Five games might not seem like a lot during a baseball season, but when a team suffers four losses with just one win, it can feel like a heavy load.
After going 1-4 in its past five games, the Ohio State’s baseball team is back in Columbus, practicing indoors at Woody Hayes Athletic Center because of cold temperatures.
The Buckeyes (5-4) had previously lost two games to Florida Atlantic during their visit to Florida from Feb. 20-22, and then lost two more game on Saturday, before finally pulling out a win against the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Sunday. OSU is now set to take on Western Kentucky on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Bowling Green, Ky.
Coach Greg Beals said the team realizes how important the weekend is before the Buckeyes are set to host their first home series.
“This will be our third road series. We played two tough ones against very good opponents,” Beals said. “I think it’s important before we go into conference play that we can go on the road and prove that we can win a series on the road.”
Beals said he is confident in the team and isn’t changing the practice routine much this week, even after the Buckeyes’ 1-4 stretch.
“We just try to really emphasize fundamentals,” he said. “The pitching and the hitting are the big things. The guys are going to work on that on their own. From a coach standpoint, I try to put together a practice schedule that’s going to make sure that we are touching on the little things as well.”
The Buckeyes are confident that it’s not their game they need to change in order to earn more wins, senior infielder Nick Sergakis said.
“It’s not really what we have to do differently, it’s what we have to improve on and it’s just our mindset,” Sergakis said. “We’ve got to keep believing that we are the same team that we went into the season as.
“We have the talent, it’s just a matter of when it shows.”
First pitch in Bowling Green is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.