April 22, 2019

Griffan Smith Named B1G Pitcher of Week, Zach Dezenzo Named B1G Freshman of the Week

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore left-handed pitcher Griffan Smith has been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, while freshman shortstop Zach Dezenzo was recognized as Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Smith earns his first career weekly award, while Dezenzo collects his second rookie of the week honor this season.

Smith, from Cincinnati, Ohio, sealed a series win for the Ohio State baseball team last Sunday after throwing a complete game in a 5-1 win over the Terrapins. He fanned a career-high 10 hitters and limited the Maryland bats to one run on four hits and two walks in nine innings of work.

Dezenzo, from Alliance, Ohio, hit .533 (8-for-15) on the week with five runs scored, one double, two homers, four walks and six RBI. He guided OSU to a series win over the Terrapins after batting .500 (6-for-12) with one double, two homers and five RBI. He posted his second multi-homer game of the season in game one of a doubleheader last Saturday in College Park. Dezenzo also extended his hit streak to a season-high nine games. He leads all Big Ten freshmen in slugging percentage (.529) and home runs (8) this season. Ohio State has now earned five weekly awards this spring.

Ohio State returns home this weekend with a three-game series vs. Iowa Friday-Sunday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The series vs. the Hawkeyes will be streamed on BTN Plus and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.