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Athletes of the Week
Kim Reeder, a senior on the softball team, helped lead the Buckeyes to a five-game sweep of the Easton Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La., over the weekend. The senior pitcher earned three of the team’s wins and was named the MVP of the tournament after shutting out No. 21 LSU and No. 5 Texas A&M, 2-0.

Against the Aggies Sunday, Reeder struck out 11 batters and allowed just two hits. In four games of action, the Salinas, Calif., native gave up just one run on eight hits for a 0.38 ERA through the weekend. This is the third career weekly laurel for Reeder, who earned her previous two awards in March of 2007 and February of 2008.

Jantel Lavender, a sophomore center on the women’s basketball team, filled up the stats sheet games at Iowa and at home against Northwestern. She recorded her Big Ten-leading 16th and 17th double-doubles of the season while averaging 24.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 assists while shooting a blistering 63 percent from the field.

In the loss at Iowa, Lavender scored a season-high 32 points and tied career highs with 15 made field goals and four blocked shots. She scored Ohio State’s first 13 points, shot 71 percent from the field, had three assists and recorded her 29th double-double of the season with 10 rebounds. Then Sunday against the Wildcats, she recorded another double-double with 17 points and 10 boards in only 27 minutes of action.

Athletics Good Stuff

Baseball
Head Coach: Bob Todd
Ohio State opens its 126th season of baseball by participating in the inaugural BIG EAST-Big Ten Challenge, sponsored by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission. Ohio State will meet Notre Dame, Connecticut and Cincinnati at the event.
The Buckeyes return with an experienced bunch of players as seven position player starters and six pitchers with significant innings in 2008 are a part of 21 returning lettermen for 22nd year coach Bob Todd. The team will be seeking its 15th Big Ten Conference championship this season, the seventh under Todd and the first since the 2001 season.
The entire starting infield from last season C Dan Burkhart, 1B Justin Miller, 2B Cory Kovanda, 3B Cory Rupert and SS Tyler Engle returns intact. Miller, a senior captain, and juniors Kovanda and Rupert have started for two years now and have 331 starts between them. Burkhart and Engle are sophomores.
The pitching corps’ experience is headlined by senior RHP Jake Hale, who has made 26 starts among his 52 appearances, and junior LHP Eric Best (46 appearances with eight saves). Expect to see both of those players anchoring the bullpen this season. A quartet of sophomores also return. All gained valuable playing time last season as either a starter (RHP Dean Wolosiansky and LHP Andrew Armstrong) or as a reliever (RHPs Alex Wimmers and Drew Rucinski). All four sophomores could end up in the starting rotation this season for the Buckeyes.
Three outfielders return who have combined for 161 starts: senior Michael Arp and juniors Zach Hurley and Ryan Dew. They’ll be joined by junior college transfer Michael Stephens to give Ohio State a flexible unit and a competitive situation where the hot bats will be in the lineup.
Up Next: vs. Notre Dame at Big East/Big Ten Challenge, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in Dunedin, Fla.
vs. Connecticut at Big East/Big Ten Challenge, 4 p.m. Feb. 21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
vs. Cincinnati at Big East/Big Ten Challenge, 10 a.m. Feb. 22 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Men’s Basketball (17-6; 7-5 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
Ohio State fell, 55-50, to Wisconsin Feb. 14 in Madison, Wis. Evan Turner led the Buckeye offense with 23 points while William Bufford contributed 11 points.
Up Next: at Northwestern, 9 p.m. Feb. 18 in Evanston, Ill. (BTN)
vs. Illinois, 1 p.m. Feb. 22 at Value City Arena (CBS)

No. 15 Women’s Basketball (20-5; 11-3 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
Ohio State defeated Northwestern, 81-55, Feb. 15 in Value City Arena. The win moves the Buckeyes into a tie for first place in the Big Ten with Michigan State at 11-3. Jantel Lavender recorded 17 points and had 10 rebounds for her Big Ten-leading 17th double-double of the season. It is the 30th of her career, tying for the most among active Big Ten players in only her sophomore season. Ohio State is 24-6 when Lavender records a double-double.
The victory gives Ohio State its seventh-consecutive 20-win season. It also marks the 23rd of head coach Jim Foster’s career and his 10th-consecutive overall dating back to his years at Vanderbilt. The seven 20-wins seasons also is the most by any coach at Ohio State.
Samantha Prahalis has 140 assists on the season. She is on pace to break Kim Wilburn’s Ohio State freshman record of 168 assists set during the 2002-03 season. Prahalis scored a season-high 18 points, shooting a season-best four 3-pointers vs. Northwestern.
The Buckeyes fell, 85-75, to Iowa on the road Feb. 12.
Up Next: at Minnesota, 9 p.m. Feb. 19 in Minneapolis, Minn. (BTN)
at Indiana, 4 p.m. Feb. 22 in Bloomington, Ind. (ESPN2)

Football
Head Coach: Jim Tressel
Eight former Buckeyes will compete at the NFL Combine Feb 20-26 in Indianapolis.

Men’s Golf
Head Coach: Jim Brown
Ohio State finished the inaugural Big Ten Match Play Championship with a 1-2 record, Feb. 13-14 at the par 72, 7,268-yard Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla. The Buckeyes fell to Wisconsin (3-3, UW won tiebreaker) and Minnesota (4.5-1.5) before closing the event with a 5-1 win over Penn State.
Senior tri-captain Vaughn Snyder was named to the All-Tournament team after posting a perfect 3-0 record in his matches.
Up Next: at Rio Pinar Intercollegiate, TBA Feb. 23-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Women’s Golf
Head Coach: Therese Hession
In addition to the Top 3 teams in the country, Mother Nature posed an extra challenge for Ohio State at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. Despite rain and 30-40 mph winds during round one, freshmen Nara Shin and Victoria Villanueva ended the first 18 holes in a tie for 18th in the competitive field. Shin went on to finish in a tie for 44th, while Villanueva concluded the tournament in 62nd.
Leading for the Buckeyes at the par 71, 5,912 yard Palos Verdes Golf Club was sophomore In Hong Lim who finished tied for 28th with a three-day total of 235 (+22). One stroke behind her was senior co-captain Gemma Webster who completed the tournament in a tie for 34th. Rounding out the Buckeye line-up was junior co-captain Emma Jandel who tied for 63rd. Senior Jessica Hauser competed as an individual and finished in 43rd.
Up Next: at Central District Invitational, TBA Feb. 16-17 in Parrish, Fla.

No. 18 Women’s Gymnastics (3-5; 1-3 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Carey Fagan
With 10 individual season-high scores, the No. 18 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team posted a season-best 195.675 at No. 17 Illinois Feb. 15. The Illini recorded an all-time program-high 196.700 score to take the victory over the Buckeyes. It was the second-consecutive week the Buckeyes posted a season best.
Freshman Taylor Jones led Ohio State in the all-around for the second time this season and placed second in the meet with a career-high 39.250. Senior Kiki Holman earned a team-best and career-high 9.850 on beam to take second in the meet.
Up Next: at Bowling Green, 2 p.m. Feb. 22 in Bowling Green, Ohio

No. 15 Men’s Hockey (18-10-4; 11-9-4-3 CCHA)
Head Coach: John Markell
Ohio State went 0-1-1 at Michigan State Feb. 13-14. The Buckeyes rallied to tie the game Feb. 13, as Hunter Bishop scored with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, assisted by Sergio Somma at Matt Bartkowski. The Buckeyes were unable to score in overtime and lost the shootout, 2-1, in four rounds.
The Buckeyes tied the game at 1 in the second period Feb. 14 on a Shane Sims goal, assisted by Chris Reed and Mathieu Picard. In the third period the Buckeye penalty kill had a big stop on a major power play, but the Spartans converted on their fourth power play of the game with under six minutes remaining en route to a 2-1 win. Goalie Dustin Carlson had 33 saves in the loss and held the Spartans to just three goals in the series.
Up Next: vs. Michigan, 7:05 p.m. Feb. 20 at Value City Arena (BTN)
vs. Michigan, 8:05 p.m. Feb. 21 at Value City Arena (CBS College Sports)

Women’s Hockey (8-21-3; 6-18-2-2 WCHA)
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
Ohio State dropped both of its games to No. 3/4 Minnesota Duluth, Feb. 13-14 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center in Duluth, Minn. The Buckeyes tied the score at 1-all in the first game before UMD scored three goals to pull away with for the 4-1 win. Freshman Melissa Feste had the lone OSU goal in the game.
In the second game, the Buckeyes held a 2-1 lead heading into the third period, but the Bulldogs scored six goals in the final stanza to rally for the win. Juniors Rachel Davis and Raelyn LaRocque scored for the Buckeyes and both were assisted by freshman Laura McIntosh.
Up Next: vs. Minnesota State, 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at OSU Ice Rink
vs. Minnesota State, 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at OSU Ice Rink

No. 19 Men’s Lacrosse (1-1)
Head Coach: Nick Myers
Ohio State fell to No. 12 Navy, 8-6, Feb. 14 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
The Buckeyes were down 3-0 at the end of the first quarter but fought back to tie the game at 3-all in the second. The Midshipmen scored back-to-back goals to take a two-goal lead before Mario Ventiquattro’s tally with three seconds left in the half brought Ohio State back within one (5-4) heading into halftime. Navy scored the first two goals of the second half to go ahead 7-4 but the Buckeyes responded with back-to-back goal, including a Ventiquattro tally with one second left in the quarter, as Navy lead 7-6 through three quarters. The Midshipmen had the only goal in the fourth quarter with 2:34 remaining and held the Buckeyes scoreless for the 8-6 final.
Senior captain Joel Dalgarno had a team-best three goals and four points for the Buckeyes vs. the Midshipmen. He now has 175 career points, tying for second place in the record books with Kevin Buchanan (2005-08). He is eighth with 99 career goals and fifth with 76 assists. Senior Jeff Ryan added a goal and two assists, Ventiquattro had two goals and junior James Green added two assists in the game.
Up Next: vs. Bucknell, noon Feb. 21 at Woody Hayes Athletic Center

Women’s Lacrosse (2-0)
Head Coach: Sue Stimmel
Ohio State opened its 2009 season going 2-0 on the road with a 14-9 win at George Washington Feb. 15 after defeating American, 17-7, Feb. 13 in Washington, D.C.
Against GW, freshman Alayna Markwordt led the Buckeyes with four goals and a pair of assists in the victory. Junior Kelly Haggerty continued her torrid pace on offense, scoring three goals and adding four assists. Jayme Beard also added three goals and an assist and Rachel Hawes scored two goals. Single goals came from Olivia Annalora and Gabby Capuzzi.
Haggerty was the offensive standout for the Buckeyes vs. American, scoring five goals and adding three assists. Markwordt and Hawes contributed three goals each, while Capuzzi and Maghan Beaudrault had two goals each. Goals from Kristen Donahue and Beard rounded out the Buckeye scores.
Up Next: at Notre Dame, 1 p.m. Feb. 22 in South Bend, Ind.

Rifle (11-4)
Head Coach: Pat Cherry
Ohio State produced the top aggregate score at the NCAA Collegiate Sectional Qualifier held at the Lt. Hugh W. Wyle Range in Converse Hall. The Buckeyes posted a two-gun aggregate score of 4,569 while Akron shot a 4,543 and Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, a 4.413.
Ohio State’s Jeffery Neidigh was the top aggregate shooter in the qualifier with a 1,153 while Steven Nozaki took third at 1,142. Neidigh and Zachary Szabo of Akron shared meet-high honors in smallbore rifle with a 569. Nozaki finished third with a 566. In air rifle, Jasmine Margaria and Neidigh tied for second at 584.
The NCAA will announce advancing teams and individuals, Feb. 24. The NCAA championship will be held at the Texas Christian University Rifle Range in Fort Worth, Texas. Smallbore competition will be held March 13 and air rifle, March 14.
The Buckeye season continues Feb. 28 at Purdue University with the Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference Championships.
Up Next: at Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference Championships, TBA Feb. 28 in West Lafayette, Ind.

Softball (9-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis
Sam Marder hit her Big-Ten leading fifth homerun of the season to help the Buckeyes capture the Easton Tiger Classic title and improve to 9-1 on the season and matching the best 10-game start to the season in program history. Ohio State started the 2002 season with a 9-1 record as well.
Ohio State outscored its opponents, 21-6, on the weekend, downing No. 5 Texas A&M and Sam Houston State twice and No. 21 LSU once.
With five homeruns this season, Marder has 29 for her career and moved into a tie for second on the Ohio State career record list.
To win the title, pitchers Kim Reeder and Lindsay Bodeker each shutout the opposition and struck out 11 batters in the final two games Feb. 15.
Reeder helped lead the Buckeyes to a five-game sweep of the Easton Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La., over the weekend. The senior pitcher earned three of the team’s wins and was named the MVP of the tournament after shutting out No. 21 LSU and No. 5 Texas A&M, 2-0.
Up Next: vs. Nevada at Palm Springs Softball Classic, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in Palm Springs, Calif.
vs. Hawaii at Palm Springs Softball Classic, 3 p.m. Feb. 21 in Palm Springs, Calif.
vs. Loyola Marymount at Palm Springs Softball Classic, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in Palm Springs, Calif.
vs. Washington at Palm Springs Softball Classic, noon Feb. 22 in Palm Springs, Calif.
vs. UC Santa Barbara at Palm Springs Softball Classic, 2 p.m. Feb. 22 in Palm Springs, Calif.

Women’s Swimming and Diving (5-4; 0-3 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bill Dorenkott
Head coach Bill Dorenkott leads his first Ohio State swimming team into the Big Ten championships Feb. 18-21 at the University of Michigan’s Canham Natatorium. The Buckeyes will be led at the Big Ten championships by sophomore swimmer Samantha Cheverton, who has provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships in two events, and by its corps of divers, coached by long-time Buckeye mentor Vince Panzano and led by Kristen Asman. Ohio State was eighth at the meet last year.
Up Next: at Big Ten Championships, TBA Feb. 18-21 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Synchronized Swimming
Head Coach: Linda Litcher-Witter
The Ohio State synchronized swimming team earned 90 points to garner first place at Richmond Saturday. Lindenwood (72) and Richmond (60) placed second and third, respectively. The Buckeyes swept all the events, consisting of solo, duet, trio and team routines.
The Scarlet squad, comprised of Barbara Nesbitt, Carmen Moraes, Deborah Shim, Caitlin Stewart, Jayme DeLancy, Jillian Penner, Meghan Kinney and Michelle Theriault, captured first place with a score of 96.167. This is the second first-place finish for Scarlet team this season.
Nesbitt took first place in the solo competition with a mark of 92.000.
The Scarlet and Gray had Top 2 finishes in the duet and trio routines. Becky Kim and Kinney scored a 92.333 to finish first in the duet competition, followed by teammates DeLancy and Shim, who tallied a mark of 90.167 for second place.
In trio, Nesbitt, Shim and Theriault recorded a 90.833 to finish second behind teammates Stewart, Moraes and Kinney, who placed first with a score of 93.500.

No. 1 Men’s Tennis (8-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
Down early after losing the doubles point, Ohio State rebounded in singles, winning, 4-2, vs. No. 20 Pepperdine Feb. 13 in the first round of the 2009 ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship at the Midtown Tennis Center in Chicago. Shuhei Uzawa, ranked 77 in singles, claimed the come-from-behind win for the Buckeyes with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Pepperdine’s Alejandro Moreno at No. 6 singles.
The Scarlet and Gray dropped its first match of the season, 4-3, to No. 8 Tennessee Feb. 14. Ohio State won the doubles point in the match but only senior Steven Moneke and sophomore Matt Allare were able to secure wins in singles action for the Buckeyes.
In the consolation bracket, Ohio State defeated No. 4 UCLA, 4-0, Feb. 15. After winning the doubles point, Moneke won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3 singles, Allare won, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 5 singles and senior Bryan Koniecko clinched the match at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-2.
Up Next: vs. Notre Dame, noon Feb. 21 at The Ohio State Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
vs. LSU, noon Feb. 22 at The Ohio State Varsity Indoor Tennis Center

Men’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Robert Gary
Ohio State concluded competition at the Akron Invitational Feb. 14 at Stile Field House on the campus of the University of Akron.
Patrick Woods, who was competing unattached, took home first place in the Heptathlon with an NCAA provisional and PR score of 5,359 points. Rob Wade came in fourth place with a PR of 4,856 points. In the shot put Gold division, Patrick Whalen took fifth place with a toss of 17.38m, followed by Tyler Branch who came in sixth at 16.80m. Matt DeChant was eighth at 16.26m.
DeChant, however, fared much better in the Gold division of the weight throw with a first-place toss of 18.64m. Bryan Chard took second in the Gold division of the men’s pole vault, clearing a season-best 5.03m.
Ohio State claimed two of the top three spots in the 200m run with Stephen Robinson (21.38) and Curtis Leuenberger (21.69) coming in first and third, respectively. In the distance events, Ohio State was led by John Ealy’s third-place finish in the Gold 5000m run with a time of 14:29.73. Cory Leslie led the Buckeyes with a fourth-place run in the Gold mile (4:09.22) while Daniel White nearly missed an NCAA provisional mark with his second-place run at 1:51.06.
In the Gold 60m hurdles, Jonathan Francois took second with a season-best time of 8.05. Meanwhile Chimdi Chekwa was second in the 60m dash with a time of 6.81, followed by James Manley’s season-best mark of 6.93. Matt Comer took home first place in the Gold 400m dash at 47.70.
Up Next: at Akron Zips Open, TBA Feb. 20 in Akron, Ohio

Women’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Karen Dennis
Ohio State enjoyed a great amount of success in field events Feb. 14 at the Akron Invitational. The squad placed two athletes in the top three of the pole vault (Blue Division). Ashley Bowden vaulted her way to the top spot with a personal best 3.47m, while Katie Ried settled for a third place tie with a mark of 3.17.
Alison Roquet continued a solid start to her college career with a victory in the Blue Division of the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.68m, a season high for the young freshman. The Gold Division of the long jump saw two Buckeye freshmen place in the top four; Bridget Jacobs took third with a personal record leap of 5.79m and Kelcey McKinney was fourth at 5.66m.
On the track, Ohio State was led by Ashley Chirco’s third place run in the mile (Gold Division) at 5:09.67, a season best for the sophomore. Jordan Jennewine secured fifth in the Gold Division of the 800m run with a time of 2:11.33, another Buckeye personal record.
Two Lady Bucks finished back-to-back in the Gold Division finals of the 60m Hurdles. Freshman Christina Manning took second in 8.67 seconds, while Alana Gray followed close behind in 8.76.
At the Tyson Invitational, OSU was led by sophomore Sarah Foster’s ninth place finish in the 5000m with a season best time of 17:30.15.

No. 14 Men’s Volleyball (4-6; 1-0 MIVA)
Head Coach: Pete Hanson
Ohio State, 3-0 (20-30, 27-30, 21-30), to top-ranked Penn State Feb. 14 in Rec Hall. Buckeye Robbie Klein posted a team-high 12.5 points in the match with 11 kills, an ace serve and an assist block with John Albertson adding 10.5. The Buckeyes open a four-match home stand with Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association conference matches against Quincy Feb. 19-20.
Up Next: vs. Quincy, 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at St. John Arena
vs. Quincy, 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at St. John Arena

No. 6 Wrestling (13-2; 4-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
Since dropping a heartbreaking match to Minnesota Feb. 1, Ohio State wrestling team has won four-consecutive matches in impressive fashion, including a 26-17 win against No. 17 Michigan in Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor Feb. 13.
The Buckeyes were spurred by a match-changing pin by sophomore Nikko Triggas at 125 pounds. The unranked Triggas pinned No. 17 Michael Watts in 2:02 to give the Scarlet and Gray its first lead of the match at 17-14 with just three bouts remaining.
Ohio State continued its winning way, downing No. 8 Illinois, 26-13, Feb. 15 in St. John Arena. On senior night, J Jaggers ended his home career pinning Ryan Prater in 4:49. Triggas recorded his second pin of the weekend and team-leading 12th of the season while Lance Palmer and Mike Pucillo earned major decisions.
Up Next: at Northwestern, 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in Evanston, Ill.
at Wisconsin, 2 p.m. Feb. 22 in Madison, Wis. (BTN)

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Feb. 16-22

Feb. 16-17
WGLF at Central District Invitational, TBA in Parrish, Fla.

Feb. 18-21
WSWM at Big Ten Championships, TBA in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Feb. 18
MBKB at Northwestern, 9 p.m. in Evanston, Ill. (BTN)

Feb. 19
MVB vs. Quincy, 7 p.m. at St. John Arena
WBKB at Minnesota, 9 p.m. in Minneapolis, Minn. (BTN)

Feb. 20
MTRK at Akron Zips Open, TBA in Akron, Ohio
SB vs. Nevada at Palm Springs Softball Classic, 5:30 p.m. in Palm Springs, Calif.
WR at Northwestern, 7 p.m. in Evanston, Ill.
MVB vs. Quincy, 7 p.m. at St. John Arena
MHKY vs. Michigan, 7:05 p.m. at Value City Arena (BTN)
WHKY vs. Minnesota State, 7 p.m. at OSU Ice Rink
BSB vs. Notre Dame at Big East/Big Ten Challenge, 7:30 p.m. in Dunedin, Fla.

Feb. 21
MLAX vs. Bucknell, noon at Woody Hayes Athletic Center
MTEN vs. Notre Dame, noon at The Ohio State Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
WTEN vs. Washington State, 3 p.m. in Eugene, Ore.
SB vs. Hawaii at Palm Springs Softball Classic, 3 p.m. in Palm Springs, Calif.
BSB vs. Connecticut at Big East/Big Ten Challenge, 4 p.m. in St. Petersburg, Fla.
WHKY vs. Minnesota State, 4:07 p.m. at OSU Ice Rink
MGYM vs. UIC, 7 p.m. at St. John Arena
MHKY vs. Michigan, 8:05 p.m. at Value City Arena (CBS College Sports)
SB vs. Loyola Marymount at Palm Springs Softball Classic, 8:30 p.m. in Palm Springs, Calif.

Feb. 22
BSB vs. Cincinnati at Big East/Big Ten Challenge, 10 a.m. in St. Petersburg, Fla.
MTEN vs. LSU, noon at The Ohio State Varsity Indoor Tennis Center
SB vs. Washington at Palm Springs Softball Classic, noon in Palm Springs, Calif.
WLAX at Notre Dame, 1 p.m. in South Bend, Ind.
MBKB vs. Illinois, 1 p.m. at Value City Arena (CBS)
WR at Wisconsin, 2 p.m. in Madison, Wis. (BTN)
WTEN at Oregon, 2 p.m. in Eugene, Ore.
SB vs. UC Santa Barbara at Palm Springs Softball Classic, 2 p.m. in Palm Springs, Calif.
WGYM at Bowling Green, 2 p.m. in Bowling Green, Ohio
WBKB at Indiana, 4 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind. (ESPN2)