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April 11, 2006

Athletes of the Week

Junior outfielder Megan Schwab was named the Big Ten SoftballPlayer of the Week Monday after batting .500 (7-for-14) in sixgames last week, all wins for the Buckeyes, including four in theBig Ten against Illinois and 15th-ranked Northwestern. TheGlendale, Ariz., native, who was a first-team all-region pick ayear ago, collected a triple, her fourth home run this season, fiveRBI, eight runs scored and a .632 on-base percentage last week.Schwab had at least one hit in all six games to extend her currenthitting streak to a team-best eight games. She went 3-for-6 in twogames against Bowling Green Wednesday, 2-for-4 with a triple in theIllinois series and 2-for-4 with a home run in the doubleheaderagainst Northwestern Sunday. Her 14 career home runs are tied forfourth-most in OSU history. Men’s lacrosse senior Craig Nolanscored a career-high six goals to lead the Buckeyes to an 11-3victory over Robert Morris Saturday. Nolan’s six goals were themost for a Buckeye since Curtis Smith scored seven March 8, 2003vs. Quinnipiac. Nolan tied Kevin Buchanan’s team season-high of sixpoints. Before Buchanan, the last time a Buckeye had six points wascurrent assistant coach Anthony Gilardi April 23, 2004 vs. AirForce. Nolan ranks third for the Buckeyes with 12 goals thisseason, just three shy of the career season-best 15 he scored lastcampaign.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s golf team will play host to the annual KeplerIntercollegiate golf tournament this weekend. The annual eventnormally is played on The Ohio State University Scarlet Course butbecause of renovations to the storied track, the Kepler will becontested at the Muirfield Village Golf Club (7,221, par 72) inDublin, Ohio, site of the annual Memorial PGA event. The 2006Kepler begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Teams will play 36 holes onthe first day and conclude with 18 holes Sunday. Ohio State has wonthe Kepler 23 times since its 1969 inception. A total of 19 formerBuckeyes have won Kepler medalist honors. The No. 4 men’s tennisteam beat Indiana 6-1 in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday and Penn State5-2 in State College, Pa., Sunday to improve to 18-1 on the yearand 6-0 in Big Ten play. OSU has won six-consecutive Big Tenmatches and 12 out of their last 13 in regular season play. OSU wonthe doubles point in both matches without dropping a single game.Ohio State seniors Ross Wilson (Sr. Toledo, Ohio/Toledo St. Francisde Sales)and Scott Green (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover), the nation’sNo. 2-ranked doubles team, won both matches at the No. 1 doublesspot for the pair’s 22nd and 23rd doubles wins of the year. Greenand Wilson have a season record of 23-2 and 17-1 in dual play.Wilson was named Big Ten Player of the Week April 5. It was hisfirst career award, and the third award overall this season for theBuckeyes. No. 83 Devin Mullings (Jr. Freeport, Bahamas/Ft.Lauderdale Prepatory) won both his singles matches over the weekendto earn his 19th and 20th singles wins of the year. Up next, theBuckeyes travel to Michigan State April 15 before taking onMichigan April 16. The Buckeyes next home match is againstNorthwestern April 22. The rowing team won a total of seven racesin duals with Southern California and Tennessee Saturday in theirsecond-consecutive home regatta at Griggs Reservoir on the SciotoRiver in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes were undefeated in theirsecond varsity eight and first and second varsity four races. Thevictories extended the win streak for the second varsity eight tofour duals. The fifth-ranked first varsity eight, who won Big TenBoat of the Week honors April 4, split its races. The Buckeyes wereedged by No. 4 USC in the morning session before topping No. 17Tennessee in the afternoon.

The Buckeyes will next travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face No. 18 Minnesota and No. 19 Oregon State in dual races April 15.

The No. 19 women’s golf team finished fourth at the Peg BarnardCollegiate in Stanford, Calif. The Buckeyes totaled 601 in the36-hole tournament. Dana Je (JAY) shot a two-round total of 146 tofinish tied for fifth, while Brittany Adams tied for 16th aftershooting 150 on her scorecard. Both women’s finishes were theirhighest so far this season. Je’s opening round score of 71 tied herlowest round of the season, while Adams’ tied her lowest round thisseason during the second round with 74.

The women’s golf team will play host to the 26th Lady Buckeye Invitational April 22-23 at the Golf Club of Dublin. Admission to the event is free. Ohio State also will play host to the 2006 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships May 23-26. The four rounds of competition will be held on the Ohio State University Scarlet Course. Each round will cost $10, while an all-session pass is available for $20. Practice rounds will have no charge. A complete schedule is available at ohiostatebuckeyes.com. For tickets please visit hangonsloopy.com.

The men’s lacrosse team extended its winning streak to fourwith an 11-3 victory over Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa.Senior Craig Nolan had six goals to lead the Buckeyes, whilefreshman Joel Dalgarno had a career-best and team game-high fourassists. The Buckeyes return to action at 7 p.m. Friday when theyhost Great Western Lacrosse League foe Butler in Jesse OwensMemorial Stadium. Men’s gymnasts DJ Bucher (BOO-ker), Willie Itoand Jimmy Wickham garnered All-America status at the NCAAIndividual Event Finals Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center on thecampus of the University of Oklahoma.

Bucher (Mason, Ohio/Queen City Gymnastics) earned his second-consecutive All-America nod on pommel horse after he finished seventh with an 8.825. After the 2006 NCAA championships, the Buckeye became a four-time All-American. Last year, Bucher became the first Ohio State gymnast to earn All-America accolades on three events as a freshman on pommel horse (9.212), rings (9.562) and parallel bars (9.637).

As the lone Buckeye on vault, Wickham (So., Gulfport, Miss./Planet Gymnastics) notched a 9.487 to finish second and posted his first All-America award on the event he captured the U.S. National title at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas (Feb. 4).

Co-captain Ito (Jr., Huntington Beach, Calif./South Coast Gymnastics) was the final competitor for Ohio State at the 2006 NCAA Individual Event Championships. With a score of 9.687, Ito placed third on high bar to earn his first All-America nod.

At the first session of the 2006 NCAA Qualifier Thursday, Ohio State finished fourth to knock the Buckeyes out of contention for the 2006 NCAA Championship. With a team total of 211.700, Ohio State ended its streak of consecutive appearances in the NCAA championships at 25.

Baseball is off to its best start since the 2001 season when itbegan the year 20-6 after a 17-game win streak. This year’s team is19-7 and has won six of the last seven games and 11 of the last 13to post the best overall record by a Big Ten team this season.After cracking the Top 25 last week, the 24th-ranked Buckeyes went4-1, beating Miami (Ohio) in a mid-week non-conference tilt beforetaking three of four games vs. Illinois to stay atop the leaguestandings with a 6-2 record. For the weekend, the team batted .331and was led by centerfielder Matt Angle, who was 7-for-15 (.467)with a pair of doubles and four runs scored. Shortstop JedidiahStephen batted .462 and third baseman Ronnie Bourquin batted .429,while J.B. Shuck, who had one start at first and two in left field,batted .400. Shuck, also a freshman pitcher, went the distance topitch his first career complete game in the series clinchingvictory on Sunday. He allowed only one run on seven hits and struckout five. Catcher/first baseman Eric Fryer batted .389 with six RBIand seven runs scored to earn Co-Big Ten Player of the Weekaccolades. Six pitchers combined for a 2.12 ERA and struck out 30Illini batters in 34.0 innings pitched and limited Illinois to a.203 batting average. Dan DeLucia and Cory Luebke joined Shuck inpitching complete games. DeLucia allowed one run on six hits with acareer-high tying nine strikeouts, while Luebke allowed one run onthree hits with seven strikeouts in his 7.0-inning complete game.Shuck and DeLucia both lead the Big Ten with five victories. Shuckis 5-0 with a 1.10 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 41.0 innings, whileDeLucia is 5-1 with a 2.73 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 52.2 inningsand is 2-0 in the Big Ten with a 0.56 ERA.

Ohio State will play host to Central Michigan Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium and then heads to Michigan for a four-game series in Ann Arbor. The teams will play a single game Friday at 6:35 p.m. and continue with a doubleheader Saturday at 4:05 p.m. before concluding the series with a single game Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

The women’s tennis team (13-8; 3-3 Big Ten) hosted four matchesthis week going 3-1. The Buckeyes defeated Xavier, 6-1, April 5 inthe first match of a doubleheader. Ohio State then closed thedoubleheader by shutting out Ohio Northern, 7-0. Ohio State thenbeat Penn State, 6-1, April 8 and closed the week with a 4-3 lossto No. 30 Indiana, April 9.

The Buckeyes will be back in action April 15 when they host the Michigan Wolverines. The Buckeyes will then close out the home season schedule when they host the Michigan State Spartans April16. Both matches will begin at 11 a.m. at the Stickney Tennis Center. In the case of inclement weather, the matches will be held at the Jesse Owens West Recreation Center in Columbus.

Coming off a 4-0 weekend in the Big Ten and riding a six gamewinning streak, the softball team hosts Toledo at 5 p.m. Tuesday ina doubleheader at Buckeye Field before getting back into Big Tenplay at noon Sunday against Minnesota. The Buckeyes (24-14, 6-2 BigTen) are 9-0 at home this season and swept Illinois and 15th-rankedNorthwestern last weekend, marking Ohio State’s first sweep of aranked team since 2002 when OSU won a school-record 55 games.Making its first appearance at the NCAA Central RegionChampionships since 2003, the women’s gymnastics team finishedsixth with a team score of 193.000 Friday night at the PeteMaravich Assembly Center on the campus of LSU. Senior BrittanyBrown led the Buckeyes on beam (9.750) and floor (9.875) and wasthe best of the three Buckeyes who competed in the all-around,finishing the night with an all-around score of 38.7, which placed11th in the event overall. Brown’s score on floor tied for thethird-best among all competitors in the event. Sophomore KaylanClevinger placed 14th in the all-around (38.2) and sophomoreMaalika (muh-Leek-ah) Moore-Thomas finished 15th in the all-around(38.125). Women’s basketball junior Jessica Davenport has combinedwith former Buckeye standout Katie Smith to help Team USA to aperfect mark through the first four games of the 2006 Opals WorldChallenge in Australia. Smith led the U.S. squad with 16 points inits win Saturday vs. Australia. Davenport netted 10 points andgrabbed six rebounds in the Americans’ most recent victory overChina Taipei Monday. Team USA concludes the Opals ChallengeWednesday (6 a.m. EDT) with a rematch vs. Australia. The men’strack team won the 2006 All-Ohio Championships this weekend atJesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Matt Buzek (10,000m), BrandonCathcart (triple jump), Matt Comer (comb-er) (400m hurdles), JohnEaly (5,000m), Scott Hudepohl (hoo-duh-POLE) (Decathlon) and BrianOlinger (oll-ing-er) (1,500 meters) all won their respective eventsto help the men capture the team title.

The women’s team took second place and was fueled by Veronica Vance’s sweep of the long and triple jump events. Ayrizanna (ay-riz-zanah) Favours (favors) also added a winning time in the 400m and Keturah (ka-to-rah) Lofton claimed the top spot in the hammer Friday.

The Buckeyes split up next week, sending some competitors to the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., and others to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.

Women’s lacrosse (2-9 overall, 1-1 American LacrosseConference) lost, 13-6, to 10th-ranked Notre Dame at home Wednesdayand won 9-7 at Ohio Sunday. Against Notre Dame, Kelyn Laws had twogoals and an assist to lead the Buckeyes. Kristen Gilwee took theloss in goal, making six saves with Kim Hastings played the secondhalf and made four saves. In the American Lacrosse Conferencevictory at Ohio, Kristen Slahor, Kristen Hannon and Lindsay Weinerscored two goals each with Hannon and Slahor each adding an assist.Slahor scored the game winning goal against the Bobcats at 8-5 andadded an insurance goal after Ohio had rallied to close to 8-7.Gilwee started and got the win making three saves. Hastings playedthe last 17:10 and picked up two saves. Ohio State continuesconference action Sunday when they play at Vanderbilt. Men’svolleyball (17-11 overall, 5-5 Midwestern IntercollegiateVolleyball Association) lost two of three home matches last week.OSU fell Tuesday to No. 11 Penn State, 3-2, and lost 3-0 to BallState Friday. The Buckeyes defeated Quincy, 3-0, Saturday. JohnAlbertson had 12 kills and Brett Versen 10 in the five-game loss toPenn State. OSU trailed 0-2 in the match but sent it to a fifthgame, losing 15-12. Mark Greaves had 14 kills and Sam Stevens, 11,in the 3-0 loss to Ball State. Buckeye seniors Andy Cole, StuartKatz and Greaves had 14, 12 and 11 kills, respectively in the 3-0victory over Quincy. The Victory over the Hawks gave OSU the No. 4seed in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals, April 22. OSU will hostNo. 5 seed Quincy in that match. OSU closes out the regular seasonwith road contests at Lewis Friday (April 14) and at Quincy (April15) Saturday. The field hockey team wrapped up the first of twoweeks of competition in the T2D Spring League. The league featureseight teams and games are played in a round-robin format at foursites over two weekends. OSU, who won the title last season, tiedMichigan State (1-1), Michigan (1-1) and Miami (2-2) in its threegames Saturday and Sunday in East Lansing, Mich. The goals werescored by Jamie Gofgosky, Dana Greenhut, Linda Haussener and SaskiaMueller.

Ohio State travels to Kent, Ohio, April 15 for the third round of the league. The Buckeyes face Ohio University at 9 a.m. and Kent State at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Final round action will be played April 16 at North Turf Field on the Ohio State campus. OSU faces Central Michigan at 8 a.m. and Northwestern at 2:20 p.m. After the completion of round robin action, the top two teams will play in the championship game at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday, April 11 – Tuesday, April 18

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

Friday, April 14
Baseball at Michigan, 6:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Volleyball at Lewis, 7 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Butler, 7 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Track at Sea Ray Relays
Knoxville, Tenn.

Track at Mt. SAC Relays
Mt. San Antonio, Calif.

Saturday, April 15
Women’s Tennis vs. Michigan, 11 a.m.
Stickney Tennis Center (outdoor) OR
Jesse Owens West Tennis Center (indoor), Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis at Michigan State, Noon
East Lansing, Mich.

Baseball at Michigan, 4:05 and 7:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Volleyball at Quincy, 7 p.m.
Quincy, Ill.

Women’s Rowing vs. Minnesota/Oregon State
Bloomington, Ind.

Track at Mt. SAC Relays
Mt. San Antonio, Calif.

Track at Sea Ray Relays
Knoxville, Tenn.

Men’s Golf Robert Kepler Intercollegiate
Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio

Sunday, April 16
Women’s Tennis vs. Michigan State, 11 a.m.
Stickney Tennis Center (outdoor) OR
Jesse Owens West Tennis Center (indoor), Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis at Michigan, Noon
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Lacrosse at Vanderbilt, Noon
Nashville, Tenn.

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

Baseball at Michigan, 1:05 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Golf Robert Kepler Intercollegiate
Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio

Track at Mt. SAC Relays
Mt. San Antonio, Calif.

Tuesday, April 18
Softball vs. IUPUI, 5 and 7 p.m.
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio