I'll admit it, in recent months and even years, I have never sat down to watch an entire Ohio State Buckeyes baseball game. Whether it was due to the fact that they weren't on television or just because I thought watching or listening to the Cleveland Indians for over three hours almost every day was enough baseball for me, it was a rarity to watch the baseball Buckeyes. Even though I graduated from The Ohio State University and am a huge supporter of everything scarlet and gray, I could never get into the baseball side of Ohio State. But over this Memorial Day weekend, that changed.
Sunday afternoon, while it was over 80 degrees outside, I sat down and watched the Big Ten championship game that featured Ohio State and the Iowa Hawkeyes on Big Ten Network. While the Buckeyes all but secured their spot in the NCAA Tournament by making the conference title game, whether it was with an automatic bid winning the tournament or an at-large bid if they lost to Iowa, I wanted to see (yet another) successful Ohio State team. And that's exactly what came to fruition. But, I realized that this season, I missed out on plenty of good baseball, and one of the best Ohio State teams in the last decade-plus, Nick Swisher notwithstanding.
After coming all the way through the loser's bracket, the Buckeyes won four straight elimination games in a span of just over 24 hours, including an 8-7 victory over Iowa in the Big Ten tournament championship game, the Bucks secured their spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. On Monday, the NCAA announced that Ohio State (43-18-1) was selected as the No. 2 seed in the Louisville, along with No. 2 overall seed (and No. 1 seed in regional) Louisville (47-12), No. 3 seed Wright State (44-15), and No. 4 seed Western Michigan (22-32).
In case you didn't know, the NCAA baseball selection committee chooses their top 16 seeds and those 16 teams are the host sites for the regional part of the bracket. Then, each region has four seeds, which is why the Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the region. Each regional is double-elimination, with the last team standing from each of the 16 Regionals advancing onto the Super Regionals.
http://www.scout.com/college/ohio-state/story/1670184-buckeyes-down-to-8... Having won 18 of their last 24 games, including a 16-4 record in the month of May, the Buckeyes are one of the hottest teams in the country. But, even while they're one of the hottest teams in college baseball, head coach Greg Beals, although he is really excited for his players, realizes how tough it will be to advance on from the Louisville regional, per a statement from the school
"It's kind of reality, I know what these guys did on the field yesterday to earn that spot, but to still see it come up on the board is a really good feeling. This is a true regional at Louisville. We will go to work and collect some information and develop a scouting report. We have a lot of respect for all the teams that have made it this far. There's no easy regional. Our guys our battled-tested and will be ready to get back on the diamond."
Ohio State will open regional play against in-state foe Wright State Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET. Their next game will depend on whether they win or lose and who wins the matchup between Louisville and Western Michigan, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET Friday night, following the Ohio State-Wright State game.
Whoever survives the Louisville regional will advance on to play against the Vanderbilt regional - which includes Vanderbilt (43-17), Xavier (30-28), Washington (32-21), and UC Santa Barbara (37-18-1) - in the Super Regional.