Ohio State pitcher Zach Farmer died Tuesday after a battle with leukemia. Farmer was 21.
As a freshman in 2014, Farmer was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on April 28 and undertook an aggressive treatment regimen. He was declared in remission June 6, 2014, but announced on July 15, 2015, that the disease returned.
“Today is a sad day but also a day of peace for Zach and his family,” said Greg Beals, Ohio State baseball head coach. “We will dearly miss our fellow Buckeye, teammate and friend Zach Farmer. I feel blessed to have had Zach in our program and the opportunity to coach him. Although his time here was cut short, his legacy as a Buckeye will be long lasting. I am proud of the fight he fought – we learned so much from him. Zach’s courage to fight, positive attitude and love for his supporters and teammates defines what it means to be a Buckeye.”
Farmer had 34 strikeouts in nine starts with a 3.28 ERA in his only season with the team.