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April 2, 2002

Young baseball players often grow up aspiring to be big-league stars. Ohio State senior closer and co-captain Brandon Steen has the total package to one day live that dream.

But for now, Steen has other aspirations to compliment his baseball dreams. It’s a objective not too many baseball players have. Steen would like to one day be accepted into medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon. It’s a dream Steen has thought about for quite some time.

“That’s definitely a goal of mine,” Steen said. “I’ve always been interested in medicine. My dad finished college when he was 35 and became a nurse. Ever since I was 12 years old, I studied with him and have wanted to go into medicine.”

A micro-biology major, Steen has high hopes for being able to pursue that dream in Columbus. The Hendersonville, Tenn. native plans to make OSU medical school his first-choice but knows other options are out there to help him pursue his career.

“I’m definitely going to apply to Ohio State, but if I don’t get accepted I’ll surely apply at other schools,” Steen said. “I’d love to go here. Ohio State has a very good medical program. “We’ll see how things work out. Things seem to be going pretty good for me right now.”

Steen enters the 2002 season as the top closer for the Buckeyes. His command and savvy on the mound make him one of the most feared pitchers in the Big Ten, if not the country.

Last year, Steen tallied a 4-4 record, five saves and a respectable 3.24 ERA in 26 relief appearances for the Buckeyes. This year, Steen has made four appearances totaling 3 2/3 innings. He allowed just one hit without a run scoring in pitching the final inning in the 9-2 victory at Mississippi State.

Over the summer Steen continued to polish his game by pitching for the Youngstown Express of the Great Lakes League-tossing a no-hitter along the way. A year prior, Steen earned Academic All-Big Ten and OSU scholar-athlete honors.

Whether it be a surgeon or ballplayer, Steen certainly has the resume to earn whatever opportunity he prefers.