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OSU’s Dezse named to Olerud Watch List


Josh Dezse (courtesy of OSU athletics)

The College Baseball Hall of Fame announced the names of 25 players from across the country who are featured on the watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. Included on the list is Ohio State freshman first baseman/pitcher Josh Dezse, from Powell, Ohio and Olentangy Liberty High School.

The Olerud Award, which recognizes a player who makes an impact both on the mound and at the plate, will be presented in Lubbock, Texas, on July 3 as part of the College Baseball Hall of the Fame’s Night of Champions.

At the plate, Dezse hit .332 in 53 games, with 64 hits, 11 doubles, 4 homers and 42 RBI’s.

On the mound, the freshman star was 4-2 with a 5.53 ERA in 26 appearances, 6 saves and 32 strikeouts in 27.2 innings pitched.

Dezse was named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week four times and Big Ten Player of the week twice this season.


Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

Texas Tech hires Billy Gillespie as new basketball coach


Billy Gillespie (photo by acDixon via wikipedia commons)

The fans in Lubbock, Texas, home the of Texas Tech University Red Raiders will find themselves rooting for a former rival coach who used to lead their arch-rivals, Texas A&M Aggies.

The Red Raiders fans have welcomed Billy Gillespie to lead their basketball team back to the top of the Big 12 Conference. He has a five-year contract.

Gillespie, who is 51, is a native of Abilene, has a record of 140-85 in seven seasons as  Division I coach, led UTEP and Texas A&M to quick turnrounds from losers to contending winners in their respective conferences.

In 2004, Gillespie led UTEP to its first NCAA tournament bid since 1992.

Under Gillespie’s guidance, the Aggies of Texas A&M had three straight 20-win seasons. In 2005, he was voted the Big 12 coach of the year.

Gillespie followed the popular Tubby Smith at Kentucky and never was liked by the fans. He was fired in 2009 after the Wildcats missed playing in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 17 years.


compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Texas Tech athletics news

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

Info courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

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.