COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five members of the Ohio State Baseball team have been named to one of three All-Big Ten teams, as announced by the conference on Sunday. Senior Conner Pohl and freshman Kade Kern were named second team honorees while pitchers Seth Lonsway, Garrett Burhenn and TJ Brock all took home third team honors.
For Pohl, this was his second All-Big Ten Team award as he also claimed third team honors in 2018. This season, Pohl has hit a career-high 13 home runs which was second in the conference coming into the final weekend. He is hitting .266 this season and has reached base in all but four of the 41 games. The Arcanum, Ohio native is also leading the team with 35 runs batted in.
Kern has been absolutely stellar in his first season. In addition to his second team honor, he was also named to the All-Freshman Team. Kern burst on to the scene with a five-hit game in his collegiate debut and has hardly slowed. The Archbold, Ohio native is hitting a team-high .327 on the year and has collected 51 hits. Kern has 14 multi-hit games and has had sperate hitting streaks of eight and seven games this season. He has also committed just one error in 85 chances in centerfield.
Lonsway earns third team honors for the second time in his career. He finished the year with 98 strikeouts in 68 innings. He was second in the Big Ten in hits allowed per nine innings at 5.29 which is also currently 17th nationally. The highlight of the year for him was a 17-strikeout, 2-hit, complete game shutout against Indiana on April 3. That performance allowed him to sweep that week’s national Pitcher of the Week awards.
Burhenn claims All-Big Ten honors for the first time in his career as he was also named to the All-Freshman Team in 2019. The Indianapolis native had a great season and was pitching like one of the top pitchers in the country over the final month. He finished with a 7-2 record and a 3.81 ERA. He had 91 punchouts and just 27 walks in a team-high 80.1 innings. Burhenn struck out a season-high 11 batters in each of his final two starts, which included the first complete game victory of his career in a win at Indiana on May 23. Burhenn made 13 starts this season and the Buckeyes won the game in 10 of those starts.
Brock earns All-Big Ten honors for the first time in his career. One of the top closers in the Big Ten, he has a league-leading nine saves on the season, which includes back-to-back saves in the first two games of the series with Northwestern. He has made a team-high 19 appearances and has a team-best 2.08 ERA. Brock has struck out 33 batters in 21.2 innings while allowing just five runs.
Senior Joe Gahm was named the team’s Sportsmanship Award honoree. Gahm has appeared in 12 games this season and is primarily the team’s fireman. He covered just 5.1 innings in those 12 appearances and has throw eight or fewer pitchers in half of those outings.