April 13, 2006

Senior Cody Caughenbaugh has one thing he especially wants to accomplish in his final season as a Buckeye. The Newark, Ohio, native wants to win the Big Ten championship ring that has eluded him and his teammates the past four years. The hard-working designated hitter/outfielder plans to achieve this feat with his teammates by fulfilling his job at the plate. Last year, Caughenbaugh hit .274 with 26 hits and 24 RBI for the Scarlet and Gray. When he graduates in the spring, Caughenbaugh will have much to celebrate. He leaves a legacy of leadership and discipline both on the baseball diamond and in the classroom. Throughout his Ohio State career, Caughenbaugh successfully balanced the academic and athletic demands of a student-athlete as he prepares to graduate as one of the top students in Ohio State’s mechanical engineering program.

Why did you choose to attend Ohio State?
“I came to Ohio State because it’s one of the best Big Ten baseball schools around. Plus, its academic program for mechanical engineering is one of the greatest picks for me because I’m from central Ohio. Ohio State offers me a great education and a great baseball program close to home.”

How did you decide to focus your attention on baseball after also playing basketball and football in high school?
“Football was one of my better sports, as well as, baseball in high school. I was named all-state as a linebacker, but I didn’t have the size for the sport. I am not big enough for football, and I’m built more like a baseball player. Plus, I love to hit the ball. Basically, I stuck with baseball because it’s a better sport for my body.”

What are your goals at the plate this season?
“This year I would like to hit .350 and be a key player that comes in and scores a lot of runs in key situations.”

What drew you to mechanical engineering?
“When I was growing up I liked building things and creating things with my hands. I always enjoyed making things in my dad’s workshop, and I played a lot with Legos. I also enjoy mathematics, physics and chemistry, so it all pointed me toward mechanical engineering.”

How do you balance your academic and baseball schedules?
“It is difficult, but a lot of it depends on time management. I have to know what time I need to be at the field for practices and schedule my classes around that. When it comes time to start traveling for ball games I have to schedule classes around that. A lot of it depends on communication with professors and coaches, and having your priorities straight. Knowing what comes first is important. I have had a few professors that wanted me in class when I just couldn’t. So I turned the assignments in early. All of the professors at Ohio State are great, and understanding of the commitment we have with the baseball program.”

Where does your work ethic come from?
“I would say it comes from my mom and dad. When I was growing up they always encouraged me to keep working and practicing. They would take me away from the TV to make sure I was getting my work done on and off the field.”

What is your family like?
“I have an older sister, two younger sisters and a younger brother. We are all athletes and enjoy athletics in our household.”

What do you like to do when you are away from the field?
“I like to white-tail deer hunt and spend time with my family. I get into hunting quite a bit because I like being in the woods. I especially like hunting over winter break because the season starts in late-November and ends in January. Last year, I got an 11-point buck (the amount of points on the antlers), and I scoreed 133 points overall. I usually hunt on my grandma’s and uncle’s property.”

What are you future career plans?
“If baseball doesn’t work out for me, I am looking at mechanical engineering positions because I graduate in the spring. There are a couple of different jobs I can go into in the field: research and development, a manufacturing job and sales engineering. I’m more focused on a manufacturing and sales engineering.”

As a senior what mark do you want to leave on Ohio State baseball?
“Coach Bob Todd and everyone that’s been in the program for four years have yet to win a Big Ten championship ring, so this year is our last year to get it done. The last three years we’ve struggled a little bit, but this year we want to win the Big Ten championship outright. It looks like we are going to have a great team this year because we had a lot of great hitters and pitchers return. Plus, our young guys are stepping it up.”

What will you miss when you graduate from Ohio State?
“I will miss the atmosphere at Ohio State. I will miss the fans packing the stadium, the guys I’ve played with and the road games because the team gets along really well. When we go on the road, we miss our families, but we have a lot of fun.”