June 13, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State sophomore right-hander Trace Dempsey has been named a third team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and ABCA/Rawlings. The All-America selections make Dempsey the 53rd All-American in program history and the first since Alex Wimmers in 2010.
"It's always a huge honor to represent Ohio State but picking up an All-America honor makes it mean even more," Dempsey said. "Our season didn't end how we wanted it to but I'm happy to earn this award. I look forward to getting back to work so we can accomplish our goals next season."
The Huntington, W.Va., native went 3-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 17 saves in 31 appearances. Dempsey, a first team All-Big Ten selection, struck out 28 and allowed opponents to hit .180 in 35.1 innings pitched. His 17 saves were the most in the Big Ten and finished one shy of tying Jake Hale's Big Ten and Ohio State record of 18 set in 2009. Dempsey, whose 31 appearances also were the most in the Big Ten and tied for eighth-most on the Ohio State single-season list, went 30.1 innings without allowing an earned run between Feb. 17 and May 17.
The Buckeyes finished the season with a 35-23 overall record and finished second in the Big Ten with a 15-9 mark in conference play.