Jody Victor: Sophomore second baseman Cory Kovanda was selected to the 2008 Big Ten Conference all-tournament team. The Columbus, Ohio native and Worthington Kilbourne H.S. grad hit .429 and scored three runs during the tournament.
Kovanda had one hit and scored a run in the Buckeyes' opening game, 3-2, loss to Illinois. He followed that with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI in the extra-inning, 10-8 loss to Indiana. His sacrifice fly in the eighth inning of the Indiana game scored Justin Miller and tied the game at 8-all. The Hoosiers won it with two runs in the 10th. The Buckeyes were eliminated from the tournament after the Indiana loss and concluded their season with a 30-26 record.
Kovanda was one of eight every day players for the Buckeyes to hit at least .300 this season. His .324 batting average was third-best on the team. His 45 runs scored ranked second and he led the team with 37 bases on balls.