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OSU ace first to win back-to-back Pitcher of the Year awards

Ohio State pitcher Alex Wimmers was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year, the first pitcher to take home the honor in consecutive seasons, the conference office announced Tuesday night.

The junior hurler was a unanimous first-team selection after finishing the season 9-0 with a 1.60 ERA. He struck out 86 batters in 73 innings.

Wimmers is joined on the first team by teammate and senior outfielder Zach Hurley, who batted .385. Senior Ryan Dew was named second-team designated hitter and senior outfielder Michael Stephens was selected to the third team. Dew led the Buckeyes with 46 RBIs and Stephens compiled a .360 average while driving in 43 runs.

Wimmers suffered a hamstring injury when warming up before a start against Michigan on April 30. He missed three straight starts before tossing six innings in OSU’s final series against Minnesota last Saturday.

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