June 15, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Buckeye All-American Matt Beaumont has been selected to be enshrined in the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. The class of 14 new members will be inducted Sept. 27 at a dinner and will be introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State home football game against Wisconsin Sept. 28.
Beaumont will become the 15th baseball Buckeye enshrined in the hall of fame which was created in 1977 and has inducted 269 men through 2012.
“I’m honored to be a part of such an elite group in the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame,” Beaumont said. “When I look at how many student-athletes go through Ohio State, I’m truly privileged and humbled to receive this honor. I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did without my teammates on those teams. We were always great offensive teams and that really helped me accomplish what I was able to on the mound.”
A three-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes from 1992-94, Beaumont went 11-1 and led the Big Ten in strikeouts (104) en route to first team All-America honors in 1994. He was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in 1994 and first team All-Big Ten in 1993 and 1994. Beaumont became the first Buckeye to record over 100 strikeouts in a season since Joe Sadelfeld accomplished the feat in 1967. He tossed a complete game to pick up the win in the Buckeyes’ 6-1 win over BYU in the 1994 Atlantic II Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., and helped the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Tournament championship in 1994.
Beaumont, from Rittman, Ohio, ranks ninth all-time at Ohio State in strikeouts (245), 10th in wins (25), 13th in ERA (3.71) and 17th with 249.2 innings pitched. Beaumont was selected in the fourth round of the 1994 amateur draft by the California Angels. He made it to Triple-A before ending his minor league career in 2001.
The Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner, which will be a joint dinner for the men and women, will be held in the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union Sept. 27. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails; dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $75, with tables of eight available for $600. Tickets will go on sale July 1. Payment will not be accepted at the door; reservations and payment must be submitted by Sept. 13. Registration information will be available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com later this month.