Dayton leads the nation in stolen bases with 62 steals in 19 games.
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Ohio State at Dayton, 3 p.m. ET
• After starting the season 2-9, Dayton (7-12) has won five of the last eight games entering a mid-week game with Ohio State (10-7) on Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Stadium.
• The Flyers lead the nation
in stolen bases this week with 62. Among teams in the top 10 in total stolen bases, Dayton has the best accuracy with only 11 runners caught stealing (85 percent). Last season, UD recorded over 100 steals for the first time in program history (121). Averaging 3.26 steals per game so far this season, UD is on pace to steal more than 180 bags this season. UD has almost twice as many stolen bases as any A-10 team; Charlotte (34) is the closest.
• Senior centerfielder Bobby Glover
has a season-long 19-game hitting streak while leading the team in homeruns (4) and extra base hits (13).
• Junior Ian Hundley
has proven be to a consistent force in his new leadoff spot in the battering order, hitting .367 with a .513 on-base percentage since his first leadoff start at Austin Peay on March 10. When Hundley is leading off, the Flyers are 5-3 and average 7.9 runs per game.
• Freshman designated hitter/first baseman A.J. Ryan
has burst onto the scene as the Flyers' most-accurate hitter this season with a .364 batting average, 24 hits and 18 RBI through 15 starts.
• Senior right-handed pitcher Burny Mitchem
will start on the mound against the Buckeyes. Mitchem is Dayton’s career strikeout leader (271) and, entering last weekend, ranks second among active NCAA Division I players in career strikeouts. Wednesday will be his fourth start of the season. The Farmington, Mich., native has a 4.09 ERA and 23 strikeouts through 22 innings pitched this season.
Scouting Ohio State
• The Buckeyes feature four players hitting over .300, led by sophomore pitcher/first baseman Josh Dezse
(.343 average, 5 HR, 23 hits). On the mound Dezse has a 4.50 ERA with a 1-1 record in six relief appearances. Senior second baseman Ryan Cypret
leads the team in runs scored (18) and extra-base hits (8) with seven doubles and one homerun.
• OSU lost at No. 22 Louisville, 20-0, on Tuesday. It was the first time the Buckeyes have been shutout this season. Last weekend the Buckeyes won two-of-three against Austin Peay in Columbus – two of those games went to extra-innings.
• The Buckeyes will start right-handed pitcher Greg Greve
against the Flyers. In five appearances this season, Greve has a 7.89 ERA, 13 strikeouts, 12 walks and an 0-2 record. Four of his five trips to the mound have been starts.
• Second-year head coach Greg Beals
has a 36-35 record during his time in Columbus. The Springfield, Ohio native and former Ball State coach has a 279-237 career record in his 10th season as a head coach.
• Ohio State was picked to finish sixth in the Big Ten standings this season. In 2011, OSU finished just under .500 with a 26-27 record.
National Weather Service Forecast – Dayton, Ohio
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83 degrees; South wind between five and seven mph.
Last Time Out
• Dayton won three of the four weekend games at Time Warner Cable Stadium last weekend against Oakland and Canisius. The Flyers split two games with Canisius and swept Oakland.
• Both games against Canisius went into extra-innings. In the first game, UD scored one run in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, but lost 9-5. In the second game, two consecutive hits from Gillman and Ryan led off the bottom of the 10th to drive in the game-winning run, 8-7.
• The Flyers earned two one-run wins on Sunday against Canisius and Oakland – both games were an 8-7 final score. It was UD’s first one-run wins of the season, improving to 2-5 in one-run games this season.
• During UD’s six games last week, Gillman led the team with a .462 batting average with 12 hits and seven RBI.
• Senior right-handed pitcher Mike Hauschild
(3-1, 3.32 ERA) pitched his second complete-game of the season against Oakland last Friday. The Beavercreek, Ohio native struck out eight and walked none during Dayton’s 11-5 victory. Hauschild also became the fourth Flyer in program history to pass 200 career strikeouts – currently with 205, joining Luke Trubee
(218), Cameron Hobson
(256) and teammate Mitchem (271).
Next Up: Conference Play Begins This Weekend
• Dayton opens its 24-game Atlantic 10 Conference schedule this weekend with a three-game series against St. Bonaventure at Time Warner Cable Stadium.
• Last season Dayton went 15-9 in conference play after winning all but one conference series against A-10 opponents.
• The Flyers are in the midst of a 14-game homestand.
• The Flyers were picked to finish third in the A-10 this season.
• Last season UD went 32-27 and 15-9 in A-10 play, finishing third.
• UD returns five position players and three-of-four pitchers who started a conference game in 2011.
• Head Coach Tony Vittorio
has a 349-335 record in his 13th season at Dayton.
• The Flyers won the 2009 A-10 regular season title and have had 30-win seasons in five of the last seven years.