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April 30, 2014

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  • The second-ranked and No. 1 seed Ohio state men's tennis team (30-3) won its eighth Big Ten tournament title in nine years after defeating second seed Illinois, 4-2, Sunday in the championship final at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts in East Lansing, Mich. With the title, the Buckeyes have now won 10 tournament championships in program history, including nine tournament crowns under director of tennis and head coach Ty Tucker.

  • Ohio State women's golf freshman Jessica Porvasnik became the 10th Buckeye to earn Big Ten Medalist honors Sunday afternoon, dipping under par with a 71 in the final round of the Big Ten Tournament to beat out classmate Zoe-Beth Brake and lead the Buckeyes to their 15th Big Ten Women's Golf Championship. The title marks Porvasnik's second individual crown this season, as she also won the Westbrook Spring Invitational in February.
Baseball (25-19, 6-9 Big Ten)
Head coach: Greg Beals
  • The Ohio State baseball team dropped a 4-3 decision at Purdue on Kyle Wood's walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th inning Friday night at Alexander Field.
  • Ryan Riga tossed 7.2 scoreless frames to lift the Ohio State baseball team over Purdue, 2-0, Saturday afternoon at Alexander Field.
  • Ohio State cruised to an 11-2 series-clinching victory over Purdue Sunday afternoon at Alexander Field.
  • The Buckeyes next travel to Louisville for a 6 p.m. matchup Wednesday.
Men's Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
  • Ohio State had a bye weekend; next up for the Buckeyes is postseason play, starting with the Big Ten Championships May 2-4 in French Lick, Ind.
No. 22 Women's Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
  • Ohio State seized its 15th Big Ten Women's Golf Championship in school history, sharing the 2014 title with co-champions Michigan State. Ohio State was paced by conference medalist Jessica Porvasnik and runner-up Zoe-Beth Brake, both freshmen.
  • Porvasnik becomes the 10th different Buckeye to earn Big Ten medalist honors in school history. The Buckeye duo was tied for first entering Sunday. Porvasnik's 216 total bested the field by three strokes while Brake beat out No. 41 Hana Lee of Northwestern by birding hole 17 and concluding with a three-day score of 219.
  • The Buckeyes, along with 23 additional schools, are headed to the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., with the top eight teams and top two individuals from non-qualifying teams advancing to the NCAA Championships May 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
No. 19 Men's Lacrosse (6-7, 3-1 ECAC)
Head coach: Nick Myers
  • The Ohio State men's lacrosse team ended the regular season with a 7-5 loss on the road at No. 14/17 Fairfield Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes, with a 3-1 record in ECAC Lacrosse League play, end conference play as tri-champions with Air Force and Fairfield. It is the first conference title for the Buckeyes in the ECAC and the program's first share of a crown since 2008 when the team competed in the Great Western Lacrosse League.
  • Buckeye junior leading scorer Jesse King, a Tewaaraton Award nominee, defenseman Chris Mahoney, Ryan Hunter and John Kelly all scored goals for Ohio State.
  • For the game, Ohio State outshot Fairfield, 28-25. Scott Spencer, starting his sixth game in a row, made nine saves in all 60 minutes. He has a 7.35 goals-against average this season, with a .567 save percentage, along with a 4-2 ledger.
  • Ohio State which had its four-game winning streak ended, returns home to host the ECAC Tournament this week. The semifinals will be at 5 and 8 p.m. Thursday, with the final at 5 p.m. Saturday.
No. 16 Women's Lacrosse (12-5, 4-2 ALC)
Head coach: Alexis Venechanos
  • Junior goalie Tori DeScenza had 12 saves and sophomore attack Cian Dabrowski had four points (3g, 1a), but the tenth-ranked Ohio State women's lacrosse team fell, 8-7, at No. 9 Johns Hopkins Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md.
  • Offensively, Dabrowski had a team-high four points, collecting her fifth hat trick of the season, while junior midfielder Jennifer Porretto had a pair of goals and an assist and senior attack Cara Facchina had a goal and an assist. Freshman Allie Ogilvie also scored a goal and junior Jackie Cifarelli picked up an assist vs. Hopkins.
  • DeScenza led the way with 12 saves, facing 31 shots. Junior Mary Kate Facchina and sophomore Christine Easton has four groundballs, while junior Taylor Donahue had three groundballs and a caused turnover.
  • The Buckeyes will now prepare for the 2014 ALC Tournament and will be the No. 2 seed, facing No. 7 seed Michigan at 7 p.m. CT Thursday, May 1 in Evanston, Ill.
No. 3 Rowing
Head coach: Andy Teitelbaum
  • Ohio State had a bye weekend; the Buckeyes close the regular season Saturday, May 3 against Michigan State and Louisville at Belleville Lake in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Softball (20-23, 6-9 Big Ten)
Head coach: Kelly Kovach Schoenly
  • Pitchers Shelby Hursh and Olivia O'Reilly combined to allow just one run and Taylor Watkins notched four hits as the Ohio State softball team swept a doubleheader from Penn State on Wednesday at Buckeye Field.
  • O'Reilly earned her team-leading 10th win of the year by pitching six scoreless innings while Watkins provided what proved to be the game winning run in the third inning with a solo home run to left center field in game one (OSU 3, PSU 1).
  • Hursh pitched her third complete game of the season, limiting Penn State to just three hits while striking out nine. At the plate, senior Evelyn Carrillo hit a solo home run, the 200th hit of her career, while Watkins had a pair of doubles in the winning effort in game two (OSU 3, PSU 1).
  • Behind the pitching of O'Reilly, a two-run home run by Cammi Prantl and some key defensive plays late in the game, the Ohio State softball team defeated No. 25 Northwestern, 3-1, on Friday evening at Buckeye Field Friday.
  • Prantl hit a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to plant the winning runs for Ohio State in an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over No. 25 Northwestern Saturday.
  • Carillo and Leesa Gresham made sure their last game at Buckeye Field was one to remember, as the duo combined 5-for-6 with five RBI in Ohio State's 7-4 victory of No. 25 Northwestern on Sunday afternoon.
  • The Buckeyes have now won five straight headed into next weekend's final regular season series at Iowa.
No. 2 Men's Tennis (30-3)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
  • The second-ranked and No. 1 seed Ohio state men's tennis team (30-3) won its eighth Big Ten tournament title in nine years after defeating second seed Illinois, 4-2, Sunday in the championship final at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts in East Lansing, Mich.
  • With the title, the Buckeyes have now won 10 tournament championships in program history, including nine tournament crowns under director of tennis and head coach Ty Tucker.
  • Redshirt junior Hunter Callahan, who leads the team with 32 overall victories in 2014, claimed match point for the Buckeyes, winning 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 against Ross Guignon on court No. 5. With the memorable win, the 2014 second team All-Big ten honoree extends his singles win streak to 11-consectutive matches.
  • The Buckeyes defeated Michigan State, 4-2, on Friday and Northwestern, 4-0, Saturday to advance to the championship match.
  • Under Tucker, Ohio State has now claimed at least 30 wins in eight-consecutive years as the team will now prepare for NCAA play in two weeks. The NCAA Men's Tennis Selection show will be web streamed live on ncaasports.com at 5 p.m. April 29. The singles and doubles selection will take place at 6 p.m. April 30.
Women's Tennis (19-8)
Head coach: Melissa Schaub
  • The third-seeded Ohio State women's tennis team fell to second-seeded and 16th-ranked Northwestern, 4-0, in the semifinals of the 2014 Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament at the Combe Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill., Saturday.
  • The third-seeded Ohio State women's tennis team defeated No. 6-seed Minnesota, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament Friday afternoon at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill., advancing to the Big Ten Semifinals for the first time since 2011.
  • Ohio State now awaits a possible at-large spot into the NCAA Tournament. The 64-team bracket will be announced at 5:30 p.m. ET Tuesday on NCAA.com.
Men's Track and Field
Head coach: Ed Beathea
  • The Ohio State men's track and field team competed at the Arkansas State Red Wolves Open Friday and Saturday in Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Two Buckeyes were victorious on the weekend. Freshman LaMar Bruton took the title in the 400-meter dash in a season-best time of 46.88, while junior Josh Sabo won the 1500-meter Invitational in 3:50.18.
  • Ohio State returns to action next weekend, May 2-3, at the Dave Rankin Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.

Women's Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
  • Sophomore Alexis Franklin turned in a season-best time of 57.81 seconds to win the 400-meter hurdles Friday afternoon at the 2014 Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Franklin, a native of Millersville, Md., defeated runner-up Kayla Stueckle of Washington by .15 seconds with the 12th-fastest time in Division I this season. Her season-best time is .35 seconds shy of her personal best, set last season at the Big Ten championships.
  • On Thursday night, junior Michelle Thomas used a personal-best time of 34:49.11 to place second in the 10,000-meter run. The runner-up time by Thomas is the third best in school history.
  • The Ohio State Distance Medley team - sophomore Tammy Berger, Franklin, freshman Rachel Weber and junior Katie Borchers - combined for a school outdoor-record time of 11:31.05 Saturday afternoon at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, highlighting the final day of competition for the Buckeyes.
  • Ohio State returns to action next weekend, May 2-3, at the Dave Rankin Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
4.29.14 - 5.13.14

Wednesday, May 30

  • Baseball vs. Louisville, 6 p.m.
    Louisville, Ky.
Thursday, May 1
  • Women's Lacrosse vs. ALC Tournament, TBA
    Evanston, Ill.

  • Men's Lacrosse vs. Semifinals, TBA
    Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Friday, May 2
  • Softball vs. Iowa, 7 p.m.
    Iowa City, Iowa

  • Men's Golf vs. Big Ten Championship, All Day
    French Lick, Ind.

  • Women's Lacrosse vs. ALC Tournament, TBA
    Evanston, Ill.

  • Women's Track vs. Purdue Invite, TBA
    West Lafayette, Ind.
Saturday, May 3
  • Softball vs. Iowa, 3 p.m.
    Iowa City, Iowa

  • Baseball vs. Iowa, 3:05 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

  • Men's Lacrosse vs. ECAC Championship, 5 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

  • Women's Rowing vs. Michigan State, 9 a.m.
    Ann Arbor, Mich.

  • Women's Rowing vs. Louisville, 1 p.m.
    Ann Arbor, Mich.

  • Men's Golf vs. Big Ten Championship, All Day
    French Lick, Ind.

  • Men's Track vs. Purdue Dave Rankin Invite, TBA
    West Lafayette, Ind.

  • Women's Track vs. Purdue Invite, TBA
    West Lafayette, Ind.

  • Women's Lacrosse vs. ALC Tournament, TBA
    Evanston, Ill.
Sunday, May 4
  • Softball vs. Iowa, 2 p.m.
    Iowa City, Iowa

  • Baseball vs. Iowa, 3:05 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

  • Women's Lacrosse vs. ALC Tournament, TBA
    Evanston, Ill.

  • Men's Golf vs. Big Ten Championship, All Day
    French Lick, Ind.
Monday, May 5
  • Baseball vs. Iowa, 7:05 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium
Tuesday, May 6
  • Baseball vs. Miami (OH), 6:35 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium
Thursday, May 8
  • Softball vs. Big Ten Tournament, TBA
    Chicago, Ill.
Friday, May 9
  • Baseball vs. Michigan, 6 p.m.
    Ann Arbor, Mich.

  • Softball vs. Big Ten Tournament, TBA
    Chicago, Ill.

  • Women's Lacrosse vs. NCAA First and Second Rounds, TBA
    TBD
Saturday, May 10
  • Baseball vs. Michigan, 2 p.m.
    Ann Arbor, Mich.

  • Softball vs. Big Ten Tournament, TBA
    Chicago, Ill.
Sunday, May 11
  • Baseball vs. Michigan, 12 p.m.
    Ann Arbor, Mich.

  • Women's Lacrosse vs. NCAA First and Second Rounds, TBA
    TBD

  • Softball vs. Big Ten Tournament, TBA
    Chicago, Ill.
Tuesday, May 13
  • Baseball vs. Cincinnati, 6:35 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium
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