Spanning the internet for the latest in Ohio State baseball news, we find more about the affection and connection George Steinbrenner had to Buckeye baseball and a former captain. Drew Rucinski moved to 4-1 last night with a win in the Valley League, while back in the Great Lakes League two Buckeyes had solid Sunday afternoons.
Steinbrenner's Buckeye Past Continues to Shine
Not often will you find a story on a member of a 1930s Ohio State baseball team, of course not often will you find one man who purchased a baseball team for $7.8 million and turned it into an organization worth $1.6 billion.
As stories and memories continue to come to life after the passing of George Steinbrenner, CNN has a story on the relationship of 1935 Ohio State baseball captain Alex Clowson and Steinbrenner. Clowson who led the Big Ten in hitting in 1932 and 1933 before years later becoming a 10-year assistant coach for the Scarlet & Gray, had a big impact on Steinbrenners love for the game, as evident by Steinbrenner's final salute to an old friend.
Ohio State's media guide does not have individual statistics that far back but according to the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame, Clowswon batted .429 in 1932 and .397 in 1933, befor finishing his career as a .301 hitter. It also states Clowson as the captain of the 1934 which makes more sense than being the captain of the 1935 which is listed in the media guide.
Solid Night Down on the Farm
Sunday was a good day all around for our Buckeyes in the Minors. Doug Deeds lead the way with a 2-for-4, with a double effort for the Reno Aces while Matt Angle and JB Shuck each went 1-for-3 for Norfolk and Corpus Christi respectively. On the mound Jake Hale pitched a scoreless inning for Yakima, while Dan DeLucia struck out three in 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball for Dunedin.
Rucinski Collects Win in Return to Wrangler Rotation
In Sunday's 12-5 victory over Front Royal, Ohio State senior Drew Rucinski pitched six innings in his return to the mound. In moving to 4-1, Rucinski allowed four runs, all earned off eight hits, while striking out five without yielding a walk. IN the game Brian DeLucia went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored while playing rightfield. Luray is now 19-12 on the year.
Streng Moves Above .300, Cypret Stays Hot
In doubleheader action in Lexington against the Hustler's Buckeye senior first baseman Matt Streng went 3-for-7 with an RBI, pushing his average up to .303 for his summer while playing for the Delaware Cows. Delaware now 15-12 lost game one 4-0 before rebound with a 5-1 win.
A day after going 2-for-4, Ryan Cypert collected a hit in two at-bats as his Stark County Terriers fell to the Lima Locos 7-3. In wrapping up yesterday's summer circuit action, we step outside of the GLSCL, as Brad Hallberg went 0-4 in a 2-3 loss to La Crosse.
We all know the 2010 season was bitterly disappointing. As the focus shifts to the 2011 season, the Big Ten Network provides us with one great moment from the past as today at 2 PM Eastern, the BTN re-airs game one of the 2009 series against Michigan. That game will forever be known as the game Alex Wimmers no-hit Michigan in a brilliant 14 strikeout performance. Check out the Ohio State release for the latest Buckeye programming on the Big Ten Network.