Final Big Ten Baseball Release
June 10, 2005
Michigan and Ohio State End Seasons in Regionals
Michigan and Ohio State concluded the 2005 campaign in regional action while both squads reached the 40-win plateau this season.
The Wolverines, seeded third in the Atlanta regional, opened postseason play with a narrow 6-5 defeat at the hands of second-seeded South Carolina before bouncing back to eliminate Furman, 6-3. In a rematch of the opener, the Gamecocks again pulled out a one-run triumph, 4-3, to knock Michigan out of the regional. The Wolverines ended the 2005 season with a League-best 42 victories, their most wins since posting 49 triumphs in 1989.
The Buckeyes, seeded fourth in the Corvallis regional, were edged by top-seed and No. 8 national seed Oregon State, as the Beavers pulled out a 4-3 win on their home field. Ohio State recovered to eliminate Virginia, 2-1, before ending their season with a 7-1 loss to St. John's. OSU wrapped up the 2005 campaign with its third Big Ten Tournament title in the last four seasons and 40 victories, as the program surpassed the 40-win mark for the third time in the last five years.
2005 NCAA Championship Results
Georgia Tech Regional
Friday, June 3: South Carolina def. Michigan, 6-5
Oregon State Regional
Friday, June 3: Oregon State def. Ohio State, 4-3
Everybody's All-American: Big Ten Player of the Year and Illinois outfielder Drew Davidson was named a Third Team All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Davidson, who led the League with a .639 slugging percentage this season, was also second with 14 home runs and fifth with 53 RBI and 57 runs.
Freshman All-Americans: The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper also named the 2005 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team with two League players making the cut. Big Ten Freshman of the Year Ryan Sontag, an outfielder from Michigan State, was joined by Ohio State pitcher Cory Luebke among the top first-year players in the country. Sontag was a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree this season.
Four Big Ten Academic All-Americans: The Big Ten placed four student-athletes on the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team announced on Tuesday, May 31, as Michigan was one of only five schools to place multiple players on the three teams. Indiana's Ryan Parker was a First Team All-America selection in the infield, Michigan's Kyle Bohm was a Second Team pick in the infield while Wolverines' outfielder Matthew Butler and Minnesota infielder Andy Hunter were Third Team selections. Michigan joined College of Charleston, Bowling Green, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Wichita State as the only schools with two honorees. Six Big Ten baseball student-athletes were named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District teams earlier in the year in two different districts. The honored players include Michigan's Bohm and Butler and Ohio State's Cody Caughenbaugh in District IV and Illinois' Drew Davidson, Indiana's Parker and Minnesota's Hunter from District V. All six student-athletes were First Team selections and were eligible for Academic All-America honors, as their names were added to the national ballot. To be nominated for Academic All-District honors, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher. Team members are selected by a vote of members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) within the district.