A look back and a look ahead in Ohio State athletics
April 15, 2014
Athletes of the Week
Ohio State men's gymnastics freshman Sean Melton earned four All-America honors at the 2014 NCAA Championships, becoming the first freshman gymnast in program history to earn four All-American awards at one championship and the first Buckeye to claim four since Brandon Wynn (rings, parallel bars, high bar and all-around) in 2011. Melton competed on three events for the Buckeyes during the Individual Event Finals, scoring a 14.925 on vault for sixth-place, a 15.050 on parallel bars for sixth-place and a 15.225 on high bar for a third-place finish. The Orlando, Fla., native also finished third in the all-around during the Team and All-Around Finals, scoring an 88.40 to become the first Buckeye to earn a Top 3 finish in the all-around since Randy Monahan in 2004.
Baseball (21-15, 4-8 Big Ten) Head coach: Greg Beals
The Ohio State baseball team topped Eastern Michigan, 8-1, Tuesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Ohio State dropped an 8-5 decision to Dayton Wednesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Buckeyes were edged by Penn State, 5-4, in its series opener Friday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium, and Greg Greve tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout as the Ohio State baseball team topped Penn State 7-0 Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Behind two home runs and four runs batted in from Josh Dezse, the Ohio State baseball team picked up a 12-6 win over Penn State to win its series against the Nittany Lions Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Buckeyes return to action at West Virginia Tuesday, April 15, against Ball State at home Wednesday, April 16 and play a non-conference series against Murray State April 18-20.
Freshman Frederik Hammer is the 2014 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate individual co-champion, sharing the crown with Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans.
Hammer carded a 3-under 210 (70-69-71) to become the first Buckeye medalist in the Kepler since Brad Wright did so in 2009 playing as an individual. The last Ohio State medalist in any tournament was Alex Redfield winning the Marshall Invitational Sept. 12-13, 2011.
Next up for Ohio State is The Boilermaker Invitational (April 19-20) in West Lafayette, Ind., hosted by Purdue University.
The 27th-ranked Ohio State women's golf team boasted a final round score of 7-over 295 to conclude the Web.com Intercollegiate in third place. After three rounds of play, the Buckeyes carded a 13-over 877, to receive their third top-10 finish of the season.
Leading the way for the Scarlet and Gray were freshmen Katja Pogacar and Jessica Porvasnik, both of whom carded an even 216 to tie for 8th. Pogacar recorded a 2-over 74 in the third round, with eight birdies earned. Porvasnik dropped 10 birdies, with a final round score of 3-over 75.
Next up for the Buckeyes is the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational. Ohio State will host the tournament on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club, April 19-20.
The No. 3 Ohio State men's gymnastics team earned six All-American honors Saturday night during the NCAA Individual Event Finals at the Crisler Center, closing out the 2014 NCAA Championships with eight All-American honors to mark the first time since the 2005 season that the Buckeyes brought home eight accolades.
In addition, Sean Melton became the first freshman in program history to earn four All-American awards at one championship and the first Buckeye to claim four since Brandon Wynn did so (rings, parallel bars, high bar and all-around) in 2011.
Sophomore Jake Martin closed the three-day competition with two All-American accolades. The Oviedo, Fla., native scored an 86.80 to earn a fifth-place finish in the all-around during the NCAA Team Finals Friday night for his first honor before earning a second-place finish on high bar Saturday night after scoring a 15.475 on the event.
Redshirt junior Jeff Treleaven earned his third career All-America accolade on vault after scoring a 14.975 to finish fourth. The Glen Ellyn, Ill., native earned his first career laurel on the event in 2011 after finishing third overall, and his second career laurel on the event after tying for fifth-place in 2013.
Sophomore Alex Johnson rounded out the Buckeye All-Americans with his performance on high bar. The Marysville, Ohio, native notched a 14.950 for a sixth-place finish on the event, earning his first career accolade.
No. 19 Men's Lacrosse (5-6, 2-0 ECAC) Head coach: Nick Myers
In the 2014 Showdown in the Shoe, the Ohio State men's lacrosse team beat Michigan, 15-6, on a beautiful day in Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes, led by Jesse King with five goals and six points, scored 10 unanswered goals, shutting out the Wolverines for the final 35:24, en route to the win.
King matched his career high with five goals, while sophomore Ryan Hunter had a career-high four goals. Junior Turner Evans had four points on two goals and two assists, while sophomore Carter Brown had a hat trick and junior Reegan Comeault had three assists.
Freshman Jake Withers won 16 faceoffs for the Buckeyes and shared the team lead with Michael Italiano with six groundballs each. Senior goalie Scott Spencer made nine saves, moving to 3-1 on the year.
The Buckeyes, who have won their last three games and four of the last five, close their regular season home schedule at 1 p.m. Saturday vs. Air Force in Ohio Stadium on Senior Day. The team will then travel to Fairfield for the final regular season game April 26 before hosting the ECAC Tournament May 1 and 3 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The tournament winner earns the league's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
Offensively, Cifarelli led the Buckeyes with a game-high six points on one goal and five assists, while Chase posted four goals against the Nittany Lions. Chase, who leads the team with 41 goals in 2014, capped the 100-career point milestone following her first goal of the afternoon.
Also having big days on the attack were junior Jennifer Porretto, who had three goals, while Cian Dabrowski had a pair of scores for the Scarlet and Gray. Cifarelli leads the nation with 41 assists in 2014.
The Buckeyes improve to 8-1 at home in 2014 - the most home wins by a team in school history.
Ohio State concludes the 2014 home schedule, facing No. 11 Notre Dame at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. As always, admission is free.
Olivia O'Reilly pitched a complete game shutout in the first game and Evelyn Carrillo hit a game-tying grand slam in the second as the Ohio State softball team swept Ohio in a nonconference doubleheader on Wednesday evening at Buckeye Field.
Purdue's Paris Andrew hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning to score the game's only run as the Boilermakers earned a 1-0 victory over Ohio State in the first game of a three-game Big Ten series at Buckeye Field.
Sophomore Cammi Prantl and junior Taylor Watkins combined to go 6-for-7 with three RBI and four runs scored as Ohio State blanked Purdue, 8-0, on Saturday afternoon at Buckeye Field.
Training 5-0 after five and a half innings, the Ohio State softball team fought back to within a run but could not push across the equalizer in a 5-4 loss to Purdue on Sunday afternoon in front of a season-high crowd of 1,598.
Ohio State returns to action on Tuesday, April 15, when it travels to Wright State for a single game beginning at 6 p.m.
Tallying an overall score of 57 points, the Ohio State synchronized swimming team won the 2014 U.S. Senior National Championship Saturday in Oro Valley, Ariz.
Performing outside at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center, the Buckeyes collected three medals en route to their first-place team finish and the program's first U.S. Senior National title since the 2010-11 season.
The meet marks Ohio State's final event of the 2014 campaign. The Buckeyes captured five first-place finishes and two second-place finishes on the year, including a second-place finish at the North Regional Championships and U.S. Collegiate Championships.
No. 1 Men's Tennis (25-3, 9-0 Big Ten) Head coach: Ty Tucker
The No. 1 Ohio State men's tennis team fell to No. 14 Kentucky, 4-1, Wednesday afternoon in Lexington, Ky. The Buckeyes (23-3) battled in a three and a half hour match and dropped a close doubles point that included two tiebreakers.
Ohio State continued its home dominance with a 4-3 win over the No. 41 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Friday evening at the Varsity Tennis Center.
The Buckeyes defeated No. 36 Purdue, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Schwartz Tennis Center in West Lafayette, Ind.
Buckeyes will return home for senior weekend, hosting Iowa at 6 p.m. April 18 and No. 62 Nebraska at Noon April 20. As always, admission is free.
The 49th-ranked Ohio State women's tennis team captured its 11th-straight win at the Varsity Tennis Center Friday afternoon, shutting out No. 41 Indiana, 7-0.
In its home season finale, Ohio State dominated No.37 Purdue, 5-2, on Senior Day, to secure a perfect 12-0 ledger at the Varsity Tennis Center this spring.
Up next, Ohio State will conclude the regular season on the road playing Iowa April 18 in Iowa City, Iowa, before facing Nebraska April 20 in Lincoln, Neb. Ohio State will then compete in the Big Ten Tournament April 24-28 in Evanston, Ill.
Sophomore Billy Stanley picked up his third win in the javelin in as many weeks, highlighting the weekend trip to Athens, Ga., and the Spec Towns National Team Invitational for the Ohio State men's track and field team.
Stanley cleared 72.97 meters (239-5.00), defeating the runner-up athlete by over 21 feet. The South Park, Pa., native is currently ranked No.5 nationally in the event with a mark of 74.38 meters (244-0.25) set at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational in March.
Sophomore Julian Vann was also a winner for the Buckeyes, posting a season-best mark of 15.48 meters (50-9.50) in the triple jump. Senior Demoye Bogle captured first in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.38.
The Buckeyes next compete at the Jesse Owens Memorial Classic April 18-19 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
Sophomore Minori Minagawa used a personal-best time of 36:34.58 to win the 10,000-meter run Saturday at the 2014 All-Ohio Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio, highlighting the weekend trip for the Ohio State women's track and field team.
In the sprints, sophomore Aaliyah Everson used a personal-best time of 23.68 to place second overall in the 200.
Ohio State returns to action next Friday and Saturday, April 18-19, as hosts of the Jesse Owens Track Classic.
No. 15 Men's Volleyball (11-15, 6-8 MIVA) Head coach: Pete Hanson
The Ohio State men's volleyball team issued the first blow against No.1 Loyola, winning the opening set 25-19 before the Ramblers (24-1, 14-0 MIVA) took the final three frames and the match (25-19, 21-25, 19-25, 22-25).
Redshirt junior Andrew Lutz came up just one dig shy of his third double-double this season, finishing with a team-high 13 kills and nine digs. Freshman Miles Johnson joined Lutz in the double-digit kills club Friday night, putting away a dozen attacks while swinging at a .269 clip (12-5-26). It marks Lutz' 15th match with 10 or kills this season, and the eighth such performance for Johnson. Redshirt freshman Driss Guessous was Ohio State's most efficient attacker, posting a .308 hitting percentage (7-3-13).
Ohio State is the No. 5 seed for the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and will travel to IPFW to take on the fourth-seeded Mastodons Saturday (April 19) at 7 p.m. ET in the Hilliard Gates Sports Center.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
4.15.14 - 4.29.14
Tuesday, April 15
Women's Lacrosse vs. Notre Dame, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Baseball vs. West Virginia, 6 p.m.
Morgantown, W. Va.
Wednesday, April 16
Baseball vs. Ball State, 6:35 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium