Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff
May 9, 2016

Athletes of the Week

  • Miles Johnson, men’s volleyball
    • Johnson was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Valuable Player after his stellar week, capped by a 15-kill performance in the championship-clinching match against BYU.
  • Cammi Prantl, softball
    • The senior and Ohio native broke the program’s all-time career hits record this weekend, collecting her 244th hit on a fifth-inning single in Sunday’s game. She also set the career doubles record on Wednesday and had an incredible 8-for-11 this weekend at the plate. On Saturday and Sunday she was a combined 8-for-8 with four RBI.

Men’s Volleyball

  • Ohio State captured its second national championship in program history with a three-set sweep against top-seeded BYU (32-30, 25-23, 25-17) in the championship match. The Buckeyes took down George Mason in the play-in match and defeated UCLA in the NCAA semifinals.
  • In addition to Johnson’s performance, Driss Guessous and Blake Leeson combined for 21 kills on 27 attacks. National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen also added 10 kills against BYU.
  • OSU concludes the season with the most wins since 1978 (32-3) and finished its season on a 23-match winning streak.

No. 5 Men’s Tennis (30-2, 11-0 B1G)

  • Competitors have been announced for the NCAA Singles Championships and Mikael Torpegaard has been selected as the No. 1 overall seed. He also received an invitation to the doubles championships with Herkko Pollanen and Hugo Di Feo was invited to compete in the singles championships.

No. 5 Women’s Tennis (28-2, 11-0 B1G)

  • Freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo and the doubles team of junior Miho Kowase and sophomore Anna Sanford have been selected for the NCAA Championships. Di Lorenzo is the No. 3 overall seed while Kowase and Sanford made it in as an at-large selection.
  • Di Lorenzo is the third Buckeye to earn a berth in the NCAA singles championship and the first since 2002, while Kowase and Sanford are the fourth doubles tandem to make it and the first since 2001.
  • In addition to their postseason competition schedules being announced, Di Lorenzo was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and was the unanimous choice for Freshman of the Year. She was joined by juniors Gabriella De Santis as well as Kowase and Sanford on the All-Big Ten Team. Melissa Schaub was deemed the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.

Baseball (31-16-1, 10-8-1 B1G)

  • Hosting UAB for a midweek series and Iowa over the weekend, the Buckeyes came out with three victories, reaching 30 wins for the fifth straight season.
  • In the 12-3 win over the Blazers Ohio State drew an amazing 15 walks and knocked around 15 hits. Jacob Barnwell drew three free passes himself and added two hits, scoring three times. The OSU bullpen also tossed 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out six.
  • Against the Hawkeyes, Ohio State took two wins, both in shutout fashion (6-0 and 3-0). Tanner Tully’s seven scoreless innings highlighted the 6-0 win, while four pitchers combined to shutout Iowa in Sunday’s 3-0 triumph. Ronnie Dawson had a pair of RBI in each contest.

Women’s Golf

  • Ohio State qualified for the 2016 NCAA Championships after finishing third in the 18-team field at the NCAA Stanford Regional. This will be the fourth trip to NCAA’s in the last six seasons for the Scarlet and Gray.
  • Led by Rio Watanabe and her sixth place finish (71-72-69, -1) the Buckeyes will be making their 20th all-time trip to the NCAA Championships. Teammate Jessica Porvasnik also shot a 2-under 69 during the tournament, tying Watanabe for lowest OSU round.

Softball (32-17-1, 13-9-1 B1G)

  • The Buckeyes wrapped up their regular season last week with games against Kent State and Michigan State.
  • Both Ohio State wins last week came in walk-off fashion: Emily Clark’s bases loaded walk against the Golden Flashes gave her team a 4-3 win and Maddy McIntyre’s three-run home run capped a 9-7 victory over the Spartans. It was McIntyre’s third walk-off hit of the season.

Men’s Lacrosse

  • Robby Haus and Jake Withers were named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Specialist of the Year, respectively. The duo also earned All-Big Ten First Team honors.
  • Haus is the third Buckeye to take home a league defensive player of the year award in the last five years. In all, Ohio State has now garnered eight conference player of the year awards since 2010.

Women’s Lacrosse

  • Three members of the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team have been named to the 2016 All-Big Ten team. Among the honorees are senior attack Cian Dabrowski, junior defender Christina Turner and sophomore defender Shannon Rosati.
  • Their play has helped Ohio State set program records this season with its 11-1 start to the season, its nine-game winning streak, and a No. 8 Top 20 ranking in the Inside Lacrosse poll Athletics
  • On Sunday, 147 current and former Ohio State student-athletes received their degree at spring semester commencement in Ohio Stadium. Among the graduates were national champions, Big Ten Medal of Honor winners, and All-Americans.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Tuesday, May 10

  • Baseball vs. Florida Atlantic, 6:35 – Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, May 11

  • Baseball vs. Florida Atlantic, 6:35 – Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, May 12

  • Softball – Big Ten Tournament, First Round – State College, Pa.

Friday, May 13

  • Women’s Tennis vs. Youngstown State (NCAA First Round), 1 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball vs. Michigan, 6:35 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball – Big Ten Tournament, First Round – State College, Pa.
  • Track & Field – Big Ten Outdoor Championships – Lincoln, Neb.

Saturday, May 14

  • Men’s Tennis vs. Tennessee Tech (NCAA First Round), 1 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball vs. Michigan, 3:05 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Tennis – NCAA Second Round, 4 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball – Big Ten Tournament, First Round – State College, Pa.
  • Track & Field – Big Ten Outdoor Championships – Lincoln, Neb.
  • Rowing – Big Ten Championships – Indianapolis, Ind.

Sunday, May 15

  • Baseball vs. Michigan, 3 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Track & Field – Big Ten Outdoor Championships – Lincoln, Neb.
  • Rowing – Big Ten Championships – Indianapolis, Ind.