Ohio State Heads to Orlando to Face UCF, The Citadel and Oklahoma

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to Orlando, Fla., this weekend for the UCF Tournament. The Buckeyes take on host Central Florida at 7:05 p.m. Friday before facing The Citadel at 12:05 p.m. Saturday and Oklahoma at 10:05 a.m. Sunday at Jay Bergman Field.

Live results for all three contests and a live video stream can be found on the baseball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow twitter.com/OhioState_BASE for updates.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes opened the 2014 season by splitting four contests last weekend in Port Charlotte, Fla. Ohio State picked up an 8-2 win over Connecticut in the opener and followed that up with a 1-0 victory over Auburn before dropping 7-3 and 8-6 decisions to Indiana State to close the weekend.

Junior left-hander Ryan Riga tossed 6.0 scoreless innings, striking out three to pick up the win over Auburn. Freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson went 5-for-8 with a double, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored while senior outfielder Tim Wetzel went 4-for-11 with three doubles, three RBI and two runs scored.

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Trace Dempsey Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior right-hander Trace Dempsey has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award watch list, the association announced Tuesday. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.

The NCBWA and Louisville Slugger preseason All-American garnered multiple All-America laurels a season ago and after he went 3-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 17 saves in 31 appearances. Dempsey, a first team All-Big Ten selection from Huntington, W.Va., struck out 28 and allowed opponents to hit .180 in 35.1 innings pitched. His 17 saves were the most in the Big Ten and finished one shy of tying Jake Hale’s Big Ten and Ohio State record of 18 set in 2009. Dempsey went 30.1 innings without allowing an earned run between Feb. 17 and May 17.

The Buckeyes open the 2014 campaign against Connecticut at 5 p.m. Friday in Port Charlotte, Fla.

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Ohio State Falls to Michigan State in OT, 72-68

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Ohio State gave itself a shot to stay undefeated, rallying from a 17-point deficit with 7-plus minutes left at Michigan State.

Aaron Craft had a lot to do with that.

Keith Appling, though, made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left in overtime and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help the fifth-ranked Spartans beat the third-ranked Buckeyes 72-68 on Tuesday night.

“I’m proud we came back, but we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be in this caliber of a game,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “You can’t come on the road and have 21 turnovers.”

The Spartans (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) led 55-38 and the Buckeyes forced overtime with a 20-3 run to close regulation. Michigan State did just enough in the extra period to earn its second win over a top three team.

“I should be happier than I am,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “But I’m a big picture guy and you shouldn’t have those kinds of letdowns.”

Ohio State (15-1, 2-1) entered the day as one of six unbeaten teams in Division I, getting off to its best start since the 2010-11 season when it began 24-0.

The Buckeyes almost ended the night still undefeated after a remarkable comeback.

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Ohio State Starts Fall Camp Practices

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes opened their 2013 fall camp season with a pair of practices at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center’s first-class practice facility: the Harmon Family Football Park. Second-year head coach Urban Meyer and his coaching staff worked with 35 freshmen (and a few inexperienced upperclassmen) at an 8:45 a.m. practice and then returned to the fields for a 3:05 p.m. practice with the veterans.

It was a glorious day for practice. At 2 p.m. it was a San Diego-like 74 degrees under hazy sunshine, some whispers of clouds and at times, Lake Superior-blue skies.

Some numbers: the 105-man roster at fall camp includes 17 offensive linemen, 16 defensive linemen, 14 receivers and 12 linebackers within the four largest position groups.

Nice treats
When the players arrived at the Woody this morning they had breakfast in the player’s lounge and then on the way to their locker room they walked by their new Gatorade Fuel Bar, which wasn’t completed when they left for their short break on Wednesday. The fuel bar features all stainless steel cabinets and appliances, an eight-stool seating area, five leather recliners, two rather large HD flat screen televisions and ample display and storage space for nutrition/energy bars and sports fuel drinks, shakes and thirst quenchers.

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Football job fair draws 57 companies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – All of the players on the Ohio State football team, and dozens more student-athletes from across the school’s 36-sport Department of Athletics, took part in a first-ever student-athlete job fair at Ohio Stadium that drew senior staff and human resource representatives from 57 businesses and organizations and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

The job fair, an idea of coach Urban Meyer and organized by administrators in the football program, was an opportunity for Buckeye student-athletes to prepare now and to experience today the protocols, experiences, tools and preparation needed to secure a good job when their athletic playing days are over.

Only at Ohio State?
It is hard to imagine any other school or location that could hold a student-athlete centered job fair and end up with such a comprehensive selection of major companies, many with their corporate headquarters in Columbus, so eager to participate.

And judging by the comments from the representatives at the event and the eagerness of the student-athletes to meet with them, the effort and the organization was not only well worth it but it is something that will be repeated over and over.

All this education today about the future tomorrow because, as the saying goes, “life does come at you fast.”

And the Buckeyes will be ready.

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Jody Victor