Tully Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year; Five Buckeyes All-Big Ten

Jody Victor: Here is some great Buckeye baseball news from OSU.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tanner Tully, a left-hander on the Ohio State baseball team, has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the conference office announced Tuesday. In addition, five Buckeyes were named All-Big Ten or to the All-Big Ten Freshman team.

Ronnie Dawson and Tully garnered second team All-Big Ten laurels while Josh Dezse, Troy Kuhn and Greg Greve were named third team All-Big Ten. Dawson and Tully also were named to the All-Big Ten Freshman team.

Tully, from Elkhart, Ind., is 6-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 86.1 innings pitched over 15 appearances, including 10 starts. He has allowed just six walks, compared to 45 strikeouts, in 86.1 innings pitched, and pitched at least 7.0 innings in seven of eight Big Ten starts. Tully, who is tied for sixth in the conference in wins, becomes the 11th Buckeye to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the first since Josh Dezse earned the award in 2011. He ranks third nationally in walks per nine innings and seventh in strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Dawson is hitting .342 with 10 doubles, a triple, four home runs, 28 runs scored and 25 RBI. He ranks fourth in the Big Ten in batting average, tied for eighth with 67 hits and has stolen nine bases. The Grove City, Ohio, native sits 10th in the conference with a .464 slugging percentage and leads the Buckeyes with 20 multi-hit games.

Dezse is batting .249 with nine doubles, five home runs, 26 RBI and 24 runs scored but has really come on in Big Ten play, hitting .308 with seven doubles, five home runs and 21 RBI. The Powell, Ohio, native reached base at a .426 clip in Big Ten games, the best of any first baseman, while slugging .590, the second-best among first basemen in Big Ten play. Dezse is tied for sixth in the Big Ten with five home runs.

Kuhn garners his first All-Big Ten honor after batting .290 while posting the best power numbers of any third baseman in the Big Ten, tallying 14 doubles, a triple, six home runs, 39 runs scored and 34 RBI. He has walked 23 times and has been hit by a pitch 11 times. Kuhn is ranked in the Top 10 in the conference in RBI, runs scored, doubles, home runs and total bases.

Greve, who also was the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Sportsmanship award honoree, was named third team All-Big Ten after going 7-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 85.2 innings pitched over 14 starts. The senior finished 10th in the conference in innings pitched and tied for third with seven wins. Greve, from Cleveland, Ohio, went 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 54.2 innings pitched over eight Big Ten starts and has totaled 229.1 innings pitched in his career, ranking 24th on the Ohio State all-time list.

The No. 7 seed Buckeyes face No. 2 seed Nebraska to open the Big Ten Tournament at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.

GO BUCKS! GO BUCKS! GO BUCKS!

Jody Victor

Buckeyes hold first two-a-day practice NFL-style

Jody Victor: Here’s some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Friday was the first (of four) two-a-day practice days for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The team practiced at its spacious and spectacular Harmon Family Football Park for the a.m. practice and then moved the afternoon practice to the grass field (and-a-half) along Ackerman Road where Coach Urban Meyer wants to hold a series of fall camp practices.

The reasoning behind moving practices from the Harmon Family Football Park outside of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center is to create an “NFL-like” fall camp where the team leaves its home turf to practice and bond in unfamiliar surroundings…even if it’s just a quarter-mile bus ride down the road.

The morning practice was held under the lights and under a blanket of thick gray clouds in comfortable 73-degree conditions. The drills included six more freshmen getting introduced to the physical circle drill, ones vs. twos drills and a goal line scrimmage at the end. There was plenty to hoot and holler about, plenty of physical confrontations, and plenty to be pleased about. And Meyer was.

“Today was an Ohio State practice,” Meyer told the team afterward. “This was an Ohio State practice.”

The team then bussed to the Ackerman Road field and worked out for two hours in Buckeye gear (shorts, shoulder pads and helmets) in the late afternoon. A heavy downpour hit at 6 p.m., but it certainly didn’t dampen the spirit or enthusiasm of the day. A short while later the sun peeked through the clouds and a rainbow appeared to the east.

And the first two-a-day was in the books.

Spencer OK
Sophomore receiver Evan Spencer was in his Buckeye gear but he did not practice in the afternoon. He banged knees with another player and had an awkward next step during the first practice. He was looked at by OSU doctors and it was determined he has a bruised knee.

Bogard First to Become a Buckeye
Freshman Devan Bogard was the first member of the rookie class to lose his black stripe and officially become a Buckeye football player. The defensive back from Cleveland’s Glenville H.S. had his stripe removed Wednesday during a team meeting for his efforts on and off the field that convinced his coaches and teammates that he was ready to be an Ohio State Buckeye football player.

Practice Plans
The team will return to the practice fields for a single practice Saturday morning. Sunday will be a day off from the football field, but family activities and a team photo are on the schedule with media day interviews at the WHAC in the afternoon.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor