Very light update. A few alumni quick hits. More news on the Buckeyes 2011 schedule, prepare for an extended stay in California. Lastly, a look at the life of being a summer league Buckeye.
Jake Hale (06-09) pitched a perfect 9th inning for Yakima that including a strikeout last night picking up his second save on the season. Hale's ERA sits at 0.36 with a 3-2 record.
JB Shuck (06-08) picked up his first AAA hit for Round Rock last night. For the evening the outfielder went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI in his second AAA game.
Doug Deeds (00-02)picked up his ninth home run of the year in a 1-for-4 game for Reno.
A pair of Buckeyes had multi-hit games on Saturday as Zach Hurley (06-10) and Eric Fryer (05-07) each had 2-for-5 evening. For Fryer it is his sixth consecutive game with two or more hits. For Hurley it takes his average up to .255 in Northwest League play.
The Columbus Dispatch had a nice piece in Sunday's edition about the life of summer league baseball players. From Dean Wolosiansky's internship in West Virginia, to Matt Streng looking to regain his 2009 form, A Job that Pays Off takes a look at our Buckeyes off the field this summer.
We first mentioned a week ago that the Buckeyes will partake in the 2011 Dodgertown Classic in Los Angeles. We now know that it won't be Ohio State's only visit to the Sunshine State. Rounding out their spring break, Ohio State will play a three-game set at Cal State Bakersfield March 25th-27th. With the Dodgertown Classic, the Big East/Big Ten Challenge and now the three game-set in Bakersfield, we now already know half of Ohio State's 2011 non-league weekend schedule.
Will be interesting to see how the rest of the schedule plays out. Will the Buckeyes travel west the weekend after finals 18th-20th and stay nearby, say Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine for midweek games on their spring break? Either way this is a significant upgrade over the trips to Bradenten that have been a staple of the Bucks schedule.
The three game set is Ohio State's first non-conference weekend series since 2001 against Detroit. It is their first on the road since South Florida in 1997, and the first games in California since 1996 when they played four at Long Beach State.