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Patrick Whalen, a senior on the men’s track team, took first place in the shot put with a season-best throw of 17.78m at the Cedarville Challenge May 8. This weekend, Whalen will look to carry the momentum from his win as the Buckeyes host the 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Championships Friday-Sunday. At the Big Ten indoor championships, he took third in the shot put.

Sam Marder, a junior catcher for the softball team, broke the Ohio State program record for career homeruns, recording her 42nd career homer and 17th of the season with a solo shot to center field in the sixth inning against the Nittany Lions in game two May 10. She had tied the record with a first-inning blast vs. Michigan in game one May 6.

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No. 26 Baseball (36-14; 15-6 Big Ten)
Head coach: Bob Todd
Ohio State pounded 16 hits for the second-consecutive game to win the series with Illinois on the strength of a 12-7 victory May 10 at Illinois Field. The Ohio State win, coupled with a win by Michigan over Minnesota, leaves the Buckeyes and the Illini just one-half game behind Minnesota heading into the final weekend of the Big Ten season. Ohio State is now 36-14 overall and 15-6 in the Big Ten.
Ohio State had 16 hits, including four by team captain Justin Miller, and rebounded from its 5-4 loss to Illinois May 8 to win Game 2 of the series, 10-7, May 9.
Ohio State coach Bob Todd, who was enshrined in the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in January, needs just nine wins to reach 1,000 for his career.
Up Next: vs. Eastern Michigan, 12:05 p.m. May 12 at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
vs. Iowa, 6:35 p.m. May 14 at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
vs. Iowa, 6:35 p.m. May 15 at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
vs. Iowa, 1:05 p.m. May 16 at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
hosting Big Ten Tournament, May 20-24 at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Jim Brown
Ohio State will compete in the NCAA Central Regional as the No. 9 seed, the NCAA selection committee announced May 4. The Buckeyes will compete May 14-16 at the Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky.
Sophomore Bo Hoag was named First Team All-Big Ten and senior Vaughn Snyder was a second team selection the conference announced May 5. Hoag is the first Buckeye to earn first team laurels since Scott Anderson in 2005.
Up Next: at NCAA Central Regional, May 14-16 in Bowling Green, Ky.

No. 25 Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
Ohio State held on to its seventh-place standing through most of the final round of the NCAA Central Regional May 9 in Columbus to earn a trip to the 2009 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes notched a final round of 318 on their own par 72, 6,246-yard Scarlet Course and finish with a total of 917.
The Buckeyes will make their first NCAA championship appearance since 2005.
Moving up in the third round to lead the Buckeyes was sophomore In Hong Lim, who tied for 20th at 229. Tying for 27th at 230 were co-captains Emma Jandel and Gemma Webster.
Up Next: at NCAA Championship, May 19-22 in Baltimore, Md.

Men’s Soccer
Head coach: John Bluem
The Buckeyes hosted the defending MLS Champion Columbus Crew April 5 in the Eighth Annual Connor Senn Memorial Match, delivered by R&L Carriers, in front of over 2,000 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Crew posted a 3-1 win with freshman Eric Shrigley scoring the lone goal for Ohio State off an assist from sophomore Andrew Magill in the 45th minute.
The event raised money for the Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund, which reached the fully-endowed status this year and is given annually to a different member of the Buckeye soccer team. Over the last eight years, the game and simultaneous silent auction have raised nearly $150,000. Final fundraising numbers from the event Tuesday are expected to be released early this week.
Former Buckeyes Eric Brunner (2005-07) and Geoff Marsh (2005-08) each saw playing time for the Crew. Brunner has started three of the last four games for the Crew this season, while Marsh is not technically on the roster, but took the field as a guest player.

No. 11 Softball (44-9; 16-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
The No. 11 Buckeyes rebounded from a doubleheader sweep at the hands of eighth-ranked Michigan with two wins over Penn State Saturday 6-0, 2-0 at New Buckeye Field in front of 1,105 fans May 9. They captured second place in the final Big Ten standings and will host an NCAA Regional May 14-17 at the No. 11 seed. The Buckeyes will play Canisius with BYU vs. Kentucky in the other matchup. Ohio State finished the regular season with a 44-9 overall record (the third-most wins ever, including postseason) and a 16-4 mark in the conference.
Sam Marder broke the program record for career homeruns as a junior with her 42nd overall and 17th this season with a solo shot to center field in the sixth inning against the Nittany Lions in game two Saturday. She had tied the record with a first-inning blast vs. Michigan in game one earlier in the week. Senior pitcher Kim Reeder moved to within two wins of tying the career wins record and within one of the single-season shutout record with a 6-0 blanking of Penn State in game one.
Reeder, along with outfielder Cortney Cannon and student athletic trainer Kate Benedict, were honored after the games as part of the Senior Day festivities.
Up Next: hosting NCAA Regional (Game 1) Kentucky vs. BYU, 5 p.m. May 14 at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
vs. Canisius as host of NCAA Regional (Game 2), 7:30 p.m. May 14 at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 2:30 p.m. May 15 at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser – 3:30 p.m. May 15 at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
Game 5: Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 loser – 6 p.m. May 15 at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m. May 16 at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
Game 7, if needed: Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 3:30 p.m. May 16 at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (33-1; 10-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
Ohio State defeated No. 35 Michigan, 4-1, April 9 at Stickney Tennis Center to advance to the round of 16 of the 2009 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes will play Boise State in College Station, Texas, at 4 p.m. ET Thursday May 14. Texas A&M will serve as the championships host.
Ohio State improves its win streak to 25-consecutive matches this season. In NCAA action, under 10th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State has a 19-9 overall record.
Competing in 20 miles per hour winds, the Buckeyes jumped out to early clinching the doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 3. Ohio State’s top pair of Justin Kronauge and Matt Allare posted an 8-3 win over Michigan’s Jason Jung and George Navas to move to 14-5 as a duo. Bryan Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa earned an 8-6 at No. 3 doubles to extend their win streak to 13-consecutive matches.
At No. 6 singles, freshman Chase Buchanan limited Drew Daniel to three points en route to a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Buchanan is 4-0 at No. 6 singles and is a winner of eight-consecutive matches.
Kronauge downed Mike Sroczynski, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 3 singles while Steven Moneke clinched the Ohio State win with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Andrew Mazlin at No. 2 singles. Moneke is now 37-4 overall this season with an 11-1 record at No. 2 singles. He became the program’s all-time career singles leader during the 2009 campaign and improves his record to 138 victories in his four-year term with the Buckeyes.
After competition was moved indoors because of inclement weather, Ohio State advanced to the second round of the 2009 NCAA Championships with a 4-0 win against Xavier April 8. The final match point belonged to Allare at No. 4 singles. Allare defeated Richard Canelas, 6-4, 6-1, improving his 2009 record to 31-2. He has now won 28-consecutive matches this season.
Up Next: at NCAA Championships, TBA May 14-25 at George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas

No. 37 Women’s Tennis (15-11; 7-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
Ohio State saw its season come to an end May 8 in the fi rst round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament in Evanston, Ill., falling 4-0 to No. 26 Kentucky at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center. The Buckeyes end their season with a 15-11 overall record, including a 7-3 mark in Big Ten Conference play.

Men’s Track and Field

Head coach: Robert Gary

Jeff See ran a regional qualifying time in the 1500m May 9 at the Oregon Twilight meet at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. See finished third with a time of 3:44.88, right behind cross country All-American Mark Steeds of Georgia State (3:44.01) and Ian Cronin from Eugene Running Company (3:44.09). See also ran a regional time last weekend in the mile at the Jesse Owens Classic in a time of 4:04.95.
Daniel White ran a PR and a regional qualifying time of 1:49.42 in the 800m to finish seventh. Kevin Hicks of OTC Elite was first with a time of 1:47.63.
Several members of the Ohio State men’s track and field team competed at the Cedarville Challenge May 8.
In the pole vault, Kyle Burns led the way with a regional qualifying height of 5.08m to finish second overall. Teammate Bryan Chard took third, clearing 4.88m. Last weekend, Chard also hit a regional mark when he cleared 5.05m at the Jesse Owens Classic.
Senior Patrick Whalen took first place in the shot put with a season-best throw of 17.78m. Freshman Tyler Branch just missed a regional qualifying mark with his throw of 16.71m to finish second. Whalen also took first in the discus with a throw of 51.41m.
In the hammer throw Thomas Davis and Max Mays took second and third with throws of 54.43 and 53.29m, respectively. Davis threw a PR and regional qualifying toss of 56.92 last weekend at the Jesse Owens.
Up Next: Hosting Big Ten Outdoor Championships, May 15-17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
Ohio State will host the 2009 Big Ten Championships May 15-17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

No. 10 Men’s Volleyball (16-11; 9-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
No. 4-seed Ohio State lost, 0-3 (30-25, 30-25, 30-26) to top-ranked and top-seeded UC Irvine May 7 in the NCAA Championship semifinals at Brigham Young in Provo, Utah. It was OSU’s second consecutive trip to the NCAA semifinals and the second-consecutive time the Buckeyes lost to the eventual national champion in the semifinals.
Robbie Klein posted a team-high 13 points with 13 kills while hitting .375. Ted Schoenfeldt had 9.5 points with nine kills and an assist block while Ben Spurlock had 8.5 points with eight kills (.571) and an assist block.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
May 12-24

May 12
BSB vs. Eastern Michigan, 12:05 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

May 14-25
MTEN at NCAA Championship, TBA in College Station, Texas

May 14-16
MGLF at NCAA Regional, TBA at TBA

May 14
BSB vs. Iowa, 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
SB hosting NCAA Regional Kentucky vs. BYU, 5 p.m. at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
SB vs. Canisius as host of NCAA Regional, 7:30 p.m. at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio

May 15-25
WTEN at NCAA Finals, TBA in College Station, Texas

May 15-17
MTRK hosting Big Ten Outdoor Championships, noon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
WTRK hosting Big Ten Outdoor Championships, noon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

May 15
BSB vs. Iowa, 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

May 16-17
ROW at Central/South Region Sprints, TBA at Oak Ridge, Tenn.

May 16
BSB vs. Iowa, 1:05 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

May 19-22
WGLF at NCAA Championship, TBA in Baltimore, Md.

May 20-24
BSB hosting Big Ten Tournament, TBA at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio