COLUMBUS, Ohio – The audio double play for this week includes comments from two young players on the baseball team: third-year sophomore Matt Streng, from Upper Arlington, Ohio, and red-shirt freshman T.J. McManus, from Glenville, Ill., which is just outside the Chicago area. Both play first base.
Streng, a sport and leisure studies major, has already played in four games this season after getting into just six last year as a freshman. He has earned a couple of starts, as well, and he has capitalized in a big way on his opportunities. Last week at the Kennel Club Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., Streng hit .385 and slugged at a team-best .923 rate with two home runs – the first two of his Ohio State career – and a double among his five hits. The home runs both came against UConn and they came from each side of the plate. He totalled four hits and four RBI in the game.
McManus, who is exploring majors, only hits from the left side of the plate, but he has a smooth swing that has the coaches’ attention: they have called on him twice already to pinch hit. His first opportunity should have been a double down the right field line, but an alert first baseman gobbled up the screamer without even having to move. McManus remains confident, though, knowing that other chances are out there.
Click on the attached audio files to hear brief interviews with the two young Buckeyes.