?Josh Newman is one of the winningest pitchers in Ohio State history,? head coach Bob Todd said. ?He is a great competitor and I know his teammates have a lot of confidence in him when he is on the mound. He has a great work ethic and he has proven to be one of the better pitchers in the Big Ten. I think he is capable of having a good year. He also was voted by his teammates as a co-captain this season.?
2003 (Junior Season)
Made 16 appearances with 15 starts, which tied E.J. Laratta?s 2002 record for starts in a season ? finished with an 8-6 record primarily as the Buckeyes? No. 2 starter and finished with eight wins for the third straight season ? his 24 all-time wins tie him with Steve Arlin (1965-66) for the 10th most in OSU history ? begins the season 12 wins away from the school record of 36 victories by Justin Fry (1995-99) ? finished the season with a 4.64 ERA and struck out 70 batters in 99.0 innings ? the 99 innings were the 11th most in a season by an OSU pitcher ? has 265.2 career innings, the ninth most in the school record book ? has 191 career strikeouts and is 13 strikeouts away from cracking the school?s Top 20 list ? named Second Team All-Big Ten in 2003 for the second straight season after going 4-3 in Big Ten games with a 3.81 ERA ? struck out 42 batters in 52.0 innings of conference play ? went 5-3 in his last eight appearances of the season and won three appearances in a row in the postseason, beating Michigan in the opening game of the Big Ten tournament and then coming back in relief in the second championship game against Minnesota three days later to pick up the win ? the two wins at the Big Ten tournament equaled the most victories by a pitcher in the event?s history ? he also got the win over Clemson in the opening game of the Auburn Regional ? pitched six innings and allowed six runs on eight hits in beating the Tigers 10-8 ? gave up eight runs to Southwest Missouri State in the first three innings of the opening game of super regional play, but held the Bears scoreless over the next four innings allowing the ?visiting? Buckeyes to battle back and tie the game 8-8 in the top of the eighth inning ? gave up a one-out double in the bottom of the eighth before relief pitching allowed it, as the go-ahead run, and another four runs to cross the plate in the inning as the Bears took a 13-8 win ? pitched seven complete games and had one shutout, a 4-0 blanking of Purdue (4/26) in West Lafayette, Ind. ? struck out a season-high nine batters in the second game of the Michigan State (5/10) series ? for the season, finished among the Top 5 in the conference in five statistical categories: tied for first in games started (15), second in innings pitched (99.0), fourth in batters struck out looking (28), tied for fourth in wins (8) and fifth in strikeouts (70) ? named Academic All-Big Ten and an OSU Scholar Athlete ? 30th-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds ? played summer baseball with the Columbus All-Americans of the Great Lakes League ? started all seven games in which he played ? finished with a 4-2 record and 1.45 ERA ? gave up 19 hits, but struck out 51 batters and only walked eight in 37.1 innings.
2002 (Sophomore Season)
Played in 15 games with 13 starts, typically as the No. 2 starter ? first Buckeye to eight wins and finished with an 8-6 record ? led the team with 94.2 inning pitched and had 70 strikeouts while posting a 4.47 ERA ? Second Team All-Big Ten ? named Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar Athlete ? was 5-3 with a 3.68 ERA in Big Ten play ? beat No. 19 Mississippi State in his first outing of the year, recording a season-high nine strikeouts and allowing two runs on six hits ? beat New Mexico the next time out giving up five runs on seven hits in a 10-8 victory in Albuquerque ? pitched his first of five complete games in a loss to Detroit (3/16) despite striking out seven without a walk in a 6-4 loss, in which he gave up 11 hits ? went 1-1 at the Homestead Challenge over spring break, winning 4-3 against Cornell (3/23) before losing 3-2 to Florida International (3/26), a game in which he did not start ? finished the opening game of the Northwestern series on Saturday (3/30) after it was suspended because of rain in the second inning ? pitched 6.1 innings allowing five runs off eight hits to pace OSU to an 8-5 victory ? rallied off wins against Penn State (4/6) and Iowa (4/13) for three straight wins and bring his win total to six ? charged with only three earned runs in the 7-6 squeaker over Penn State and then gave up four hits in the 2-1 triumph at Iowa in which he struck out eight batters ? struck out eight again in his next outing at Indiana (4/20) against only one walk, but the Hoosiers? three hits in the bottom of the seventh gave them a 5-4 victory ? pitched a six-hit complete game shutout against Purdue (4/28) for his seventh win of the year ? lost 1-0 at Michigan (5/4) despite allowing just three hits ? became the first Buckeye to eight season wins in a 6-4 victory vs. Michigan State (5/11) at Oldsmobile Park ? struck out eight batters in the game ? lost the second game of a Saturday doubleheader against Minnesota (5/18) ? struck out seven batters in the game, but allowed 11 hits that led to a 4-0 shutout of the Buckeyes ? did not have a decision in the 11-10 extra-inning win over Indiana (5/23) at the Big Ten tournament ? pitched 6.1 innings allowing seven runs (six earned) on a season-high 12 hits with only two strikeouts ? got the loss against Notre Dame (5/30) in the opening game of the NCAA South Bend Regional ? gave up seven runs on 12 hits in an 8-6 loss ? pitched a total of five complete games with one shutout ? played in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2002 ? played for Harwich Mariners, recording 35 strikeouts while going 3-5 with an ERA of 3.86.
2001 (Freshman Season)
Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American ... worked his way into the No. 4 spot in the rotation ... finished the season with an 8-3 record, 3.50 ERA and 51 strikeouts ? compiled a 3-1 record with a 3.00 ERA in Big Ten play ? best outing of the season came in win No. 8 after throwing a complete-game seven hitter and striking out a career high 11 in OSU?s 9-2 win over Michigan (5/12) ... the victory clinched the Big Ten championship for the Buckeyes ? win No. 7 came after throwing four scheduled, shutout innings in OSU?s 10-9 win over Cleveland State (5/9) ... picked up win No. 6 by going a scheduled four innings, giving up two runs and striking out a pair in OSU?s 14-3 win over Cincinnati (5/3) ... was sensational but did not factor in the decision in OSU?s 5-1 win over Minnesota (4/29) ... went 7.2 innings, threw 120 pitches, scattered seven hits, allowed one run (in the first inning) and recorded five strikeouts ... fifth win of the season was a solid, 6.1 inning performance in OSU?s 6-4 win over Penn State (4/22) ... recorded a career-high six strikeouts in the contest ... earned his fourth win of the season after a solid seven inning performance in OSU?s 13-3 win over Michigan State (4/15) ... used 103 pitches (72 strikes), scattered 10 hits, gave up two runs, no walks and recorded four strikeouts ... picked up his third win of the season by throwing four scheduled innings of one-hit baseball in OSU?s 12-2 win over Birmingham-Southern (3/28) ... win No. 2 came in OSU?s 10-2 win over Fairleigh Dickinson ... threw six hitless innings and recorded three strikeouts ... recorded his first collegiate victory by throwing three shutout innings of relief in OSU?s 5-4 win over Detroit (3/10) ... made his collegiate debut against No. 25 Wichita State (2/24).
Wheelersburg High School
USA Today High School All-American ... two-time first-team All-Ohio selection ... three-time All-Southern Ohio Conference selection ... Southeast Ohio District Player of the Year ... Two-time team most valuable player ... first-team All-Ohio selection in football ... Southeast Ohio District Defensive Player of the Year in football ... member of the National Honor Society.
Born June 11, 1982 ... full name: Joshua Paul Newman ? son of Fritz and Marty Newman ... two brothers, Joe and Shane and one sister, Missy ... enjoys boating, fishing and riding four-wheelers ... majoring in history.
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