COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team’s Scarlet and Gray World Series is upon us. Starting Friday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium and continuing Monday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m., two teams of Buckeyes will battle for fall ball supremacy in the annual event. Admission is free to all three games.
The Scarlet team will be coached by Pete Jenkins, making his third coaching appearance in the fall classic. Leading the Gray team is first-year student assistant coach Justin Miller.
The Ohio State coaches elected to go to an every-other-day format for the series this year as they continue their all-fall-ball-long goal of not taxing the arms of a rather depleted pitching staff. Five pitchers will sit out this series, leaving the Scarlet team with a staff consisting of three junior right-handed pitchers – Dean Wolosiansky, Jared Strayer and Drew Malley, sophomore RHP Eric Shinn and freshman RHP Brett McKinney.
Malley’s name may bring a familiar ring. If so, that’s because he pitched for the Buckeyes during the 2007 fall ball season before electing to transfer to South Florida (he is from Tampa, Fla.). After pitching one season with the Bulls, he transferred back to Ohio State last year but did not seek to rejoin the team. He was one of four players who made it through walk-on tryouts two weeks ago.
The Gray team will counter with ace junior RHP Alex Wimmers along with junior RHP Drew Rucinski and junior LHP Theron Minium. Fall walk-ons Paul Guey and Nick Jones will also be available to pitch.
The baseball program’s booster organization – the Diamond Club – will hold a BBQ picnic prior to the start of the Wednesday night game. All fans are encouraged to stop by the BBQ, join the Diamond Club and enjoy some good food before cheering on the Buckeyes.
2009 Scarlet & Gray World Series Schedule
Game 1 – 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9: RHP Brett McKinney (Scarlet) vs. LHP Theron Minium (Gray)
Game 2 – 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12: RHP Dean Wolosiansky (Scarlet) vs. RHP Alex Wimmers (Gray)
Game 3 – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14: RHP Brett McKinney (Scarlet) vs. LHP Theron Minium (Gray)
Scarlet Position Players Gray Position Players
1B Sr. Ryan Dew 1B/3B Jr. Matt Streng
2B RFr. Ryan Cypret 1B RFr. Zach Knowland
SS Jr. Tyler Engle 2B Sr. Cory Kovanda
3B/OF Jr. Brian DeLucia SS/3B Sr. Cory Rupert
C Jr. Dan Burkhart C Sr. Shawn Forsythe
C RFr. David Fathilikhani C Jr. D.J. Hanlin
C Fr. Steel Russell OF Sr. Zach Hurley
OF Sr. Chris Griffin OF So. David Corna
OF RFr. Joey Ciammaco OF Fr. Hunter Mayfield
DH Brad Hallberg DH Sr. Michael Stephens
Injured and will not play: Sr. LHP Eric Best; Jr. LHP Andrew Armstrong; So. RHP Ross Oltorik; Fr. RHP Cole Brown; Jr. RHP Brian Babinski.