Baseball Buckeyes set to play five games during spring break March 10-15 in Fla.
April 16 - 22, 2013
Curtiss Irving, Adam Niemeyer, J.P. Sorma and Jalen Washington to join Buckeyes in 2014
Buckeyes improve to 25-13, 9-6 in Big Ten play
Buckeyes are 23-12 on the season, 7-5 in Big Ten play
The 2016 season was one for the record books (and one for the boys) in Beals’ sixth year at the helm of the Scarlet and Gray. He guided a talented and dynamic Buckeye squad to one of the top seasons in Ohio State baseball history. The team finished with a 44-20-1 overall record and won the program’s ninth Big Ten tournament before making its 20th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance in the Louisville Regional. Under Beals, the 2016 Buckeyes became the first team in school history to go 5-0 vs. Michigan in a single season. A Big Ten-best six Buckeyes were taken in the 2016 MLB Draft. Ronnie Dawson was selected in the second round by the Houston Astros. Dawson became the first All-American since 2013 and 50th in Ohio State history, leading the Buckeyes to a remarkable four-consecutive wins in elimination games in the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha, Neb., to be named tournament MVP. Troy Montgomery was taken in the eighth round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim followed by Jacob Bosiokovic (19th round; Colorado Rockies), Michael Horejsei (21st round; Chicago White Sox), Nick Sergakis (23rd round, New York Mets) and Tanner Tully (26th round, Cleveland Indians). The six picks tied the 1998 team record for second-most in school history. With Beals, Ohio State finished with 44 wins tied for fifth on the OSU single-season wins list. The squad broke school records for stolen bases (101) and strikeouts by a staff (495) in a single season. The Buckeyes powered their way to 133 doubles (fourth-most in school history) and 57 home runs, the most by a Buckeye squad in seven years. The team’s memorable run through the Big Ten Tournament broke multiple records, including strikeouts by a staff (44), innings pitched (55.0) and tied the tournament record for steals (13). Under Beals, the Buckeyes got hot at the right time, going 16-4 in the month of May, while defending their home turf at Bill Davis Stadium with 23 victories on the year (fifth-most in school history). Dawson, Sergakis and Tully were each named first team All-Big Ten selections, while five Buckeyes were named to the B1G All-Tournament team. Beals also claimed his 200th win at Ohio State during the Big Ten Tournament in a 3-2 extra-inning victory over Michigan State at TD Ameritrade Park May 29, 2016.
In his first season in Columbus, Beals guided the Buckeyes to a 26-27 overall record, 13-11 in Big Ten Conference play, to earn a No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Under his tutelage freshman 1B/RHP Josh Dezse garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and garnered Freshman All-America Laurels from the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball. Along with Dezse, three other Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors including senior right-hander Drew Rucinski and freshmen Tim Wetzel and Greg Greve. In 2012, Beals led the Buckeyes to a 33-27 record and a second Big Ten Tournament appearance in as many seasons. Under Beals’ guidance, right-hander Jaron Long was named first team All-Big Ten and another right-hander, John Kuchno, was drafted in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Four years ago, Ohio State went 35-23 and earned the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament after going 15-9 in conference play in the third season under Beals. Sophomore closer Trace Dempsey garnered All-America honors and was named first team All-Big Ten along with senior shortstop Kirby Pellant. Senior right-hander Brad Goldberg was taken in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox while senior right-hander Brett McKinney was selected in the 19th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pellant was picked in the 26th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
In 2015, Ohio State advanced to the Big Ten Tournament for the fifth-consecutive year and posted a 35-20 overall record and 13-11 mark in Big Ten play. For Buckeyes were selected to All-Big Ten honors, including first team selection Pat Porter, while Troy Montgomery was a second team honoree. Ryan Riga was named to the third-team list and Adam Niemeyer earned all-freshmen honors. Ohio State had a strong showing on draft day as five Buckeyes were selected in the 50th first-year draft. Travis Lakins went in the sixth round by the Boston Red Sox followed by Riga (13th, Chicago White Sox) and Porter (15th, Houston Astros). Beals also hit the 400-win milestone in his coaching career in a road win at Cincinnati May 6, 2015.
Beals led Ball State to a 243-202 record in his eight seasons as coach with three seasons of 36-or-more victories. After setting the school record for a first-year coach with 36 wins in 2003, Beals led the Cardinals to consecutive 38-win seasons, including the NCAA Regional appearance in 2006 - Ball State’s first NCAA Regional since 1969 - and to MAC West Division crowns in 2003, 2005 and 2009.
His teams were 2-2 vs. Ohio State. They were 4-1 vs. Indiana, 5-4 vs. Purdue and a respectable 5-8 vs. Louisville. They were also known to play any team anywhere, including series vs. Arkansas, Miami (Fla.), Missouri and Vanderbilt on the road.
Beals’ abilities as a recruiter - in terms of finding and then developing talent - have yielded most impressive results. He watched 21 of his Ball State players get selected in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, including four players in 2006 and three players in both 2009 and 2010.
Beals looked on as his 2010 first team All-American utility player - Kolbrin Vitek, from Bryan, Ohio - was selected with the 20th pick of the first round by the Boston Red Sox and third-year sophomore pitcher Perci Garner, from Dover, Ohio, was chosen in the second round by the Philadelphia Phillies. A third Cardinal - Zach Dygert - was selected in the 22nd round by the Houston Astros.
Prior to his position at Ball State, he was an assistant coach for nine seasons at his alma mater, Kent State. He was a part of three Golden Flash teams to make an NCAA Regional - 1994, 2001 and 2002 - and three that won MAC championships. He also worked with 21 players who would sign professional contracts and 17 who would be named to the MAC all-academic team.
Beals, who spent three seasons in the New York Mets’ farm system after his playing career at Kent State, attended Kenton Ridge High School in Springfield, Ohio, where he played baseball under Coach Tom Randall, a member of the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame.
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