COLUMBUS, Ohio (3-1-21) – Ohio State baseball head coach Greg Beals announced that this year’s team will be led by a trio of captains – Griffan Smith, Connor Pohl and Seth Lonsway.
“It is an honor to be named captain of the Buckeyes and I am extremely happy for Seth, Conner and Griffan.. They are very well deserving captains who have earned the votes from their teammates. These three guys have been around the block a few times, they have seen tough times as well as championships and national tournaments. The leadership in our program is strong, it starts with our captains but runs deep throughout the clubhouse.”
Lonsway has made 21 starts and has logged 110.1 innings over his first two seasons as a Buckeye. He is 9-6 with a 3.59 ERA and has struck 168 batters. The Celina, Ohio native earned Freshman All-American honors in 2019 as he led the Big Ten and all DI freshmen with 126 strikeouts in 92.1 innings. He limited opponents to a .214 batting average and picked up a win as the Buckeyes’ Opening Day starter in his collegiate debut. Last season, he looked poised for another tremendous year as he led the nation with 21.00 strikeouts per nine innings while ranking second in the Big Ten and 10th nationally in total strikeouts. Opponents hit just .175 against him and he struck out double-digit batters in three of his four starts.
Pohl, who is from Arcanum, has been a mainstay in the Buckeye lineup the last four years. He has appeared in 166 games, making 152 starts. He batted .245 with four doubles, a home run, eight runs scored and seven RBI in just 13 games last season. In 2019, He started 62 of the 63 games at first base and hit .264 with seven homers and 45 RBI. He batted.310 in the postseason with two homers, one double and six RBI and was named to the NCAA Nashville Regional All-Tournament Team. In 2018, Pohl was named third team All-Big Ten after batting .279. He had a team-high hit streak of 16 games, a 17-game reached base streak and 17-multi-hit games.
Smith has pitched in each of the last three seasons for the Buckeyes, logging 145 innings. He has a 4.59 ERA in 49 appearances with 23 starts and two complete games. He was named to the 2019 Big Ten All-Tournament Team after going 2-0 with a combined 1.42 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 12.2 innings. He got the start against Nebraska in the B1G tournament title game in front of more than 17,000 fans at TD Ameritrade Park and limited the Husker bats to one run (unearned) on two hits with six strikeouts and four walks in 5.2 innings.
The Buckeyes are set to open the 2021 season this weekend against Illinois in Greenville, S.C. First pitch Friday is set for 3 p.m.