ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Brian DeLucia and Dean Wolosiansky have been selected as captains of the 2011 Ohio State baseball team and will lead a young Buckeye team onto the field this weekend at the 2011 Big East/Big Ten Challenge in St. Petersburg, Fla.
DeLucia is a fifth-year senior from Columbus and Bishop Watterson High School and majors in communications, while Wolosiansky is a fifth-year senior from Uniontown, Ohio, and Green High School and is studying civil engineering.
They are two of seven seniors among the 2011 Buckeyes, a new-look group from the coaching staff – Greg Beals and his staff are in their first year – to the 15 new student-athletes on the team. Both are honored to have been chosen by their peers to lead this team, which opens its season Friday, Feb. 18 against Cincinnati at Al Lang Field/Progress Energy Park in St. Petersburg, Fla.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be seen by the members of this team as a leader,” DeLucia, a career .324 hitter who leads all Buckeyes in home runs (10) and RBI (65), said. “It is our duty as captains to show the new members of this team that hard work and dedication can lead to a winning season.
Wolosiansky, who is tied for 16th all-time at Ohio State with 22 career victories, including a 15-6 record in Big Ten Conference games, said he was “honored and excited when I heard I was a captain.” And he, too, understands the importance of leading a young team.
“We will need to push this young team,” Wolosiansky said. “But I think we will surprise some people this season and I am ready for us to get it started.”
Both players have experienced the highs and lows of being a collegiate student-athlete, persevered through those times and are better people for it today.
Wolosiansky worked extremely hard on fitness and pitching during his red-shirt freshman year in 2007 and has since been a workhorse on the mound, logging 258.0 innings the last three years. He also has been a model student, earning Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar honors despite the rigors required of engineering majors.
DeLucia was on the cusp of a breakout season in 2008 with two home runs and six RBI in the first three games of the season, but a bad hop grounder in practice exploded the middle finger of his throwing hand and he ended up taking a medical redshirt year. While recovering, he started playing the outfield and he picked it up well because today he’s called “as good a defensive outfielder as I’ve been around in my coaching career” by Beals.
Ohio State has been choosing a baseball captain since 1883. A total of 162 different players have been named a baseball captain with seven of them being named a captain on multiple occasions. Included is DeLucia’s brother Dan, the only three-time captain in school history.