May. 2, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman pitcher Rory Meister has been named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after making five relief appearances in the Buckeyes’ six games last week, the league office announced Monday.

Meister helped guide the Buckeyes to a 5-1 week by striking out 13 batters in 11.2 innings and picking up the first two saves of his career. The freshman right-hander allowed no runs and only two hits during the week while walking only two batters. In two mid-week contests with Eastern Michigan, Meister entered the first game with the bases loaded and no outs and struck out the first hitter he faced before forcing a double play. In the second outing, he struck out a career-high five batters in three and two-thirds innings. Against the Hoosiers, he finished game three of the series by retiring the final seven batters he faced before earning his second career save in the finale by preserving a two-run lead.

Meister is the second OSU hurler to be named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week this season as teammate Trent Luyster was selected on March 7.

The Buckeyes return to action Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. against Cleveland State at Bill Davis Stadium.