A look back and a look ahead in Ohio State athletics
April 1, 2014
Athletes of the Week
The No. 2 Ohio State men's tennis team rewrote history Friday night with a 4-3 victory over No. 28 Northwestern at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes won their 185th-consecutive home match, breaking the intercollegiate NCAA record set by the Stanford women's tennis team from 1999-2011. Guided by director of tennis and head coach Ty Tucker, who claimed his 415th career win, Ohio State won the doubles point and three singles matches to secure the win against the Wildcats.
Freshman Sean Melton claimed Big Ten Individual Championships on parallel bars and high bar and sophomore Jake Martin claimed a Big Ten Individual Championship on vault as the No. 2 Ohio State men's gymnastics team closed competition at the 2014 Big Ten Championships Saturday evening at the Bob Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. In addition to his titles, Melton was named the 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, becoming the seventh Buckeye in program history to earn the honor and the first since Philip Onorato in 2009.
Katie Chase, a senior on the No. 18 Ohio State women's lacrosse team, collected 11 points on 10 goals and an assist in two wins last week in Columbus. The OSU attack tallied a career-high eight points on seven goals and an in the win over Oregon before collecting a trio of goals in the victory against William & Mary. She also posted a team-best 10 draw controls and five groundballs last week. She leads the team with 33 goals in 2014.
Baseball (16-10, 2-4 Big Ten) Head coach: Greg Beals
The Ohio State baseball team fell, 6-4, to Indiana in the opener of a three-game series Friday night at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Ohio State dropped both games of a doubleheader to Indiana, 8-2 and 7-1, Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Josh Dezse notched his sixth multi-hit game of the season in Game 1 while Leffel tallied his fifth. Sabanosh extended his hitting streak to six games after a single in the sixth inning of the opener and Nick Sergakis tallied his first-career triple in the seventh inning of Game 2.
Ohio State takes on Ohio at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Ohio State women's golf team concluded the 2014 Bryan National Collegiate in eighth with a three-day total of 914 Sunday. The final day had the 18-team field battle sleet and wind on the 72, 6,386-yard Bryan Park Champions Course in Greensboro, N.C.
Freshmen Katja Pogacar and Jessica Porvasnik led the Buckeyes with a pair of Top 20 finishes. Pogacar totaled a three-day score of 224 (76-71-77) to finish tied for 12th, while Porvasnik came in tied for 16th with a 225 (75-70-80).
Ohio State returns to action when they travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Web.com Collegiate, April 7-8.
The No. 2 Ohio State men's gymnastics team posted an overall team score of 441.050 to secure a second-place finish at the 2014 Big Ten Championships Friday night at the Bob Devaney Center at the University of Nebraska.
Freshman Sean Melton and sophomore Jake Martin represented the Buckeyes in all-around competition. Melton scored a career-high 89.75 to claim second place while Martin scored an 88.65 to finish third.
Melton claimed Big Ten Individual Championships on parallel bars and high bar and Martin claimed a Big Ten Individual Championship on vault as Ohio State closed competition at the 2014 Big Ten Championships Saturday evening at the Bob Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb.
In addition to his titles, Melton was named the 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, becoming the seventh Buckeye in program history to earn the honor and the first since Philip Onorato in 2009.
The Buckeyes have a bye week before continuing the postseason at the 2014 NCAA Championships April 10-12 at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Qualifying sessions will be held Thursday at 1 and 7 p.m. ET, while the team and all-around competition will be held Friday at 7 p.m. ET and the individual event finals will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
The No. 22 Ohio State women's gymnastics team will travel to Athens, Ga., for an NCAA Regional at 4 p.m. April 5. No. 6 Georgia earned the No. 1 seed, followed by No. 7 Michigan, No. 18 Central Michigan, No. 22 Ohio State, North Carolina State and Rutgers.
No. 19 Men's Lacrosse (3-6, 1-0 ECAC) Head coach: Nick Myers
The Ohio State men's lacrosse team lost to No. 7 Notre Dame, 13-7, Tuesday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Buckeye junior Turner Evans had a team-high four points, on two goals and two assists, in the game, while classmates David Planning scored twice and Jesse King had a goal and an assist.
A team effort led Ohio State to a 13-2 victory over Jacksonville Saturday in rainy Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, as the Buckeyes closed a three-game homestand.
King led Ohio State with seven points, on three goals and four assists. Sophomore Carter Brown had a hat trick and added an assist for a four-point day, while sophomores Gordie Koerber and Ryan Hunter each had three points with two goals and an assist. In all, nine Buckeyes had a point in the win.
The game ended a three-game homestand for the Buckeyes, who travel for a game at Delaware April 6. The squad will then host back-to-back ECAC games, taking on Michigan in the Showdown in the Shoe April 12 and Air Force April 19, with both games in Ohio Stadium.
A team game that saw eight Buckeyes post a point and a strong second-half performance helped Ohio State to a 14-7 win over William & Mary (2-8) on a not-so spring like day at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Leading the way offensively for the Buckeyes in the non-conference matchup was Cifarelli with a game-high five points, while Chase and freshman Allie Ogilvie each had three goals each vs. the Tribe.
Ohio State returns to conference play on the road, traveling to face the Wolverines at 7 p.m. April 2 under the lights at Michigan Stadium.
The No. 1 Ohio State rowing team opened the 2014 season with three wins against No. 12 Michigan Saturday morning at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River.
The second varsity four earned the Buckeyes' first win of the day, crossing the line in 7:23.09 to defeat the Wolverines, who finished the race in 7:27.11.
The second varsity eight continued its regular season undefeated streak, now owning an 18-0 record dating back to March 2012. The crew placed first with a time of 6:30.42 while Michigan placed second in 6:38.26.
The regatta concluded with the first varsity eight competition. The team concluded the day with a win, posting a time of 6:21.36 to defeat the Wolverines, who posted a 6:24.66.
The Buckeyes next travel to Corvallis, Ore., to compete against No. 13 Stanford and Oregon State in the Oregon State Classic April 5-6.
Kelsey Dotson hit a walk-off grand slam to give Indiana an 11-7 come-from-behind victory over Ohio State on Friday at Andy Mohr Field.
Despite the loss, Evelyn Carrillo, who hit .700 in Ohio State sweep of Michigan State last weekend, stayed hot, going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Jesse Machovina also had a big day, going 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, the first of her career.
Ohio State scored 22 runs on 25 hits to earn a doubleheader sweep of Indiana at Andy Mohr Field on Sunday.
Six different players recorded multiple hits and Olivia O'Reilly earned her team-leading sixth win of the year as Ohio State opened the doubleheader with a convincing 12-2 victory over Indiana.
Ohio State's offense continued its torrid pace in the second game, notching five extra base hits and scoring multiple runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings to claim a 10-2 victory.
Ohio State returns to action when it travels to Ann Arbor, Mich. for a three-game series with No. 6 Michigan April 4-6.
No. 7 Men's Swimming and Diving Head coach: Bill Wadley
The Ohio State men's swimming and diving team concluded its season Saturday evening in Austin, Texas with an 18th-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes accumulated 54 points, with four relays and two individuals earning All-America recognition during the three-day national showcase.
Competing in the 100 butterfly event, Tim Phillips qualified first in prelims with a mark of 45.18. Moving onto finals Friday, the Vienna, W.V. native once again stole the spotlight with a Big Ten record-breaking time of 45.10 for third. With the final, Phillips earned All-America recognition.
In prelims, the quartet of Michael DiSalle, Josh Fleagle, Steffen Hillmer and Phillips earned the top-seed among Big Ten relays with a time of 2:52.08, the then third-fastest time in school history. Moving onto finals, the squad only continued to impress with a 2:51.26-finish for ninth place, setting a new Ohio State varsity record and earning honorable mention All-America accolades.
The Buckeyes wrap up the 2014 campaign at the U.S. Senior National Championships April 8 in Oro Valley, Ariz.
No. 2 Men's Tennis (19-2, 4-0 Big Ten) Head coach: Ty Tucker
Led by senior Peter Kobelt, a native of New Albany, Ohio, the No. 2 Ohio State men's tennis team rewrote history Friday night with a 4-3 victory over No. 28 Northwestern at the Varsity Tennis Center.
The Buckeyes won their 185th-consecutive home match, breaking the intercollegiate NCAA record set by Stanford women's tennis team from 1999-2011. Guided by director of tennis and head coach Ty Tucker, who claimed his 415th career win, Ohio State won the doubles point and three singles matches to secure the win against the Wildcats.
Ohio State continued its home dominance with a 5-2 win over No. 10 Illinois Sunday afternoon at the Varsity Tennis Center.
With the conference win, the Buckeyes won their 186th-consecutive home match, an NCAA all-time record. Ohio State takes sole ownership of the conference standings and has won 88-consecutive B1G regular-season matches, dating back to 2005. The Buckeyes took the doubles point and four singles matches to defeat the Fighting Illini.
Ohio State hits the road for their next three matches. On April 4, the Buckeyes will play the No. 50 Minnesota Gophers. On April 6, the Buckeyes will head to Madison, Wis., to play the No. 62 Wisconsin Badgers. The Buckeyes end their road series with a match against the No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats.
The Ohio State women's tennis team fell to No. 11 Northwestern Saturday afternoon in Evanston, Ill., 6-1.
In its second match of the weekend vs. a ranked B1G opponent, Ohio State was edged by Illinois, 4-3, Sunday in Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
Up next, the Buckeyes return to Columbus, Ohio, for a five-match home stand starting at 3 p.m. Friday vs. Minnesota, with a doubleheader Sunday, hosting Wisconsin at noon and Wright State at 6 p.m.
No. 25 Men's Track and Field Head coach: Ed Beathea
Sophomore Billy Stanley cleared 74.38 meters (244-0.50) to win the javelin throw in the outdoor season debut for the Ohio State men's track and field team Saturday at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.
A 2013 All-American and Big Ten champion in the javelin, Stanley's winning mark ranks among the Top 5 in Division I this season. It is the second year in a row the South Park, Pa., native has won the event at Vanderbilt - he made his collegiate debut with a school-record throw last season.
Ohio State went 1-2 in the steeplechase as junior Jackson Neff was first in 5:58.56, while sophomore Jordan Redd was second in 5:58.71.
First place in the 3000m went to sophomore Blake Taneff in a time of 8:28.42 while senior Cory Kunze took first place in the long jump with a jump of 7.23 meters and junior Julian Vann took first place in triple jump with a mark of 14.98 meters.
OSU runs at the Battle on the Bayou in Baton Rouge, La., April 5.
The Ohio State women's track and field team opened the 2014 outdoor season Friday and Saturday at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta, Ga.
The Buckeyes' top performance of the weekend came in the 400-meter dash, where freshman Aaliyah Barnes and sophomore SoSo Walker placed 1-2 in personal-best times of 53.34 and 53.40, respectively. Both time rank in the Top 5 in Division I so far this season.
Sophomore Alexis Franklin, the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Freshman of the Year, was strong in her season debut, placing second in the 400-meter hurdles in a Top-20 Division I time of 59.40.
In the final race of the day, the 4x400-meter relay team - junior Alexandria Johnson, Walker, Franklin, and Barnes - combined for a winning time of 3:40.03.
OSU competes at the Battle on the Bayou in Baton Rouge, La., April 6.
No. 14 Men's Volleyball (8-13, 4-6 MIVA) Head coach: Pete Hanson
The Ohio State men's volleyball team kicked off its alumni weekend with a 3-1 (25-15, 27-29, 25-13, 25-18) win over MIVA rival Quincy Friday night in St. John Arena.
Redshirt junior Andrew Lutz led the team with 12 kills and added nine digs, while junior Michael Henchy finished with 11 kills and five block assists. Junior Dustan Neary totaled a career-best seven blocks, while redshirt freshman Driss Guessous had five. Freshman setter Christy Blough had 43 assists to go with a career-high four kills and four blocks (2s, 2a).
Ohio State earned a 3-2 (20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 15-11) victory over Lindenwood Saturday night in St. John Arena.
Henchy picked up his fourth double-double of the season, totaling a season-best 19 kills to go with 12 digs. The Ventura, Calif., product tied a career-best with six blocks in the win, having two solo and four block assists. Driss Guessous finished with 14 kills and hit a stifling .722 on the night.
Neary chipped in six kills and four blocks for the Buckeyes. Blough totaled 44 assists and four blocks (1s, 3a), while Lutz, Michael Piechowski and Miles Johnson had six digs.
Ohio State remains in Columbus for a MIVA match vs. nationally-ranked IPFW. The Buckeyes and the Mastodons will face off at 7 p.m. ET in St. John Arena, April 4. The squad then travels to George Mason for a non-conference match, April. 6.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule 4.1.14 - 4.15.14
Tuesday, April 1
Baseball vs. Ohio, 6:35 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium
Fencing vs. Junior World Championships, All Day
Wednesday, April 2
Baseball vs. Toledo, 6:35 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium
Women's Lacrosse vs. Michigan, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Fencing vs. Junior World Championships, All Day
Thursday, April 3
Fencing vs. Junior World Championships, All Day
Friday, April 4
Men's Tennis vs. Minnesota, 3 p.m.