Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff
March 14, 2016

Athletes of the Week

  • Erika Leonard, softball
    • Named Big Ten Player of the week after batting .438 and hitting two home runs. She slugged .875 in Ohio State's four games.
  • J.C. Murasky and Nick Gray, men's track and field
    • Both earned First Team All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

Track & Field

  • Murasky won a bronze medal in the men's shot put with a throw of 20.03 meters (65-8.75), earning the second First Team All-America award of his career.
  • The lone freshman to qualify for the men's 200-meter championship race, Gray finished sixth overall in a time of 21.11 seconds. He is Ohio State's first First Team All-American in the indoor 200-meter dash since in 1994.

Men's Gymnastics

  • Led by Sean Melton, Ohio State posted the second-best score in team history (446.700) in a meet against Oklahoma and Air Force.
  • Melton (91.600) and freshman Alec Yoder finished 1-2 for the Buckeyes in the all-around, as both athletes broke the previous school record. Melton's score is the best in the NCAA so far this season. He also tied for the highest individual score in the rings and had the second-best score in high bar among all NCAA competitors this year.
  • As a team, Ohio State set school records on high bar (75.750) and rings (76.050).
  • Both Melton and Yoder swept the Big Ten's weekly awards for the fifth time this season. Melton was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and Yoder was named Freshman of the Week.

No. 5 Men's Volleyball (17-3, 9-1 MIVA)

  • Making a two-game road trip out west, Ohio State defeated No. 14 UC Irvine and No. 1 Long Beach State to extend its winning streak to nine games.
  • Nicolas Szerszen paced all players with 25.5 points on 22 kills, five block assists and a service ace against UC Irvine, while Driss Guessous was a large factor as well, putting away 11 kills at a .588 hitting clip and throwing up a season-high eight blocks (two solo stuffs).
  • Against the No. 1 49ers, match statistics were relatively even across the board with the exception of Ohio State's 10-dig advantage. Gabriel Domecus and Miles Johnson each had double-digit dig totals.
  • Domecus, Guessous and Szerszen were all named to the Asics Invitational All-Tournament Team with Szerszen earning MVP honor.

No. 2 Women's Tennis (15-1, 1-0 B1G)

  • The Buckeyes swept local foes Dayton and Cincinnati last week during a doubleheader, beating both teams 7-0.
  • OSU only dropped one set in all 18 matches played that day. Freshman sensation No. 3 Francesca Di Lorenzo led the Scarlet and Gray with four total victories.

No. 17 Women's Lacrosse (6-1)

  • Ohio State won both its games last week, extending its four-game winning streak with victories over Cincinnati and Virginia Tech.
  • Rainey Hodgson recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and three other Buckeyes scored multiple goals in the 11-5 win over the Bearcats. Avery Murphy also added a pair of assists.
  • OSU overcame a halftime deficit to defeat the Hokies 10-8, with four of those goals coming from Cian Dabrowski. She tallied seven total points on the weekend.

Softball (11-6)

  • The Buckeyes posted two victories last week at their tournament in Tempe, Arizona. They defeated Georgetown 8-4 and took down No. 21 Arizona State 11-5.
  • The middle of the batting order led the way in the win over the Hoyas. Alex Bayne, Cammi Prantl, and Erika Leonard combined to go eight-for-12 with three RBI and four runs scored.
  • In defeating the No. 21 Sun Devils, Ohio State earned its first win over a ranked team since late in the 2014 season. Emily Clark went 3-for-4 at the plate while Ashley Goodwin smacked the go-ahead home run.

Women's Gymnastics

  • Competing in a Big Ten Five-Team meet, Ohio State placed third and qualified for the evening session at the Big Ten Championships.
  • The Buckeyes posted a season-best score of 49.300 on the floor exercise, with Stefanie Merkle, Alexis Mattern, and Jaime Stone all contributing to that mark.

Fencing

  • Fares Arfa was crowned 2016 Midwest Regional champion in the sabre and Lewis Weiss won the Epee title, his second in a row after winning in 2015. Both qualified for NCAA Championships with their performances.

Men's Golf

  • A strong final day vaulted Ohio State into the top-10 of the final standings at the Tiger Invitational (228, E)
  • Will Grimmer had the best weekend of his collegiate career, placing eighth overall (72, 74, 70, E).

Men's Hockey (13-17-4, 8-8-3-2 B1G)

  • Ohio State wrapped up its regular season by extending its unbeaten streak to seven games against Michigan State.
  • In Friday's 6-5 overtime win, OSU scored four times in the second period before Matthew Weis netted his 10th goal of the season with less than 30 seconds left in overtime. David Gust also added a couple goals.
  • The Big Ten Tournament starts this weekend, with the Buckeyes drawing the Spartans in their first round matchup.

Rifle

  • The Ohio State rifle team, making its second NCAA Championship appearance, finished seventh overall after posting a 2,351 in the air rifle on Sunday at the University of Akron. The Buckeyes finished with an aggregate score of 4,659.
  • Mark Matheny posted a team-high 590 in air rifle, while Drew Cheezum fired a 588 to finish with a 1,166 aggregate score for the two days.

Diving

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
3.14.16-3.20.16

Monday, March 14

  • Pistol -- National Pistol Championships, TBA -- Ft. Benning, Ga.

Tuesday, March 15

  • Men's Basketball vs. Akron, 7 p.m. -- Columbus Ohio
  • Men's Lacrosse vs. Towson, 7 p.m. -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball at UNLV, 9:05 p.m. -- Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Pistol -- National Pistol Championships, TBA -- Ft. Benning, Ga.

Wednesday, March 16

  • Women's Tennis at Miami (FL), 11 a.m. -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball at San Diego State, 6 p.m. -- San Diego, Calif.
  • Pistol -- National Pistol Championships, TBA -- Ft. Benning, Ga.

Thursday, March 17

  • Men's Tennis at USF, 3 p.m. -- Tampa, Fla.
  • Softball vs. Long Beach State, 3:30 p.m. -- San Diego, Calif.
  • Men's Hockey vs. Michigan State, 8:30 p.m. -- St. Paul, Minn.
  • Wrestling -- NCAA Championships, All Day -- New York, N.Y.
  • Women's Swimming & Diving -- NCAA Championships, All Day -- Atlanta, Ga.
  • Pistol -- National Pistol Championships, TBA -- Ft. Benning, Ga.

Friday, March 18

  • Softball vs. San Jose State, 4:30 p.m. -- San Diego, Calif.
  • Baseball vs. Hofstra, 5:05 p.m. -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Women's Tennis at Wisconsin, 6 p.m. -- Madison, Wisc.
  • Men's Hockey vs. Michigan State, 8:30 p.m. -- St. Paul, Minn.
  • Wrestling -- NCAA Championships, All Day -- New York, N.Y.
  • Women's Swimming & Diving -- NCAA Championships, All Day -- Atlanta, Ga.
  • Track and Field -- Alabama Relays, All Day -- Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Women's Golf -- Mountain View Collegiate, All Day -- Tucson, Ariz.

Saturday, March 19

  • Softball vs. Fresno State, 9 a.m. -- San Diego, Calif.
  • Women's Lacrosse vs. Canisius, 1 p.m. -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Men's Lacrosse at Denver, 3 p.m. -- Denver, Colo.
  • Baseball vs. Hofstra, 3:05 p.m. -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Men's Volleyball at Penn State, 7 p.m. -- University Park, Pa.
  • Wrestling -- NCAA Championships, All Day -- New York, N.Y.
  • Women's Swimming & Diving -- NCAA Championships, All Day -- Atlanta, Ga
  • Women's Gymnastics -- Big Ten Championships, TBA -- Lincoln, Neb.
  • Track and Field -- Alabama Relays, All Day -- Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Women's Golf -- Mountain View Collegiate, All Day -- Tucson, Ariz.

Sunday, March 20

  • Softball vs. Cal Poly, 9 a.m. -- San Diego, Calif.
  • Women's Tennis vs. Minnesota, 11 a.m. -- Columbus, Ohio
  • Men's Gymnastics vs. William & Mary/Temple, 1 p.m. -- Williamsburg, Va.
  • Baseball vs. Hofstra, 1:05 p.m. -- Columbus Ohio