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Sophomore In Hong Lim won the 29th Annual Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, April 18-19 at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. The Melbourne, Australia, native opened with a career-low round of 68 on the par 72, 6,228-yard course to jump atop the leaderboard and held on with rounds of 74-75 for the one-stroke victory. It was Lim’s first collegiate win with a career-low 54-hole total of 217 (+1). Lim in the first Buckeye medalist since 2005. She helped the Buckeyes to a 10-stroke victory — their first team win since 2005 as well.
At his first NCAA championships, redshirt-freshman Steven Spencer finished as the national runner-up on pommel horse April 18 at the 2009 NCAA Championships in Minneapolis to earn his first All-America honor. Spencer, a redshirt-freshman from Fremont, Calif., executed the best set of his career, posting a program-high 15.475 to finish second, just one-tenth shy of the top mark. In 2009, Spencer and classmate Ty Echard have helped the Buckeyes set three different event program highs, including the 57.55 scored at the team qualifier April 16 and the 58.35 notched at team finals April 17.
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No. 23 Baseball (29-8; 9-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Bob Todd
Ohio State won both games of a doubleheader April 18 over Purdue, 7-4 and 11-10, and in the process won all three games of the series to move into no worse than a tie for first place in the Big Ten Conference with a 9-3 record.
In a good old fashioned pitchers’ duel, Ohio State’s two bested Purdue’s one and the Buckeyes’ won the first game of this three-game series, 1-0, April 17 in front of 382 fans at Lambert Field. Ohio State received the win on the strength of a combined shutout from Alex Wimmers and Jake Hale and a leadoff, eighth-inning home run by Ryan Dew.
Ohio State dropped an 8-7 game to No. 24 Kent State April 15 in a back-and-forth midweek game.
Wimmers was named the Big Ten pitcher of the week April 14, the third time this season the sophomore from Cincinnati and Archbishop Moeller High School has claimed the Big Ten’s weekly award. He was named co-pitcher of the week for his two-hit, 11-strikenout command performance in a 6-1 win over Michigan State April 10 at Bill Davis Stadium.
Up Next: vs. Ball State, 6:35 p.m. April 22 at Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Northwestern, 6:35 p.m. April 24 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Northwestern, 1:05 p.m. April 25 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Northwestern, 1:05 p.m. April 26 in Bill Davis Stadium
Head coach: Jim Foster
Ohio State women’s basketball head coach Jim Foster announced the signing of Minneapolis South High School standout Tayler Hill to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Buckeyes next season April 17.
Head coach: Jim Brown
The Buckeyes began the day in 10th place and finished the tournament in third after closing with a team score of 376 on the par 72, 7,146-yard Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.
Sophomore Bo Hoag recorded his fourth Top 10 finish in the last five tournaments after firing a final round 72 to go along with his first round of 70 to finish at 2-under par for the tournament.
Senior tri-captain Vaughn Snyder tied for 21st after going 71-77 on the weekend to finish at 4-over 148.
Fellow tri-captain and Kepler Intercollegiate medalist Brad Wright had a solid round two of 71, carding three birdies along the way. He climbed 47 spots to a tie for 26th with a sum of 149.
Sophomores Brad Smith shot a final round 79 to tie for 36th at 151, while Michael Cress finished with a 77 to tie for 43rd at 152. Junior Patrick Simard rounded out the Buckeyes, finishing tied for 56th at 157.
Up Next: at Big Ten Championships, TBA May 1-3 in State College, Pa.
No. 30 Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
Led by medalist In Hong Lim, Ohio State won the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational title April 19 with a total of 895 (+31) for its 12th victory at the annual tournament. Competing on their home par 72, 6,228-yard Scarlet Course, the Buckeyes concluded the tournament with a final round of 306 and led the event throughout all three rounds.
The win by Ohio State was the team’s first tournament victory since winning the NCAA Regional in 2005 and their first win at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational since 2003.
Lim maintained her place atop the leaderboard with a 54-hole score of 1-over 217. After firing scores of 68-74 in day one, Lim carded a third-round score of 75 in the third round to clinch her medalist finish by a stroke.
Joining Lim in the Top 10, were freshman Vicky Villanueva and senior co-captain Gemma Webster. Tying her career-best performance with a tie for sixth, Villanueva shot a final round of 77 to total 225. Two strokes back was Webster, who also carded a 77 for a season-best tie for ninth place at 227.
Also tallying a round of 77, junior co-captain Emma Jandel missed a slot in the Top 10 by just one stroke. Totaling 228, Jandel finished the event in a season-best tie for 11th.
Competing as an individual, senior Jessica Hauser tied Villanueva for a career-best sixth place finish after closing with a round of 75.
Up Next: at Big Ten Championships, TBA April 24-26 in West Lafayette
hosting NCAA Central Regional at Scarlet Course, TBA May 7-9
Head coach: John Markell
Ohio State held its annual awards banquet April 18 at The Blackwell in Columbus. The team awards were handed out, while the three members of the team’s senior class, Nick Biondo, Corey Elkins and Zach Pelletier, each were honored with framed jerseys and gave farewell speeches.
Elkins, a forward, picked up three awards, with freshman defenseman Matt Bartkowski receiving two trophies. Elkins was voted the Bobby Brown Most Valuable Player and received the Center Ice Club Scholar-Athlete and Leading Scorer awards. Bartkowski was voted the George Burke Most Valuable Freshman and Joseph W. Smith Best Defensive Player by his teammates.
Goalie Dustin Carlson was named the Most Improved Player and Pelletier received the Scarlet and Gray award. Freshman defenseman Sean Duddy was the recipient of the Coaches Award.
No. 6 Men’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Miles Avery
A then-career high 57.55 on pommel horse propelled Ohio State in the 2009 NCAA Championships team finals for the first time in three years. The Scarlet and Gray ended the evening qualifier in third with a then-season high 354.3 team total, topping host Minnesota (351.05) in the final rotation April 16.
In all, Ohio State collected seven individual career-high marks as it recorded two team program highs en route to the 354.3 team total at the NCAA qualifier. Senior co-captain Jake Bateman, who was honored April 15 as a 2009 Nissen-Emery Award finalist, placed third in the all-around with an 88.8 while sophomore Brandon Wynn followed in fourth with an 87.9. Both tallies were season-high all-around scores for the gymnasts.
On April 17, Ohio State posted four individual career highs en route to its season-high 355.95, including another outstanding performance on pommel horse to notch its second program high in a row with a 58.35. With the 355.95, the Buckeyes finished sixth at the team finals.
Four Buckeyes earned All-America honors at the championships, including Bateman (4th-rings), Ty Echard (3rd-pommel horse), Steven Spencer (2nd-pommel horse) and Wynn (eighth-all-around) April 18. Head coach Miles Avery has tutored 22 All-Americans in his 12-year career at Ohio State.
En route to his second-place finish at the pommel horse finals, Spencer set an Ohio State program-high with a 15.475.
Head coach: Carey Fagan
Sophomore Rebecca Best finished session one of the 2009 NCAA Championships as a second team All-American on the floor exercise after scoring a 9.850 to finish in sixth place April 16. The Williamstown, N.J., native qualified as an individual in the all-around for the national championships and wrapped up the day in a tie for 18th place in the all-around with a 39.050, highlighted by the sixth-place finish on floor and a career-high tying 9.850 mark on vault to take 11th place.
Best is the sixth Buckeye to take home All-American honors at the NCAA Championships and just the second since 1999.
Men’s Lacrosse (7-6; 3-1 GWLL)
Head coach: Nick Myers
Ohio State, playing its second road game in 24 hours, dropped Denver, 16-10, April 19 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in Denver. The win improves the Buckeyes to 7-6 overall and 3-1 in Great Western Lacrosse League play, clinching a spot in the league postseason tournament.
Four Buckeyes had five points in the win. James Green had a game-high four goals and added an assist, Jeff Ryan and Mike Pires each had a hat trick and two assists and Joel Dalgarno had a game-high four helpers, along with a goal. Doug Ruhnke added two goals and an assist, while Mario Ventiquattro had two scores. Goalie Brandon Freeman had 14 saves in the win. The Buckeyes trailed 3-1 in the first quarter before a five-goal run gave the squad a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter. The Pioneers were able to cut the lead to one (6-5) at 8:19 of the second, but the Buckeyes responded with three-consecutive goals to go into halftime up, 9-5. Denver drew within two early in the third quarter, but the Buckeyes outscored the Pioneers, 7-3, the rest of the way, including shutting DU out for the final 11:12.
Against Air Force April 18, in a game delayed a day because of weather conditions, the Buckeyes lost in a snowstorm, 9-6. Junior goalie Freeman had a career-best 15 saves in the loss. Air Force scored the only goal of the first quarter and after Ohio State took a 2-1 lead early in the second, the Falcons scored three in a row to take a 4-2 lead into halftime. The teams traded goals early in the third quarter to make the score 5-3. Ohio State then got goals from Dalgarno and Ruhnke, who each had two goals in the game, to tie the game at 5-all with 9:20 left in the third. The Falcons then went on a four-goal run to pull away, including three tallies to close out the third quarter.
Ohio State will wrap up its regular season when it hosts No. 3 and undefeated Notre Dame (12-0, 4-0 GWLL) at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium in the “Showdown in the Shoe” prior to the Buckeye football team’s spring game.
The Top 4 teams in the final GWLL standings earn a spot in the league tournament May 1/3 in Birmingham, Mich. Ohio State and Air Force are tied for second in the GWLL standings with matching 3-1 ledgers, behind 4-0 Notre Dame. All three have clinched a spot in the tournament. Denver and Quinnipiac are tied for fourth with 1-3 records and are vying for the final playoff spot. Bellarmine is in last at 0-4. Next weekend Ohio State hosts Notre Dame, Denver hosts Air Force and Quinnipiac travels to Bellarmine.
Up Next: vs. Notre Dame (Showdown in The Shoe), 11 a.m. April 25 in Ohio Stadium
No. 13 Women’s Lacrosse (11-4; 2-1 ALC)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
Ohio State posted a 21-4 road win at Detroit April 14. Jayme Beard scored the first two goals of the game and the Buckeyes took an 8-0 lead before Detroit found the scoreboard; the halftime score was 16-1. Beard had four goals and Rachel Hawes added three, while Kelly Haggerty and Alayna Markwordt supplied four assists each.
Gabby Capuzzi, Olivia Annalora and Jacqueline Orona had two goals each, as 13 different Buckeye players scored at least one goal.
Ohio State suffered its first-conference loss of 2009 with a 13-9 road defeat at No. 17 Penn State April 19. Penn State scored first and led 5-1 at the half; 7-4 was as close as Ohio State came in the second half. Markwordt (3 goals), Haggerty (2 goals, 2 assists) and Maghan Beaudrault (2 goals, 1 assist) were the leading scorers for Ohio State, which was held to less than 10 goals for just the second time this season.
The American Lacrosse Conference named seniors Hawes (Offensive) and Gilwee (Defensive) players of the week April 12.
Up Next: at Northwestern, 5 p.m. April 22 in Evanston, Ill.
Head coach: Andy Teitelbaum
Ohio State battled both opponent Washington State and Mother Nature April 19 at Griggs Reservoir, with gusting winds battering boats down the racecourse in Columbus. The Buckeyes won both the First Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four races, as well as getting their first race action against conference foes Michigan and Michigan State.
The eighth-ranked First Varsity Eight boat jumped ahead early on and held its lead to the end, cruising across the finish line at 7:03.42 with Washington State coming across at 7:13.62.
A quick start was the key for the Ohio State First Varsity Four against Washington State. The Buckeyes battled through the rough weather conditions and took first with a time of 8:12.55, followed by the Cougars at 8:19.40.
The Ohio State Second Varsity Four hit the water against Michigan and Michigan State. Michigan took first with a time of 8:06.00, followed by Michigan State at 8:12.66 and Ohio State at 8:27.94.
Ohio State dropped the First Novice Eight race to Washington State (7:13.78), crossing the line at 7:19.26.
The only Second Novice Eight race of the day saw Michigan cross the line at 7:10.6, followed by the Spartans at 7:18.3 and a late charging Ohio State boat at 7:22.6.
Ohio State finished action April 18 at Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, where they took on Bucknell and Oregon State. All the Ohio State Varsity crews took first in their respective races.
The then-No. 12 Ohio State First Varsity Eight was named the Big Ten Conference Boat of the Week for the second-consecutive week after posting a perfect 3-0 record April 11.
Up Next: hosting Big Ten Championships, 8 a.m. May 2 at Griggs Reservoir
No. 15 Softball (35-6; 11-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
Ohio State swept Wisconsin in a Big Ten doubleheader April 18, earning a 10-0 win in the first game before taking a 6-5 victory in 11 innings in the second.
In game two, Rebecca Schultz drove home the winning run in the top of the 11th inning, securing Ohio State’s comeback win over Wisconsin, 6-5. The win extends the Buckeyes’ winning streak to 11 games.
Kim Reeder, who relieved starter Lindsay Bodeker with two outs in the sixth, struck out eight in 5.1 innings of relief, including five fans in extra innings. The senior captain improved to 19-3 on the season and moved to within six games of tying the all-time career wins record at Ohio State. She currently holds 70 to her credit.
In game one, the bottom of the order came up big for the Buckeyes, as five of the team’s 10 hits came from batters in the bottom three spots. Leah Ledford went 2-for-4 with four RBI from the No. 9 spot. Joining Ledford with two hits were Rachael Shepherd, batting in the eighth slot, and Whitney Cooper.
Reeder earned her eighth complete game shutout win of the season, striking out four. Reeder was named Big Ten pitcher of the week for the third time this season after earning all three of the Buckeyes’ wins this week without allowing a single run to improve her individual record to 19-3 on the season and drop her ERA to 1.22.
Ledford drove home two runs in the bottom of the sixth to help Ohio State to a 6-2 win over non-conference opponent Evansville April 15 at New Buckeye Field.
Up Next: vs. Purdue, 5 p.m. April 22 at New Buckeye Field
vs. Purdue, 7:30 p.m. April 22 at New Buckeye Field
No. 3 Men’s Tennis (28-1; 10-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
For the fourth-consecutive campaign, Ohio State claimed the Big Ten regular-season championship April 19 after shutting out No. 30 Wisconsin, 7-0, at the Stickney Tennis Center on senior day. The Buckeyes followed the final Big Ten dual with a 4-0 win against Wright State at the Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center to complete the 2008-09 regular-season schedule.
Ohio State has now won 20-consecutive matches this season, shutting out 15 of the last 19 opponents.
Senior tri-captains Ty Schaub, Steven Moneke and Bryan Koniecko were honored by Ty Tucker, head coach of the Buckeyes, in front of a home crowd after the Wisconsin match. The 2009 senior class has compiled 121 victories for the past four seasons, the most by any class in program history.
Ohio State finished the regular-season with a 14-0 record at home and has now won 87-consecutive matches on its home courts, which dates back to the 2003 season. The streak began with a 5-2 victory over Purdue April 6. In Big Ten play, the Buckeyes finished the regular-season with a perfect 10-0 record in league action to mark the sixth Big Ten regular-season championship in program history. The Buckeyes have now won 50-consecutive matches against Big Ten opponents and are 101-5 in its last 106 league matches, including postseason play.
Highlighting the action was Koniecko, a native of Long Island, N.Y., in doubles. The two-time ITA All-American won both doubles matches against the Badgers and Raiders to become the program’s all-time career doubles leader with 119 victories.
No. 9 Moneke added to his career singles wins record, downing Peter Marrack 6-1, 6-1, at No. 2 singles to give the Buckeyes a 3-0 advantage against the Badgers. Moneke downed Brian Dredge 6-1, 6-0 and now has 135 career single victories.
Ohio State defeated No. 44 Northwestern, 7-0, April 17 at the Stickney Tennis Center. Highlighting the afternoon was Moneke becoming the program’s all-time career singles leader with 133 wins. Moneke passed former Buckeye Vince Ng (1999-03) after defeating Joshua Graves 6-2, 6-3, at No. 3 singles to break the program record.
Up Next: at Big Ten Championships, TBA April 23-26 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
No. 39 Women’s Tennis (14-9; 7-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
Ohio State beat Wisconsin, 4-3, April 19 in Madison, Wis., to clinch fourth place in the Big Ten regular-season standings. The win gave the Buckeyes their seventh Big Ten win, the most since the 2001-02 season, and locked the No. 4 seed for the Scarlet and Gray in the Big Ten championship this weekend.
Sophomore Cami Hubbs saved the day by breaking a 3-all match tie with a win in the third set tiebreaker against Wisconsin sophomore Jessica Seyferth, spoiling Senior Day for the Badgers at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis.
The Buckeyes won the doubles point, sweeping all three doubles matches. Christina Keesey also came up big in the Buckeye win, tying the match at 3-all late with a big win at No. 3 singles against Aleksandra Markovic. The Ohio State junior was a winner in a long first set by the score of 7-5, and then put Markovic away with a 6-4 second set, denying the Badgers a clinching win.
The Scarlet and Gray came up with a win from freshman Kelsey Haviland at the No. 6 spot, winning, 6-2, 6-1, against Dana Larsen.
April 18, the Buckeyes were swept by No. 1-ranked Northwestern, 7-0, as the Wildcats improved to 20-1 on the year.
Up Next: at Big Ten Championships, TBA April 23-26 in Madison, Wis.
Head coach: Linda Lichter-Witter
Ohio State head coach Linda Lichter-Witter was named head coach of the U.S. Synchronized Swimming National Team. It will compete in world competition in July in Rome, Italy. The national team is comprised mostly of collegiate swimmers. Ohio State has 10 swimmers on a squad of 24 that will go through two more trials. The majority of the swimmers are from Ohio State, Stanford and Incarnate Word.
Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
Ohio State finished in second-place April 18 at the Louisville Invitational in Louisville, Ky. The Buckeyes’ 71.5 points were not enough to unseat the host Cardinals, who took the title with 78 points.
The 4x100m relay team of Matt Comer, Brandon Woodard, Aaron Roberts and Stephen Robinson beat out the rest of the field with a time of 41.03.
Ohio State dominated the 800m run. In their first ever collegiate runs in the event, Cory Leslie took the title with a time of 1:52.69, while Jared Hall placed third in 1:55.23. Chris Fallon was sixth in 1:56.95, with Taylor Candella finishing just behind Fallon in seventh at 1:57.12.
Leslie followed up his victory in the 800m run with a triumph in the 1500m. The freshman broke the tape in 3:53.25, followed by Fallon in second at 3:56.61.
Aaron Roberts claimed first in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.93. Teammate Jonathan Francois was fourth in 57.01.
Francois preformed well throughout the afternoon for the Buckeyes. Along with his fourth-place finish in the 400m hurdles, the junior won the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.73.
In the field, Patrick Whalen placed second in the shot put with a mark of 17.39m and third in the discus at 52.23m, the fourth-best mark in school history and the seventh-best in the Big Ten this outdoor season. Both marks were NCAA provisional qualifiers.
The javelin was a runaway for the Buckeyes. Bryan Bunnell was the first-place finisher at 56.39m. Competition in the pole vault produced similar results for Ohio State. Kyle Burns was first with a regional qualifying vault of 5.00m.
Up Next: at Drake Relays, TBA April 23-25 in Des Moines, Iowa
at Gina Relays, TBA April 24-25 in Hillsdale, Mich.
Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
Ohio State competed at the Volunteer Track Classic in Knoxville Tenn., last weekend.
Maggie Mullen had an outstanding weekend for the Buckeyes, following up her fourth-place finish in the hammer throw April 17 with a second-place throw in the javelin and sixth-place mark in the discus. The freshman’s mark of 41.83m in the javelin is the second-best in school history.
Sophomore Jordan Jennewine finished third in the 800m run a day after setting a personal record in the 1500m. Her time of 2:13.30 was just enough to outlast teammate Ashley Jones, who finished fourth in 2:15.34.
The 4x400m relay team of Ashley Caldwell, Shaniqua McGinnis, Bridget Jacobs and Saryna Ferguson finished second in 3:53.86. Tennessee won the event with a time of 3:42.63.
Up Next: at Drake Relays, TBA April 23-25 in Des Moines, Iowa
No. 11 Men’s Volleyball (14-10; 9-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
Ohio State closed out the regular season with a 3-0 (30-21, 30-21, 30-27) loss to seventh-ranked Penn State (25-3) April 18 in front of 1,382 fans in St. John Arena. Ted Schoenfeldt posted a team-high 13.5 points with 12 kills, an ace serve and one assist block. Robbie Klein added 13 points with 11 kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks.
The Buckeyes had five players record double-figure kills in its 3-1 (30-16, 23-30, 30-28, 32-30) defeat of St. Francis (Pa.) April 17 in St. John Arena. Schoenfeldt had a team-high 19.5 points with 18 kills, an ace serve and one assist block. Klein added 19 points with 15 kills, three ace serves and two assist blocks.
Up Next: at MIVA Tournament, TBA April 24-May 2 campus sites
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
WTRK at Drake Relays, TBA in Des Moines, Iowa
WLAX at Northwestern, 5 p.m. in Evanston, Ill.
SB vs. Purdue, 5 p.m. at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
BSB vs. Ball State, 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
SB vs. Purdue, 7:30 p.m. at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
MTRK at Drake Relays, TBA in Des Moines, Iowa
WTEN at Big Ten Conference Championships, TBA in Madison, Wis.
MTEN at Big Ten Championship, TBA in Ann Arbor, Mich.
WGLF at Big Ten Championship, TBA in West Lafayette, Ind.
FEN at Division I NAC, TBA in Portland, Ore.
BSB vs. Northwestern, 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
MLAX vs. Notre Dame, 11 a.m. at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
BSB vs. Northwestern, 1:05 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
BSB vs. Northwestern, 1:05 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
SB vs. Oakland, 2 p.m. at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
SB vs. Oakland, 4:30 p.m. at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
SB vs. Western Michigan, 5 p.m. at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
BSB vs. Akron, 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
SB vs. Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m. at New Buckeye Field in Columbus, Ohio
April 30-May 2
WLAX at ALC Tournament, TBA in State College, Pa.
SYNCH at U.S. Senior National Championships, TBA in Palo Alto, Calif.
MVB in MIVA Tournament Semifinal Games, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio