A look back and a look ahead in Ohio State athletics
May 27, 2014
Athletes of the Week
Ohio State women's golf senior Allison Harper and freshman Katja Pogacar grabbed shares of 16th on the individual leaderboard as the Buckeyes finished in a tie for seventh place at the 2014 NCAA Championships Friday, marking the third-best NCAA showing in school history and the top effort since the 2005 Buckeyes shared sixth place. Harper, the team's lone senior, picked an opportune time to fire her lowest collegiate round, carding a 2-under 68 on the final day, powered by four birdies, to drop to plus-5 overall. Pogacar, who paced the Buckeyes in each of the first three rounds, matched Harper's 5-over 285 ledger to also find a spot in the individual top-20.
The Ohio State baseball team fell to Nebraska, 7-6, on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Tanner Lubach Wednesday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
Troy Kuhn finished the day 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored while Ronnie Dawson also went 2-for-5. Tanner Tully battled but received the no-decision, allowing three earned runs on seven hits while striking out a career-high eight over 7.0 innings pitched. Austin Christensen picked up the win with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief to improve to 3-0 on the year while Trace Dempsey suffered the loss, falling to 1-4.
Ohio State saw its season come to a close with a 6-5 loss to Illinois Thursday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
Duchene picked up the win to improve to 4-1 on the year while Ryan Riga suffered the loss to drop to 4-4. Nick Sergakis went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored while Jacob Bosiokovic finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
The Ohio State women's golf team finished in a tie for seventh place at the 2014 NCAA Championships. It marks the Buckeyes third-best NCAA showing in school history and top effort since the 2005 Buckeyes shared sixth place.
Ohio State has now placed in the top-10 six times at the NCAA Championships all-time - all under the direction of head coach Therese Hession - five of which have occurred in the last 13 years.
A pair of Buckeyes in Allison Harper and Katja Pogacar grabbed shares of 16th on the individual leaderboard. Harper, the team's lone senior, picked an opportune time to fire her lowest collegiate round. She carded a 2-under 68 on the final day, powered by four birdies, to drop to plus-5 overall. Pogacar, a freshman whom paced the Buckeyes in each of the first three rounds, matched Harper's 5-over 285 ledger to also find a spot in the individual top-20.
A storybook finish for two Ohio natives ended just short on championship Monday as senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt junior Kevin Metka on the Ohio State men's tennis team fell 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6) to second-seeded Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee in the final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Doubles Championship in Athens, Ga.
Three-time All-American Kobelt, a native of New Albany, Ohio, finishes his Ohio State career first on the doubles career wins list (142) and second on the combined (267). The 2014 ITA National Most Improved Senior, Kobelt's 44 doubles wins this year ties the school record set by former Buckeye Chase Buchanan in 2012. Metka, a native of Worthington, Ohio, wraps up a breakout season with 43 doubles wins, which is tied for third on the single-season list.
It will be a season to remember for the Buckeye men's tennis team that lost five of seven starters from a Final Four team in 2013. Under head coach Ty Tucker, the Buckeyes have advanced either a singles player or doubles team to a NCAA final for three-consecutive years. The team concluded the 2014 campaign with a 33-4 mark, winning their ninth-consecutive Big Ten regular season championship and also claiming the tournament title. Under Tucker, the team also won its first indoor national championship, while advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the ninth-consecutive year.