Baseball scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting at Ohio State
DAYTON –The Wright State baseball program will face Ohio State on Tuesday, March 22 at Bill Davis Stadium. The midweek tilt is scheduled for a 6:05 p.m. debut on Big Ten Network Plus. Fans can also follow the action with live stats.
LAST TIME OUT
Last week, the Raiders went 2-2 with an outright win over Xavier and a series loss to Oakland. Samy Sass scored on crazy ground for the winning run in WSU’s 2-1 win over the Musketeers in 10 innings. After losing a 4-2 decision in their conference opener to Oakland, the Raiders responded with a 14-2 rout, exploding for a season-high nine extra hits and five home runs. . However, the Golden Grizzlies held on for a 6-5 win in the series finale.
SCOUT THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State is 7-10 overall and 1-0 at home. The Buckeyes opened the season 3-0 but went on a seven-game losing streak. Last week, OSU dropped a three-game series at UNC Wilmington.
Marcus Ernst leads the offense with a .453 batting average in 17 starts, while Zach Dezenzo has team ratings in doubles (4), homers (6) and RBI (19). Tuesday’s starting pitcher Tyler Kean recorded a 10.12 ERA in 2.2 innings in three appearances.
STORY AGAINST. OHIO STATE
Wright State trails 6-3 in the all-time series. The teams last met in 2019, where the Raiders finished on the short end of a 6-5 decision. WSU’s last win over Ohio State came in the 2016 NCAA Regional, knocking out the Buckeyes 7-3.
STAR IN TRAINING
Nowadays, Alec Sayre leads the Horizon League in batting average (.414), doubles (10), doubles per game (0.59), hits (29), hits per game (1.71), total bases (45) and percentage base (0.494). He also ranks second in the conference in walks (11), third in runs (14) and fourth in strikes (.643). The sophomore outfielder had 10 multi-hit performances, highlighted by a four-hit performance against Oakland (3/20).
Sayre hit .533 (8 for 15) with four doubles, one home run, five RBIs and five runs scored in four games last week. The Dover, Ohio native cut .533/.632/.1000, walked four times, went 1-for-1 on stolen base attempts and reached base more than twice in all four games. In Sunday’s WSU doubleheader against Oakland (3/20), Sayre was at his best, going 7-for-10 at the plate with three doubles, one home run, four RBIs and four runs.
HE’S JUST A FIRST YEAR STUDENT
Chris Gallagher recorded a .90 ERA with 13 strikeouts in his last six appearances. The freshman right-hander threw a total of 10.0 innings, allowing just one run on four hits. In Wright State’s series against Oakland, he pitched 4.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Gehrig Anglin is tied for 16th nationally with eight conference-leading homers. The redshirt junior has hit seven of his last 12 games and reached base in 16 of 17 games this season. He entered the 2022 campaign with three homers in 178 career at-bats. This season, the native of St. Clair, Mich., has hit all eight of his homers in just 59 at-bats.
Julian Greenwell was beaten in four straight plate appearances at Georgia Tech and five times overall in the season-opening series. To date, Greenwell ranks 19th nationally in hits per pitch per game (0.53) and total hits per pitch (9). Wright State sits atop the Horizon League in HBP (20) as a team.
IT MOUNTS ON THE BASE
Greenwell ranks fifth in the HL with a .449 on-base percentage. During the season, he batted .276 with four doubles, two team-leading triples, two home runs and 12 RBIs.
NO FREE BASES
Garrett Simpson ranks sixth nationally in walks allowed per nine innings (0.54). The second allowed only one walk in 16.2 innings pitched.
COHERENT OFF PEN
Junior reliever Tristan Haught got off to a good start with a 3.97 ERA in 11.1 innings of work out of the bullpen. The right-hander has recorded five scoreless outings, the latest against Xavier (3/16).
FIND A GROOVE
In the WSU series opener against Indiana State (3/10), Aaron Ernst got his first quality start as a Raider by limiting the Sycamores to two runs on six hits and three walks in five innings. The elder recorded four strikeouts that day and held ISU to no runs on no hits in his last two frames.
Drew Baker bat .333 with three doubles and three RBIs in limited action. He doubled twice on his first career start against Xavier. justin rimer holds a .303 batting average with six RBIs and seven runs. He started the last five games at second base.
DOMINANCE “POWER 5”
After defeating Virginia Tech on March 4, Wright State has canceled a “Power Five” conference program 19 times since 2014.
2/16/14 – vs. Michigan State (neutral site) – W, 7-1
3/1/14 – at No. 4 Oregon State – W, 6-2
02/22/15 – at No. 18 Ole Miss – W, 3-1
3/1/15 – at No. 11 Miami – W, 12-6
05/31/15 – vs. Notre Dame (NCAA Regional) – W, 4-0
02/26/16 – at No. 8 NC State – W, 10-8
03/05/16 – at Georgia – W, 3-1
06/05/16 – vs. #20 Ohio State (NCAA Regional) – W, 7-3
02/17/17 – at No. 10 Clemson – W, 6-4
02/19/17 – at No. 10 Clemson – W, 9-2
02/26/17 – at #4 South Carolina – W, 5-1
03/05/17 – vs. Pittsburgh (neutral site) – W, 3-1
02/16/19 – at No. 10 Ole Miss – W, 9-5
02/24/19 – at No. 19 Oklahoma State – W, 5-4
04/03/19 – at Indiana – W, 15-4
02/19/20 – at No. 1 Louisville – W, 10-3
3/6/20 – at No. 11 Tennessee – W, 5-4
3/8/20 – at No. 11 Tennessee – W, 6-3
3/4/22 – at Virginia Tech – W, 11-5
The Raiders were expected to win the Horizon League in the conference’s annual preseason poll, collecting 42 points and six votes for first place, ahead of second-place UIC with 35 points. WSU also topped the D1Baseball.com preseason poll, in addition to Samy Sass Pre-Season Player of the Year and Andrew Patrick winning the preseason freshman of the year.
D1Baseball has listed several WSU players as the best positional and overall prospects heading into the 2022 season. A pair of returners in Logan tablet and Sayre were listed among the top 250 prospects for the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft. Sass was ranked 17th among D1 catchers, while Sayre was ranked the 19th best outfielder. A fifth-year senior in Zane Harris was listed as the No. 21 first baseman in the site’s position rankings.
RETURN OF TALENT
Offensively, WSU is returning eight players who appeared in more than half of its games last season. The group includes selections from all of the Sass, Sayre and Harris conferences. The pitching team includes nine people who have made eight or more appearances, led by Jake Chirkwho went 7-0 with a 2.01 ERA in 22.1 innings of work as a rookie.
Alex Sogard, the seventh-youngest active head coach in Division I baseball, is 89-50 at the helm of the Raiders. Of the fourth-year D1 managers entering the season, he had the best winning percentage (.680), the fewest losses and the third most wins. Sogard earned 2021 ABCA/ATEC East Coach of the Year honors after guiding WSU to the 2021 Knoxville Regional. The Phoenix, Arizona native led the Raiders to a 42-17 record in 2019, the most wins by a first-year head coach in program history. Wright State beat three ranked teams in 2019 and beat top-ranked Louisville in the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign before going 35-13 in 2021 on the way to the regular season and Horizon League tournament titles . In June 2021, Sogard was named to the coaching staff for the 2021 U.S. Collegiate Baseball National Team.
LEAD THE NATION
A season ago, Wright State led Division I baseball in the following statistical categories:
» Batting average (.339)
» Doubles per game (2.71)
» On-Base Percentage (.447)
» Rating (10.5)
» Hit Percentage (.579)
» Quincy Hamilton – Walks per game (1.17)
» Quincy Hamilton – Races per match (1.62)
WSU TO MAJORS
Wright State saw three total players selected in the 2021 Major League Baseball Freshman Draft, along with two other free agent contract signings. The three selections, all in the first 10 rounds, give the Raiders 16 total rookies from the last seven rookies dating back to 2015 and 40 total players in program history.