May 21, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Led by first team All-Big Ten selections Kirby Pellant and Trace Dempsey, five members of the Ohio State baseball team garnered Big Ten postseason awards, the conference office announced Tuesday. In addition to Pellant and Dempsey, Brad Goldberg and Brian King were named third team All-Big Ten and Ryan Cypret was the Buckeyes’ sportsmanship award honoree.
Pellant, senior shortstop, paced the Buckeyes with a .314 average with five doubles, three triples, two home runs, 20 runs scored, 15 RBI and 12 stolen bases. He’s tied for the team lead with 17 multi-hit games despite missing two weeks with a hand injury and has posted a .990 fielding percentage.
Dempsey, the Buckeyes’ sophomore closer and a unanimous first team selection, has gone 2-0 with a 0.81 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 33.1 innings pitched. The Huntington, W. Va., native leads the Big Ten and is tied for third nationally with 17 saves, one shy of the Big Ten record held by former Buckeye Jake Hale, and has limited opponents to a .174 average.
A senior right-hander from Beachwood, Ohio, Goldberg is 6-1 with a 3.13 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 74.2 innings pitched. He sits tied for eighth in the conference in strikeouts and is eighth with a .240 batting average against.
King, a left-hander from Chandler, Ariz., went 7-5 with a 2.62 ERA and 53 strikeouts in a Big Ten-high 96.0 innings pitched in the regular season. King sits fourth in the conference in opposing batting average, sixth in ERA and tied for seventh in wins.
Cypret, a two-time captain from Powell, Ohio, started every game of the season at second base for the Buckeyes before getting injured in the series finale against Oregon May 12. In the regular season, Cypret hit .255 with seven doubles, three triples, four home runs, 34 runs scored and 22 RBI.
The Buckeyes earned the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and open play at 3:35 p.m. CT Thursday against the highest-seeded winner of the two games Wednesday.