A look back and a look ahead in Ohio State athletics
March 18, 2014
Athletes of the Week
The Ohio State pistol team won its sixth NRA Intercollegiate National Championship Thursday, notching a perfect 14-0 record on the season after shooting an overall open team score of 6,310 to claim first place over the U.S. Naval Academy, which placed second with a team score of 6,277, and the U.S. Military Academy, which finished third with a team score of 6,239. The championship marks the second time in program history the Buckeyes have won a national title in open team competition, as they previously claimed an open team title in 2000.
Ohio State men's gymnastics sophomore Jake Martin earned three first-place finishes and two second-place finishes en route to leading the Buckeyes to a program record team score (446.15) and an upset of No. 1 Oklahoma on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at St. John Arena. Martin won the all-around title with a career-high 89.45, also claiming first place on vault with a career-high 15.50 and first place on high bar with a 15.45. In addition, the Oviedo, Fla., native, scored a career-high 15.30 on floor exercise and a 15.25 on pommel horse to finish second overall on both events.
Baseball (11-6, 0-0 Big Ten) Head coach: Greg Beals
The Ohio State baseball team dropped a 4-3 decision at No. 7 Oregon State Tuesday evening at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.
Ohio State opened its home slate with an 8-5 win over Siena on a windy Friday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium, before winning both games of a doubleheader against Siena by scores of 7-3 and 7-1 Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Buckeyes take on Akron at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
No. 22 Men's Basketball (25-9, 10-8 Big Ten) Head coach: Thad Matta
The Ohio State men's basketball team, the sixth-seed in the South Region, will meet the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers out of the Atlantic 10 Thursday in the Second Round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Buckeyes fell to No. 8 Michigan, 72-69, Saturday in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals at Bankers Life Field House in Indianapolis, Ind.
LaQuinton Ross led all scorers with 19 points and has reached double figures in 16 of his last 18 games. Shannon Scott tied a career-high with 18 points and totaled three steals, while Aaron Craft scored nine points and dished six assists.
Ohio State staged the largest comeback in Big Ten Tournament history, rallying from an 18-point second-half deficit to earn a 71-67 win over Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals.
Ross posted his sixth career double-double against Nebraska with a career-high 26 points and 13 rebounds while Craft scored six points, dished six assists and grabbed one steal. Sophomore Amedeo Della Valle scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds, recorded three blocks and two steals off the bench for the Buckeyes in come-from-behind win over Nebraska Friday.
Ohio State defeated Purdue, 63-61, in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Ross posted his fifth career double-double with a game-high 19 points and career-high 15 rebounds. Craft scored 16 points, grabbed three steals, and dished five assists. Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored nine points, passing 1,000 for his career (1,002).
The final round of the Seahawk Intercollegiate was canceled because of rain in Wilmington, N.C. The 13-team field registered two rounds of play Sunday on the par 72, 6,671-yard Nicklaus Course at the Country Club of Landfall and the Ohio State men's golf team finished the day with a 5-over 581 to conclude tied for third.
Sophomore Tee-K Kelly finished tied for sixth overall with a 2-under 142. His first round score of 67 set a career low for the Wheaton, Ill., product. Freshman Frederik Hammer came in Sunday tied for 13th with a 1-over 145 and junior Boo Timko finished 18th with a 2-over 146.
The Buckeyes will return to the state of North Carolina for the Irish Creek Intercollegiate April 5-6.
The Ohio State women's golf team earned its third Top 3 finish of the season, taking third at the SunTrust Gator Women's Invitational with a three-day total of 875. The Buckeyes registered rounds 292, 288 and 295 on the par 70, 6,002-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville.
Senior Allison Harper and freshman Zoe-Beth Brake earned finishes in the Top 10 to lead the Buckeyes. Harper, of Upper Arlington, came in seventh overall with a 7-over 217. She totaled a 74 on the day to go with rounds of 73 and 70. Brake tied for eighth overall with an 8-over 218 (72-73-73) and totaled five birdies in three rounds.
Ohio State will travel to Greensboro, N.C., for the competitive Bryan National Collegiate, March 28-30.
The No. 2 Ohio State men's gymnastics team posted a program-record 446.15 team score to earn an upset win over No. 1 Oklahoma in a tri-meet on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at St. John Arena.
The Buckeyes claimed every individual event title against Oklahoma and Temple. Sophomore Jake Martin posted three first-place finishes, winning the all-around title with a career-high 89.450 while also posting a win on vault with a career-high 15.500, and a win on high bar with a 14.450. Freshman Jake Dastrup won both floor exercise and pommel horse, earning a career-high 15.400 on both events. Lastly, junior co-captain Drew Moling posted a career-high 15.900 to win on rings while freshman Sean Melton won parallel bars with a career-high 16.050.
Melton set new NCAA and Ohio State records on parallel bars with his career-high score. The previous NCAA record on the event (15.95) was set by 2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak (Michigan) in 2013.
Ohio State also posted team wins on four events, claiming first place on floor exercise (75.400), pommel horse (75.850), parallel bars (74.450) and high bar (72.750). The team scores on floor exercise, pommel horse and parallel bars set new program records.
The Buckeyes have a bye week before opening the postseason at the 2014 Big Ten Championships March 28-29 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.
The No. 23 Ohio State women's gymnastics team posted a 195.675 in a quad meet with Michigan State, Nebraska and Illinois Saturday afternoon in East Lansing, Mich.
Alex DeLuca tallied a 9.875 for a third-place finish on floor exercise, while Tenille Fuches tied her career-best 9.900 to tie for first on vault. Victoria Aepli and Melanie Shaffer each tallied a 9.875 to tie for third on uneven bars.
The Buckeyes travel to State College, Pa., for the Big Ten Championships at 2 p.m. March 22.
Men's Ice Hockey (16-13-5, 6-9-5-4 Big Ten) Head coach: Steve Rohlik
Behind 40 saves from freshman Christian Frey and three-point nights from junior Ryan Dzingel and freshman Nick Schilkey, the Ohio State men's hockey team topped Penn State, 4-2, Friday in Pegula Ice Arena.
Dzingel scored two goals in the win, while freshman Nick Schilkey and junior Nick Oddo each tallied one. With two assists, Schilkey had the first three-point night of his Ohio State career.
Ohio State lost to Penn State, 4-2, Saturday afternoon in the final game of the regular season. Senior Curtis Gedig and sophomore Anthony Greco scored for the Buckeyes.
Dzingel leads all Big Ten skaters in scoring in B1G games only with 24 points and shares the league lead with 12 goals. He is first in the conference in points overall (43) and shares the conference lead with 20 goals. Max McCormick is second on the team with 31 points, his second campaign with 30-plus points. Tanner Fritz is third in points with 28.
Up next, the Buckeyes head to Saint Paul, Minn., for the Big Ten Tournament in the Xcel Energy Center. Ohio State will be the No. 4 seed and take on Michigan State in the first round Thursday, with the winner going up against regular-season champion and top seed Minnesota Friday.
No. 19 Men's Lacrosse (1-5, 0-0 ECAC) Head coach: Nick Myers
The Ohio State men's lacrosse team lost on the road to No. 9-ranked Denver, 9-5, Saturday in Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Junior David Planning led the Buckeyes with three goals and four points vs. the Pioneers.
Planning had the first hat trick of his career and posted his second four-point outing, his first since May 12, 2013 vs. Towson.
Jesse King leads the Buckeyes with 14 goals and 22 points this season. He extended his point streak to 29 and now has 54 goals, 37 assists and 91 points in the stretch.
Ohio State will host its next three games in Columbus, facing Bellarmine at 7 p.m. Friday to open ECAC play, Notre Dame March 25 and Jacksonville March 29. All three are scheduled to be played in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Junior goalie Tori DeScenza had 10 saves, while senior attack Katie Chase collected three goals as the No. 20 Ohio State women's lacrosse team rallied in the second half to win 9-8 at Hofstra Saturday afternoon in Hempstead, N.Y.
The Ohio State pistol team won its sixth NRA Intercollegiate National Championship Thursday, notching a perfect 14-0 record on the season after shooting an overall open team score of 6,310 to claim first place over the U.S. Naval Academy, which placed second with a team score of 6,277, and the U.S. Military Academy, which finished third with a team score of 6,239.
The championship marks the second time in program history the Buckeyes have won a national title in open team competition, as they previously claimed an open team title in 2000. Ohio State has also claimed four national championships in women's team competition, notching titles in 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2009.
In addition to the open team title, senior Joe Totts claimed two individual championships, shooting a 1,613 to win the title in three-gun aggregate competition and tallying a 556 score in standard pistol to be crowned the individual national champion in that event for the second consecutive season.
Senior Amanda Luoma and freshman Deanna Binnie represented the Ohio State rifle team at the 2014 NCAA Championships March 14-15 in Murray, Ky.
Luoma, one of only two competitors nationwide to qualify as an individual in both the smallbore and air rifle competitions, placed fifth in smallbore with a score of 587 (99-98-100-99-96-95) and 23rd in air rifle with a score of 585.
Competing at her very first NCAA championships event, Binnie finished fourth overall in smallbore with a score of 584 (98-99-99-100-94-94). The fourth and fifth-place finishes for the Buckeyes in smallbore are the highest individual finishes in program history at the NCAA Championships.
Despite rallying to take a 3-2 lead in singles, the No. 1 Ohio State men's tennis team dropped a close 4-3 match at No. 16 Georgia Wednesday evening in Athens, Ga.
Down 2-0, the Buckeyes (17-2) battled back to take three-consecutive singles matches before the Bulldogs (8-5) claimed wins on the final two courts to earn the victory in a non-conference rollercoaster battle that lasted five hours and 30 minutes.
Ohio State will now prepare for a big home conference match vs. Michigan at 6 p.m. ET March 21 at the Varsity Tennis Center. A win over the Wolverines would tie the NCAA all-time home win streak record in any varsity sport of 184-consecutive victories.
The No. 56-ranked Ohio State women's tennis team notched a 6-1 victory vs. UNLV Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, Nev. Claiming the doubles point and five singles matches in straight sets en route to victory, the Buckeyes extended their winning streak to six matches this spring.
Behind a sweep of doubles and singles competition, Ohio State (10-4, 1-0 B1G) secured its seventh consecutive win of the season, shutting out Marquette on a neutral court, 7-0, in Las Vegas, Nev. The win marks the Buckeyes' sixth shutout of the spring campaign.
Up next, the Buckeyes will go on the road to face Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., March 21 before returning to the Varsity Tennis Center to take on Michigan State at noon March 23.
No. 25 Men's Track and Field Head coach: Ed Beathea
Redshirt freshman Donovan Robertson earned First Team All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles Saturday evening at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.
Redshirt senior Ashlee Abraham, the lone competitor for the Ohio State women's track and field team at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships, placed 16th in the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries Friday evening at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M., earning Second Team All-America honors in the process.
The Buckeyes open the 2014 outdoor season March 28 at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Ga.
No. 14 Men's Volleyball (8-11, 4-5 MIVA) Head coach: Pete Hanson
The No. 15 Ohio State men's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-20) MIVA match at No. 11 Lewis Tuesday night in Romeoville, Ill. Freshman Miles Johnson led the team with 10 kills and added two service aces.
Ohio State fell in a 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-11) heartbreaker at No. 2 Long Beach State to open the Active Ankle Classic in Long Beach, Calif.
Andrew Lutz led the squad with a career-high 21 kills, while Michael Henchy picked up his second double-double of the season with 11 kills and 15 digs. Johnson earned the first double-double of his career with 11 kills and 11 digs. Driss Guessous and Dustin Neary totaled 14 and 11 kills, respectively. Neary's total was a career-best. Christy Blough set a new career mark with 60 assists and added two service aces.
Ohio State suffered a 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 29-31, 25-21, 15-13) loss to Cal State Northridge Saturday night to close out the Active Ankle Classic held in Long Beach, Calif.
Lutz put together a career night, finishing with a career-high 29 kills in the match. The opposite added 12 digs for his first double-double of the season and also finished with three block assists.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena for non-conference match, March 18. The Buckeyes host Harvard in a 7 p.m. ET match and the contest will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Admission is free.
No. 11 Wrestling (13-5, 4-4 Big Ten) Head coach: Tom Ryan
Eight members of the Ohio State wrestling team qualified for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships the NCAA selection committee announced Wednesday.