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April 4, 2006

Athletes of the Week

Men’s tennis senior Ross Wilson won four matches over theweekend, two at No. 1 doubles with classmate Scott Green and two atNo. 6 singles to help Ohio State (16-1, 4-0) to wins vs. Purdue(7-0) and No. 5 Illinois (5-2) at the Stickney Tennis Center inColumbus. Wilson is 17-5 in singles competition this season and21-2 along with Green in doubles. The pair is ranked No. 2nationally in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association ratings. OhioState returns to action at Indiana Friday before a Sunday match atPenn State. Baseball freshman left-handed pitcher J.B. Shuck earnsGood Stuff Athlete of the Week honors after taking a no-hitter intothe eighth inning in a 15-1 victory in the series finale at Iowathat clinched the series, three games to one. The Hawkeyes broke itup with a solo-home run to lead off the eighth inning, but heretired the next three batters to get out of the inning and handedthe game over to a reliever who did not allow a hit in the ninth.The two pitchers combined to allow only the one hit. Shuck struckout a season-high eight batters, equaling the most by a Buckeyethis season, and did not issue a walk. For the second time thisseason Shuck was named to the College Baseball Foundation NationalHonor Roll. Shuck also started the midweek game against Toledo, butpitched only three innings after allowing one earned run on fivehits in the short start. After beating Iowa, Shuck improved to 4-0and boasts a 1.12 ERA, the lowest in the Big Ten. Opposing hittersare batting just .161. He has allowed only four earned runs thisseason and also holds his own at first base, where he has madeeight starts. Shuck is batting .400 in 12 games (14-for-35) with 10RBI.

Athletics Good Stuff

The No. 6 men’s tennis team defeated No. 5 Illinois 5-2 Sundayat the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus. The win was theBuckeyes’ first against the Illini since Ohio State beat Illinoisin the 2001 Big Ten Tournament Title match. With the win, OhioState extends its home win streak to 38 matches. The streak datesback to the 2003 season. The Illini loss was their first regularseason conference loss since the 1997 season. The streak lasted 86matches and included eight regular season Big Ten titles. Theironly loss to a conference opponent during that streak was to OhioState in the 2001 Big Ten Tournament Title Match. The Buckeyesstarted the match Sunday by winning the doubles point, a feat theyhave done in every match this season. Ohio State seniors RossWilson (Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francis de Sales) and Scott Green(North Canton, Ohio/Hoover), the nation’s No. 2-ranked doublesteam, defeated Illinois’ No. 25 Ryler DeHeart and Ruben Gonzalez8-3 at the No. 1 doubles spot. The OSU duo’s record improves to21-2 overall on the year and 15-1 in dual competition. ChrisKlingemann (Bradenton, Fla./Texas Tech Independent) won hisfifth-consecutive match at the No. 1 singles spot for the Buckeyesto improve his season record to 17-5. Klingemann downed Jones 6-3,6-4 to clinch the match for OSU. The two seniors who anchored thelineup both secured straight set victories. Wilson downed MarcSpicijaric 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 6 singles spot while Dennis Mertens(Braaschaat, Belgium/Koninkiljk) beat Ruben Gonzales 6-2, 6-3 atNo. 5 singles to give the Buckeyes their third point on the day.Ohio State travels to Indiana and Penn State April 7 and 9. Thenext Buckeye home match is April 22 against Northwestern. All homematches are played at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus. TheNo. 3-seeded men’s gymnastics team primes for the 2006 NCAA Men’sGymnastics Championships April 6-8 at the Lloyd Noble Center on thecampus of the University of Oklahoma. The Buckeyes seek to qualifyfor their 26th-consecutive NCAA team championship. In its history,Ohio State has claimed three national championships in 1985, 1996and 2001. The NCAA Championships kick off April 6, with twoqualifying sessions. The first session, which includes theBuckeyes, will begin at 2 p.m. EST and session two will start at 8p.m. EST Thursday. The Top 3 teams in each qualifier will advanceto the team finals, which will be held at 8 p.m. EST Friday. Theevent finals will begin at 8 p.m. EST Saturday. The women’s tennisteam was 1-1 on the road in Big Ten action last week, losing toPurdue Saturday, but rebounding to down Illinois Sunday. TheBuckeyes have four matches in Columbus this week. Wednesday, theBuckeyes host Xavier at 3 p.m. and Ohio Northern at 7:30 p.m. OhioState then returns to conference play Saturday with a match vs.Penn State at 11 a.m., followed by a matchup with Indiana at 11a.m. Sunday. All matches are scheduled for Stickney Tennis Center,but could be moved inside to Jesse Owens West Tennis Center ifthere is bad weather. The softball team hosts 18 of its next 19games at Buckeye Field and the homestand begins Wednesday when theBuckeyes (18-14, 2-2 Big Ten) host Bowling Green, followed byconference series against Illinois Friday and Saturday and No. 16Northwestern Sunday. OSU is coming off a pair of road splits toopen conference play last weekend at Indiana and Purdue. TheBuckeyes are 9-4 in their last 13 games, which includes a 3-0record at home. Junior Megan Schwab leads Ohio State with a .344average, a .417 on-base percentage, a .531 slugging percentage andnine doubles. The women’s gymnastics team will compete at the NCAACentral Region Championships Friday night at LSU, which will markthe first regional appearance for the Buckeyes since 2003. Afterfinishing fifth at the Big Ten championships March 25, OSU owns a193.795 regional qualifying score (RQS) average, which ranks sixthin the Central Region and No. 32 in the nation. The winners andsecond-place finishers of the six regionals will meet April 20-22in Corvallis, Ore., for the national championships, hosted byOregon State. Other teams selected for the Central RegionChampionships include Oklahoma, LSU, Penn State, Kentucky andMichigan State. Saturday at the Stanford Invitational, BrianOlinger, a senior two-time All-American on the men’s track team,bested the OSU record in the 10,000-meter run. He won Section No. 2of the event in 28:57.68, which stands as a provisional-qualifierto the 2006 NCAA Championship meet. The school record holder in theindoor 5,000m, Olinger topped the 10K mark of 29:01.29 set by ChrisEngland in the 1997 season. The men’s and women’s teams play hostto the 2006 outdoor home-opening All-Ohio Championships Friday andSaturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Junior women’s basketballcenter Jessica Davenport became the first Buckeye to repeat on theWBCA/Kodak women’s basketball All-America team since former OSUstandout Tracey Hall in the 1987 and ’88 seasons. She received theaward Saturday in Boston, the host city of the 2006 Women’s FinalFour.

Earlier in the week, Davenport was named to the Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association All-American teams for the second year in a row. She is the third Buckeye to reap Kodak/WBCA All-America honors twice in her career, joining both Hall and Katie Smith (1993, ’96).

The men’s lacrosse team returns to action with a game at RobertMorris at noon Saturday in Moon Township, Pa. The Buckeyes enterthe game on a season-high three-game winning streak. Theseventh-ranked Ohio State rowing team won a total of six events enroute to defeating No. 3 Virginia, No. 13 Michigan State and Dukeat the ACC/Big Ten Duals Saturday at Griggs Reservoir on the SciotoRiver in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes topped Virginia in all threeNCAA events (first varsity four and first and second varsity eight)for the first time in school history and won all four varsity eightraces. Overall, OSU was 11-4 on the day. Ohio State opened theregatta against Virginia in the morning duals and faced MichiganState and Duke in the afternoon session. No. 12 Michigan alsoparticipated in the event.

The Buckeyes next welcome No. 8 USC and No. 14 Tennessee for a regatta April 8. Events begin at 9 a.m. at Griggs Reservoir.

The baseball Buckeyes are ranked 24th in this week’s CollegiateBaseball newspaper poll released Monday. The ranking is the firstsince they finished the 2003 season ranked in the Top 21 of allfour of the major polls after hosting Missouri State in an NCAASuper Regional. This year, Ohio State has won 13 of its last 15games to improve to 15-6 overall. Last week, Ohio State went 4-1.After beating Toledo 8-5 in the home opener at Bill Davis Stadiumlast Wednesday, the Buckeyes won three of four games from Iowa inIowa City. Ohio State won the first, third and fourth games of theseries by respective scores of 12-5, 6-4 and 15-1 with the onlyblemish of the week coming in game two, a 7-1 loss. The mostdominating win was the 15-1 series clincher on Sunday that kept theBuckeyes on top of the Big Ten standings with a 3-1 record. Whilethe offense pounded out 17 hits, freshman pitcher J.B. Shuck took ano-hitter into the eighth inning before giving up a solo home runto the lead-off batter that inning. It was the only hit allowed byBuckeye pitching. Shuck struck out eight batters in the gamewithout a walk. As strong as the starting pitching has been, theoffense has been even stronger. The squad has a .349 battingaverage, which also is tops in the league. In five games last week,the team outscored opponents 42-22. In the last 15 games, in whichOhio State has lost just twice, the squad is batting .373. Lastweek in Iowa City, the team outscored the Hawkeyes 34-17 while 15of the team’s 44 hits were for extra bases. The team had ninedoubles, two triples and four home runs after entering the weekendwith only three round-trippers the first 17 games of the season.Ronnie Bourquin batted .438 in the four games, going 7-for-16 withthree doubles, a home run, five RBI and six runs scored. He had an.813 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage. He did notstrikeout in the series and drew two walks. The team will play hostto Miami (Ohio) Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. before welcoming Illinois,the defending Big en regular season champion, to Bill Davis Stadiumin a series that begins Friday at 6:35 p.m. Women’s lacrosse (1-8overall, 0-1 American Lacrosse Conference) fell, 7-6, at Duquesnelast Friday. OSU’s Kristen Slahor scored two goals and JessicaPatane had a goal and an assist in the loss. At home Sunday againstDavidson, the Buckeyes won 17-5 with KC Carter and Patane scoringthree goals each with Slahor adding two. Slahor added three assistsfor a five-point game. Kristen Gilwee took the loss at Duquesnemaking 14 saves and gained her first win of her career againstDavidson, making two saves. Men’s volleyball (16-9 overall, 4-4Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) fell 0-3 to No.10 Loyola and No. 12 IPFW last week. John Albertson had ateam-highs of 15 kills and seven assist blocks against Loyola. AtIPFW, Mark Greaves scored a team-high 17 kills in the match whileAlbertson contributed six assist blocks. This week Ohio State hostsNo. 11 Penn State Tuesday, Ball State Friday and Quincy Friday.Buckeye women’s soccer midfielder Lara Dickenmann recently returnedfrom a World Cup qualifier match with the Swiss team March 25 atGurzelen Stadium in Biel, Switzerland. Dickenmann scored both goalsin the 23rd and 44th minutes of action to lead the Swiss to a 2-0win over Ireland. The women’s soccer team begins its springschedule Saturday against the U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team atthe Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. The U-20 squad recentlyqualified for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship afterwinning the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 tournament. The Buckeyeswill continue to face tough competition when they take on Portland,the 2005 NCAA champions, Sunday at Merlo Field in Portland, Ore.OSU then faces Vanderbilt (April 15 – Cincinnati, Ohio) and WestVirginia (April 23 – Morgantown, W. Va.), two teams that earnedbids to the 2005 NCAA tournament. Ohio State closes its springcampaign April 29 with a home match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadiumvs. the Pennsylvania Strikers club team.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, April 5 – Wednesday, April 12

Wednesday, April 5
Women’s Tennis vs. Xavier, 3 p.m.
Women’s Tennis vs. Ohio Northern, 7:30 p.m.
Stickney Tennis Center (outdoor) OR
Jesse Owens West Tennis Center (indoor), Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Bowling Green, 5 and 7 p.m.
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Baseball vs. Miami (Ohio), 6:35 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, April 6
Men’s Gymnastics at NCAA Championships
Norman, Okla.

Friday, April 7
Men’s Tennis at Indiana, Noon
Bloomington, Ind.

Softball vs. Illinois, 6 p.m.
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Baseball vs. Illinois, 6:35 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Volleyball vs. Ball State, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Gymnastics at NCAA Championships
Norman, Okla.

Track All-Ohio Championships
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, April 8
Women’s Tennis vs. Penn State, 11 a.m.
Stickney Tennis Center (outdoor) OR
Jesse Owens West Tennis Center (indoor), Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Illinois, Noon
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Lacrosse at Robert Morris, Noon
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Baseball vs. Illinois, 1:35 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Gymnastics at Central Region Championships
Baton Rouge, La.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Quincy, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Track All-Ohio Championships
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Gymnastics at NCAA Championships
Norman, Okla.

Women’s Rowing vs. Tennessee/USC
Griggs Reservoir, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at Peg Barnard Invitational
Stanford, Calif.

Sunday, April 9
Women’s Tennis vs. Indiana, 11 a.m.
Stickney Tennis Center (outdoor) OR
Jesse Owens West Tennis Center (indoor), Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Northwestern, Noon and 2 p.m.
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis at Penn State, Noon
University Park, Pa.

Women’s Lacrosse at Ohio, 1 p.m.
Athens, Ohio

Baseball vs. Illinois, 1:05 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at Peg Barnard Invitational
Stanford, Calif.

Tuesday, April 11
Softball vs. Toledo, 5 and 7 p.m.
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, April 12
Baseball vs. Central Michigan, 6:35 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio