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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.

The search is over as Ohio State choses Greg Beals to replace Bob Todd

compiled from staff reporting

Also contributing to this story were staff writers StephanieLee, Dan Hock and Nancy Mason

It seems to be that Ohio State has chosen their new baseball coach to succeed the retired Bob Todd.

Greg Beals of Mid-American Conference member Ball State is the chosen one.

Beals will probably bring one member of his Ball State staff with him. Former Ohio State closer, Mike Stafford from the 1997 and 1998 seasons, is his pitching coach.

Other finalists for the coveted job included: Kent State coach Scott Stricklin, Louisville assistant Chris Lemonis,Virginia assistant Kevin McMullan and Indiana coach Tracy Smith.

It had been rumored that others interviewed for the job such as Cincinnati coach Brian Cleary and Akron’s Pat Bengsten, a former Todd assistant, but no one would confirm this to be true.

Greg Beals (courtesy of Ball State)

The Ohio State became a hot ticket when the 61-year-old Todd announced his retirement during the late part of the season. He ended 23 years as the coach and had two years left on a three-year contract.

In eight years at Ball State, Beals had a record of 243-202. He won Mid-American Conference West Division championships in 2003, 2006 and 2009 and a conference tournament title in 2006.

In 2006, the Cardinals played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1969. They went on to upset number-1 seeded Kentucky in the first round of the Lexington Regional.

Ball State in 2010, played one of the most difficult non-conference schedules in the nation (fourth) and ended up 29-29.

Mike Stafford ex-Buckeyes closer (courtesy of Ball State)

Before being hired to coach at the Muncie, Indiana school, Beals spent nine years as an assistant at his alma mater, Kent State. The Golden Flashes won two Mid-American Conference championships and played in three NCAA Tournaments during his tenure.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in human movement studies in 1995 and has a Master’s degree in sports administration in 1999 from Kent State.

Beals played three years of minor-league baseball in the New York Mets organization after being drafted in 1991 in the 22nd round.

The book on Beals is that he is a fantastic recruiter and has seen twenty of his players drafted by Major League Baseball teams.

Beals is a Springfield, Ohio native having graduated from Kenton Ridge High School. He is married and has three daughters.

Ohio State Softball, Baseball games suspended; will resume today

Info Courtesy of Ohio State

STORY INCLUDES AUDIO FROM OHIO STATE BASEBALL PLAYER RYAN DEW ON COACH BOB TODD

The Ohio State softball team will pick up its NCAA regional game with Kentucky at 10 a.m. Saturday morning after lightning and rain halted play at 7:29 p.m. Friday evening.

Linda Kalafatis Ohio State coach (osu)

The Wildcats held a 3-0 lead through the three innings before the game was called in the top of the fourth.

The Friday night baseball game between Ohio State and Minnesota at Bill Davis Stadium has been suspended until 1:05 p.m. Saturday. The game will pickup with Minnesota batting  and one out in the bottom of the second inning. Approximately 30 minutes following the end of  game 2, the third and final game of the series will begin. Senior Day ceremonies and a salute to retiring baseball coach Bob Todd will precede the start of Game 3.

Coach Todd won his 900th game at Ohio State on Sunday at Iowa 11-6.

The Friday game was suspended at 7:29 p.m. because of lightning in the area. The Buckeyes were leading, 1-0, in the bottom of the second inning.

Bob Todd Ohio State coach (OSU)

Ryan Dew hit a bases loaded single that scored Cory Kovanda with the first run of the game. Alex Wimmers was on the mound for the Buckeyes. In his first action in four weeks,  Wimmers struck out three batters, walked one and allowed a single in his first 1.1 innings of work.

SOUNDS FROM THE LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 970 Ryan Dew OSU baseball His reaction to coach Bob Todd retiring (megasportsnews.com)

44 974 Ryan Dew OSU baseball His general thoughts on the season (megasportsnews.com)

44 978 Ryan Dew OSU baseball What has Bob Todd meant to him (megasportsnews.com)

44 979 Ryan Dew OSU baseball Any indication that he would resign (megasportsnews.com)

A surprise! Ohio State baseball coach Bob Todd announces retirement

Info courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

After 39 years as a baseball coach, including 37 on the Division I collegiate level, Ohio State head baseball coach Bob Todd will end his coaching career at the end of the 2010 season. The 61-year-old Todd informed the team, of his decision to resign Wednesday following the Louisville game.

Bob Todd (OSU)

There isn’t much that Todd, a 1971 graduate of Missouri hasn’t experienced. He is a member of two Halls of Fame-the American Baseball Coaches Association (2009) and the Ohio State Varsity “O” (2008). Earlier this season on February 21 against Richmond, he coached his 1,000th victory, becoming just the 41st Division I coach to achieve the milestone.

Milestone accomplishments don’t begin to tell the story of Todd’s coaching legacy, which includes two years at Ritenour High School in St. Louis, Missouri., nearly 10 years as an assistant coach to Gene McArtor at Missouri, four years as a head coach at Kent State, 23 years at Ohio State and two stints as a coach with Team USA.

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