June 1, 2021

Dezenzo’s Big Weekend Earns Him Big Ten Player of the Week


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior shortstop Zach Dezenzo slugged three home runs and led the Buckeyes to a series win over Northwestern this past weekend and for his efforts, he was named the Big Ten Player of the Week.

Dezenzo hit .500 (6-of-12) over the three games, clubbing three home runs and slugging 1.250. He drove in seven runs and also scored a team-high six runs. The six hits helped raise his batting average 15 points and he finished the season with a .302 average.

In the 13-10 win on Friday night, Dezenzo hit a pair of three-run home runs to help the Buckeyes dig out of a 5-0 first inning hole. The two home runs were a career-high as were the six runs batted in. A day later, he hit his ninth home run of the season and also walked twice in a 4-1 Buckeye victory. He collected two more hits in the series finale Sunday to give him a team-high 15 multi-hit games on the season.

This is the second time this season Dezenzo has been the Big Ten Player of the Week. He also claimed the honor on April 7 after hitting .533 (8-of-15) with two home runs and his first walk-off hit as part of a career-high four-hit game in the series with Indiana.