May 22, 2018

Five Buckeyes Named to All-Big Ten Teams

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OMAHA, Neb.  – Six Buckeyes were named to the 2018 Big Ten Baseball All-Big Ten teams, the conference announced Tuesday afternoon. Senior infielder Noah McGowan was named a first team All-Big Ten selection, senior right-handed reliever Seth Kinker and sophomore outfielder Dominic Canzone were listed to the second team and senior outfielder Tyler Cowles and sophomore infielder Conner Pohl were third team honorees. Dillon Dingler also was honored on the Big Ten All-Freshman team. Fifth-year senior co-captain Adam Niemeyer earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

McGowan, from Houston, Texas, earns his first career postseason league honor and has been the Buckeyes’ top hitter at the plate in 2018. He leads the team with a .368 batting average, 19 doubles, nine home runs, 54 RBI, .603 slugging percentage and .456 on-base percentage. McGowan, who has started in 53 games, ranks in the Top 10 in nine different B1G batting categories heading into the conference tournament. In Big Ten games, McGowan hit. 337 with 15 runs scored, four home runs, 18 RBI and 14 walks. He also tied with Canzone for the league lead in doubles in Big Ten games with 10 two-baggers. McGowan, who was named a National Player of the Week to begin the 2018 campaign, leads the team with 27 multi-hit games.

Kinker, from Huntington, W. Va., earns his first career league honor and has been one of the top relievers in the Big Ten in 2018. Kinker is the Big Ten leader in ERA, posting a 1.62 ERA, which is 10th nationally. A Senior CLASS Award Finalist, Kinker is 6-1 with 13 saves in his final year in the Scarlet and Gray. Kinker ranks fourth in the country in strikeout-to-walk ratio (10.50) with 54 strikeouts to four walks in 26 appearances. His 13 saves are tied for fourth in the league, including nine saves in conference games, which rank second in the conference. Kinker, who has appeared in a program-record 105 career games has a 2.17 career ERA, which is second only behind Buckeye great Steve Arlin (2.01). Ohio State is 23-3 when Kinker pitches in a game.

Canzone, from Sagamore Hills, Ohio, collects his second career league honor after being named a third team selection a year ago. The anchor to the Buckeye outfield in only his second season, Canzone finished the regular season as the Big Ten leader in hits with 79 (tied with Nebraska’s Scott Schreiber). In 55 starts in right field, Canzone is batting .332 with a team-high 49 runs scored. He has knocked 17 doubles, one triple and four home runs with 34 RBI and 26 walks. Canzone is the team leader in stolen bases, going 14-for-16. He also holds a team-high .990 fielding percentage with 97 putouts and four outfield assists this spring. In Big Ten games, Canzone is first in the league in doubles with 10 and second in the league in hits with 36 league knocks.

Cowles, a native of Grove City, Ohio, earns his first career league award. After a disappointing first year in the Scarlet and Gray, Cowles has shined in 2018. The OSU left fielder is batting .324 with 35 runs scored, 16 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 18 walks. Cowles is batting 134 points higher and slugging 198 points higher than his 2017 totals through 54 games. Cowles had a career-high 21-game reached base streak earlier this spring and is currently on a team-high 10-game hit streak heading into the postseason. In Big Ten games, Cowles notched a .301 average with 13 runs scored, five doubles, one triple, two home runs and 12 RBI in 24 games. He also holds a .981 fielding percentage with a team-high five outfield assists.

Pohl, from Arcanum, Ohio, also picks up his first career Big Ten postseason recognition. After taking over the starting ranks in the infield midway through his freshman campaign in 2017, Pohl has been an everyday player for Coach Beals in the middle of the Buckeye lineup. Pohl is hitting .300 in 54 starts with 39 runs scored, five doubles, seven home runs, 48 RBI and 33 walks. He is seventh in the league in RBI. In league games, Pohl has driven in 14 runs with two doubles, one home run and 12 RBI. He has 11 multi-RBI games this year.

Dingler, from Massillon, Ohio, earns his first career honor in his first season in the Scarlet and Gray. The Buckeyes’ backup catcher, Dingler has transitioned to the team’s starting centerfielder, playing in 47 games with 38 starts. Dingler has tallied 28 runs scored, 37 hits, six doubles, one triple, three home runs, 15 RBI and 18 walks this year. In Big Ten games, Dingler has recorded 13 runs scored, 17 hits, two doubles, one home run and four walks. He has eight multi-hit games in his first season with the Buckeye.

The No. 7 seed Ohio State baseball team opens play at the 2018 Big Ten Tournament against No. 2 seed Purdue at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The game will be televised live on BTN and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.

2018 Big Ten Postseason Awards
Player of the Year: Bren Spillane, Illinois
Pitcher of the Year: Patrick Fredrickson, Minnesota
Freshman of the Year: Patrick Fredrickson, Minnesota
Coach of the Year: John Anderson, Minnesota

All-Big Ten First Team
C – Tyler Cropley, Iowa
1B – BREN SPILLANE, ILLINOIS
2B – Nick Dunn, Maryland
SS – TERRIN VAVRA, MINNESOTA
3B – Noah McGowan, Ohio State
OF – Matt Gorski, Indiana
OF – Robert Neustrom, Iowa
OF – Jonathan Engelmann, Michigan
SP – Jonathan Stiever, Indiana
SP – Nick Allgeyer, Iowa
SP – Patrick Fredrickson, Minnesota
RP – Max Meyer, Minnesota
DH – Dominic Clementi, Michigan
UTIL – Matt Lloyd, Indiana

All-Big Ten Second Team
C – Jesse Wilkening, Nebraska
1B – Scott Schreiber, Nebraska
2B – Michael Massey, Illinois
SS – Ben Troike, Illinois
3B – Micah Coffey, Minnesota
OF – Jordan Nwogu, Michigan
OF – Ben Mezzenga, Minnesota
OF – Dominic Canzone, Ohio State
SP – Pauly Milto, Indiana
SP – Tommy Henry, Michigan
SP – Reggie Meyer, Minnesota
RP – Seth Kinker, Ohio State
DH – Scotty Bradley, Indiana
UTIL – Kevin Biondic, Maryland

All-Big Ten Third Team*
C – Nick Dalesandro, Purdue
1B – Jacson McGowan, Purdue
2B – Luke Pettersen, Minnesota
SS – Jack Dunn, Northwestern
3B – Luke Miller, Indiana
OF – Doran Turchin, Illinois
OF – Logan Sowers, Indiana
OF – Tyler Cowles, Ohio State
SP – Ben Dragani, Michigan
SP – Karl Kauffmann, Michigan
SP – Tanner Andrews, Purdue
RP – Joey Gerber, Illinois
RP – Ross Learnard, Purdue
DH – Chris Whelan, Iowa
UTIL – Conner Pohl, Ohio State

All-Big Ten Freshman Team*
C – Gunner Hellstrom, Nebraska
1B – JESSE FRANKLIN, MICHIGAN
2B – Drew Ashley, Indiana
SS – Dan DiGeorgio, Rutgers
3B – Zach Iverson, Michigan State
OF – JORDAN NWOGU, MICHIGAN
OF – Jaxon Hallmark, Nebraska
OF – Dillon Dingler, Ohio State
OF – BEN NISLE, PURDUE
SP – Ben Dragani, Michigan
SP – Mason Erla, Michigan State
SP – PATRICK FREDRICKSON, MINNESOTA
SP – Trent Johnson, Purdue
RP – MAX MEYER, MINNESOTA
DH – Parker Hendershot, Penn State
UTIL – Zach Iverson, Michigan State

Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Jackson Douglas, Illinois
B.J. Sabol, Indiana
Austin Guzzo, Iowa
Billy Phillips, Maryland
Harrison Salter, Michigan
Kory Young, Michigan State
Micah Coffey, Minnesota
Mojo Hagge, Nebraska
J.R. Reimer, Northwestern
Adam Niemeyer, Ohio State
Jake Pilewicz, Penn State
Tanner Andrews, Purdue
Kyle Walker, Rutgers

* Additional honorees due to ties