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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Arlin, Ratcliff Shine Bright Thursday in Omaha

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OMAHA, Neb. – The Ohio State baseball program was well-represented Thursday night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha at the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame 2014 induction and the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby. Buckeye legend Steve Arlin, a member of Ohio State’s 1965 and 1966 baseball teams, was inducted into the second class in the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame while Ratcliff, a rising junior at Ohio State, finished fourth in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.

Arlin Inducted Into Omaha College Baseball Hall of Famer
Arlin was joined by Dustin Ackley (North Carolina), Will Clark (Mississippi State) and Mark Kotsay (Cal State Fullerton) in the 2014 class, the second in the history of the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame. He was recognized in front of the fans during the Home Run Derby and was featured during ESPN’s telecast of the event.

“The Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame is great and this is a really special honor to me because I played here almost a half-century ago,” Arlin said. “It’s an honor to represent The Ohio State University and the Big Ten Conference.”

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.

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No. 7 Seed Ohio State Falls to No. 3 Seed Illinois, 6-5, to End 2014 Campaign

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OMAHA, Neb. – The Ohio State baseball team saw its season come to a close with a 6-5 loss to Illinois Thursday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The Buckeyes conclude the 2014 campaign with a 30-28 record.

Illinois got on the board in the top of the first against Ohio State starter Ryan Riga. Adam Walton reached on a one-out single back up the middle and scored on a two-out double to left-center by Jason Goldstein. Reid Roper followed with a single to left to plate Goldstein for the 2-0 Illinois lead.

Ohio State threatened against Illinois starter Kevin Duchene in the bottom of the second. Jacob Bosiokovic reached on a leadoff single before Connor Sabanosh walked to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Troy Montgomery followed with an apparent bunt single but Connor Sabanosh was called out after interfering with Reid Roper at second base. Craig Nennig then grounded into an inning-ending double play as Illinois preserved the 2-0 lead.

The Illini rallied again in the top of the fourth when Reid Roper led off the inning with a bunt single before an infield single by Casey Fletcher put runners on first and second with nobody out. A sacrifice bunt by Ryne Roper moved the runners up to second and third with one down but Riga bounced back to strike out Ryan Nagle and Kelly Norris-Jones to keep it a 2-0 game.

Illinois tacked on two more in the top of the fifth. Three-consecutive singles to lead off the inning plated Will Krug before a double play by Goldstein scored Walton to push the Illinois lead to 4-0.

The Buckeyes got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Sabanosh singled to lead off the inning and, after Montgomery flied out to center for the first out of the inning, Nennig reached on an error to put runners on first and second with one down. Tim Wetzel followed with a fielder’s choice as Nennig was cut down at second for the second out of the inning but Nick Sergakis followed with a line-drive single to left to score Sabanosh to cut the Illini lead to 4-1 after five innings.

Ohio State knotted the game up with three in the bottom of the sixth. With one down, Josh Dezse walked before Bosiokovic doubled to right-center to put runners on second and third. Sabanosh then grounded out to third for the second out of the inning as both runners stayed put but Montgomery followed with a ground ball to short and the throw by Walton sailed into the first base dugout as Dezse and Bosiokovic came around to score. Nennig then grounded a single through the left side to plate Montgomery from second to tie the game at 4-4.

Illinois answered right back in the top of the seventh. Norris-Jones and Krug singled to lead off the inning to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Walton then laid down a sacrifice bunt and Riga’s throw to get Norris-Jones sailed down the left field line to give Illinois the lead back at 6-4. Jake Post came on in relief for Ohio State and allowed a sacrifice bunt but David Kerian to move Walton to third but the Buckeye sophomore responded to strike out Goldstein and Reid Roper to keep it a 6-4 game.

The Buckeyes came back to plate a run in the bottom of the frame. Sergakis led off the inning with a double before Ronnie Dawson was hit by a pitch to chase Duchene from the game. Nick Blackburn came on for the Illini and surrendered a bunt single to Troy Kuhn to load the bases before Dezse scored Sergakis with a sacrifice fly to right. Blackburn responded to strike out Bosiokovic for the second out of the inning but walked Sabanosh to load the bases before the Illini went to Tyler Jay out of the bullpen. The Illinois left-hander came on to strike out Montgomery as the Illini clung to the 6-5 lead.

The Illini then loaded the bases with two down in the top of the eighth on two singles and a walk but Travis Lakins came out of the bullpen to strike out Walton as it stayed a one-run game.

However, Jay tossed two more scoreless innings to close out the 6-5 win and earn his 10th save of the year.

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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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Ohio State Welcomes Miami to Columbus for Tuesday Contest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team hosts in-state foe Miami for a 6:35 p.m. matchup Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. Live stats and links to a live video and audio stream can be found on the baseball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or fans can follow twitter.com/OhioState_BASE for updates.

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Ohio State won its fourth-consecutive series, taking the opener against Iowa, 9-4, before dropping a 17-2 decision in the middle game and earning a 3-2 victory in the rubber game over the weekend.

Josh Dezse went 5-for-9 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored in the series. Tanner Tully earned the Saturday win, allowing two unearned runs on five hits with five strikeouts over 7.0 innings while Greg Greve picked up the win in the rubber game Monday, allowing two earned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts over 7.0 frames.

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