COLUMBUS, Ohio– Two weeks ago Ohio State’s Josh Dezse was named the Big Ten Conference’s first-ever recipient of its Freshman of the Week award. Today, he became the first two-time winner of the award as the conference honored him for his efforts in the Buckeyes’ only game last week, vs. Army.
The designated hitter/relief pitcher from Powell, Ohio and Olentangy Liberty High School led the team offensively in the 7-1 win over Army with three hits in four at-bats, two runs scored and two RBI. He singled in both the first and third innings and scored the first two runs of the game on Matt Streng singles. Then in the seventh inning he broke the game open with a bases-loaded double that gave the Buckeyes a 6-1 lead.
Those runs were more than enough for Ohio State starter Drew Rucinski, who scattered two hits over eight innings to pick up his second victory of the season against no defeats. The win improved the Buckeyes’ record to 5-3 on the season.
Dezse leads the team in batting (.469), hits (15), RBI (nine) and on-base pct. (.486). He ranks second in the Big Ten in batting and he is Top 5 in RBI and on-base pct.