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Summer work pays off for Ohio State baseball

September 18, 2014
For some members of the Ohio State baseball team, the 2014 regular season wasn’t enough to fulfill their baseball fix. Several chose to spend the summer playing the sport as well. Of the 25 OSU ballplayers who participated in summer league baseball, five were named all-stars in their respective leagues. Outfielder Ronnie Dawson particularly stood out. The now-sophomore was named the No. 1 prospect of the Prospect League by Baseball America after batting .303 with 11 home runs and 17 stolen bases in 57 games for the Chillicothe Paints. The outfielder turned some heads during his freshman year for OSU, earning everyday playing time as the season wore on. “I… Read more

Ohio State baseball players Greg Greve, Jacob Niggemeyer selected in MLB Draft

June 8, 2014
Two Ohio State baseball players might be heading to the major leagues after being selected in the 2014 MLB Draft Saturday. Right-handed pitcher Greg Greve, a senior during the 2014 season, was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 29th round. Greve led the Buckeyes with seven wins during his senior campaign, was named to third team All-Big Ten team and finished with a 3.36 ERA in 85.2 innings with 14 starts. Greve, a Cleveland native, was previously selected in the 45th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the San Francisco Giants before heading to OSU, where he started 12 games as a true freshman. In addition… Read more

Ohio State baseball player diagnosed with leukemia, set to miss rest of season

May 1, 2014
Ohio State freshman pitcher Zach Farmer will miss the remainder of the 2014 season after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia this week. According to the National Cancer Institute, acute myeloid leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. “I met with Zach this morning and he is in good spirits in the company of family, friends and teammates,” OSU baseball coach Greg Beals said in a released statement Thursday. “Zach is strong, and otherwise healthy, and is a great candidate to beat this diagnosis.” Farmer is set to begin a treatment process Monday at the Wexner Medical Center James Comprehensive Cancer Center. He and… Read more

After taking a looser approach, Ohio State baseball set for stretch run

April 21, 2014
With the most treacherous part of the Ohio State baseball team’s schedule already in the books, the Buckeyes are left with a severe limp. After midweek losses at West Virginia and at home against Ball State, OSU sat only four games above .500. The team’s preseason goal of making the NCAA Tournament was quickly slipping away. But the coaching staff lightened the downtrodden mood of the team with a wiffle ball contest before its weekend series against the Murray State Racers, which might have helped the team pick up a pair of wins. “I know we’ve been grinding lately and, obviously, losing isn’t fun. That was really nice to do,”… Read more

Ohio State baseball wins weekend series against Murray State

April 21, 2014
In the midst of a slump on the field, the Ohio State baseball team decided to loosen things up in order to get back on track. The Buckeyes were playing tight in their losses to West Virginia and Ball State earlier in the week, redshirt-junior first baseman Josh Dezse said. So to loosen players up and help boost team morale, the coaches decided to have the team play wiffle ball during practice Thursday, which Dezse said helped against Murray State this weekend. “It was nice to just have fun all of us together, I know we’ve been grinding lately. Obviously losing is not fun so that was really nice to… Read more

Ohio State baseball looks to end 2-game losing streak in weekend series against Murray State

April 17, 2014
In order to finish out the final month of the regular season the way it wants to, the Ohio State baseball team needs to regroup in a series away from conference play. “It’s very good for us right now, we need to have some non-Big Ten play,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. After losses at West Virginia Tuesday and at home against Ball State the following day, the Buckeyes (21-17, 4-8) are scheduled to continue their non-conference slate with a three-game series against Murray State (16-18, 9-9) over the weekend at Bill Davis Stadium. Senior pitcher Greg Greve agreed with his coach and said the Buckeyes have to use this… Read more

Ohio State baseball drops 4th game in last 6, falls to Ball State, 8-6

April 16, 2014
It seems like nothing can go right for the Ohio State baseball team. After falling on the road to West Virginia Tuesday, the Buckeyes (21-17, 4-8) lost their second game in as many days, losing to Ball State 8-6 Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium. After the loss to Ball State (25-12, 9-2), where OSU’s coach Greg Beals was in charge for eight seasons prior to coming to Columbus, Beals had nothing positive to say about OSU’s performance this week. “They need to play baseball … we had a poor secondary lead, we had a guy on deck who didn’t tell the guy to slide, we had a guy running to… Read more

Ohio State baseball takes 2 of 3 in weekend series against Penn State

April 14, 2014
The Ohio State baseball team (21-15, 4-8) got back on track with a weekend series victory at home against Penn State. The bats woke up in a big way for the final two games of the three-game series — both victories for OSU — and coach Greg Beals credited the lineup change and the wind for helping out the offense. “When the wind is blowing, it really helps the mentality of the hitters,” Beals said. “And we’ve been talking mentality and maybe it took the wind blowing to get them going a little bit and get that mentality at game time to attack.” Sunday’s game began with the Buckeyes jumping… Read more

Following slow start to Big Ten slate, Ohio State baseball facing ‘must-win’ series against Penn State

April 10, 2014
When the Big Ten announced the 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament was expanding to an eight-team field for the first time in conference history after previously having just six eligible teams, the Ohio State baseball team believed it could show up to Omaha, Neb., as the No. 1-seed. Now three weeks into its conference schedule, the Buckeyes might soon be thankful for that expansion. The Buckeyes (19-14, 2-7) currently sit 10th in the Big Ten standings heading into their weekend series at home against Penn State (16-14, 4-1, third in the Big Ten) Friday, a series some players are calling a must-win. Last year, OSU swept Penn State in a… Read more

Early runs create ‘snowball effect’ as Ohio State baseball loses to Dayton, 8-5

April 9, 2014
The University of Dayton just keeps on beating Ohio State. Just a few weeks removed from the two schools playing in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the Flyers (13-17, 5-4) took it to the Buckeyes (19-14, 2-7) on the diamond in Columbus, beating them, 8-5. Normally assuming the role of closer, junior pitcher Trace Dempsey started for the Buckeyes Wednesday. “I let the team down today,” Dempsey said. “It was important to get this win today and I didn’t really come out or give us an opportunity to win … today my body language got out of hand and I kind of sucked a little life out of the team.… Read more