Beachy, Ben



Shortstop Ben Beachy arrived to Otterbein as a promising recruit, starting from day one and eventually blossoming into an All-American record holder by the time his run ended.


The 2018 Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Beachy paced the Cards from start to finish that spring en route to a pair of All-American awards; third team from the ABCA/Rawlings and honorable mention by way of the outlet.


Hitting out of the leadoff spot, “Beach” spearheaded Otterbein to a 30-16 record with a .385 average at the plate to accompany 69 hits, 49 runs scored, 47 RBI, nine home runs, a .687 slugging percentage and 23 doubles, which set a new Cardinal single-season record and was good enough to rank top-five nationally. Beachy also carried an impressive glove out to shortstop, holding a .951 fielding percentage and compiling 127 assists.


Beachy, who was named the OAC Tournament MVP as a sophomore, started 44 games as a junior and missed just two during spring break to regroup from a slight injury. He nearly achieved Otterbein single-season records in hits, runs and total bases (123), hitting safely in all but seven games and recording 20 multi-hit performances.


He culminated his decorated stretch in 2019 as Otterbein won a fourth OAC title in as many years, coming from the No. 4 seed to sweep through the bracket and make a third-consecutive NCAA Regional appearance. Beachy graduated as the program's all-time record holder in games played (173), hits (217), at-bats (695) and doubles (57). He also finished second with 156 runs scored while leaving a legacy that will not be forgotten.