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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Greve, Niggemeyer Selected in 2014 Major League Baseball Draft

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior right-hander Greg Greve was selected in the 29th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Saturday by the Miami Marlins. In addition, Jacob Niggemeyer, a member of the Buckeyes’ 2014-15 recruiting class, was taken in the 28th round by the Chicago Cubs.

Greve, who was drafted in the 45th round out of high school by the San Francisco Giants, was named third team All-Big Ten in 2014 after going 7-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 85.2 innings pitched over 14 starts. The senior co-captain finished tied for fourth in the conference with seven wins. A Cleveland, Ohio, native, Greve went 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 54.2 innings pitched over eight Big Ten starts as a senior and totaled 229.1 innings pitched in his career, ranking 24th on the Ohio State all-time list.

After being named OCC-Central Player of the Year and first team All-Ohio as a junior, Niggemeyer earned the same honors as a senior at Olentangy Liberty, going 9-2 with a 0.53 ERA. The right-hander struck out 88 and also excelled offensively, hitting .350 with 10 doubles and 30 RBI.

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National Champions! No. 1 Ohio State Claims Second-Consecutive National Title

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The No. 1 Ohio State rowing team won its second-consecutive NCAA Championship Sunday morning at Eagle Creek Park, totaling 126 points after claiming individual national titles in the first and second varsity eights and a seventh-place overall finish in the first varsity four.

California finished second overall with 118 points, while Brown earned 116 points for a third-place finish. Stanford (110 points) and Virginia (105 points) rounded out the Top 5 teams.

The Buckeyes, who now have seven Top 5 team finishes at the NCAA Championships, become the fifth team overall to win consecutive national titles and the first since Brown (2007-08). With gold medal finishes in the first varsity eight and second varsity eight, Ohio State now holds five individual national titles, the fourth-highest total in NCAA rowing history, also becoming the fourth team in NCAA history to win both events at the national regatta in the same year.

The first varsity four began the final day of racing for the Buckeyes, competing in the Petite Final against Indiana, Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin and Princeton. The crew of Sarah Kessler, Anna Ralph, Anna Gackowski, Katie Beletskaya and coxswain Sarah Asad sounded the horn in first place with a time of 7:53.05, placing ahead of Michigan (7:55.68) and Indiana (7:56.66) to grant the boat a seventh-place overall finish and collect a crucial 16 points toward the team championship total.

The second varsity eight took to the course next, becoming the first team since Brown (2003-04) and the third team overall to claim consecutive national titles in the second varsity eight event. The crew of Daphne Socha, Chloe Meyer, Nicole Becks, Lauren Eckles, Meghan Birkbeck, Anne Dietrich, Katie King, Taylore Urban and coxswain Sami Jurofsky crossed the line in 6:59.43, finishing in front of second-place Princeton (7:02.02) and third-place Virginia (7:02.69) and amassing 44 points to propel the Buckeyes into first place overall with only one Grand Final race remaining.

The first varsity eight of Aina Cid Centelles, Elodie Ravera, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Stephanie Williams, Catherine Shields, Holly Norton, Claire-Louise Bode and coxswain Victoria Lazur secured the national title for Ohio State, finishing the season with a perfect record (12-0) after crossing the line first in 6:44.48, a length over second-place Brown (6:48.47) and third-place California (6:48.51). With the win, the first varsity eight claimed its first ever individual national title and became the second-consecutive Buckeye crew to finish a season with a perfect record as the second varsity eight did so (12-0) in 2013.

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2nd Annual Ohio State Four-Miler Set For Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State Four-Miler, which debuted in 2013 with a sold-out field of 10,000 runners and walkers, will return to the Ohio State campus on Sept. 21, 2014, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics and IMG College announced today.

The Ohio State Four-Miler will start outside of Ohio Stadium and take participants on a four-mile tour of the Ohio State campus before finishing on the 50-yard line of Ohio Stadium. The Ohio State Four-Miler Post-Race Tailgate Party will be held outside Ohio Stadium after the race.

The 2014 Ohio State Four-Miler will be limited to 12,000 runners and walkers. Last year’s event sold out at 10,000.

Registration for this year’s Ohio State Four-Miler is open at www.ohiostatefourmiler.com. An early registration fee of $45 for the general public and $40 for Ohio State students is good through June 15.

“The overwhelming response and success of the inaugural Ohio State Four-Miler was a direct reflection for the love of Ohio State sports and the desire to celebrate fitness,” said Ray DeWeese, General Manager of IMG Sports Marketing. “We look forward to growing this event in 2014, and allowing even more runners and walkers to fulfill their dream of running across Ohio Stadium’s 50-yard line.”

Kroger, 10TV and Roosters are Presenting Sponsors of the Ohio State Four-Miler.

A portion of the proceeds of the Ohio State Four-Miler will benefit the Urban and Shelley Fund For Cancer Research, a general cancer research support fund dedicated to advancing cancer research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

The 2014 Ohio State Four-Miler will begin at 9 a.m. Former Ohio State athletes, including football and basketball players including Scoonie Penn, Raymont Harris, Anthony Schlegel, William White, Justin Zwick, J.J. Sullinger and Dimitrious Stanley; Brutus Buckeye; Ohio State cheerleaders and others will participate.

The Ohio State Four-Miler will be produced by the Ohio State Department of Athletics; IMG College, the university’s multimedia rights partner; the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer; and M3S Sports.

“I hope you join us and became part of the winning team in the fight against cancer,” said Lisa Cisco, founder of the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer. “It is a powerful feeling of hope when Buckeye Nation unites for a common cause …. together we can make a difference!”

Runners and walkers will receive an Ohio State-themed technical race shirt a must-have Buckeye-themed Official Finisher’s Medal. The 2013 medal featured an iconic image of Ohio Stadium.

“We are honored again to partner with Ohio State, IMG and the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer to produce a four-mile event that celebrates the healthy and active lifestyle,” said David Babner, race director for M3S Sports. “We look forward to a bigger and better event for our participants in 2014.”

Buckeye Greats who appeared at the last year’s Ohio State Four-Miler included Scoonie Penn, Bobby Carpenter, Dimitrious Stanley, Matt Finkes, William White, Justin Zwick, Ryan Miller, and JJ Sullinger.

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Buckeyes Head Out for Summer Ball

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Twenty-five members of the Ohio State baseball team are opening their summer ball seasons in collegiate leagues across the country. Ohio State will have 10 representitives in the Northwoods and Prospect Leagues, respectively, while three will play in the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League and one apiece will play in the California Collegiate League and Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.

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