Zach Dezenzo


Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Height 6-4
  • Weight 220
  • B/T R/R
  • Hometown Alliance, Ohio
  • Last School Marlington

Career Highlights

  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2020, 2021)
  • Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American (2019)
  • Big Ten Player of the Week (April 7, 2021 & June 1, 2021)
  • Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2019)
  • Two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (March 18, 2019 and April 22, 2019)
  • Listed on Impact Freshman list by D1Baseball.com (2019)
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete (2020, 2021)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2020, 2021)

2021 (Junior)

  • Played and started all 42 games at shortstop
  • Finished the season with hits in six of the final eight games of the year to finish the season with a .302 batting average, which was second on the team
  • Was also second on the team with nine home runs and 31 runs batted in while leading the team with 11 doubles
  • Had a team-high 15 multi-hit games on the season
  • Recorded two hits, including his second career triple, to go along with three runs batted in against Illinois on March 6
  • Had a career weekend in a four-game sweep of Indiana (April 2-4), as he hit .533 (8-of-15) with two home runs … He had a career-high four-hit game in the series finale, including the game-winning walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth … He finished with four RBI and three scored runs in the four games
  • Was named Big Ten Player of the Week for his efforts vs. Indiana
  • Had another tremendous series vs. Purdue (April 30-May2), hitting .533 (8-of-15) with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 runs batted in … He also walked twice and scored four runs
  • Slugged a pair of three-run home runs and drove in a career-high six in the series opening win vs. Northwestern on May 28
  • Had two more hits in the finale against Northwestern and was named the Big Ten Player of the Week after hitting .500 (6-of-12) with three home runs and seven runs batted in

2020 (Sophomore)

  • Started all 14 games, splitting time evenly between third base and shortstop
  • Hit .189 (10-for-53) with seven RBI and five runs scored while tying for the team lead with four doubles
  • Tallied a pair of multi-hit games
  • Went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, an RBI, a run scored and a walk against Pittsburgh (2/15)
  • Notched a 2-for-5 day with an RBI and a walk vs. Indiana State (2/16)

2019 (Freshman)

  • Made 17 starts at third base and 41 starts at shortstop as a true freshman
  • Batted .250 (48-for-188) with nine doubles, one triple, 10 homers, 37 RBI and 21 walks
  • Most homers by a Buckeye freshman in 18 years (10)
  • 13 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI contests
  • Made collegiate debut vs. Seton Hall (2/15)
  • Recorded first career hit and first career multi-hit game vs. the Pirates (2/17)
  • Hit first career home run at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2/25)
  • Batted .273 (3-for-11) with one run scored, one double, three RBI and three walks in three starts at Bethune-Cookman series (3/1-4)
  • Collected first career three-hit game with one double at Wofford (3/12)
  • Was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after hitting .467 (7-for-15) with four runs scored, one double, three homers and five RBI in four games over a week (3/12-17)
  • Homered in first at-bat at Bill Davis Stadium vs. Lipscomb (3/15)
  • Went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored, RBI and walk vs. Northern Kentucky (3/19)
  • Had a multi-hit game with first career triple vs. Hawai’i (3/23)
  • Hit fifth homer of the season, driving in three runs vs. Toledo (3/27)
  • Had a pair of doubles and drove in three runs vs. Northwestern (4/5)
  • Batted .400 (4-for-10) with three runs scored, one homer, two walks and three RBI vs. No. 24 Michigan (4/12-13)
  • 2-for-3 with one RBI vs. Xavier (4/16)
  • Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time after hitting .533 (8-for-15) on the week with five runs scored, one double, two homers, four walks and six RBI (4/22)
  • Hit .385 (5-for-13) with a homer at Purdue series (5/16-18)
  • Started in all eight postseason games at shortstop for the Buckeyes
  • Homered with two runs scored and two RBI in NCAA Regional game vs. McNeese in Nashville (6/1)
  • Finished the year riding a 10-game reached base streak

Prior to Ohio State

  • Four-year letterwinner for Coach Mike Farrell at Marlington High School
  • 2018 team captain, team MVP, first team all-conference, all-county and all-district honoree
  • Named conference player of the year after batting .522 with 11 doubles, three triples, home run, 31 RBI, 34 runs scored, 18 walks and 16 stolen bases
  • Played summer ball for Bo Jackson Elite and coach Cory Valentine from 2016-17
  • Played for Midland Redskins and coach Dave Evans in 2018
  • 2017 all-conference and all-county selection
  • 2017 team offensive player of the year and team MVP after batting .420 with five doubles, six triples and one home run as a junior


  • Son of Rachel and Steve Dezenzo
  • Exploratory studies major
  • Would like to play professional baseball or go on to physical therapy school after graduation
  • Enjoys fishing, reading and traveling to new places
  • Uncle, Mike Dezenzo, played baseball at South Carolina