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Rucinski turning into OSU pitching ace; beats Indiana 6-1


Drew Rucinski (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Ohio State senior pitcher Drew Rucinski is showing that he can take the place of former staff ace Alex Wimmers.

Rucinski showed pitching ace abilities with a dominating performance as the Buckeyes defeated Indiana 6-1 in Bloomington, Indiana.

Rucinski (3-1) surrendered one unearned run on seven hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and no walks to help keep OSU (11-13) in a tie for first-place in the Big Ten Conference.


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OSU comes back to beat Northwestern, 7-2

Greg Beals OSU baseball coach (file photo)

Game story from Christopher Henderson

The Ohio State Buckeyes baseball team has a different makeup this year and its just not in the coaching staff.

On the field, the Buckeyes will have to play almost a perfect game. They will not be able to blow teams off the field because they lost six star players from Bob Todd’s final team. They lost several key players to the Major League Baseball draft, ace pitcher Alex Wimmers in the first round to the Minnesota Twins, catcher Dan Burkhart, left fielder Zach Hurley and second baseman Cory Kovanda.

Case-in-point was new head coach Greg Beals’ first Big Ten win over Northwestern. Ohio State scored four runs in the seventh inning without getting the ball out of the infield in the comeback win of 7-2 in Bill Davis Stadium.

OSU starter Drew Rucinski allowed five hits and struck out five in taking a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning. However, the Wildcats started to zero in on Rucinski’s pitches. Northwestern designated hitter Jack Livingston had a lead-off triple off the centerfield wall. Geoff Rowan followed with a run-scoring single to left. Later in the inning, Rowan scored on an infield single by Patrick Miller and the Bucks were trailing 2-1.

Wildcats starting pitcher Luke Farrell was just as stingy on the Buckeyes. But they got to him and scored four runs on two hits in the bottom of the seventh to take back the lead for good at 5-2.

The interesting inning stacked up this way. The first run scored when David Corna was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, the second came across on a wild pitch, the third on an infield single by Brian DeLucia and the fourth on a passed ball.

The win upped OSU to 9-10 on the season.

Alex Wimmers named National Pitcher of the Year

info courtesy of Ohio State

Alex Wimmers has been chosen as the best pitcher in college baseball for the 2010 season. Ohio State’s junior All-American, who had a 9-0 record and a 1.61 earned run average this season, was named by the College Baseball Foundation (CBF) as its National Pitcher of the Year earlier this month in Lubbock, Texas.

Wimmers, just the second winner of the CBF’s National Pitcher of the Year Award after Stephen Strasburg won it in 2009, was chosen the honor over an all-star lineup of outstanding collegiate pitchers, including finalists Drew Pomerantz, who was 9-2 with a 2.24 ERA this year for Mississippi, and Chris Sale, the Florida Gulf Coast pitcher, who was 11-0 with a 2.01 ERA.

Alex Wimmers Best College Pitcher (OSU)

The 10 semifinalists included Arizona State’s Seth Blair, Cal State Fullerton’s Noe Ramirez, Coastal Carolina’s Anthony Meo, Texas’ Chance Ruffin, Texas A&M’s John Stilson, Virginia’s Danny Hultzen and TCU’s Matt Purke.

Bob Todd, Ohio State’s retiring baseball coach, attended the awards show in support of his ace hurler.

Career-wise Wimmers, who was drafted in the first round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the Minnesota Twins, ranks among Ohio State’s all-time Top 5 in four key statistical areas and he is sixth in another. He is fourth at Ohio State in fewest runs allowed (81) and he is fifth in strikeouts (273), fewest earned runs (71) and fewest hits (173). He is also sixth in earned run average (2.94). His 18 career victories rank 23rd. His strikeout total is also good for a 16th place tie all-time in the Big Ten Conference.

Wimmers named PING! Baseball All-American

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Ohio State junior and recently drafted right-hander Alex Wimmers made it two-for-two in All-American honors after he was named a first team PING! Baseball All-American.

Alex Wimmers (OSU)

The two-time first-team All-American drafted with the 21st overall pick by the Minnesota Twins in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft was also named one of six finalists for the College Baseball Foundation’s Pitcher of the Year Award. The winner of the award will be announced in July in Lubbock, Texas as part of the College Baseball Awards Show.

Despite missing three starts and four weeks of action this season after injuring his hamstring, the Cincinnati native posted a sparking 9-0 record with a 1.60 ERA, good for fifth-best nationally, en route to an unprecedented second-consecutive Big Ten pitcher of the year honor. While becoming the first back-to-back winner of the award in Big Ten history, Wimmers also becomes only the second pitcher to claim the honor twice: Ohio State’s Justin Fry was Big Ten pitcher of the year in 1997 and 1999.

Ohio State Baseball: Burkhart and Wimmers up for awards

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Ohio State catcher Dan Burkhart was named one of sixteen semifinalists for the 2010 Coleman Company Johnny Bench Award, which is governed by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.

Dan Burkhart (osu)

The winner of the award, which goes to the best collegiate catcher in the country, will be announced at the 13th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on July 1, 2010.

Burkhart, a junior from Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller High School, started every game for the Buckeyes in 2010.

Ohio State junior right-hander Alex Wimmers was named one of 25 finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is governed by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the College Baseball Foundation.

Three finalists for the award, given to the top player in collegiate baseball, will be announced just prior to the first game of the College World Series with a press conference schduled for Saturday June 10 at 11 a.m.

Alex Wimmers (osu)

The Cincinnati, Ohio native had a fine season for the Buckeyes as the ace of the staff. He did miss several games after suffering a hamstring injury on April 30, but did pitch against Minnesota on May 21.

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