April 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team has added four recruits to join the Buckeyes for the 2014 season, head coach Greg Beals announced Tuesday. Curtiss Irving, Adam Niemeyer, J.P. Sorma and Jalen Washington, in addition to the seven signees from the early signing period, will give the Buckeyes 11 newcomers for the 2014 campaign.
“The addition of these four student-athletes further strengthens the talent level and depth of our program,” Beals said. “We have attracted four outstanding athletes in this group, guys who have a chance to really develop as baseball players, and we’re excited for them to join us in Columbus.”
Beals and his staff, now in their third season at Ohio State, have created a chemistry and family atmosphere around the program that has helped attract student-athletes to Columbus.
“I am excited to play for the Buckeyes and do what I can to help the program,” Irving said. “I have met some players on the team and they portrayed great chemistry as a team on and off the field.”
Washington echoed much of the same sentiment.
“My family and I are blessed with the opportunity to be a part of the great Ohio State tradition. I thank all of the coaches for bringing me into the baseball family at Ohio State.”
A look at the four additional newcomers to the Ohio State baseball program:
Curtiss Irving – 3B/RHP – Greenfield, Ind. (Greenfield Central)
Irving is a three-time All-Hancock County and All-Hoosier Heritage Conference selection … two-time honorable mention Indiana Class 4A all-state team … 2013 Perfect Game preseason honorable mention pick … 2013 Preseason Class 4A All-State selection … hit .495 with a state-high 19 doubles in 2012 after batting .434 in 2011 … son of Price and Elaine Irving … plays high school baseball for head coach Brian Murphy and summer ball for Lids Indiana Bulls and head coach Matt Campbell.
Why Irving chose Ohio State: “I chose Ohio State because of the in-depth coaching and winning atmosphere. I want to help a winning program while I develop my personal attributes. This coaching staff and the University have everything I need to develop my skills on and off the field. I am eager to study business and the nature of the program will keep me focused with my studies while I take on the opportunity of playing for the Buckeyes.”
Coach Greg Beals: “Curtiss is a physical two-way player that will continue to pitch and hit here at Ohio State. He’s a corner infielder with arm strength and hitting ability and a right-handed pitcher with a power arm and a good feel for his changeup.”
Adam Niemeyer – RHP – Minster, Ohio (Minster)
Niemeyer was named first team All-Ohio and MAC Player of the Year in 2012 … helped lead Minster to state championship in 2011 and 2012 and was named first team All-MAC in 2011 … went 7-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 45 innings pitched to go along with a .437 average with three home runs and 12 doubles as a junior … posted a 6-0 record with a 1.17 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 48 innings as a sophomore … son of Bryan and Tonya Niemeyer … plays high school baseball for Mike Wiss and summers for the Dayton Classics and head coach Gregg Beemer.
Why Niemeyer chose Ohio State: “I really connected with Coach Beals and the rest of the staff on my visits to campus. The facilities are top-notch and the baseball program continues to be on the rise. I felt at home on my visits and I feel like it is a place where I will become a much better baseball player and enjoy the experiences along the way.”
Coach Greg Beals: “Adam is an outstanding three-sport athlete. He’s a high school quarterback and we continue to be excited about his arm and development as a pitcher.”
J.P. Sorma – 3B/OF – Independence, Ohio (Independence)
First team all-conference and second team All-Ohio as a junior … named Top 10 player to watch for in Northeast Ohio by USA Today High School Sports … broke school record with 43 RBI to go along with six home runs, five triple and a .468 average as a junior … tallied a .523 on-base percentage and slugged .809 in 2012 … son of Vic and Diana DiGeronimo and Julius and Sarah Sorma … plays high school for Mark Echstenkamper and summer baseball for T3 Rays and head coach Eddie Konopka.
Why Sorma chose Ohio State: “Coach Beals, Coach Holick and the staff can’t be beat. I have always wanted to be a Buckeye. Ohio State is a great school with an awesome reputation around the country and world for its athletics and academics.”
Coach Greg Beals: “J.P. has the potential to be a dynamic offensive player that combines power and speed. He’s a high school shortstop but projects as either a third baseman or outfielder here at Ohio State.”
Jalen Washington – C – Twinsburg, Ohio (Twinsburg)
All-NOC honorable mention as a sophomore … hit .352 with 14 stolen bases, four doubles, a triple and nine walks as a sophomore … son of Barbara and Edward Washington … plays high school baseball for Donald Jones and summer ball for Brownlee’s Lookouts and head coach Craig Opalich.
Why Washington chose Ohio State: “Ohio State has always been my dream school. I realized I can reach my full potential with my education and as a baseball player under Coach Beals and the rest of the coaching staff at Ohio State.”
Coach Greg Beals: “Jalen is another outstanding three-sport athlete. I am very excited about his development as a baseball player. A high school shortstop, Jalen will be making the transition to behind the plate here at Ohio State.”
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