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Ohio State Baseball 2018 Schedule, News, Notes, Awards (Fire Beals)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Baseball' started by brodybuck21, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. rhgbosu

    rhgbosu I aim to misbehave

    Ohio St SR RHP Reece Calvert transferred to Western Kentucky. Thought he might have been injured after not making an appearance during Ohio Sts 6 games in 7 days spring break trip, but it looks like he transferred out. Calvert was a big dude with a big arm who transferred in outta McClennan Comunity College (TX) last year. He pitched well towards the end of last year especially. Had trouble keeping the ball down and throwing strikes for the most part. Looks like Jake Ruby, Alex Theis and Luke Duermit will RS and now I just gotta figure out what’s up with Dustin Jourdan. Jourdan ( another McClennan transfer) took a medical RS last year and is still MIA. Likely still recovering or maybe hung up his cleats? Hope not
     
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  2. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member

    2018 RADIO BROADCAST SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

    Stay tuned to Ohio State baseball on AM 1460 ESPN this spring

    COLUMBUS, Ohio
    – Beginning March 30 with the opening of Big Ten Conference play, the Ohio State baseball team can be heard on the radio and online. Columbus’ WBNS-AM 1460 will carry 27 games live this season. In addition, the games can be heard on WBNS-FM-HD2 and streamed at www.espncolumbus.com and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

    Listen in as announcer Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and former Buckeye Bob Spears (analysis) describe all the excitement of 2018 Buckeye baseball. The first broadcast is scheduled for Friday night as the Buckeyes host defending Big Ten regular season champion Nebraska in a three-game series at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. The Friday game can also be seen on Big Ten Network.

    The Greg Beals Radio Show
    The Greg Beals radio show will air weekly at 6 p.m. Monday on AM 1460 ESPN. The show will be hosted by Matt Andrews as Coach Beals recaps the weekend of games and gives a preview of the upcoming weekend Big Ten series.

    2018 Ohio State Baseball Radio Broadcast Schedule (Join Time Listed)

    Friday, March 30 – vs. Nebraska – 6:25 p.m. ET (BTN)
    Saturday, March 31 – vs. Nebraska – 2:55 p.m. ET
    Sunday, April 1 – vs. Nebraska – 12:55 p.m. ET
    Wednesday, April 4 – vs. Kent State – 6:25 p.m. ET (BTN)
    Friday, April 6 – at Iowa – 6:55 p.m. ET
    Saturday, April 7 – at Iowa – 2:55 p.m. ET
    Sunday, April 8 – at Iowa – 1:55 p.m. ET
    Tuesday, April 10 – vs. Ohio – 6:25 p.m. ET
    Friday, April 13 – at Penn State – 6:20 p.m. ET
    Saturday, April 14 – at Penn State – 1:50 pm. ET
    Sunday, April 15 – at Penn State – 12:50 p.m. ET
    Tuesday, April 17 – vs. Miami (Ohio) – 6:25 p.m. ET
    Friday, April 20 – vs. Indiana – 6:25 p.m. ET
    Saturday, April 21 - vs. Indiana – 2:55 p.m. ET
    Sunday, April 22 - vs. Indiana – 12:55 p.m. ET
    Friday, April 27 - vs. Minnesota – 6:25 p.m. ET
    Saturday, April 28 – vs. Minnesota – 2:55 p.m. ET
    Sunday, April 29 – vs. Minnesota – 12:55 pm. ET
    Friday, May 4 – at Illinois – 6:55 p.m. ET
    Saturday, May 5 – at Illinois – 3:55 p.m. ET
    Sunday, May 6 – at Illinois – 1:55 p.m. ET
    Friday, May 11 – vs. Purdue – 6:25 p.m. ET
    Saturday, May 12 – vs. Purdue – 2:55 p.m. ET
    Sunday, May 13 – vs. Purdue – 12:55 p.m. ET
    Thursday, May 17 – at Michigan State – 3:55 p.m. ET
    Friday, May 18 – at Michigan State – 3:55 p.m. ET
    Saturday, May 19 – at Michigan State – 12:55 p.m. ET
    Wednesday, May 23- Sunday, May 27 – Big Ten Tournament – TBA

    http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/032718aaa.html
     
  3. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member

  4. rhgbosu

    rhgbosu I aim to misbehave

    Kinker is the team MVP to this point, imo
     
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  5. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member

    Agreed 100%
     
  6. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member

    HUMPHREY HIGHLIGHTS | JACOB BARNWELL

    Jacob Barnwell, named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List, is ready to lead Buckeyes back to postseason


    Former field hockey player and 2018 Bucks Go Pro intern, Maddy Humphrey returns with Humphrey Highlights covering other student-athletes. Humphrey is checking in this week with Jacob Barnwell, highlighting his selection to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List.




    Jacob Barnwell is a junior from Catlettsburg, Ky., and is majoring in criminology hoping to be an FBI agent once his baseball days are over. Barnwell has been the anchor to the Buckeye infield as the starting catcher the last two seasons.

    The Johnny Bench Award is a prominent collegiate award given to the toughest and outstanding catcher in the nation whose character entails integrity and righteousness. Barnwell has been selected to the watch list, a prestigious award named after the legendary catcher, and his presence as a Buckeye explains why.

    As a Buckeye there is a legendary line we live by “The People, The Tradition and the Excellence.” This infamous Woody Hayes phrase is an important one to Barnwell and since the first day he stepped foot on this campus he saw it, felt it and exhibited it.

    “The tradition of excellence is something that has been driven into the brains of all Buckeyes that have come before me and those that will follow me,” Barnwell said. “It is something that I take pride in and strive to achieve whether it is on the baseball field or in the classroom.”

    During Barnwell’s freshman year, he was fortunate enough to be a part of one of the top campaigns in OSU history. The boys went on to claim the Big Ten tournament title and advanced to an NCAA Regional for the first time in seven years. Barnwell appeared 14 times and started five games behind the plate. The dogpile celebration at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., was something No. 42 will never forget.

    “There is no better feeling than being able to dog pile on the field after putting in so much work and so much time into something,” Barnwell expressed. “That memory will be something that I will never forget for the rest of my life. That season was a roller coaster ride and I think that is what makes the championship that much better. We had our ups and our downs but when we came together as a team instead of a group of individuals we accomplished something amazing.

    Last year, Barnwell stepped into the starting role behind the dish. His hitting average was a .254 clip that included seven doubles, one triple, two home runs, 14 RBI, 30 walks and went 7-for-10 in stolen bases. On the defensive side, he controlled the base paths by throwing out 11 baserunners during his 51 starts. Barnwell finished up the year strong and scrappy with a seven-game reached base streak.

    Now in his junior year, he is having a breakout season, hitting .289 in 76 at-bats. Barnwell has already drove in a season-high 18 RBI in 24 games. At the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, Barnwell hit .333 over the weekend against tough competition of No. 1 Oregon State and Utah. This past weekend at Bill Davis Stadium, Barnwell had his best day of the plate against defending Big Ten champion Nebraska. The Buckeyes claimed their first B1G win on Saturday and Barnwell’s first home run of the season had a lot to do with that victory, blasting a three-run shot over the left field wall in the bottom of the fourth.

    “We know that we can play with anyone in the country,” Barnwell said. “We have played with and beaten top ranked teams. I predict great things for this team. In my third season here at OSU I have been a part of some really good baseball teams but there is something special about this group that reminds me of the team my freshman year that won the Big Ten championship. We are relentless and will never give up.”

    Barnwell believes part of his leadership role is to push himself and his teammates to be the best they can be and he expects his teammates to give him the same push back.

    “When I am behind the plate I plan on running the show,” Barnwell said. “I was always told as a kid and still to this day when you are behind the plate everyone on the field is looking at you and the catcher is the only person on the field that can see everything that is going on.”

    The team has had a large youth turnout during its current 11-game homestand to meet the players and as they begin dreaming of being an Ohio State student-athlete one day. Young fans and young baseball players look up to players like Barnwell as role models and Barnwell has some advice for them.

    “First, stay positive and don’t be result oriented. Baseball is a game of failure. The greatest players in history failed seven out of 10 times. Keep a positive mindset and you will be better off. Second, be a good teammate. Be the first guy out of the dugout when your teammate does something great and be the first guy out when he does something bad. As Woody Hayes also said, "You win with people". Third, respect and thank your parents for everything they do. Finally, just have fun! Baseball is much better when you are having fun.”

    Barnwell exemplifies what it means to be a great athlete, teammate, role model and person and that is why he has been selected to the watch list of such a prestigious award.

    “To be selected to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List is such an honor. Just to have your name put on a list for an award named after one of the greatest players to ever catch is a blessing. I just want to take this time to thank all the players and coaches past and present for helping me become the player I am today. It may be an individual award but without great coaching and teammates I wouldn't be where I am today.”

    http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/040218aaa.html
     
  7. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member

  8. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member

  9. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member

    Considering What It Takes: Bucks’ Better Start No Fluke
    by Sonny Fulks | Features, OSU, OSU Feature
    ska Press. Widely knowledgeable on that period of American History, Fulks is a frequent speaker on the Civil War at local roundtables throughout the Midwest. He and wife Mindy have two grown children and live in Covington, Ohio.

    CONTACT
    18-8 through their first 26 games, Greg Beals’ culture of hard work and trust simply has the Buckeyes in a better place. Others are waiting, watching…and see the difference.

    [​IMG]Columbus – They’re in a better place than they were a year ago.

    Yes, that’s obvious for the fact of their 18-8 record…and the battling spirit shown through their first Big Ten series this weekend with the University of Nebraska. After dropping a disappointing 7-3 decision in the series opener on Friday the Buckeyes came back to even things Saturday with a 7-4 win, an impressive outing by starting pitcher Ryan Feltner, and multiple hits by an array of Bucks hitters – another impressive performance by the bullpen.

    It’s a team that feasting off the offensive metamorphosis of Noah McGowan (.425 – up 200 points from last year), Tyle Cowles ( .322 – up 130 points from last year), Jacob Barnwell, Brady Cherry and newcomer, Kobie Foppe.

    But it’s also a team that’s benefiting from what coach Greg Beals so often refers to as “the culture” of Buckeye baseball: That is…do your work, believe in yourself and your teammates, and good things are going to happen within “the brotherhood”.

    An example?

    Two hours following Saturday’s win, freshman Aaron Hughes (Tipp City, Ohio) walked out of the Buckeyes’ clubhouse bound for the parking lot. Hughes, a third baseman and utility player, “walked on” back in fall practice, made a favorable impression, but did not make the Buckeyes’ active roster for 2018. He is, what you call in college sports…a “red shirt”. He’s working, putting in his time and commitment, believing in the culture…that he will one day play for the Buckeyes, sometime down the road.

    Hughes is an engineering student, accustomed to tough curriculum, hard work, and a commitment to the future.

    “Whatta’ been doing?” I asked.

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    “The ‘culture’ benefits those like Aaron Hughes (above) as they see what its done for Noah McGowan and Tyler Cowles…a year after things were a their worst.

    “Just getting in some hitting,” Hughes said, smiling…his hair still wet and slicked back from a post-work shower. “Doin’ my work.”

    Doin’ my work!

    Work is a big part of the culture at Ohio State – with Greg Beals – like dreaming, belief, and confidence in the commitment to each other. Following last year’s train wreck season, Noah McGowan, Tyler Cowles, Connor Curlis, Ryan Feltner, and Brady Cherry…they all went home and did some work.

    “I was embarrassed,” said Cowles of his .191 2017 average. “I’d never played baseball like that. I’d never been that bad before.”

    Likewise, McGowan, Feltner, and Curlis, all of whom went out to reassess themselves first, and then what they could accomplish collectively. The turnaround, starting with fall baseball, has been telling – contagious, rewarding, and inviting.

    Aaron Hughes, and others, want to be a part of that.

    “It would be a dream come true,” he said back in fall practice, where he made a favorable impression on the Buckeyes coaching staff.

    “The thing about Aaron Hughes is that there’s so much more there than just a baseball player,” said Beals then, considering the Tipp City Red Devil’s future.

    What he meant was…Hughes is one of the few that the Marine Corps seeks, those willing to consider what it takes to win, to be successful – commitment, hard work, and planning. Engineering (electrical, civil, or mechanical) ain’t for everybody.

    And there are others, like Hughes, that you never see. But they’re there…working.

    He doesn’t dress. He doesn’t travel. He’s had no part in the Buckeyes early success this spring. But still, Aaron Hughes waits and prepares, his day yet to come. The ‘culture’, the ‘brotherhood’, is benefiting him as he sees what its done for Noah McGowan and Tyler Cowles…a year after it seemed that things couldn’t get worse.

    To thy own self be true. Good things do come later.

    The Buckeyes’ fast start has been no fluke!

    https://pressprosmagazine.com/considering-what-it-takes-bucks-better-start-no-fluke/
     
  10. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member

    Latest RPI rankings:

    20 Indiana 20-5-0 6-2-0 5-1-0 9-2-0 0-0-0
    38 Iowa 16-9-0 5-5-0 4-2-0 5-2-0 2-0-0
    48 Illinois 17-7-0 7-2-0 6-3-0 3-2-0 1-0-0
    51 Minnesota 18-10-0 6-5-0 4-0-0 8-5-0 0-0-0
    57 Ohio St. 19-8-0 3-1-0 8-5-0 8-2-0 0-0-0
    68 Nebraska 14-14-0 3-6-0 5-3-0 6-5-0 0-0-0
    76 ttun 16-11-0 3-7-0 2-3-0 11-0-0 0-1-0
    89 Purdue 14-10-0 4-8-0 8-1-0 2-1-0 0-0-0

    https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/baseball/d1/rpi
     
  11. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member

    OSU: Long-Expected Change Is Made But Vance Takes Center Stage
    by Greg Hoard | Features

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    Sophomore Jake Vance pitched for 5.1 innings, allowing just three hits, giving the Buckeyes a solid foundation for 4-0 win over the Bobcats. (Press Pros Feature Photos By Julie McMaken Wright)

    CONTACT
    Buckeyes debut an all new infield and a new man in center, and amidst all this Jake Vance adds to his growing reputation. OSU tunes up before heading to Penn State.

    [​IMG]COLUMBUS – Ohio State unveiled a new defensive alignment Tuesday night at Bill Davis Stadium, an alignment designed for long term benefits, but the dominant figure on the field and in the game was starting pitcher Jake Vance.

    The sophomore right-hander collared Ohio University for 5.1 innings, allowing just three hits, giving the Buckeyes a solid foundation for 4-0 win over the Bobcats, now 15-15.

    It was Ohio State’s first shutout of the season, and after a dreary weekend at Iowa where the Bucks dropped two-of-three, it was a nice and necessary win.

    Now 21-10 and headed to Penn State this weekend, the Buckeyes lineup contained five changes: at first, second, third, short and center field—all changes precipitated by Ohio State’s defensive shortcomings.

    But for all that and as much dust as the Bucks’ defensive play has stirred up, on this night Vance simply stole the show.

    Primarily, he used a fastball/change-up mix with a sprinkling of breaking balls to basically disarm the Bobcats.

    “His fastball has some life on it that you don’t usually get with an 88-, 89 mile an hour fastball,” said Coach Greg Beals. “It’s got a little explosion on it. The other thing is his change-up is probably his most effective pitch and that just makes the fastball look that much better. You have to respect the change-up when you are facing Jake Vance.”

    Vance’s work has, to a degree, been somewhat overlooked. He’s 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA. His ERA is second only to closer Seth Kinker who sits at 1.65.

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    Kobie Foppe had one hit, scored one run, and got on base with a walk.

    Tuesday night’s start was his third of the season and his eighth overall appearance. Clearly, he’s a building block for the future and he very well could crack the weekend rotation if there’s an injury or a breakdown.

    “I was just trying to mix my pitches—the fastball, change and curve,” Vance said, “and everything was pretty much working for me…I think most of my strikeouts (six) came on the fastball. Mostly, I was just trying to locate my pitches.

    “It was nice to get some zeroes on the board…and the defense was rock solid. We played really clean baseball.”

    It was a clean game, which leads us to those line-up changes.

    Ohio State did not commit an error, though the Bobcats weren’t exactly knocking the ball all over the park and testing this new alignment.

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    The McKinley Funeral Home of Lucasville, Ohio, proudly supports Ohio State Buckeye baseball on Press Pros.

    The wind and the 44-degree weather served to kill a few fly balls and restrict base hits. There were a total of 12 hits in the game, and Ohio State made the most of its opportunities.

    In the fifth, Jacob Barnwell started things with a one-out single up the middle, after the wind killed a fly ball by Noah West, Dom Canzone singled to left. Kobie Foppe drew a walk to load the bases for Noah McGowan.

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    Connor Pohl adjusted well in a new position for the Buckeyes at first base .

    McGowan, batting .410, finished a seven-pitch at-bat with a single to left scoring two runs and putting runners at first and third.

    Conner Pohl followed. He got a pitch away and punched it to left field for a single and it was 3-0 Ohio State.

    “That was a situation where I was just trying to get a pitch to hit,” Pohl said. “First at bat I got four pitches, all change-ups…I knew I was going to get off-speed. Finally, I got one fastball a little up and I was able to get a bat on it.”

    Brady Cherry, the designated hitter, singled to open the sixth. Dillon Dingler, who started in center, followed with a hit-and-run single, putting runners at first and third. Barnwell grounded into a force at second, good enough to score Cherry, and that was the extent of the scoring.

    While Vance’s performance and the shutout, completed by Thomas Waning (2.1 innings), Andrew Magno (one-third of an inning) and Yianni Pavlopolous (two-thirds of an inning) was noteworthy, the changes in the defense came as a long-awaited attempt to shore-up the most significant weakness in the Buckeyes’ game.

    Their 51 errors is worst in the Big Ten and among the very worst in the country. Entering play Tuesday their .954 fielding percentage ranked 269th in Division I play.

    “You knew this was coming,” Beals said. “We’ve been talking about it for weeks.”

    For weeks, Beals has considered changes and, in the end, he did not make these changes without exhaustive consideration.

    “You don’t want to over-coach, over-manage, do too much,” Beals said. “We’re winning because our offense has been strong and our pitching has been strong. Our defense has been very, very average—to be very kind to ourselves.”

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    Noah McGowen, new in his position at third, flips the ball to Bo Coolen for an out at first base.

    Finally, he said, he arrived at an alignment that “freshened things up, for sure, at the corners,” shifting Pohl from third to first and McGowan from first to third.

    “I told Noah McGowan, ‘Just go be a baseball player.’ And I trust that he will do that,” Beals said. “Conner Pohl (who had 14 errors) needed to be refreshed.”

    Furthermore, Beals said, he believed moving Foppe to second and installing West at short, put both players at positions where they performed best.

    “Noah West is our best defensive infielder,” Beals said, “best defensive infielder on the team…I got to get him out there.”

    This, of course, put Cherry in a role as designated hitter. Cherry had committed 11 errors at second base and his average had dipped to .239.

    The shocker, for some at least, was Dingler, the back-up catcher, starting in center field, where he handled himself capably and certainly looked the part.

    “He’s not a burner,” Beals said. “He’s not a speed guy, but he will make the right reads and he is going to get there on time…I think he is going to be a great baseball player. I got a guy like that, I have to find a way to get him more reps, more (playing time).”

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    Noah West makes the tag on a Bobcat steal attempt.

    Beals characterized all the moves as decisions he made to put the team in a championship position. Will they stand? Will some stick and others not work out? Only time will tell, but it was certain Ohio State could not continue to give opponents extra outs and so many free bases.

    Already, it has cost them a handful of games and this season grows shorter by the day.

    “It’s hard to tell where this will go after just one game,” Pohl said. “But, I really think it’s going to help. I think it’s all going to work out.”

    “Sometimes in a situation like this,” McGowan said, “it’s almost instinctual. It’s like just go out and play the position, like you are in the backyard. You’re just out there playing.”

    https://pressprosmagazine.com/osu-long-expected-change-is-made-but-vance-takes-center-stage-2/
     
  12. rhgbosu

    rhgbosu I aim to misbehave

    I think Vance may get a shot on the weekend soon. If Niemeyer gets blown up vs Indiana, we may see Vance get a look vs the Gophers, imo
     
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    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member

    Baseball: Dominic Canzone and Conner Pohl carving out key roles in sophomore seasons
    By Miranda Lipton: Lipton.18@osu.edu April 16, 2018 0


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    Ohio State sophomore infielder Conner Pohl (39) takes a swing at a pitch in the fourth inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor

    Ohio State infielder Conner Pohl and outfielder Dominic Canzone began last season as little more than benchwarmers.

    But both caught fire during the middle of the campaign and established themselves as key contributors on the team.

    Now, in Ohio State’s resurgent season that has the Buckeyes as a contender in the Big Ten, Canzone and Pohl find themselves in the thick of everything that has gone right for their team.

    Going from unproductive benchwarmer to middle-of-the-order run producers took time for both players, but both made the transition through a similar process.

    Pohl and Canzone, now sophomores, both view their increased confidence as the fundamental difference between the two seasons.

    “At the beginning of freshman year, I wasn’t sure of my abilities,” Canzone said. “I wasn’t producing and constantly felt like I was letting my brothers down. I think that the key part of my turnaround was being more confident and understanding that the guys behind me will pick me up if I don’t succeed.”

    Canzone began his freshman year just 3-for-29 over his first 11 games, but slashed .394/.435/.533 with three home runs and 12 stolen bases the remainder of the season. Now he is one of the team leaders with a .358/.426/.514 slash line with four home runs and a team-leading nine stolen bases.

    Pohl got off to a similarly slow start, but it was about it more than just not hitting. It also came more from lacking a clear defensive position and not receiving enough playing time. Now splitting time at first and third base, Pohl has played enough to put his bat to good use, slashing .333/.419/.459 with five home runs.

    “I’ve seen a great deal of growth and maturity within them, relating to how they go about competing and their comfort and confidence within the game,” head coach Greg Beals said.

    Although Canzone did not know any of his teammates prior to joining the team just one year ago, his reference to them as his “brothers” captures how quickly these strangers became paramount in his life. He said the constant bonding the teammates do off the field directly translates to how they interact on the field and how well they perform.

    Pohl emphasized the importance of everyone’s role on the team — not just the starters. As a new starter, Pohl’s role has changed since he was a freshman trying to find his place on the team.

    Beals said the challenges of a young player trying to carve out a role on the team was made all the more challenging during the worst season in program history in 2017.

    “Learning how to play at a Division I level for the first time is a challenge for any player,” said Beals. “It was a challenging year for us as a program [last year] and probably for them too. But they’re sophomores now. They’ve been around the block a full time and got a ton of experience.”

    That experience gives Beals confidence both his two young players can become leaders for the next core group of players to come through the program.

    “They both bring a lot to our team offensively and have the potential to be leadership-type guys,” Beals said. “Canzone really shows that already. Pohl is a little more quiet but they both have leadership characteristics that I’m excited about.”

    Canzone also understands the responsibility that comes with being a starter and batting leadoff.

    “It’s a big role — leading off the game and trying to get it started on the right note,” Canzone said. “The biggest thing in baseball is being calm and not tense, relaxing, and focusing on the next play. I finally started to do this when I became comfortable in knowing that whoever’s hitting behind me is going to have my back.”

    Canzone saw the biggest improvements in his game when he kept himself taller in his stance and started sticking to a specific routine.

    Pohl’s game changed most when he started focusing on overall performance rather than on hits.

    “I wasn’t trying to do a whole lot outside of trying to get base hits,” Pohl said. “I was swinging at pitches that I shouldn’t have and trying to do too much with the ball, rather than focusing on the bigger picture.”

    These two starters will be looking at that bigger picture while they continue their baseball careers this season. Both have gone from benchwarmers to being ranked as top Big Ten prospects in the 2019 draft class.

    The trajectory for the pair only seems to be aiming upward.

    https://www.thelantern.com/2018/04/baseball-dominic-canzone-and-conner-pohl-carving-out-key-roles-in-sophomore-seasons/
     
  14. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member

    Bucks up to #42 in the latest RPI rankings

    Also receiving votes for Top 25 in both the following polls:
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2018
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    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member

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