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COLUMBUS, Ohio-Over the next week nearly all Ohio State spring sports programs will be competing in Big Ten and NCAA postseason tournaments with conference and national title hopes in the balance. The Buckeyes made a significant jump in the Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings after a successful winter sports season and the spring sports are looking to add to Ohio State’s national standing among NCAA Division I athletics departments.

Softball, baseball and the men’s and women’s track and field teams will be competing in Columbus this weekend. Men’s tennis and rowing along with the men’s and women’s golf teams take to the road this week and next for NCAA championship competitions. With women’s tennis and men’s volleyball already completing their runs in NCAA tournament action, the spring sports teams have excelled this year.

Ohio State will showcase its nationally-recognized facilities this weekend with NCAA softball, Big Ten track and field and regular season conference baseball competitions scheduled on the athletics campus.

  • The softball team (44-9), ranked No. 11 nationally, opens 2009 NCAA regional competition Thursday vs. Canisius at New Buckeye Field. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Ohio State features the pitching of senior Kim Reeder, who moved to within two victories of tying the career wins record and within one of the single-season shutout record with a 6-0 blanking of Penn State last weekend. Offensively, catcher Sam Marder broke the program record for career home runs as a junior with her 42nd overall and 18th this season with a solo shot to center field in the sixth inning against the Nittany Lions. Kentucky and BYU also are in town for the NCAA event, which runs through Saturday.

 

  • The men’s and women’s track and field teams play host to the 2009 Big Ten Championships at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, one of the premier outdoor track facilities in the country. Competition begins Friday and runs through Sunday. Several Buckeye men’s and women’s track and field athletes will look to improve marks and/or qualify for NCAA competition while competing for Big Ten individual and team titles. Twenty teams and more than 600 student-athletes will be competing at the conference meet this weekend. The Ohio State men’s team will be looking to build off its third-place finish at the outdoor championships a year ago while the fast-improving women’s team will look to better its fifth-place showing in 2008.

 

  • The baseball Buckeyes, ranked No. 27 nationally with an overall record of 36-14 and a 15-6 Big Ten slate, are in the hunt for the Big Ten regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the 2009 Big Ten Tournament fresh from winning two of three games and the series at Illinois last weekend. Ohio State trails league-leading Minnesota by a half game with three games to play. Ohio State plays host to Iowa this weekend. The three-game set starts Thursday at Bill Davis Stadium with a 6:35 p.m. start time. Bob Todd, head coach of the Buckeyes, is just nine wins shy of 1,000 for his career and will lead Ohio State into the league tournament, which will be staged at new Huntington Park in downtown Columbus next week. The Buckeyes are making a Big Ten record 13th-consecutive appearance in the postseason league tournament and will play for the 21st time in Todd’s 22 seasons as head coach.

Away from Columbus, several teams remain in the hunt for national titles.

  • The No. 3 ranked men’s tennis team swept the 2009 NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds last weekend in Columbus with wins over Xavier (4-0) and Michigan (4-1). Ty Tucker’s Buckeyes, now a program record 33-1 overall, head to College Station, Texas, for the NCAA Round of 16. Ohio State takes on Boise State at 4 p.m. ET Thursday just four wins away from a national team championship. Singles and doubles competitions begin next week in College Station.

 

  • The men’s golf team begins NCAA play Thursday in Bowling Green, Ky. Jim Brown, who will retire from Ohio State following 36 seasons as head coach following the 2009 NCAA Championships, leads the No. 9 seed Buckeyes after a third-place finish in the 2009 Big Ten Championship.

 

  • The women’s golf team finished seventh at the 2009 NCAA Central Regional last week at The Ohio State Scarlet Course. Therese Hession has her Buckeyes headed to the 2009 NCAA Championship event May 19-22 in Baltimore, Md.

 

  • The rowing team finished in the No. 3 spot at the 2009 Big Ten Regatta, held in Columbus at the Griggs Reservoir May 2. The Buckeyes are at the Central/South Region Sprints competition this weekend in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and will learn May 18 if the team will advance to the NCAA regatta.

Ohio State currently stands eighth in the latest 2008-09 Learfield Sports Directors Cup, presented by NACDA each year to the most successful overall collegiate athletics program.

Nine Buckeye teams – women’s and men’s basketball, women’s and men’s gymnastics, men’s ice hockey, women’s and men’s swimming and diving, fencing and the NCAA runner-up wrestling squad – earned points toward the title during the winter sports season. Ohio State now has 638.80 points overall.

Stanford ranks first currently, followed by Minnesota, North Carolina, Michigan, Penn State, Florida, California and Ohio State.

The Buckeyes were 42nd after the fall competition season. Football and men’s soccer were among the fall sports earning points for the Buckeyes. The final rankings will be released June 26 after spring competition has concluded. For more information, visit www.nacda.com.
 
Ohio State Ticket information

Baseball: Tickets for Buckeye baseball are available by contacting the Ohio State Athletic Ticket Office at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Tickets range from $11 to $3.

Big Ten Tournament Ticket Information
Single-game tickets to the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament to be held May 20-23 at Huntington park in Columbus, Ohio, are now on sale. Tickets to the 11 separate games are $10 each, plus service charges, and available at www.ticketmaster.com. All single-game tickets are general admission.

All-Tournament passes and group tickets to the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament are also available. All-Tournament passes to the event’s 11 games cost $100 each. Group tickets (minimum 20) are available for $7 per ticket. All tickets are available at www.ColumbusSports.org or www.bigten.org.

Softball:  NCAA Regional Ticket Information
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students and will be available the day of the game from the New Buckeye Field ticket window. All sales are cash only.

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field
Ticket Information
 Adult (Single Session) $7
 Student (Single Session) $5
 Adult (All Sessions) $18
 Student (All Sessions) $10

 Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Ohio State Athletic Ticket Office at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com or 1-800-GO-BUCKS. The Ohio State Athletic Ticket Office is located in the SE rotunda of the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Tickets will also be available at the SW and NW Entrances of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and at the Throws Area during the following times:

Ohio State Home Competition Schedule This Weekend:
Baseball–Bill Davis Stadium
Thursday: vs. Iowa, 6:35 p.m.
Friday: vs. Iowa, 6:35 p.m.
Saturday: vs. Iowa, 1:05 p.m.
 Big Ten Tournament, May 20-24 at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio

Softball– Buckeye Field
Thursday: NCAA Regional (Game 1) Kentucky vs. BYU, 5 p.m.
Thursday: Ohio State vs. Canisius (Game 2), 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 2:30 p.m.
Friday: Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser – 5 p.m.
Friday: Game 5: Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 loser – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.
Saturday: Game 7, if needed: Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 3:30 p.m.

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field–Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Friday: 10:30 a.m. to end of competition
Saturday: 8 a.m. to end of competition
Sunday:  9 a.m. to end of competition