Will Pfennig


Player profile

  • Year Graduate
  • Height 6-0
  • Weight 175
  • B/T R/R
  • Hometown Mason, Ohio
  • Last School Mason

Career Honors

  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2020) 
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) 
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2020, 2021, 2022) 

2022 (Senior) 

  • Made 10 appearances with one start on the mound in 2022.  
  • Struck out 11 batters in 19 innings while allowing 23 earned runs.  
  • Pitched two scoreless innings in the 12-7 victory over Army on March 6, earning the win.  
  • In the final game of 2022, Pfennig tossed a scoreless inning as part of the Buckeye’s 13-10 win over USC Upstate.  

2021 (Junior)

  • Made 10 appearances on the season that included 5 starts
  • Had a 6.82 ERA in 33 innings pitched with 26 strikeouts
  • Pitched 6.2 innings in his start against Nebraska on March 14, giving up 3 earned runs and striking out 7 batters in the 6-4 Ohio State win
  • Came out of the bullpen for 3.1 innings of work against Indiana on April 4, allowing 1 hit and no earned runs as the Buckeyes held on to win 4-3
  • Held Penn State hitless and scoreless in 2 innings of relief in the 7-0 win on April 24
  • Picked up his sole win of the year in the first game of the final series of the season against Northwestern on May 28, striking out 5 and giving up 2 earned runs across 3.2 innings out of the bullpen

2020 (Sophomore)

  • 0-2 with a 91 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched over four appearances
  • Struck out five and allowed one earned run in two innings at Georgia Tech (2/21)
  • Made the start at North Florida, striking out four over 2.2 innings without allowing an earned run (3/11)

2019 (Freshman)

  • 2-4 with with a 4.78 ERA in 24 appearances with three starts as a true freshman
  • 53 strikeouts and 29 walks in 58.1 innings with two saves
  • Made collegiate debut vs. Seton Hall, allowing one unearned run on two hits in two innings of relief work (Feb. 17)
  • Combined to throw 6.2 scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts and one walk in two appearances in Texas (2/22-25)
  • Claimed first career save vs. Hawai’i, throwing one inning on one run, one hit, one walk and one strikeout (3/22)
  • Made first collegiate start vs. Hawai’i (3/24)
  • Threw seven innings of relief, allowing no runs on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts at Rutgers (3/30)
  • Struck out four in three innings in the start at Ohio (4/9)
  • Fanned a season-high six hitters in 3.1 innings of relief on two hits, one run and no walks to claim the save vs. No. 24 Michigan (4/13)
  • Two scoreless innings of relief vs. Wright State with two strikeouts (5/8)
  • Earned his first collegiate win after tossing 3.1 scoreless innings of relief on two hits, two walks and four strikeouts vs. Penn State (5/10)
  • Claimed the win over Michigan in the B1G Tournament opener, throwing 1.2 scoreless inning of relief with three strikeouts and one walk (5/22)
  • Pitched a career-high 7.1 innings in the loss in the start vs. Minnesota on seven hits, four runs, four earned, three walks and four strikeouts in B1G Tournament (5/25)
  • Worked two inning of relief and gave up three runs on three hits with two walks in NCAA Regional game vs. McNeese (6/1)

Prior to Ohio State

  • First team All-GMC, GMC Pitcher of the Year, first team All-City selection at Mason High School for head coach Curt Bly
  • 2018 Player of the Year by Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Second Team All-State selection as a senior helping the team to its first trip to the state baseball tournament since 1987 with a 26-6 record
  • Finished senior campaign with a 9-1 record on the mound
  • Holds the school record for most strikeouts in a single-season
  • 2018 team captain and pitcher of the year
  • Second team All-GMC as a junior, going 6-2 with 47 strikeouts in 36.2 innings pitched
  • Green and White award in 2016 and rookie of the year in 2015 after posting a 0.36 ERA
  • Played summer ball for Cincinnati Baseball Club and coach Kirk Beermann


  • Son of Diane and Greg Pfennig
  • Has one sibling, Paige
  • Would like to play professional baseball after graduation
  • Undecided major
  • Interested in something in the field of engineering or business
  • Loves to play all kinds of sports and is an avid basketball and football fan
  • Also plays guitar and loves music