Oct. 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team held its annual alumni golf outing and alumni game this past weekend. It was a great turnout of past team members and head coach Greg Beals appreciated the continued support of the Buckeye program.
“We always look forward to this weekend and it was a great day at Bill Davis Stadium for the alumni game,” Beals said. “The turnout was fantastic to celebrate the history and tradition of our program.”
The weekend started with a Friday afternoon shotgun start of 75 alumni members hitting the links at beautiful Glenross Golf Club in Delaware, Ohio. We caught up with two former Buckeye standouts, Matt Beaumont (1992-94) and Mike Mulligan (1989-92) who were a part of the 1993-94 and 1991 Big Ten championship teams, respectively.
Beaumont, who was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013, was the 1994 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year en route to being named a first team All-American. He went 11-1 and led the league in strikeouts (104), becoming the first Buckeye to cap the 100-strikeout mark since 1967. A native of Rittman, Ohio, Beaumont helped the Buckeyes to a Big Ten tournament championship in 1994 as well.
Q: What does this weekend mean to you? A: I look forward to this event every single year. It shows the support we have for the baseball team and it’s not just guys that just graduated or been out of the program for a couple years. It goes back 10-20 years and it’s just nice to see former Buckeyes get back together and have some fun.
Q: A lot of undergraduate stories relived out on the golf course? A: There are a lot of stories told and a lot of lies, especially by the hitters – their home runs get longer every year.
Q: Do you see the alumni weekend growing in the future? A: I think it can because the Diamond Club does a fantastic job. It’s a top-notch organization with a bunch of great individuals backing it. There is great support of alumni who want to see the program continue to grow and I think in the future it will keep expanding with more guys coming back to Columbus.
Q: What’s it like playing in the alumni game? A: Getting back on the field is a lot of fun. We are a little heavier but it’s still fun to be able to relive the experience at Bill Davis Stadium. You remember the games you were a part of when you take the field and I think it only enhances the experience of the entire weekend. Everyone seems to enjoy it.
Mulligan, a native of Columbus, Ohio was team captain for the Scarlet and Gray in 1992, collecting a team-best 59 runs scored during his senior year, while batting .365. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and helped guide the squad to its first league title in 24 years in 1991 as a junior.
Q: What’s it like getting back together with former teammates? A: I’ve probably been a part of it the past 8-10 years. It’s a great time to see the guys. With some being out of state and around the country, this is a great weekend to catch up with what they are doing not just professionally, but from a family standpoint.
Q: Is there a lot of storytelling going on out on the course? A: Definitely, but this is a competitive event. We are focused on golf and beating the other teams comes first.
Q: What’s your most memorable experience from your undergrad? A: Just getting to know your teammates and the friendships that were created and have stayed since then. It was great to help Coach Todd turn the program around when we came in. Winning the Big Ten championship for the first time since the late 60’s was something I will never forget.