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Feb. 1, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three weeks before the 2016 opener against Toledo in Vero Beach, Fla., the Ohio State baseball team got to work on the diamond.  Following their opening practice in the indoor field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Jan. 29, the Buckeyes held three straight sessions outside at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium Saturday-Monday with temperatures reaching into the low 60’s in the Columbus area over the weekend.

“We are excited to get this season started after having a great offseason led by our strength coach Dean Hansen,” sixth-year head coach Greg Beals said. “We really worked hard with our training this winter both mentally and physically and it’s great to see those in play on the diamond the last several days.”  

The 2016 Buckeyes return 20 letterwinners from a season ago, including six starting position players and two starting pitchers. 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Tanner Tully (10-7, 3.15 ERA) is back on the mound along with junior outfielders Troy Montgomery (.317, 6 HR, 35 SB) and Ronnie Dawson (.279, 7 HR, 16 SB). Ohio State will be led this spring by one of its largest senior classes in program history, which includes nine returning members and one senior transfer.

“We approach every season with a championship mindset,” Beals said. “If you ask any guy in the locker room, our mission is to play for a Big Ten title. But more importantly, the expectation is to play up to our ability and be as consistent as we can on a daily basis. We have a talented and experienced team returning this spring.”

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A couple more notes on the 2016 Buckeyes:

  •  Senior infielder Nick Sergakis and junior catcher Jalen Washington are co-captains on the 2016 Ohio State baseball team.
  • Ohio State returns positions players that accounted for 81 percent of the Buckeye starts and pitchers that tossed more than 40 percent of the innings last season will be back on the mound this spring.
  • The Buckeyes play 28 home games at Nick Swisher field at Bill Davis Stadium. Ohio State will play 17 contests against 2015 NCAA Tournament teams.
  • Dawson and Montgomery were named to the preseason All-B1G list by Perfect Game last week.
  • The Scarlet and Gray will hold their Meet The Team Luncheon this Saturday. The 1966 national championship team will also be in attendance to continue the celebration of the Buckeyes’ Golden Year.
  • The Buckeyes will travel to Port Charlotte, Fla., twice within the next month. Ohio State will travel south for practice Feb. 12-14 before returning to Florida for three games at the Snowbird Classic March 4-6. Redshirt junior pitcher Shea Murray will blog about the team’s practice trip to Florida. 

Click the video above which features interviews with head coach Greg Beals and co-captains Nick Sergakis and Jalen Washington. A photo album from the first three practice days is also available above.