The Ohio State Buckeyes will host the UC Bearcats on Tuesday night in their last non-conference game of the season, but they'll be playing with more on their minds than just baseball. Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer currently has myeloid leukemia, and the Buckeyes are doing whatever they can to help their ailing teammate.
According to The Columbus Dispatch's Mark Znidar (h/t ESPN.com's Austin Ward), Buckeye captain Tim Wetzel organized an effort by the Buckeyes players to help find a bone marrow donor for Farmer. On their off day Monday, all 37 members of the team, as well as head coach Greg Beals, got screened to see if they could be a potential match. Tuesday will mark the Buckeyes' first game since the screening.
The Bearcats will honor Farmer during Tuesday night's game by wearing No. 11 patches on the sleeves of their jerseys.
It's always moving to see teams put aside their dislike for one another in favor of a greater cause, no matter how small the gesture. Hopefully test results come back with a bone marrow match for Farmer.