Matt Carpenter

Thank You, Buckeye Nation

The opportunity to play at Ohio State is one I will always be thankful for. Thank you to everyone who has made these past five years so special.

First and foremost, I would like to thank my family. My family has been the greatest support system I could ask for, and words cannot express how thankful and fortunate I am for them.

To my teammates, from the day I arrived on campus, I could not have asked for a better group of people to be surrounded by. Each and every one of you has helped me grow as a person, and I enjoyed every second I was able to spend with you all on and off the field. Baseball can bring out some of the most unique experiences because it has so much downtime, and I will never take for granted the laughs and the stories that came from it. I cannot thank you guys enough for making my everyday experience at Ohio State the best anyone could ask for.

I would like to thank the coaches I have been fortunate enough to play for during my time at Ohio State. Coach Beals, Angle, DeLucia, Pellant, Jalen, Riga, Goldy and Stafford; you all helped me grow as a player and more importantly as a person. I cannot thank you enough for taking a flyer on me in high school, and sticking with me through some tough times.

Additionally, I would like to thank strength coach Dean Hansen. You were the first person I met at Ohio State and from day one you have been a mentor to me. You are someone who has helped me tremendously as a player and a person and I am very appreciative of the impact you have had on me.

To everybody involved in Ohio State Baseball from the academic side, to gameday operations, and everyone in between, thank you. Your hard work and dedication is something we all appreciate and does not go unnoticed.

To everyone involved at Ohio State, thank you for making the past five years filled with experiences I will cherish for a lifetime.