A look back and a look ahead in Ohio State athletics
April 8, 2014
Athletes of the Week
Ohio State men's track and field sophomore All-American Billy Stanley placed first in the javelin to lead the Buckeyes to a second-place finish at the LSU Battle on the Bayou. The 2013 Big Ten Champion cleared 73.38 meters (242-3.00) for his second win of the season and finished 27 feet ahead of the second-place mark. Last week, Stanley earned Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors after clearing 74.38 meters (244-0.50) to win the javelin throw for a second-consecutive time at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational. The mark ranks among the Top 5 in Division I this season.
Jackie Cifarelli, a junior attack on the No. 17 Ohio State women's lacrosse team, posted eight points on one goal and seven assists last week to help the Buckeyes claim two road conference wins and improve to 10-4 overall and 3-1 in ALC play. Cifarelli, who leads the country with 37 assists in 2014, collected five helpers in the 18-3 win at Michigan in Ann Arbor last weekend, marking the third time this year she has picked up at least five assists in one game. She then earned four points on one goal and three assists last time out in the 16-5 win at Vanderbilt Sunday. In 2014, Cifarelli leads the team with 50 points, which is third-best in the conference. With her eight points, Cifarelli moved to No. 6 in the Ohio State all-time career points list with 173.
Baseball (18-13, 2-7 Big Ten) Head coach: Greg Beals
The Ohio State baseball team posted season highs in runs and hits in an 11-6 win over Ohio Tuesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Buckeyes topped Toledo, 7-2, Wednesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Ohio State suffered a 3-2 defeat to Nebraska Friday night at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park, also falling to the Cornhuskers on Michael Pritchard's two-run, walk-off single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth Saturday afternoon and being edged, 2-1, on a walk-off single by Tanner Lubach in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday afternoon.
The Buckeyes next host Eastern Michigan at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday.
In the third and final round of play at the Irish Creek Collegiate, the Ohio State men's golf team carded a 10-over 294 bringing its tournament total to 21-over 873. The two-day tournament was played on the par-71, 7,099-yard course at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C. The Buckeyes ranked fifth among the 16 teams competing.
Representing the Scarlet and Gray, Boo Timko put together an even 213 performance, with a 2-over 73 scored in the third. The Buckeye junior dropped six birdies on the day, totaling 17 for the tournament. Among individual competitors, Timko finished in an 8th-place tie.
Next on the agenda, the Buckeyes will play host to the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, April 12-13. The tournament will take place on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club.
Ohio State had a bye weekend; the Buckeyes will journey to Jacksonville, Fla., April 7-8, for the 2014 Web.com Intercollegiate. The two-day tournament is co-hosted by Jacksonville University and North Florida and will be played on par 72, 5,967-yard Marsh Landing Country Club.
Ohio State had a bye weekend; the Buckeyes continue the postseason at the 2014 NCAA Championships April 10-12 at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Qualifying will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. ET, while the team and all-around finals will be held Friday at 7 p.m. ET and the individual event finals will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
In the Buckeyes' last rotation, the team tallied a 48.225 on balance beam. Aepli and Shaffer each paced the Buckeyes with a 9.750.
No. 19 Men's Lacrosse (4-6, 1-0 ECAC) Head coach: Nick Myers
The Ohio State men's lacrosse team downed Delaware, 15-9, Sunday afternoon on the road in Newark, Del.
Buckeye junior Jesse King led Ohio State with seven assists and eight points and was one of 10 Buckeyes with at least one point in the game. King's seven assists were one shy of the Buckeye-record eight Joel Dalgarno recorded March 29, 2008 and marked the fourth seven-assist game in Buckeye history. The eight points were a career best for King after a seven-point day in the Buckeyes' last game vs. Jacksonville March 29.
In his first career start, sophomore Ryan Hunter had four points on two goals and two assists, while juniors David Planning and Reegan Comeault each had three points on two goals and an assist. Freshman J.T. Blubaugh had his first career two-goal game and sophomore Carter Brown also scored twice. Chris Mahoney, making his first start at close defense, scored his first career goal, while senior Michael Italiano and sophomore Kacy Kapinos each netted their first goal of the season. Senior goalie Scott Spencer made nine saves in the win.
Next up for the Buckeyes is an ECAC Lacrosse League matchup against Michigan in the Showdown in the Shoe at 11 a.m. Saturday prior to the Ohio State football team's spring game.
The No. 17 Ohio State women's lacrosse team was dominant under the lights at Michigan Stadium, posting an 18-3 win Wednesday evening in Ann Arbor.
Junior Kelsea Ayers had a team-high six points on five goals and an assist to lead the Buckeyes offensively. Senior Katie Chase added with four goals, while junior Jackie Cifarelli notched five assists to help fuel the offensive output production by a total of eight Buckeyes who found the back of net.
Ohio State was in total control Sunday afternoon, defeating Vanderbilt, 16-5, at the Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex in Nashville, Tenn.
Junior Jennifer Porretto led the offensive charge, posting a career-high six points (4g, 2a) to lead the Buckeyes. Eight different Buckeyes had a point, including five members who notched at least four points. Along with Porretto, senior Cara Facchina (2g, 2a), Cifarelli (1g, 3a) and Mary Kate Facchina (3g, 1a) and sophomore Cian Dabrowski (3g, 1a) each had four points.
Defensively, junior goalie Tori DeScenza improved to 10-4 this year, earning 12 saves and five groundballs.
Ohio State will next host Penn State at 1 p.m. April 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The contest will be the team's Senior Day.
The No. 2 Ohio State rowing team posted six wins Saturday at the Oregon State Classic at Dexter Lake in Lowell, Ore., earning victories over No. 9 Michigan, No. 11 Stanford, No. 20 Oregon State and Duke. The first varsity eight and second varsity four each claimed two wins to finish the day undefeated.
The second varsity four opened the morning session of racing, earning the first win of the day for the Buckeyes after posting a time of 7:20.20 to beat Michigan (7:32.70), Oregon State `B' (7:50.48) and Oregon State `C' (8:09.21) to the line. The second varsity four claimed its second win of the day and the first of three additional Buckeye wins in the first race of the afternoon session, clocking a 7:21.36 to finish ahead of Michigan (7:25.96) and Oregon State `B' (7:50.48).
The Buckeyes closed out the morning of racing in the first varsity eight in a time of 6:24.70 to post a first-place finish. The crew claimed its second win of the day in the afternoon session after crossing the line in 6:24.50.
The first varsity four and second varsity eight each claimed one win.
The Buckeyes next travel to Iowa City, Iowa, April 12 to compete against Iowa and No. 17 Louisville.
Fifth-ranked Michigan scored the game's only run with two outs in the top of the first inning in a 1-0 victory over Ohio State Saturday at the Wilpon Complex in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ohio State dropped a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon to fifth-ranked Michigan at UM's Wilpon Complex. The Wolverines won the first game, 10-0, and followed that up with a 9-1 victory in the second game.
The Buckeyes return to action on Wednesday, April 9 when they host in-state foe Ohio for a doubleheader at Buckeye Field. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.
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 (32-2, 8-0 Big Ten) Head coach: Ty Tucker
The No. 1 Ohio State men's tennis team defeated Minnesota, 5-2, Friday evening at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Buckeyes extended their Big Ten regular-season match win streak to 90-consecutive victories after defeating No. 70 Wisconsin, 7-0, Sunday afternoon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis.
Senior Peter Kobelt won his 15th match at No. 1 singles to clinch match point for the Buckeyes, defeating Alexander Kokorev in straight sets 7-5, 6-1. Kobelt, a native of New Albany, is now 22-7 overall in 2014.
The Buckeyes will finish a three-game road swing April 9 at Kentucky.
The Ohio State women's tennis team extended its home win streak to eight-consecutive matches with a 7-0 victory vs. No. 55 Minnesota at the Varsity Tennis Center Friday night.
The Buckeyes defeated Big Ten foe Wisconsin, 6-1, Sunday afternoon inside the Varsity Tennis Center, also shutting out Wright State, 7-0, Sunday evening inside the Varsity Tennis Center.
Ohio State is a perfect 10-0 at home this year and the whitewash of the Raiders was the team's eighth shutout of 2014.
Up next, the Buckeyes will close their home schedule with two home Big Ten matches. The squad hosts Indiana at 1 p.m. Friday and Purdue at noon Sunday on Senior Day. Both matches are scheduled to be played outdoors on the Varsity Tennis Courts.
The Ohio State men's track and field team finished in second place Saturday afternoon at the LSU Battle on the Bayou in Baton Rouge, La. The Buckeyes finished the day with a team score of 106 points. Host and eighth-ranked LSU was the team champion with 166 points.
Ohio State won two events and was once again led by sophomore All-American Billy Stanley in the javelin. The 2013 Big Ten champion cleared 73.38 meters (242-3.00) for his second win in as many meets this outdoor season and finished 27 feet ahead of the second-place mark.
The other winner for the Buckeyes was junior Josh Sabo, who finished the 1500-meter run in a personal-best time of 3:49.25.
The Buckeyes sent three distance runners out to California this past weekend. Redshirt junior Jackson Neff ran a personal-best 8:53.45 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for a 13th-place finish at the Stanford Invitational, while graduate student Andy Arnold and redshirt sophomore Blake Taneff both ran personal-bests for second place finishes in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs, respectively.
Ohio State competes at the Spec Towns National Team Invitational in Athens, Ga., April 12.
The Ohio State women's track and field team placed third overall at the LSU Battle on the Bayou Saturday afternoon in Baton Rouge, La.
Senior Ashlee Abraham was the top performer for the Scarlet and Gray, posting outstanding marks in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Abraham, a native of Detroit, was the runner-up in the 100 meters in a season-best time of 11.38 and the fourth-place finisher in the 200 meters in a personal-best time of 23.33.
Sophomore Alexis Franklin and freshman Aaliyah Barnes continued their outstanding starts to the outdoor season, cruising to first-place finishes in the 400-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash, respectively. Franklin posted a season-best time of 58.65 in the long hurdles, while Barnes crossed the 400-meter finish line in 53.58 seconds. Franklin's winning time ranks seventh in Division I this season.
Ohio State dominated the 3000-meter run, claiming first and third in the event. Junior Michelle Thomas captured first place in a meet-record time of 9:43.60, while sophomore Helen Willman was third in 9:56.94.
The Buckeyes will send a handful of women to this weekend's All-Ohio Championships in Athens before playing host to the Jesse Owens Track Classic April 18-19 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
No. 15 Men's Volleyball (11-14, 6-7 MIVA) Head coach: Pete Hanson
The Ohio State men's volleyball team's comeback fell short Friday night as the Buckeyes dropped a 3-2 (25-19, 25-22, 16-25, 24-26, 15-10) match to No. 14 IPFW in St. John Arena.
Ohio State capped the weekend with a 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23) win at George Mason Sunday afternoon.
Lutz finished with a match-high 19 kills while Guessous totaled 15 kills with four blocks (1s, 3a). Blough had 48 assists and a career-best six blocks (2s, 4a). Piechowski tied a season-best with 13 digs and Neary finished with eight kills and five blocks (1s, 4a).
The Buckeyes close out the regular season at home, hosting No. 1 Loyola in St. John Arena, April 11. The match is set for 7 p.m. ET and the team will honor four seniors prior to the match - Danny Baker, Peter Heinen, Jonathan Newton and Piechowski.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
4.8.14 - 4.22.14
Tuesday, April 8
Baseball vs. Eastern Michigan, 6:35 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium
Synchronized Swimming vs. U.S. Senior National Championships, TBA
Oro Valley, Ariz.
Women's Golf vs. Webcam Collegiate, All Day
Wednesday, April 9
Men's Tennis vs. Kentucky, 2 p.m.
Softball vs. Ohio, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Field
Baseball vs. Dayton, 6:35 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium
Softball vs. Ohio, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Field
Thursday, April 10
Men's Gymnastics vs. NCAA Qualifier, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.