Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff
April 25, 2016

Athletes of the Week

  • Katja Pogacar, women’s golf
    • The runner-up finisher at this weekend’s Big Ten Championships, Pogacar shot a 5-under 67 during the final round to help lead Ohio State to its third-straight Big Ten Championship.
  • Nicolas Szerszen, men’s volleyball
    • The sophomore helped lead Ohio State to the MIVA Tournament title thanks to his fantastic performances last week. He posted 23.5 points and six kills in the semifinals against McKendree, and his 21 kills in the championship match led all players.

No. 2 Men’s Volleyball (28-3, 15-1 MIVA)

  • Ohio State’s dominant season added another achievement to its list: MIVA Tournament champions. OSU defeated No. 12 Lewis in the championship game to capture the crown, its first since 2011.
  • The win punched Ohio State’s ticket to the NCAA Tournament, the first appearance for the team since 2011. It also extended the Buckeyes’ winning streak to 20 matches.
  • 2016 MIVA Player of the Year Szerszen was also named the tournament’s MVP, registering 21 kills in the decisive match against Lewis.
  • Christy Blough and Miles Johnson joined Szerszen on the All-MIVA Tournament team.

No. 5 Men’s Tennis (27-2, 11-0 B1G)

  • The Buckeyes won their 10th Big Ten Championship in 11 seasons after defeating both No. 14 Northwestern and No. 15 Illinois over the weekend.
  • Ohio State did not surrender a single point during conference play this season, the first time in Big Ten history a team has accomplished the feat.

No. 6 Women’s Tennis (25-2, 11-0 B1G)

  • After defeating both Indiana and Purdue, Ohio State claimed the outright Big Ten Championship, closing out its conference season by outscoring B1G opponents 69-1.
  • This is officially the first Big Ten title in program history, and the first championship of any kind since winning the regular season title in 2000.
  • Top performer Francesca Di Lorenzo improved to 31-4 on the season and 11-0 in B1G play, winning on the top court in each of her 11 matches.

Women’s Golf

  • Ohio State won its third consecutive Big Ten Championship over the weekend, its 14th since 1982.
  • The team carded the best round of the entire tournament on the final day, shooting an 8-under 280. In addition to the excellent play of Pogacar, Jessica Porvasnik (208, -8) and Rio Watanabe (214, -4) finished seventh and 12th overall, respectively.

Track & Field

  • Hosting the 31st annual Jesse Owens Track & Field Classic, the Buckeyes had several standout performers over the course of the weekend.
  • On the opening day of the competition, Allie Missler and Bill Stanley swept the javelin events, J.C. Murasky remained undefeated in the shot put, and Evan Stifel earned a personal-best time of 14:32.59 to win the 5000-meter run.
  • Five more first place finishes came for Ohio State on day two. Rachel Weber won the 800-meter run with a blazing time of 2:05.12, the second-best in school history and tops in the Big Ten so far this year. SoSo Walker won the 200-meter dash and was a part of the 4x400-meter relay team that took first. Aisha Cavin took the 400-meter dash with a time of 23.50, and the Buckeyes also placed first in the 4x100-meter relay.

Baseball (25-14-1, 5-7 B1G)

  • It was a 2-2 week for Ohio State last week, with victories coming against Cincinnati and Illinois. The Buckeyes scored nine runs in both wins.
  • The win over the Bearcats helped improve the Scarlet & Gray to 15-2 at home this season. Ronnie Dawson was 3-for-3 at the plate with a couple runs scored while teammate Nick Sergakis was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.
  • In the win over the Illini, Ohio State pounded out 15 hits with four coming from Dawson. Sergakis, Craig Nennig, Troy Kuhn, and Jalen Washington also all had multi-hit efforts.

Men’s Golf

  • Competing at the Big Ten Championships, Ohio State carded the second-lowest round of the entire tournament on the final day: a 5-under 283.
  • Will Grimmer was the top individual performer, placing 12th overall with scores of 70, 73, and 72 to put him at 1-under for the tournament.
  • Teammates Tee-k Kelly and Josh Wick joined Grimmer in the top-25.

Softball (29-12-1, 11-5-1 B1G)

  • The Buckeye went 4-1 last week with a doubleheader sweep of Ohio and a series win over conference foe Purdue. OSU scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in the series finale against the Boilermakers to complete the victory, with Maddy McIntyre delivering the walk-off hit.
  • Taylor White had a great week at the plate, hitting .500 and slugging .875 with three extra-base hits and five RBI. She was also effective on the base paths, stealing three bags.
  • In the circle Shelby Hursh made four appearances, striking out 21 batters in 20.1 innings pitched. Lena Springer and Morgan Ray each started games for Ohio State, allowing just two earned runs combined in 13 total innings.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
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Thursday, April 28

  • Track & Field – Penn Relays, TBA – Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Track & Field – Drake Relays, TBA – Des Moines, Iowa

Friday, April 29

  • Women’s Lacrosse vs. Northwestern, 5 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball at Indiana, 6 p.m. – Bloomington, Ind.
  • Baseball at Purdue, 6:30 p.m. – West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Women’s Tennis – Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota/Wisconsin, 10 a.m. – East Lansing, Mich.
  • Men’s Tennis – Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals vs. Wisconsin/Nebraska, 10 a.m. ET – Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Track & Field – Penn Relays, TBA – Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Track & Field – Drake Relays, TBA – Des Moines, Iowa

Saturday, April 30

  • Softball at Indiana, 1 p.m. – Bloomington, Ind.
  • Baseball at Purdue, 2 p.m. – West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Men’s Lacrosse vs. Rutgers, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Tennis – Big Ten Tournament Semifinals, 10 a.m. – East Lansing, Mich.
  • Men’s Tennis – Big Ten Tournament Semifinals, Noon ET – Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Track & Field – Penn Relays, TBA – Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Track & Field – Drake Relays, TBA – Des Moines, Iowa

Sunday, May 1

  • Softball at Indiana, 12 p.m. – Bloomington, Ind.
  • Baseball at Purdue, 1 p.m. – West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Women’s Tennis – Big Ten Tournament Championship, Noon – East Lansing, Mich.
  • Men’s Tennis – Big Ten Tournament Championship, 1 p.m. ET – Minneapolis, Minn.