COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four Ohio State Buckeyes were selected to the All-Big Ten Conference baseball team today, including junior right-hander Alex Wimmers being named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive year, the conference office announced.
Wimmers, a junior from Cincinnati, was a unanimous first-team selection and senior Zach Hurley, from Springboro, Ohio, was also named a first-team outfielder. Worthington, Ohio senior Ryan Dew was tabbed the second-team designated hitter and Victorville, Calif., senior Michael Stephens was named a third-team outfielder.
Wimmers, a National Pitcher of the Year Award and Golden Spikes Award candidate, becomes the first pitcher in conference history to receive the Pitcher of the Year Award two years in a row. Wimmers was co-Pitcher of the Year in 2009 with Indiana’s Eric Arnett. Former Buckeye Justin Fry is the only other pitcher in the Big Ten Conference to win the award twice, earning it in 1997 and again in 1999.
Despite battling a hamstring injury and missing four weeks at the tail end of the season, Wimmers posted a 9-0 record with a 1.60 earned-run average over 10 starts. The Cincinnati native gave up just 58 hits and struck out 86 batters over 73 innings pitched. Opposing batters hit just .218 off Wimmers and he tossed two complete game victories against Indiana and Penn State, striking out 25 over those two contests.
Hurley, a 2010 co-captain, led the Buckeyes and ranked third in the Big Ten with a .385 batting average. Hurley was not only an excellent table-setter, but he was a most valuable offensive performer as he lead the Buckeyes in runs (51), hits (85), doubles (19), triples (4), total bases (133) and slugging percentage (.602). He also tied for second on the team with seven home runs.
Dew led all Buckeyes with 46 runs batted in to go with his .348 batting average and 38 runs scored. The senior designated hitter/first baseman also saw some time in right field late in the season and tied for second on the team with seven home runs.
Stephens led the Buckeyes with 10 home runs while batting .360 with seven doubles and 43 runs batted in. The center fielder also stole five bases and scored 39 runs as he was named All-Big Ten both seasons at Ohio State after transferring from Fullerton College in California.