Jan. 13, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior infielder Jalen Washington and redshirt junior pitcher Adam Niemeyer have been named captains of the 2017 Ohio State baseball team, head coach Greg Beals announced. The duo, selected as captains by their teammates, has combined to appear in 114 career games.
“Jalen and Adam were voted captains by their teammates and we on the coaching staff couldn’t agree more,” Beals said. “We have great leadership throughout our clubhouse but these two have more than proven themselves as leaders on the field, in the locker room, classroom and on our campus. I have absolute confidence in Jalen and Adam to captain the 2017 Buckeyes.”
A native of Twinsburg, Ohio, Washington is a two-time captain for the Scarlet and Gray, leading the team to 44 overall wins last spring, including a Big Ten Tournament title and NCAA Regional appearance. Washington, who became the Buckeyes’ starting catcher as junior, appeared in 63 games with 59 starts behind the dish. He led the Big Ten in runners caught stealing with 17 total, while also stealing 14 bags. He batted. 249 with 33 runs scored, 11 doubles, three home runs and 38 RBI. Washington was named a Big Ten All-Tournament selection, guiding the Buckeye pitching staff to a tournament-record 44 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched. A versatile leader, Washington is set to return to shortstop this spring. He’s played in 85 career games with 68 career nods and is an OSU Scholar-Athlete. Over the summer, Washington, a consumer and family financial services major, took part in the Soles4Souls trip to Bolivia, which gives Buckeye student-athletes the chance to travel abroad and provide shoes to children and adults in need.
“This means a great deal to me, to know that my teammates saw me fit to lead this team again,” Washington said. “This is a tremendous honor and I’m going to do my best to help push this team to play championship baseball.”
Niemeyer, from Minster, Ohio, returns for his fourth year with the program and second season as a Buckeye weekend starting pitcher. He helped guide the OSU pitching staff last season to a Big Ten-best 2.63 ERA and 3.07 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which ranked sixth in the country. Niemeyer went 4-2 with a 4.31 ERA with 70 strikeouts to 12 walks in 71.0 innings pitched. A finance major, Niemeyer is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
“I am honored to be named a captain,” Niemeyer said. “It makes it even more special that it was voted on by my teammates. We have numerous leaders on our team and I cannot wait to get the season started.”
The Buckeyes open the 2017 campaign Feb. 17-19 with four games against Kansas State, Delaware and Pittsburgh in Osceola, Fla.