Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff
April 18, 2016

Athlete of the Week

  • Alex Johnson, men’s gymnastics
    • The senior captain won a national championship on high bar on the final routine of his college career, earning a season-best score of 15.200. He’s the first individual national champion at Ohio State since 2013 and the first on the high bar since 2005. Johnson ends his career a three-time All-American.

No. 3 Men’s Gymnastics (27-6)

  • As a team, the Buckeyes placed third at the 2016 NCAA Championships, the highest team finish since 2005.
  • Including Johnson, six Scarlet and Gray gymnasts were named All-Americans, the most in a single season in school history. Sean Melton, Alec Yoder, Seth Delbridge, Alex Wilson, and Emeric Quade all earned All-America distinctions at the meet.


  • In front of a spring game record crowd of 100,189 the Gray team beat the Scarlet team 28-17 behind 196 passing yards and three touchdowns from Joe Burrow.
  • Malik Hooker had the longest play of the day, an 82-yard interception return.


  • Three Buckeyes officially secured their spots at the 2016 Summer Olympics: Eleanor Harvey will represent Canada and Mona Shaito will represent Lebanon, both in the women’s foil. Jason Pryor, a 2009 graduate, will represent the United States in the men’s epee.

No. 2 Men’s Volleyball (26-3, 15-1 MIVA)

  • Opening up play in the MIVA conference tournament, the Buckeyes quickly dispatched IPFW 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-17) to earn a spot in the semifinals this Wednesday.
  • The offense attacked at a .465 clip and had six service aces. Christy Blough assisted on 37 of 42 Buckeye kills and provided two of the aces. Nicolas Szerszen and Miles Johnson contributed 16 and 13 kills, respectively.

Baseball (23-12, 4-5 B1G)

  • It was a good week for the Buckeyes, who went 4-1 against Morehead State and Rutgers.
  • To start the week, OSU beat the Eagles 1- 0 for its first shutout of the season. Austin Woodby threw five scoreless innings in the longest outing of his career and Ryan Leffel drove in the game’s only run.
  • In the series against the Scarlet Knights, starting pitchers John Havird and Adam Niemeyer combined for 13 innings pitched and just one earned run.
  • Ohio State walloped Rutgers 11-3 on Saturday thanks to six multi-hit games from Buckeye starters. Nick Sergakis, Troy Kuhn, and Tre’ Gantt each drove in a pair of runs as well.

No. 3 Rowing

  • Competing at the Clemson Invitational, Ohio State won nine total races over the two days.
  • Both the 1V8 and 2V8 boats finished the weekend undefeated against a field comprised of several top-20 teams.

Men’s Lacrosse (6-7, 1-3 B1G)

  • In the eighth annual Showdown in the Shoe, the Buckeyes dispatched Michigan 10-7, shutting out the Wolverines over the last 29:06 of game time.
  • Trevor Hodgins led his team with three goals, his first career hat trick. Carter Brown had four points on the afternoon (two goals, two assists) while Jake Withers won 13-of-21 faceoffs and had a game-high seven groundballs.

No. 5 Women’s Tennis (23-2, 9-0 B1G)

  • Facing a pair of teams from Illinois, Ohio State went a perfect 2-0 against the Illini and Northwestern.
  • The Buckeyes won every singles match of the weekend, led by Olivia Sneed who won 6-2, 6-2 against her Illinois opponent and 6-1, 6-1 against her Northwestern foe. No. 3 Francesca Di Lorenzo, Anna Sanford, and Miho Kowase also won all six combined singles matches in straight sets.

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (25-2, 9-0 B1G)

  • Ohio State made its final regular season road trip of the season last week, travelling to Minnesota and Wisconsin and bringing home a pair of 4-0 victories.
  • After its wins over the Gophers and Badgers, OSU still has yet to give up a point in conference play and has conceded just two points in its last nine matches.
  • No. 2 Mikael Torpegaard improved to 24-2 on the season with a dominant 6-0, 6-0 win on Sunday.

Softball (25-11-1, 9-4-1 B1G)

  • Ohio State started its week off with a 1-0 win over Dayton.
  • Shelby Hursh shut down the Flyers from inside the circle, tossing seven shutout innings with 13 strikeouts. Alex Bayne provided the lone run on a home run, her Big Ten-leading 18th of the season.

Men’s Golf

  • Ohio State had a fantastic final day at the Boilermaker Invitational, led by Will Grimmer’s 18th place finish, his team-leading sixth top-25 finish of the season.

Women’s Golf

  • Hosting the Lady Buckeye Invitational, Ohio State earned a runner-up finish in the 12-team field.
  • Five Buckeyes placed in the top-25 individually, with Jessica Porvasnik pacing her teammates with a 5th place effort.

Track & Field

  • A group of sprinters travelled to the Seminole Invitational and SoSo Walker wowed the crowd with a season-best time of 52.23 in the 400-meter dash, good for first place.
  • Walker’s time is the eighth fastest in the nation so far and the second-best in the Big Ten.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Tuesday, April 19

  • Softball at Ohio, 4 p.m. – Athens, Ohio
  • Softball at Ohio, 6:30 p.m. – Athens, Ohio
  • Baseball vs. Cincinnati, 6:35 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, April 20

  • Men’s Volleyball vs. McKendree (MIVA Semifinals), 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, April 21

  • Women’s Lacrosse at Rutgers, 7 p.m. – Piscataway, N.J.

Friday, April 22

  • Men’s Tennis vs. Northwestern, 6 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball vs. Purdue, 6 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball at Illinois, 7 p.m. – Champaign, Ill.
  • Track & Field – Jesse Owens Track & Field Classic – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Golf – Big Ten Championships, All Day – Newburgh, Ind.
  • Women’s Golf – Big Ten Championships, All Day – Indianapolis, Ind.

Saturday, April 23

  • Rowing vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, 11 a.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Soccer vs. Alumni, 12 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Soccer at West Virginia, 1 p.m. – Morgantown, W.V.
  • Softball vs. Purdue, 2 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Lacrosse vs. Notre Dame, 3 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Tennis at Indiana, 3 p.m. – Bloomington, Ind.
  • Baseball at Illinois, 7 p.m. – Champaign, Ill.
  • Track & Field – Jesse Owens Track & Field Classic – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Golf – Big Ten Championships, All Day – Newburgh, Ind.
  • Women’s Golf – Big Ten Championships, All Day – Indianapolis, Ind.

Sunday, April 24

  • Men’s Tennis vs. Illinois, 12 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball vs. Purdue, 1 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Tennis at Purdue, 2 p.m. – West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Baseball at Illinois, 2 p.m. – Champaign, Ill.
  • Men’s Lacrosse at Maryland, 7 p.m. – College Park, Md.
  • Men’s Golf – Big Ten Championships, All Day – Newburgh, Ind.
  • Women’s Golf – Big Ten Championships, All Day – Indianapolis, Ind.