Drew Rucinski Makes MLB Debut

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Buckeye Drew Rucinski made his Major League Baseball debut Thursday night, pitching the ninth inning of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s 15-6 win over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The right-hander becomes the fourth Buckeye to play in the big leagues this season, joining Eric Fryer, JB Shuck and Nick Swisher.

“It’s awesome,” Rucinski told Angels.com of the promotion. “I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity. I found out [Wednesday] night in Tulsa. They told me to pack up and come here. Baseball’s crazy. You never know what’s going to happen. I’m just thrilled to be here.”

Prior to his promotion, Rucinski was 7-4 with a 2.35 earned-run average in 17 starts at Double-A Arkansas. A Texas League All-Star and Texas League Pitcher of the Week in June, Rucinski had struck out 85 and walked 28 while allowing opponents to hit just .235.

Rucinski, who signed a free-agent contract with the Cleveland Indians in 2011, pitched for the Rockland Aviators of the independent Frontier League in 2012 and 2013 before signing a free-agent contract with the Angels last August. He earned second team All-Big Ten honors and ranked fifth in the Big Ten in earned run average as a senior in 2011. Rucinski went 5-3 with a 2.95 ERA and 53 strikeouts in a team-high 82.1 innings pitched as the Buckeyes’ Friday night starter. He ranks 16th all-time at Ohio State with 22 career wins and 15th with 257.1 innings pitched.

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

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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.

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Tanner Tully Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tanner Tully, a left-hander on the Ohio State baseball team, has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The award is the first for Tully and the fourth Big Ten weekly award for a Buckeye this season.

Tully pitched 12.0 scoreless innings, striking out six to pick up victories over Xavier and Michigan State in his first two career starts this past week. After tossing 5.0 scoreless innings in a 10-3 win over the Musketeers Wednesday evening, the freshman left-hander threw 7.0 shutout frames in the Buckeyes’ 1-0 rubber game victory over Michigan State Sunday afternoon. Tully sits at 3-0 on the season with a 0.96 ERA.

The Buckeyes, 15-7 on the season and 2-1 in Big Ten play, take on Indiana in a three-game series starting Friday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

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Ohio State Welcomes Toledo for Home Finale on Columbus City Schools Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts Toledo in its home finale on Columbus City Schools Day at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

The Buckeyes took two of three games over the weekend against Seattle. Ohio State won the opener, 4-1, and finale, 7-2, while dropping the middle game, 11-1. Jaron Long allowed one earned run over 7.0 innings to pick up the win Friday while John Kuchno gave up two earned runs over a career-high 7.0 innings to earn his team-high eighth win Sunday. Brad Hallberg went 5-for-10 with a double, a triple and three runs scored against the Redhawks.

ON THE BUMP
RHP Brett McKinney (4-5, 4.21 ERA)
vs.
RHP Jared Locke (3-6, 4.99 ERA)

SCOUTING TOLEDO
Toledo, under the direction of ninth-year head coach Cory Mee, enters the week with a 27-24 overall record, 16-8 in Mid-American Conference play. Wes White leads the team with a .371 batting average while Joe Corfman is batting .335 with 13 doubles, a triple, three home runs and a team-high 49 runs scored.

Ohio State holds a 26-6 lead in the all-time series including a 13-1 win March 10 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
The Buckeyes enter the week with a 30-22 overall record. Ohio State currently sits sixth in the Big Ten Conference with an 11-10 ledger, a game up on Minnesota and two games up on Illinois for the last Big Ten tournament spot heading into the final weekend. The Buckeyes rank fourth in on-base percentage (.372), tied for fifth in runs scored (287) and sixth in batting average (.268). Ohio State leads the Big Ten with 249 walks and 80 stolen bases.

Individually, Josh Dezse sits eighth with a .434 on-base percentage while Brad Hallberg is tied for fifth with 14 doubles. Tim Wetzel is tied for tops in the Big Ten with 38 walks while Ryan Cypret sits fourth with 35. Kirby Pellant sits second with 28 stolen bases and Joe Ciamacco is tied for eighth with 14.

On the mound, Jaron Long ranks in several categories, including ERA (1.85, 2nd), innings pitched (92.1, t-2nd) and wins (6, t-9th) while John Kuchno is tied for first with eight wins and Josh Dezse is tied for second with seven saves. Andrew Armstrong leads the Big Ten with 29 appearances and David Fathalikhani is second with 27.

In addition, the Buckeyes rank seventh nationally in walks and Long sits 15th in walks per nine innings at 1.06.

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