COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State baseball legend Steve Arlin will be inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame Thursday night in Omaha, Neb. Arlin will be joined by Dustin Ackley (North Carolina), Will Clark (Mississippi State) and Mark Kotsay (Cal State Fullerton) to be inducted into the 2014 class, the second in the history of the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame.
“It’s an honor to be inducted into just the second class of the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame,” Arlin said. “The induction is a wonderful achievement for me but also for Ohio State and the Big Ten Conference. Not a lot of teams get the chance to make it to Omaha but the experience is something I will never forget.”
“On behalf of our university, athletics department and baseball program here at The Ohio State University, I would like to congratulate Steve Arlin on this great honor,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “Steve’s performances in the 1965 and 1966 seasons played an integral part in putting Ohio State baseball on the map and, here again today, his achievements have our program in the national spotlight.”
The group will be recognized at the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park and also will be featured on ESPN’s live broadcast which airs at 8:30 p.m. ET. Current Buckeye first baseman/designated hitter Zach Ratcliff will be participating in the event.
Ohio State’s first two-time All-American, Arlin posted a 24-3 record in his two years with the Buckeyes. A two-time member of the College World Series All-Tournament team, Arlin fanned 57 hitters while tallying a 0.96 earned-run average in 47.0 innings in his College World Series career. In the 1965 College World Series, Arlin set two College World Series records against Washington State by striking out 20 batters in 15.0 innings pitched. In 1966, Arlin posted an 11-1 overall record, earning College World Series MVP honors while leading the Buckeyes to the national championship. The right-hander pitched in five of the six days of the 1966 College World Series, striking out 12 while allowing just two hits in a 1-0 shutout of top-ranked Southern California to make the championship game, where he tossed a perfect ninth inning to close out the Buckeyes’ 8-2 victory over Oklahoma State.
Arlin was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008, the same year his jersey – No. 22 – was retired at Ohio State. Arlin, who was selected 13th overall by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft, went on to play six seasons in the big leagues between the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians organizations.
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