June 14, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Trace Dempsey and Kirby Pellant, members of the 2013 Ohio State baseball team have been named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region teams. Dempsey was selected as the first team closer while Pellant was named the second team shortstop.
The Huntington, W.Va., native and NCBWA third team All-American 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.
Pellant, who was a 26th round selection by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, was a first team All-Big Ten selection in 2013 after hitting .301 with five doubles, three triples, two home runs, 20 runs scored and 15 RBI. He hit .286 with 11 doubles, seven triples, two home runs, 52 runs scored and 40 RBI in his two seasons in Columbus after transferring from Chandler-Gilbert CC. Pellant ended his career tied for ninth on the Ohio State career list with 43 stolen bases.
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.