The Ohio State men's basketball team won its fourth Big Ten Tournament Title, the most of any school, with a 50-43 victory over Wisconsin Sunday afternoon at the United Center in Chicago. Head coach Thad Matta owns the best Big Ten Tournament winning percentage (.792) and is tied with Michigan State's Tom Izzo for the most tournament wins (19) of any conference coach in history. Junior guard Aaron Craft was named Tournament MVP and junior forward Deshaun Thomas was selected to the All-Tournament team for their performances.
Men's hockey senior goalie Brady Hjelle backstopped the men's hockey team to a spot in the CCHA semifinals, with a 2.01 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in the team's series win over Ferris State. He had 18 saves in the series opener before stopping 27-of-28 in the squad's 3-1 game two victory to tie the series. In the decisive third game, Hjelle made a career-high 47 saves (including 21 in the second period) and did not allow a goal after the first period as the team won 3-2.
Women's golf senior Amy Meier led the Buckeyes to a second-place team finish at the Dr. Donnis Invitational March 12-13 in Hawai'i. The Rochester Hills, Mich., product carded a 1-under 215 (71-72-72) to take second place individually. Her 54-hole score marked a career low and her runner-up finish was a career best. Overall, Meier totaled 12 birdies over three rounds, including five in the first round. For her efforts, she was named Co-Big Ten Golfer of the Week.
Ohio State concluded its trip to South Carolina with a 6-3 win at Charleston Southern Tuesday afternoon.
Greg Greve pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his first win of the year while Greg Solomon paced the Buckeyes offensively, going 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Ohio State opened its home slate with a 4-1 victory over Bryant Friday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Pat Porter finished the day 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored while Jaron Long picked up the win to move to 3-1 on the season, allowing one earned run on eight hits while striking out five over 7.0 innings pitched.
Ryan Cypret's 12-game hitting streak was snapped but he reached base on a hit by pitch in the 8th to extend his streak to 16 games.
Ohio State was edged by Bryant, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Kirby Pellant made his return to the lineup after missing seven games with a bruised hand and went 2-for-4 with an RBI while Aaron Gretz finished 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Healy picked up the win with 3.0 innings of scoreless relief for the Bulldogs while McKinney suffered the loss, allowing one earned over 3.1 frames, to drop to 2-2 on the season.
Ohio State topped Bryant, 6-4, to win the series Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
King settled down for the Buckeyes, finishing his day with three scoreless frames before giving way to Greg Greve in the seventh. King went 6.0 innings, allowing four runs (two earned), on three hits while striking out five.
Greve struck out a pair and rolled two double plays over two scoreless innings of relief before Trace Dempsey came on and struck out two in a scoreless ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season.
Porter went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Craig Nennig finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Ohio State travels to West Lafayette, Ind., for a three-game set at Purdue next weekend.
No. 7 Men's Basketball (26-7) Head Coach: Thad Matta
Deshaun Thomas scored 17 points and the 10th-ranked Buckeyes used their stout defense to beat No. 22 Wisconsin 50-43 for their conference-best fourth tournament title on Sunday.
Thomas was selected to the All-Tournament team, and with 17 points moved to No. 14 on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State (1,541 total points). He needs 16 points to pass Terrence Dials for 13th.
Thomas has scored in double figures in all 33 games this season.
Aaron Craft was named the tournament MVP and tied a season best with six rebounds.
Head coach Thad Matta now owns the best Big Ten Tournament winning percentage (.792) and is tied with Michigan State's Tom Izzo for the most tournament wins (19) of any conference coach in history.
The Buckeyes earned a No. 2 seed and will take on Iona in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament Friday at 7:15 p.m. at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
Ohio State defeated Nebraska, 71-50, in its Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal game Friday night at the United Center in Chicago.
The Buckeyes have won the last eight meetings against the Cornhuskers and hold a 9-2 overall record in the series.
Ohio State shot 59.1 percent (26-of-44) for the game, 77.3 percent (17-of-22) in the second half, season-best percentages for a game and half this season. The 59.1 percent shooting performance is also an Ohio State Big Ten tournament record.
With 19 points, Thomas moved to No. 18 on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State (1,508 total points). He needs 10 points to pass Evan Turner for 17th.
Thompson scored a career-high 19 points, made a career-best eight field goals and shot 88.9 percent for the game (8-of-9). He also connected on a career-best three 3-point field goals.
Ross scored in double figures for the 10th time this season and tied a career best with three 3-point field goals.
Ohio State defeated Michigan State, 61-58, in its Big Ten Tournament Semifinal Saturday afternoon.
The win marks the first time Ohio State has defeated Michigan State twice in the same season when the Spartans are ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
Ohio State finished fifth after recording a final score of 292 at the Seminole Intercollegiate Sunday. The Buckeyes tallied a 54-hole score of 2-under 865 on the par 72, 7,172-yard Southwood Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.
Freshman Michael Bernard led Ohio State throughout the tournament, concluding with a 2-under 214 (70-73-71) to finish tied for 13th. Bernard's 18-hole score of 70 on the first day tied a career low and the Huber Heights, Ohio, product totaled 14 birdies over the three rounds.
Teammate Grant Weaver also had a solid showing for the Buckeyes, coming in tied for 15th with a 1-under 215 following rounds of 71-72-72. Sophomore Boo Timko finished the tournament with a 4-over 216 to tie for 17th, while Max Rosenthal was tied for 34th with a 5-over 221. Senior Matt Turner closed out the Buckeye lineup with a 10-over 226.
Ohio State earned a second-place finish with a three-round total of 900 at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational. The Buckeyes closed out the tournament Wednesday with a 304 in round three on the par 72, 6,099-yard Kane'ohe Klipper Golf Course in O'ahu, Hawai'i.
Senior Amy Meier led the Buckeyes with a second-place finish following rounds of 71-72-72. Her 54-hole score of 1-under 215 set a new career-low score for the Rochester Hills, Mich., product. Overall, Meier tied for a tournament-best with 12 birdies over three rounds.
A pair of Buckeyes in senior Susana Benavides and junior Allison Harper finished tied for 20th with a 13-over 229. Harper's 54-hole score of 229 was a season-low for the Upper Arlington native. Sophomore Jan Chanpalangsri came in tied for 24th with a 15-over 231 and classmate Claudia Lim carded a 16-over 232 to tie for 28th.
Up next, the Buckeyes will compete in the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational April 5-6 in Dallas.
Ohio State had a bye week; the Buckeyes return to action with an 8 p.m. ET meet at No. 2 Oklahoma March 23.
No. 20 Women's Gymnastics (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) Head Coach: Carey Fagan
Ohio State fell to No. 14 Minnesota, 197.225-195.050, Saturday evening at the Sports Pavilion.
Ohio State opened the meet on bars. Aly Marohn paced the Buckeyes with a team-high 9.825 while Maddie Herr notched a 9.800.
The Buckeyes then moved to vault, posting a 49.000 but the Golden Gophers won the event with a 49.275. Melanie Shaffer and Sarah Miller each tied for second on the event with a 9.850.
In the third rotation, the Buckeyes posted a 48.975 on floor exercise. Miller led the Buckeyes with a 9.875 to tie for third on the event.
Ohio State wrapped up the meet on uneven bars, notching a 48.225. Herr and Shaffer tied with a team-best 9.800.
Shaffer posted a 39.175 to finish third in the all-around.
The Buckeyes travel to East Lansing, Mich., for the Big Ten Championships at 2 p.m. March 23. The meet will be televised live on BTN.
Men's Hockey (14-15-7, 13-10-5 CCHA) Head Coach: Mark Osiecki
In game one of a best-of-three CCHA tournament quarterfinal series, No. 4 seed Ohio State fell to No. 5 Ferris State, 4-2, Friday night in the OSU Ice Rink.
Ohio State scored twice in the first 6:55 of the second period to take a 2-1 lead. Just 1:13 into the stanza sophomore Max McCormick was able to put in his own rebound, with defensemen sophomore Al McLean and senior Devon Krogh picking up the assists.
The Buckeyes forced game three in the CCHA tournament quarterfinal series with a 3-1 win over the Bulldogs Saturday in the OSU Ice Rink.
Buckeyes scored three unanswered goals for the victory, with Ryan Dzingel, McCormick and Nick Oddo tallying for Ohio State, while Gedig had two assists and Brady Hjelle made 27 saves in the Buckeye net.
McCormick extended his point streak to eight (6g, 7a, 13p) with his two-point night (his fourth multiple-point game in the streak). He is second on the team with 14 goals and ranks third with 30 points, all career highs. He has a point in 15 of the last 18 outings.
Dzingel is first on the squad with 15 goals and second with 19 assists and 34 points.
47 saves from Brady Hjelle, a third-period goal from rookie Anthony Greco and three assists from Ryan Dzingel, the Ohio State men's hockey team defeated Ferris State, 3-2, in game three of the CCHA tournament quarterfinal series.
The victory gives the Buckeyes the series win and the squad moves on to the CCHA semifinals, where it will take on No. 2 seed Notre Dame Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. No. 1 seed Miami will face No. 4 seed Michigan in the second semifinal at 4:35 p.m.
Ohio State advances to the CCHA championship weekend for the first time since 2005 when the squad reached the championship game.
No. 12 Men's Lacrosse (5-1) Head Coach: Nick Myers
Ohio State posted an 11-10 victory at No. 9/11 Virginia Saturday at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.
The win was the Buckeyes' first over Virginia after six losses.
Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 23 points and 16 goals and extended his point streak to 51 games. He now has 188 points, 118 goals and 70 assists as a Buckeye, with multiple points in each of his last 27 games.
King and Brown are tied for second with 21 points each. King is second with 14 goals and Brown has a team-best 11 assists.
The Buckeyes return to action with a game at No. 2 Notre Dame Wednesday, followed by an ECAC matchup at Bellarmine Saturday night.
Ohio State will return to action in its ALC opener vs. No. 2 Florida at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23 in Gainesville, Fla. The Gators are undefeated through the first 10 games of their season and have two games scheduled before hosting the Buckeyes next weekend.
Ohio State fell at George Washington, 8-4, Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C. at GW-Mount Vernon Athletics Facility.
Junior Kasie Kelly started the game for Ohio State and received a no decision, throwing 1.0 inning, allowing no hits, three runs and three walks. Sophomore Alex DiDomenico fell to 5-2 in 2013 after throwing 4.1 innings of relief work, allowing three runs, one hit, four strikeouts and eight walks. Sophomore Olivia O'Reilly threw 0.2 innings, allowing two hits, two runs with a strikeout.
Ohio State defeated Towson, 8-6, Thursday afternoon at Tiger Softball Complex in Towson, Md. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held off a six-run rally by the Tigers to claim the win. Ohio State scored three runs in the first, four runs in the third and a final run in the seventh inning in the contest.
The Ohio State softball team swept day one of the Cherry Blossom Classic, shutting out both Pittsburgh (4-0) and George Mason (10-0) Friday in Fairfax, Va.
Ohio State softball swept day two at the Cherry Blossom Classic Saturday, shutting out Canisius, 8-0, in six innings in game one before defeating George Mason, 5-2, in game two in Fairfax, Va.
Highlighted by an eight-run fourth inning, the Ohio State softball team shut out Pitt, 9-0, in five innings Sunday afternoon in Fairfax, Va.
The Buckeyes conclude the Cherry Blossom Classic with a 5-0 record, outscoring their opponents, 36-2, during the weekend to conclude the tournament schedule. Overall, the squad notched four shutouts at the classic.
The Buckeyes open the home and Big Ten schedule next weekend hosting Indiana March 22-24 in Columbus. The Buckeyes will first play the Hoosiers at 3 p.m. Friday. Ohio State returns to action with a game at 3 p.m. Saturday before concluding the series at 1 p.m. Sunday. Each game vs. the Hoosiers will be streamed on BTN.com.
The Buckeyes will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., March 20-23 to compete in the U.S. Collegiate Championships. Ohio State has captured the title for four-consecutive years (2009-2012) and is striving to secure its fifth-consecutive championship this season.
No. 9 Men's Tennis (15-2, 1-0 Big Ten) Head Coach: Ty Tucker
Behind back-to-back wins by seniors Devin McCarthy and Connor Smith, No. 9 Ohio State defeated No. 12 Pepperdine, 4-1, Tuesday afternoon at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif.
McCarthy beat Francis Alcantara in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, before Smith clinched the match-winning point. After dropping the first set, 6-4, Smith rallied with 6-1, 6-4 wins in the final two sets.
Ohio State was forced to play out all three doubles matches after the Buckeye tandem of Smith and Kevin Metka fell to Finn Tearney and Alcantara, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles.
On court No. 2, Ohio State's Blaz Rola and Ille Van Engelen answered the initial Buckeye loss with an 8-2 victory vs. Sebastian Fanselow and Alex Sarkissian.
With the doubles point coming down to the No. 3 position, McCarthy and Hunter Callahan were playing Mousheg Hovhannisyan and David Sofaer in a tight match that reached a 7-7 tie until the Buckeye duo broke Hovhannisyan and Sofaer's serve to take an 8-7 lead and serve for the match. McCarthy and Callahan took advantage of the opportunity and won the match, 9-7, to lift the Scarlet and Gray to their 16th doubles win of the season.
Up next, Ohio State will host three consecutive matches starting March 19 when Louisville travels to Columbus for a 5 p.m. start. The Buckeyes will commence the heart of their Big Ten schedule when they play Purdue at 6 p.m. March 22 and Indiana at noon March 24.
Ohio State earned a 4-0 sweep of Boise State to open the 2013 Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala., Friday night.
Ohio State captured the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. Senior Fidan Manashirova and sophomore Kelsey Dieters defeated Megan LaLone and Teal Vosburgh, 8-4, for the first victory of the day.
The Buckeyes earned the doubles point after senior Kara Cecil and junior Noelle Malley topped Boise State's Marlena Pietzuch and Manuela Pietzuch, 9-7, on court one.
In singles play, Dieters picked up her 15th win of the season after earning a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Marlena Pietzuch at No. 1. Manashirova put Ohio State ahead 3-0 with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Vo at No. 2, while O'Neill sealed the match with a 7-6, 6-1 win against LaLone at No. 5 singles.
Ohio State fell to No. 50-ranked Tulane in the semifinals of the 2013 edition of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala., Saturday afternoon, 4-2.
Freshman Grainne O'Neill and senior Gabby Steele notched their first victory of the tournament as doubles partners with an 8-4 win over Tulane's Caroline Thornton and Caroline Magnusson on court two.
O'Neill notched the first point for the Buckeyes on court five with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Caroline Thorton. Manashirova's victory over Jenny Hois brought the score to a 3-2 Tulane advantage over the Buckeyes with matches still up for grabs on courts four and six. With the win, Manashirova leads all Ohio State players with 18 total victories this season and six consecutive singles wins.
Ohio State finished fourth at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Sunday in Montgomery, Ala.
Up next, the Buckeyes will compete in their first Big Ten road matches of the season at Purdue March 22, followed by Indiana March 24. The Buckeyes will return to Columbus, Ohio and the Varsity Indoor Center March 31 to take on Iowa at 11 a.m.
In individual competition, several athletes enjoyed solid performances on for the Buckeyes. Jordan Moxley turned in a third-place finish in the high jump at 1.65m (5-5.00), while Emily Schwartz was a winner in the 'B' section of the pole vault (3.50m/11-5.75). In addition, Carly Pendleton placed fifth in the hammer throw at 48.09m (157-9.25).
No. 9 Men's Volleyball (15-3, 7-1 MIVA) Head Coach: Pete Hanson
No. 9 Ohio State ousted non-conference rival No. 13 Penn State, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-20), Saturday night in St. John Arena.
Ohio State (15-3) was led by its defense, finishing with 13.0 blocks and limiting the Nittany Lions to a .168 attack percentage. Senior Grayson Overman finished with a season-high eight blocks and tied a career-high with three solo blocks.
Ohio State takes to the road for a pair of MIVA matches March 22-23. The Buckeyes open with a 7:30 p.m. ET match at Ball State in Muncie, Ind., and follows with a 7 p.m. ET match at IPFW in Fort Wayne.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
3.19.13 - 4.2.13
Tuesday, March 19
Men's Tennis vs. Louisville, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
Wednesday, March 20
Men's Lacrosse vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
Notre Dame, Ind.
Synchronized Swimming vs. U.S. Collegiate National Championships, TBA
Palo Alto, Calif.
Thursday, March 21
Fencing vs. NCAA Championships, All Day
San Antonio, Texas
Women's Swimming vs. NCAA Championships Day 1, All Day
Wrestling vs. NCAA Championships, All Day
Des Moines, Iowa
Friday, March 22
Men's Basketball vs. Iona, 7:15 p.m.
Women's Tennis vs. Purdue, 3 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.
Softball vs. Indiana, 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Field