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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Jody Victor

Ohio State Hosts Ohio, Toledo in Midweek Contests

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

Live stats and a link to a live video stream can be found on the baseball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow twitter.com/OhioState_BASE for updates.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State was swept by Indiana in a three-game series over the weekend. The Buckeyes lost the opener, 6-4, Friday before dropping a Sunday doubleheader by an 8-2 and a 7-1 count.

Ryan Leffel went 4-for-7 with a run scored in the series while Josh Dezse went 4-for-10 with a double and four RBI.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
Offensively, Ohio State ranks near the top of the Big Ten in runs scored (3rd, 127), doubles (t-3rd, 40) and triples (t-2nd, 9) . On the mound, the Buckeyes rank in saves (t-1st, 8).

Individually, multiple Buckeyes rank in the Top 10 in Big Ten offensive categories. Ronnie Dawson sits eighth with a .346 average while Troy Kuhn is tied for first with four home runs, eighth with a .485 slugging percentage, tied for sixth with 19 RBI, tied for third with eight doubles and tied for second in the Big Ten after getting hit eight times.

Ryan Riga ranks third in the conference with 46.0 innings pitched and tied for fifth with 31 strikeouts while Tanner Tully is fifth with a 2.06 ERA. Trace Dempsey is tied for third with four saves.

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Jody Victor

Ohio State Hosts Midweek Contests Against Akron and Xavier

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts Akron at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday and Xavier at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus.

Live stats and a live video stream can be found on the baseball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow twitter.com/OhioState_BASE for updates.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
The Buckeyes swept Siena in Columbus over the weekend, taking the opener, 8-5, Friday before winning both games of a Saturday twinbill, 7-3 and 7-1.

The Buckeyes hit .348 for the series, paced offensively by Troy Kuhn, who went 4-for-9 with two doubles, a home run, nine RBI and three runs scored. Ohio State boasted a 1.67 ERA over the three games, with Ryan Riga allowing one earned run over 7.0 innings to pick up the win Friday

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Jody Victor

Ohio State Takes On Akron, Travels to Cincinnati in Midweek Matchups

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COLUMBUS, Ohio ? The Ohio State baseball team hosts Akron Tuesday and travels to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats Wednesday. Both games are slated for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State earned a series win in its first trip to Nebraska over the weekend. After dropping the first game of the series, 11-2, the Buckeyes won the middle game, 6-5, in 11 innings before picking up a 7-4 win in the series finale.

Pat Porter finished the weekend 5-for-13 with a double, a triple two runs scored and an RBI while Brian King was brilliant on the mound in the finale, tossing 7.0 shutout innings, allowing three hits while striking out three.

SCOUTING AKRON
Akron is 8-25 on the season but won a conference series at Ohio over the weekend. Jared Turocy has helped pace the Zips offensively with a .304 average with a double, a triple, a home run, 11 RBI and seven runs scored.

Ohio State holds a 17-9 lead in the all-time series with Akron.

SCOUTING CINCINNATI
Cincinnati enters the week with a 13-21 record after dropping a series over the weekend at Rutgers. Ian Happ leads the Bearcats with a .325 average wtih 12 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 23 runs scored and 21 RBI.

Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Bearcats, 65-23-2.

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Jody Victor

Buckeyes’ Season Ends With 6-2 Loss to Michigan State in Second Game of the Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 seed Ohio State baseball team topped No. 4 seed Nebraska, 6-2, in the first game of the day but fell to No. 5 seed Michigan State, 6-2, in an elimination game Friday afternoon at Huntington Park. The second game Friday was the Buckeyes’ third game in 24 hours as Ohio State concluded its season with a 33-27 overall record.

“It was very difficult coming back from the 7:05 p.m. game last night to play the two games starting at 12:05 p.m. today, but I’m really proud of how our guys responded,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “We played Purdue last night and Nebraska in the first game today and those are two tough ballgames to come back from. The team battled all day and I am proud of how we competed in this tournament but the bottom line is that our program needs to continue to grow from here.”

Game 1 vs. Nebraska

The Buckeyes took the lead with two in the bottom of the second against Nebraska starter Dexter Spitsnogle. Josh Dezse blooped a double down the right field line with one down, moved to third on a single to center by Patrick Porter and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by David Corna. After Kirby Pellant singled and Greg Solomon was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Tim Wetzel walked to score Porter for the 2-0 Ohio State lead.

Ohio State added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth against reliever Dylan Vogt when Pellant tripled into right-center to lead off the inning and Greg Solomon followed with an RBI single to left to push the lead to 3-0.

Nebraska threatened in the top of the fifth against Ohio State starter Brian King when a pair of errors put runners at the corners with one out but King induced a 6-4-3 double play by Chad Christensen to end the threat and preserve the 3-0 advantage.

The Cornhuskers were able to get on the board with a pair in the top of the sixth. Josh Scheffert walked to lead off the inning and scored on an RBI double to right-center by Richard Stock. Kash Kalkowski then chopped a single up the middle to plate Stock to cut the Ohio State lead to 3-2.

The Buckeyes then responded with a run in the bottom of the seventh when Wetzel singled up the middle to lead off the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Cypret and came around to score on a two-base error by Scheffert at third base on a ground ball by Brad Hallberg.

Ohio State added two more against Nebraska reliever Travis Huber in the bottom of the eighth. Corna singled through the left side to lead off the inning and Pellant followed with his second triple of the day to right-center to score Corna. Solomon then capped the scoring at 6-2 with a sacrifice fly to center to plate Pellant.

The Ohio State bullpen took over for King in the seventh as Greg Greve tossed 1.2 scoreless innings and Andrew Armstrong recorded the final out of the eighth before Dezse pitches a scoreless ninth to end it.

Pellant finished the game 3-for-3 with two triples, two runs scored an RBI and a career-high seven total bases. King picked up the win to move to 5-5 on the season, allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out four over 6.0 innings pitched.

Game 2 vs. Michigan State

After two scoreless innings, the Buckeyes threatened against Michigan State starter David Garner with runners at the corners and two out in the top of the third after Aaron Gretz singled with one down and Cypret reached on an infield single. However, the Spartans were able to sniff out a first and third play as Cypret got in a rundown between first and second and Gretz was caught off third base to end the inning.

Ohio State starter Trace Dempsey loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the frame but the freshman right-hander induced a 6-4-3 double play by John Martinez to keep the game scoreless.

The Spartans threatened again in the bottom of the fourth, putting the first two on base on a walk and a single but Joel Fisher was unable to get a sacrifice bunt down and struck out and Anthony Checky and Ryan Jones followed with fly outs to end the rally.

Ohio State took the lead in the top of the fifth when Corna reached on an infield single to lead off the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pellant and scored on a single through the left side by Gretz. After Wetzel flew out, Cypret reached on an error and Hallberg walked to load the bases with two down before Mike Carroll lined a single into right to score Gretz but Cypret was thrown out from right field by Jimmy Pickens as the Buckeyes took the 2-0 advantage.

The Spartans answered right back to tie it with two in the bottom of the frame. Justin Scanlon was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and a Jordan Keur single but runners on first and second with nobody out. Scanlon then moved to third and, after a foul out by Martinez, Ryan Krill singled to center to make it a one-run game before Brett McKinney came on to relieve Dempsey. Pickens then doubled down the right-field line to score Keur and tie the game at 2-2.

Michigan State then took the lead with three in the bottom of the sixth. An Anthony Cheky walk and a single when Jones hustled on the throw put runners on second and third with nobody out for the Spartans before Keur drove in Cheky with an RBI fielder’s choice. McKinney was then relieved by Armstrong before Torsten Boss plated Jones with a sacrifice fly to left. After a single and a walk loaded the bases, Pickens was hit by a pitch to push the Spartan lead to 5-2.

After Garner recorded the first out of the seventh inning, Michigan State reliever Bryce Jenney came on to induce an inning-ending double play by Cypret before tossing a scoreless eighth.

Michigan State tacked on another run on a Krill single in the bottom of the eighth and Jenney came back out for the ninth, allowed a pair of baserunners but was able to get Cypret to foul out to end it.

Gretz went 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored while Dempsey pitched well in his second career start, allowing two earned runs while striking out a pair over 4.2 innings.

GAME NOTES
– Josh Dezse reached base safely in 53 of 58 games played this season.
– Kirby Pellant recorded his team-high third triple of the season in the fourth inning against Nebraska.
– Pellant tied his career high with three hits against Nebraska. He also recorded a career-best seven total bases.
– Gretz tallied a career-high three hits against Michigan State.
– Andrew Armstrong finished his career tied for second on the Ohio State all-time list with 92 appearances.
– Kirby Pellant finished the season with 31 stolen bases, good for fifth on the OSU single-season list.
– The Buckeyes won multiple games in the Big Ten tournament for the first time since 2007.

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Jody Victor