COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fifth-year senior right-handed pitchers Adam Niemeyer and Kyle Michalik have been named captains for the 2018 Ohio State baseball team, head coach Greg Beals announced Tuesday. The duo, selected as captains by their teammates, has combined to appear in 100 career games.
"The vote went as expected by the coaching staff as Adam and Kyle were chosen by their teammates," Beals said. "These two young men have weathered five years of success and adversity. They embody the core values of our program. They both played key roles on our championship team of 2016 and their leadership will be key to a championship run in 2018."
A native of Minster, Ohio, Niemeyer is a two-time captain returning for his fifth and final season in the Scarlet and Gray. After redshirting the 2014 season following Tommy John surgery, Niemeyer was named a 2015 Big Ten All-Freshman selection, going 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA in 33.1 innings of work. In 2016, the right-hander went 4-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 14 starts and helped guide the team to the 2016 Big Ten Tournament title and an NCAA regional appearance. He struck out 70 batters to 12 walks in 71.0 innings pitched. Last season, Niemeyer fanned 23 batters in 34.2 innings of work in 10 appearances on the mound. A 2017 Bucks Go Pro intern, the finance major is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
"It's an honor to put on the Scarlet and Gray every day and means so much to be voted captain by my teammates," Niemeyer said. "I can't wait to get the season started and compete for a Big Ten title with the rest of the guys."
Michalik, from Brunswick, Ohio, also will be in his fifth year in the Buckeye program next spring. After redshirting in 2014, Michalik made 18 appearances out of the bullpen in 2015 and held a 2.84 ERA in 19.0 innings of work. He played a key role in the OSU bullpen during the 2016 championship season, posting a 4-1 record with a 1.69 ERA in 32.0 innings of relief. Last year, Michalik, a human development and family science major, was second on the team with 24 relief appearances and went 2-2 with a 4.03 ERA.
"I am surrounded by such a great group of guys and for them to select me is an incredible feeling," Michalik said. "I'm very thankful for this opportunity and I can't wait to see what this season has in store for us."
The Buckeyes open the 2018 campaign Feb. 16-18 at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla.
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