A look back and a look ahead in Ohio State athletics
May 13, 2014
Athletes of the Week
Ohio State baseball freshman Tanner Tully tossed a complete-game shutout in a 1-0 win at Michigan Friday evening. The freshman scattered seven hits and struck out three to improve to 6-2 on the year. The Big Ten's ERA leader, Tully allowed just two runners to reach second base. He tossed a career-best 9.0 innings, throwing a career-high 117 pitches, 80 for strikes and has pitched at least 7.0 innings in all seven of his starts in Big Ten play.
Ohio State softball junior Caitlin Conrad hit .273 last week at the Big Ten Tournament with two home runs and four RBI. In Ohio State's 6-2 victory over Penn State, she hit a three-run home run in the second inning to give the Buckeyes a 5-0 lead. The next day against second-seeded and 18th-ranked Nebraska, she hit a solo home run in the third inning. Ohio State went on to win the game in extra innings, 7-5. For her efforts, Conrad was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team.
Baseball (28-24, 9-12 Big Ten) Head coach: Greg Beals
The Ohio State baseball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Miami Tuesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Tanner Tully pitched a complete-game shutout to lead the Ohio State baseball team to a 1-0 series-opening win over Michigan Friday night at Ray Fisher Stadium.
The Buckeyes fell at Michigan, 5-1, Saturday afternoon at Ray Fisher Stadium before falling, 4-1, in its rubber game at Michigan Sunday afternoon.
Ohio State hosts Cincinnati at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday before hosting Northwestern in the final regular season series May 15-17 at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Buckeyes continue postseason play at the NCAA Regional in Columbia, Missouri, May 15-17. Ohio State is slotted as the No. 11 seed of a 14-team field with the top-5 squads advancing to the NCAA Championships (May 23-28).
The Ohio State women's golf team is headed to the NCAA Championships for the 19th time in school history and 14th under the tutelage of head coach Therese Hession.
The Buckeyes carded an 18-over 306 on the final day of the NCAA Central Regional to clinch an NCAA finals berth after skyrocketing up the standings with the second-best round of the entire Regional, 288, on Saturday.
Freshman Zoe-Beth Brake was the top OSU performer, contributing to the team tally in all three rounds and posting an event score of 221 (+5) to earn a share of 15th place overall on the individual leaderboard.
The rest of the Buckeye frosh trifecta, Jessica Porvasnik and Katja Pogacar, finished in the top-40 as well. Porvasnik was steady throughout, firing rounds of 75-74-75 to go 8-over at 224 (t-24th). Pogacar matched the opening round 75 before following with a 73 and 80 in the subsequent trips around the course. Her 228 (+12) placed Pogacar in a tie for 38th.
Ohio State will be one of 24 schools competing in Tulsa, Okla., vying for the 2014 national championship from May 20-23. It marks the Buckeyes' third trip to the NCAA Championships final stage in the last five seasons and 10th excursion since the turn of the century.
Katie Chase scored with eight seconds remaining in overtime to tie the game at 10-all, but Louisville's Nikki Boltja scored on a free position shot in sudden-death double overtime to lift the Cardinals over Ohio State, 11-10, in the NCAA first round at Lakeside Field.
Junior Caitlin Conrad hit a three-run home run to ignite a four-run second inning and Olivia O'Reilly picked up her 16th win of the season as Ohio State advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament with a 6-2 victory over Penn State.
In addition of Conrad's offensive contributions, Taylor Watkins also went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Freshman Anna Kirk picked up two hits while Cammi Prantl and Evelyn Carrillo each drove in a run. In the circle, O'Reilly went 6.1 innings, giving up just four hits while striking out three. Shelby Hursh came on to get the final two outs of the game.
Prantl hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to lift the Ohio State softball team to a 7-5 victory over 18th-ranked and second-seeded Nebraska on Friday afternoon at Drysdale Field on the campus of Northwestern University.
Ohio State's 2014 Big Ten Tournament run came to an end with a 9-0 loss to No. 15 Minnesota in the semifinal round on Saturday afternoon, concluding their season with a 30-25 record and winning 10 of their last 12 games.
The Buckeyes finished in the top six in the Big Ten and compiled its most conference wins in four years. The senior class was a part of 109 victories.
The No. 3 seed Ohio State men's tennis team cruised to a 4-0 victory against Bryant in its first round NCAA match Friday afternoon on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus.
In front of a packed house at the Varsity Tennis Center Saturday afternoon, the Buckeyes were the first team in the field of 64 to punch its ticket to Athens next week.
The Buckeyes defeated Wake Forest, 4-0, in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Team Championships and will play the winner between Florida (16-9) and South Florida (19-6) at 7 p.m. May 16 in the round of 16 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
The 35th-ranked Ohio State women's tennis team fell to 30th-ranked South Carolina Friday in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships at the Ambler Tennis Center in Durham, N.C.
The Buckeyes conclude the 2014 campaign with 19 wins, one win shy of the program-record 20 wins set by the 2010 NCAA tournament squad. This season, Ohio State clinched a third-place B1G finish en route to earning an at-large bid for the 11th NCAA appearance in program history and the first since 2010.
The pair teamed up as the winningest Buckeye tandem with 19 overall wins, while Ferny Angeles Paz and Miho Kowase posted a team-best doubles 15 wins in the dual season and seniors Noelle Malley and Kelsey Becker cap their careers with 52 career team wins with the Scarlet and Gray.