team has only stolen one base, while allowing 22 stolen bases on 24 attempts. Ohio State came into this season with a lot of questions that needed answers. The first two weeks have shown the potential of the team, but it also shed light on the inconsistency a young team can bring to the table. “I’m excited for us to get back out and get into the third weekend of the season and really identify ourselves and how good we’re going to be,” Beals said.The Buckeyes will begin their series at 7 p.m. Friday. This will be followed by a 6 p.m. Saturday game, a 4 p.m. Sunday contest and a 1 p.m. finale on Monday. read more