Ohio State reached their second NCAA Tournament in three years in 2018, losing both of their tournament games in extra innings to South Carolina and UNC Wilmington. The early exit may of been disappointing, but also a successful season for head coach Greg Beals and the Buckeyes.
If Ohio State is going to continue the success they had in 2018, they will have to replace some of the talent in the pitching rotation. Starters Ryan Feltner, Connor Curtis and their closer Seth Kinker were the key contributors for the success the Buckeyes had last season. Starting pitcher Jake Vance, who started six games in 2018, looks to be the main starter for the Buckeyes in 2019. Outside of Vance, the rotation looks a little slim.
Ohio State should continue to be a patient at the plate. Kobie Foppe had a team best on-base percentage and contributed with 47 runs. Dominic Canzone batted .323 during his sophomore season, hitting four homeruns and driving in 35 runs.
Conner Pohl will most likely drive in the most runs. Pohl knocked in 49 RBIs last season and hit seven homeruns. He also led the team with 36 walks which emphasized the Buckeyes patience at the plate.
The Buckeyes will have scoring opportunities, but they will have to take advantage of those opportunities and score more runs this season due to the lack of experience in their pitching rotation. Look for the Buckeyes to continue to have success and fight hard to get back to the NCAA Tournament.
The Buckeyes open their season against Seton Hall in Port Charlotte, Florida in the Snowbird Classic. First pitch is 2 p.m. Friday February 15, 2019. LHP Seth Lonsway will get the start for the Buckeyes.