CRESTWOOD, Ill. -- Former Ohio baseball right-handed pitcher Jake Roehn (Sandwich, Ill.) has signed a professional contract with the Frontier League's Windy City Thunderbolts.
Excited to announce that I will be continuing by baseball career in ChiTown with the Windy City Thunderbolts!— ⚾Jake Roehn⚾ (@JRoehn) May 30, 2018
Roehn traveled a long road and fought through adversity to become the most decorated closer in the history of Ohio baseball. After serving as the Friday night starter as a freshman in 2014, Roehn missed all of the 2015 season due to an injury. In 2016, he made his return to the mound in the closing role. He thrived in the high-pressure spot, setting the school record with 29 career saves over the last three years. He ranked as one of the top closers in the country as a junior in 2017, garnering First Team All-Mid-American Conference honors while setting the program's single season saves record with 15 to lead the MAC. He was instrumental in helping Ohio capture the MAC tournament championship that season, striking out eight over four innings of work in three appearances on the mound while allowing just one earned run on five hits. He was named a 2018 Collegiate Baseball Preseason Third Team All-American and recorded seven saves in his redshirt senior season to tie for the MAC lead. He departed Ohio with two championship rings as he was also a member of the 2015 MAC tournament winning squad, finishing his career with 176 strikeouts over 92 careeer appearances on the mound and 200.1 innings of work.
Roehn earned his undergraduate degree in Specialized Studies and is pursuing a graduate degree in Coaching Education.
Roehn becomes the third Bobcat pitcher to join the pro ranks in the last four years under Ohio head coach Rob Smith. Right-handed pitcher Logan Cozart was selected by the Colorado Rockies with 617th pick in the 21st round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft. In 2017 right-handed pitcher Tom Colletti signed with the San Diego Padres as an undrafted free agent.