COLUMBUS, Ohio– Ohio State true freshman Josh Dezse, from Powell, Ohio and Olentangy Liberty High School, is the Big Ten Conference’s first-ever recipient of its Freshman of the Week award.
The designated hitter/relief pitcher for coach Greg Beals hit .583 this weekend (7 for 12) at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge to lead the Buckeyes in hitting plus he made two relief appearances and finished both games he entered.
Dezse recorded multiple hits in his first three games as a Buckeye, including a double, and recorded two RBI and scored one run. He had two hits and an RBI against Cincinnati, two hits vs. Louisville and three hits, a run scored and an RBI in the win over St. John’s.
On the mound, he allowed one run in one inning of work against No. 20 Louisville on Saturday before tossing two shutout frames against St. John’s in the Buckeyes’ 8-7 extra-inning win. He picked up the win against the Red Storm, a game the Buckeyes rallied from a 7-1 deficit to give Beals and staff their first win as Buckeyes.
Dezse’s batting average is third-highest in the Big Ten after this first weekend of games and his seven hits rank second. His .111 opponents’ batting average ranks fifth. He finished the weekend with a 3.00 ERA.