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Ohio State to submit hosting bid for NCAA baseball tournament

At 31-14, 13-7 in the Big Ten, the Buckeye nine are enjoying a success season on the diamond. Year three under Greg Beals has seen the program return to past glory, the Buckeyes enter their final four Big Ten contests a half-game out of first place.

After Ohio State's series finale against Northwestern, the Buckeyes take a break from Big Ten. The Scarlet and Gray will welcome three teams over a six-game non-conference stretch that will have postseason implications, provide an opportunity to show the Bucks are back.

Currently with an RPI of 51, Ohio State is on the bubble to make the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State's 42-19 2009 campaign marks the last time Ohio State was included in the field of 64, the current three-year drought the program's longest since a 1990 tournament appearance ended an eight-year dry spill. But over the next eight days OSU can remove all doubt from their postseason probability. Ohio State welcome Georgia Tech, May 7-8, Oregon May 10-12 and Louisville May 14 to Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium, clubs with respective current RPI of 25, 23, 8. The Buckeyes follow by hosting Indiana to close out the Big Ten and regular season, and the Hoosiers have an RPI of 12.

Nine games against RPI top-25 clubs will provide Ohio State the chance to cement their tournament claim, and if a successful run occurs in the nine games put forth a place to host one of the tournament's 16 four-team regionals. Senior Associate Athletics Director Chris Schneider has confirmed Ohio State will place bids to host a regional and the ensuing Super Regional round.

ESPNU will televise the announcement of the 64-team 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at noon ET on May 27. The Buckeyes begin their big homestand with a 6:30 p.m first pitch against the Yellow Jackets tomorrow.

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