November 8, 2018

Buckeyes Elect Four Captains for 2019


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fifth-year seniors Nate Roman and Ridge Winand, junior Dominic Canzone and sophomore Dillon Dingler were each named captains for the 2019 Ohio State baseball team, head coach Greg Beals announced this week. The four Buckeyes, selected as captains by their teammates, have combined to appear in 225 games.

A native of Canton, Ohio, Romans enters his fourth season with the Buckeye baseball program and has appeared in 36 games with 17 starts. One of the team leader’s in the clubhouse, Romans made 17 starts as a designated hitter in 31 appearances in 2018. He collected 17 hits in 72 at-bats with one double, two triples, three home runs, 12 RBI and 14 walks. An operations management major, Romans is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and was also an Academic All-Big Ten selection last spring. Romans, took part in a trip to Puerto Rico last August with Soles4Souls, distributing shoes at local schools and communities in the San Juan area.

“It’s a humbling experience being selected by my teammates and an honor to join the prestigious group of captains that have paved the way for me,” Romans said. “As a senior, this team is definitely filled with new faces and it’s been exciting to watch everyone push each other through the fall and grow as a brotherhood.”

From Butler, Ohio, Winand enters his fifth year with the OSU baseball program and has made 27 appearances with seven starts in the Buckeye outfield. One of the hardest workers on the Buckeye roster, Winand was tabbed the team’s Buckeye Strength & Conditioning Power Club member a year ago. He made seven starts in 2018 and scored four runs with four walks in 26 at-bats. A sport industry major, Winand is an OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection. Winand is an alum of the athletic department’s Bucks Go Pro program.

“It feels great to know my teammates hold me to such a high standard,” Winand said. “I’m honored to be one of their captains.”

Canzone, from Sagamore Hills, Ohio, is set to begin his third season and is the most decorated Buckeye on the OSU roster heading into 2019. One of the top outfielders in the Big Ten, he has made 109 appearances with 99 starts for the Scarlet and Gray. Last year, Canzone was named a second team All-Big Ten selection after hitting .323 with 18 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 35 RBI. He also stole 15 bases out of 18 attempts a year ago. He was honored as a third team All-Big Ten as a true freshman after hitting a team-best .343 in 2017. Canzone has a team-high 11 outfield assists and has only made one error with 184 putouts (.995 fielding percentage). A sport industry major, Canzone is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and was honored as and Academic All-Big Ten selection last spring.

“I’m honored to be chosen as a leader of this brotherhood,” Canzone said. “I will continue to work hard every day to strengthen our Buckeye bond on and off the field.”

Finally, Dingler, from Massillon, Ohio, becomes the first sophomore to be named a captain since former Buckeye pitcher and current volunteer assistant coach Dan DeLucia was named in 2006. Dingler was named to the 2018 Big Ten All-Freshman Team and scored 31 runs with eight doubles, one triple, four home runs, 21 walks and 17 RBI in 53 games with 44 started. A Buckeye catcher, Dingler made 29 starts in centerfield a year ago too. A business major, Dingler was honored as an OSU Scholar-Athlete last spring.

“I am truly grateful and honored to be chosen as a captain of the Ohio State baseball team,” Dingler said. “I will do my best to lead by example, work hard on and off the field and uphold the values of this program.”