Steve Arlin to be Inducted into Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame

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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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Ohio State Comes Back in the Ninth but Falls, 3-2, at East Carolina

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a narrow 3-2 decision to East Carolina in the finale of the Keith LeClair Classic Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 7-3 on the season while the Pirates improve to 6-5.

The Buckeyes almost tied it in the top of the ninth against East Carolina closer Drew Reynolds. Troy Montgomery doubled to left to lead off the inning before a single through the right side by Aaron Gretz scored Montgomery to cut the lead to one. After Jake Brobst pinch-ran for Gretz, Craig Nennig singled through the right side and Wetzel sacrificed both runners over with one down. However, Reynolds got Kuhn to fly out to shallow left and Porter to fly out to center to end the game.

Farmer suffered the loss, allowing three runs, two earned on three hits over 5.0 innings pitched. Tully pitched well in relief, striking out a pair over 3.0 scoreless frames, while Ronnie Dawson went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Ohio State travels to nationally-ranked Oregon for a three-game set starting Friday.

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No. 4/3 Ohio State Returns Home to Face Florida A&M

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First and 10

Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 15 games.
Ohio State is facing Florida A&M for the first time on the gridiron.
Ohio State is a perfect 10-for-10 in the red zone this season with nine TDs and one FG.
Ohio State is averaging 504.3 yards of total offense per game.
The Buckeye offense totaled 608 total yards in the win at Cal, running 87 offensive plays — the most since the 2010 Rose Bowl (89) win vs. Oregon.
Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring (44.7 ppg), rushing (285.3), sacks (2.3) and third in rushing defense (89.7 ypg).
Junior Braxton Miller (2,068) needs 13 yards rushing to pass Cornelius Greene (2,080) and become Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs.
Senior RB Jordan Hall is third in the Big Ten in rushing with 134.0 yards per game. He ranks first in scoring (12.7 ppg) and TDs scored (six).
Sophomore viper Noah Spence is tied for first in the Big Ten with 2.5 sacks through three games and is tied for third with 4.5 TFL.
Head coach Urban Meyer is 45-4 in his career in games played in August/September.

Scouting The Rattlers
Florida A&M, a member of the FCS Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and located in Tallahassee, Fla., is 1-2 on the season with a season-opening win over Mississippi Valley State (27-10) and losses to Tennessee State (27-7) and Samford (27-20).

They are led offensively by junior QB Damien Fleming who is 31-of-64 passing for 383 yards, two TDs and five INTs. Freshman running back Omari Albert is the leading rusher with 85 yards on 22 carries while junior wide receiver Lennon Lenworth has a team-best 14 receptions for 229 yards and 1 TD.

Streaking
Ohio State carries the nation’s longest winning streak into Saturday at 15 games. It is the 15th winning streak in school history of 10 or more games. The streak is the fifth-longest in school history with 22 consecutive wins the longest.

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Ohio State Hosts West Virginia and Marshall in a Pair of Midweek Games

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COLUMBUS, Ohio ? The Ohio State baseball team hosts West Virginia Tuesday and Marshall Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Both games are set for 6:35 p.m.

Fans can find links to live stats and a video stream on the schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or follow at Twitter.com/OhioState_BASE.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State dropped two of three contests over the weekend at Minnesota. The Buckeyes fell, 3-0, in the opener before picking up a 5-2 win in the middle game and falling, 1-0, in the finale.

Brad Goldberg picked up the win in the middle game to move to 5-0 on the season while King allowed one earned run on three hits over 7.0 innings pitched in a tough-luck loss in the finale.

SCOUTING WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia is 17-15 on the season after dropping a series over the weekend at Baylor. Ryan Tuntland leads the Mountaineers with a .379 average with six doubles, two home runs, 20 runs scored and 18 RBI.

Ohio State holds a 14-9 lead in the all-time series but the schools have not played since 1999.

SCOUTING MARSHALL|
Marshall enters the week with a 13-18 overall record after winning a series over the weekend to No. 19 Houston. Andrew Dundon leads the Herd with a .351 batting average to go along with 14 RBI and 13 runs scored.

Ohio State holds a 16-2 advantage over in the all-time series.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Entering the week, Ohio State is tied for fifth in the Big Ten with a 5-4 record in conference play, 19-10 overall. The Buckeyes rank among the top offensive teams in the Big Ten including runs scored (153, 4th), stolen bases (46, 3rd), triples (10, t-2nd) and home runs (8, 4th). On the mound, Ohio State ranks in ERA (2.51, 2nd), saves (12, 1st), walks allowed (68, 1st), opposing batting average (.220, 1st) and strikeouts (196, 3rd). The Buckeyes are second in the conference with a .976 fielding percentage.

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Buckeyes Practice Under the Sun

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – (Last)Tuesday’s Ohio State football practice was a physical, full-pads, full-contact affair that featured lots of short-yardage runs and a tremendous amount of hitting. Today, under partly sunny skies on the outdoor practice fields of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the focus was less on hitting – the team was in Buckeye gear; helmets, shoulder pads and shorts – and more on throwing the football…and blitzing and defending against the pass.

Ohio State’s 1995 Heisman Trophy winner and team captain Eddie George was on the sidelines today with one of his sons. If only Troy Smith and Archie Griffin could have walked across the street from their offices in the Fawcett Center and Longaberger Alumni House, respectively, the Buckeyes would have been practicing in front of three Heisman Trophy winners. Correction: four Heisman Trophy winners.

Big Ten Network football experts and show hosts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith came in from Chicago to watch practice and spend time with some of the Ohio State coaches. The two will visit all 12 Big Ten schools this spring.

Lou Holtz watched practice, and he looked good in his Master’s green and yellow hat and wind jacket. … When the sun went behind clouds and the wind picked up, it was chilly outside with temperatures in the mid-40s. … A couple hundred high school coaches were on hand to watch practice, including coaches from as far away as Quebec, Canada, New Mexico and California. … The four coaches from Canada drove in 17 hours from Quebec City to get here. … One of Ohio State’s eight two-time captains was also in attendance today: Joe Cooper. Now working in security across the street at Chemical Abstracts Service (a venerable, 110-year-old company considered the “phone book” of chemical compounds, elements and reactions), Cooper was co-captain in 2000 and 2001. … And one final note: Go Bucks! Beat Arizona.

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