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Rucinski signs free agent contract with Cleveland Indians


Drew Rucinski (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Ohio State righthander Drew Rucinski signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Rucinski will start his pro baseball career at short-season Mahoning Valley in the New York-Penn League.

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native becomes the 22nd Buckeye to sign a professional contract over the last 10 years after earning second-team All-Big Ten honors and ranking fifth in the Big Ten in earned run average 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’ ace starter.

He ranks 16th all-time at Ohio State with 22 career wins and 15th with a 257.1 innings pitched. Rucinski also pitched his best against rival Michigan going 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 20.1 innings in his career against the Wolverines.


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Buckeyes ride five-run eighth to win over Gophers in Big Ten Tournament


Ohio State came from behind with a five-run eighth inning to defeat Minnesota, 5-3, in the first game of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday afternoon at Huntington Park. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 26-25 on the season and will play Illinois on Thursday.

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Ohio State starting pitcher Drew Rucinski cruised through the first two innings until the Gophers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth.

On the other side, Minnesota starter T.J. Oakes retired 10 consecutive Buckeyes before a leadoff single in the fifth by David Corna.

After giving up a run in the fourth, Rucinski shut down the Gophers during the middle innings, but he ran into trouble in the eighth and was knocked out of the game. Minnesota upped their lead to 3-0 against reliever Andrew Armstrong.

Ohio State finally woke up the bats in the eighth inning by scoring five runs on five hits and two Gophers errors.

With Minnesota up 3-2, closer Scott Matyas struck out Josh Dezse before Matt Streng single into right field to score Tim Wetzel to tie the game at 3-3. Ryan Cypret then scored the go-ahead run on a failed pickoff attempt by the catcher and Corna doubled off the top of the left field fence to score Streng and the Buckeyes led 5-3.

Rucinski pitched 7.1 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits while striking out three. Jared Strayer picked up the win in relief for the Buckeyes to improve his record to 4-3 on the season while Dezse worked a perfect ninth inning for his fifth save of the season.


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Buckeyes beat Michigan in series opener, 7-2


The Ohio State baseball Buckeyes beat Michigan, 7-2 in the Friday night opener of their three-game series in front of 1,757 fnas at Bill Davis Stadium.

With the victory, OSU improves to 17-18, 7-6 in the Big Ten while Michigan falls to 13-26, 6-7 in conference play. The win also keeps the Buckeyes in a tie for third in the conference, a game behind Michigan State and Purdue.

Ryan Cypret recorded his 13th multi-hit game of 2011 (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

Ohio State and Michigan will conclude the series with a doubleheader beginning at 3:05 p.m. Saturday, April 30 because of a threat of rain moving into the Columbus, Ohio area on Sunday.

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Drew Rucinski picked up the win to move to 5-1 on the season, hurling 6.2 innings, giving up six hits, two runs (one earned) while striking out seven. Jared Strayer and Josh Dezse retired the last six Wolverines in order over the last two innings to close out the win.

Rucinski lowered his Big Ten leading ERA to 2.11.

The two highest strikeout games of Rucinski’s career have both come at the expense of the Michigan Wolverines. He struck out a career-high nine in a complete game win May 1, 2010 in Ann Arbor. He moves up to 2-0 with a 2.21 and 20 strikeouts in 20.1 innings pitched in his career against the Wolverines. Rucinski has given up two earned runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts this season and one earned run or fewer in six of those games.

Dezse finished the game 2-for-3 with four RBI’s and a run scored while Ryan Cypret and Tyler Engle each recorded two-hit games. Cypret and Dezse each recorded their 13th multi-hit games of the season to tie for the team lead.

Dezse posted his team-high ninth multiple RBI game.


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Ohio State splits doubleheader at Penn State


Drew Rucinski (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

The Ohio State baseball Buckeyes split a doubleheader with Penn State, winning game one 5-1 and losing the second game 5-2, Saturday afternoon at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. By splitting, OSU has a record of 16-17 while the Nittany Lions move to 23-13. Both teams are 6-5 and in a second-place tie in the Big 10 Conference.

Drew Rucinski, who is starting to become the ace of the staff, threw seven innings, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out four to improve his season record to 4-1.


Heath Johnson (courtesy of Penn State athletics)

In the nightcap, the Buckeyes jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the first off Penn State starter John Walter.

But the Nittany Lions came back with three runs on five singles against Buckeyes’ starter Brett McKinney in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-1 lead. Penn State added two more in the second, on a pair of walks, two stolen bases and an RBI single by Jordan Steranka to up the lead to 5-1 after two innings.

Heath Johnson came on in the ninth inning to close out the game for the Nittany Lions, earning his first save of the season.


Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

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.


Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

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