Athletes of the Week
For the second consecutive-season, Andras Horanyi won gold in men’s foil at the NCAA Championships March 16 after the fencing team claimed its third title in program history and the second in five years. The final in men’s foil was a rematch of last year’s classic title bout, when Horanyi defeated Ronald Berkowsky, 13-12, in an overtime decision. This year, Horanyi dominated Berkowsky in front of a home crowd inside St. John Arena, 14-7.
Horanyi rattled off 10-consecutive strikes against Berkowsky and held a 12-4 advantage late in the match. From there, Horanyi cruised to the final decision, holding off the senior from Pennsylvania to run the clock out and earn the fifth-consecutive foil title for a Buckeye fencer (Boaz Ellis 2003-05).
Teresa Meyer, a senior on the pistol team, captured two individual national titles at the Collegiate Nationals March 14 in Fort Benning, Ga., to end her Ohio State career with seven individual titles. The Dearborn, Mich., native defended her title in women’s air pistol for the third-consecutive year by scoring a 471.6 before capturing the women’s sport pistol title shooting a 663.3.
Seth Berglee, a junior on the pistol team, nabbed two individual national titles at the Collegiate Nationals March 14 in Fort Benning, Ga., the first national laurels of his career. The Billings, Mont., native won the open free pistol title with a score of 621 and the open standard pistol title with a 546 mark.
Athletics Good Stuff
Baseball (7-5; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bob Todd
Ohio State smacked 16 hits, including four by freshman Dan Burkhart and three by freshman Ryan Meade, and came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Harvard, 9-7, March 15 at Ed Smith Stadium. The Buckeyes then gave up a five-run lead to Northern Iowa, falling, 12-8, March 17.
Junior Jake Hale pitched six innings and true freshman Andrew Armstrong earned the win with 2.0 innings of effective relief pitching. Freshman Alex Wimmers picked up the save by recording the final out of the game. Junior J.B. Shuck had three RBI and sophomore Cory Kovanda and senior Tony Kennedy each had two hits.
Ohio State had a season high 19 hits, including four by Meade, to fuel a 14-9 win over Dartmouth March 16 at the IMG Academy Park in Bradenton, Fla.
Meade, coming off a three-hit day in the win over Harvard, also knocked in three runs to spark Ohio State offensively. Every starter had at least one hit and 11 players total contributed to the 19 hits. Nine players scored runs which proved to be more than enough to support the pitching of Shuck, who went five innings and improved his record to 3-1 on the year. Freshman Drew Rucinski pitched the final 2.2 innings to pick up his first save of the year.
Against the Panthers, Kovanda had three hits to lead another double-digit hit game for the Buckeyes. Kennedy, Shuck, Justin Miller, Cory Rupert and Chris Macke all had two hits. Meade had three RBI and Rupert two.
Up Next: vs. Bradley, 3 p.m. March 18 in Bradenton, Fla.
vs. St. Louis, 10 a.m. March 19 in Bradenton, Fla.
vs. Army, 7 p.m. March 20 in Bradenton, Fla.
vs. Kansas, 1 p.m. March 21 in Bradenton, Fla.
vs. Pittsburgh, 2 p.m. March 26 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Penn State, 6:35 p.m. March 28 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Penn State, 1:05 p.m. March 29 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Penn State, 3:05 p.m. March 29 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Penn State, 1:05 p.m. March 30 in Bill Davis Stadium
Men’s Basketball (19-13; 10-8 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
In the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., Ohio State, a fifth-seed, dropped a 60-67 decision to fourth-seed Michigan State March 14.
Freshman center Kosta Koufos led the Buckeyes with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Koufos was one of four Buckeyes to score double digits – sophomore guard David Lighty (12), senior guard Jamar Butler (11) and senior forward Othello Hunter (10).
With his start vs. the Spartans, Butler became the all-time leader in career games played at Ohio State with 134, surpassing the record set by Jerry Francis (1986-89).
The Buckeyes received a No. 1 seed in the 2008 MasterCard National Invitation Tournament March 16 and will take on No. 8-seed UNC Asheville (23-9) at 7 p.m. March 18 in Value City Arena.
Up Next: vs. UNC Asheville, 7 p.m. March 18 in Value City Arena (Television: ESPN2)
Women’s Basketball (22-8; 13-5 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Jim Foster
Ohio State earned a No. 6 seed in the New Orleans Regional and will play No. 11-seed Florida State at 10:30 p.m. ET at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, March 22 in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and can be heard on WOSU 820 AM.
Ohio State is making its sixth-consecutive and 17th overall trip to the tournament.
The winner of the Ohio State-Florida State (18-13) game will take on the winner of No. 3-seed Oklahoma State (25-7) and No. 14-seed East Tennessee State (21-11) March 24 in Des Moines.
Head coach Jim Foster is making his ninth-consecutive trip to the tournament and his 22nd overall. In Foster’s first six seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have earned No. 1 (2006), No. 2 (2005), No. 4 (2003, 2007) and No. 6 (2004, 2008) seeds in the tournament. Ohio State has earned at least a second-round finish in four of five seasons under Foster, including a trip to the Round of 16 in 2005.
Up Next: vs. Florida State, 10:30 p.m. March 22 in Des Moines, Iowa (Television: ESPN2)
Head Coach: Vladimir Nazlymov
The Buckeyes won their third national championship and the school’s 57th overall March 16 in French Field House. Serving as hosts of the 2008 National Championships, Ohio State scored 185 points to outdistance Notre Dame, which placed second with 176 points.
Junior Jason Pryor’s 5-3 victory in epee against Teddy Sherrill of Harvard clinched the national title for the Buckeyes.
Individually, junior Andras Horanyi won gold in men’s foil, his second-consecutive gold in the event. Classmate, Mikhail Momtselidze earned the Buckeyes’ third silver of the championships after finishing second in the sabre competition. Also garnering silver for the Scarlet and Gray were Siobhan Byrne (women’s sabre) and Oksana Dmytruk (women’s foil).
Head Coach: Therese Hession
Ohio State is tied for 11th with a team score of 321 after the opening round at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. The three-day, 54-hole event is being held on the par 72, 6,344-yard University of Texas Golf Club. Ohio State is tied with TCU and just one stroke back from four teams tied for seventh. New Mexico stands atop the leaderboard at 303 (+15).
Leading the Buckeyes through the first 18 holes was sophomore Emma Jandel. The Dayton, Ohio, native was 1-over on the front nine en route to a round of 77 and is tied for 11th.
Also 1-over on the front nine was junior Gemma Webster. The team captain from Glasgow, Scotland, had an eagle on the par-5 No. 5 hole, but struggled on the back nine for a score of 79 to tie for 24th.
No. 7 Men’s Gymnastics (4-7; 2-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Miles Avery
The Buckeyes jump back into action after a three week break with their final meet of the season against conference rival and No. 4-ranked Michigan at 7 p.m. March 22 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The contest will be aired on tape delay by the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. March 29.
Up Next: at Michigan, 7 p.m. March 22 in Ann Arbor (Television: Big Ten Network)
Women’s Gymnastics (6-6-1; 2-2-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Carey Fagan
Ohio State lost to No. 22 Arizona State, 194.15-196.175, March 14 in Tempe, Ariz.
Freshman Rebecca Best and junior Kiki Holman shared the team’s best all-around score with a 38.875, which tied for fourth in the meet. Holman led the Buckeyes on beam with a 9.725, which placed fifth in the meet.
Sophomore Beth Ann Ballard led Ohio State on two events, scoring a career-high 9.850 on vault to place third and a 9.750 on bars to tie her career high and place fourth.
Ohio State’s final event leader was senior Maalika Moore-Thomas on floor with a 9.875, which was second.
Up Next: at West Virginia, 7 p.m. March 22 in Morgantown, W. Va.
at Big Ten Championships, 2 p.m. March 29 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Television: Big Ten Network)
No. 19/20 Men’s Lacrosse (3-2; 0-0 GWLL)
Head Coach: Joe Breschi
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team used a five-goal third quarter to break open a one-goal game en route to a 12-5 victory over Robert Morris March 15 in Moon Township, Pa.
Juniors Jeff Ryan (3g, 1a) and Joel Dalgarno (1g, 3a) led the Buckeyes with four points each, while junior Peet Poillon had three points (2g, 1a). Senior goalie Stefan Schroder made 14 saves in the win, including nine in the second half. Sophomore Ryan Lowe added two goals, while sophomore James Green and senior Kevin Buchanan each had a goal and an assist.
Up Next: at Villanova, 7 p.m. March 18 in Villanova, Pa.
vs. UMBC, 11 a.m. March 22, location TBA
at Quinnipiac, 1 p.m. March 29 in Hamden, Conn.
Women’s Lacrosse (5-2; 0-1 ALC)
Head Coach: Sue Stimmel
Ohio State dropped its first American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) matchup of 2008 as it fell to top-ranked Northwestern, 21-5, March 14 at North Turf Field.
Senior Kristen Slahor led the Buckeyes with three points from two goals and one assist. Also scoring twice for Ohio State was junior Rachel Hawes, who now has eight goals and nine points in 2008.
Ohio State delivered a 17-2 loss to Robert Morris March 16 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes had 12 student-athletes register at least one goal with both senior Jessica Patane and sophomore Brittney Zerhusen notching a hat trick.
Up Next: vs. St. Bonaventure, 1 p.m. March 22, location TBA
vs. Bucknell, 7 p.m. March 28, location TBA
at Virginia Tech, 1 p.m. March 30 in Blacksburg, Va.
Head Coach: Jim Sweeney
As a team, the Buckeyes finished second in the open events of the Collegiate Nationals March 14 in Ft. Benning, Ga. Ohio State had a three-gun (open, standard, air) score of 6,302 for 27 points.
Junior Seth Berglee and senior Teresa Meyer each won two individual national championships. Berglee captured the open free pistol title with a score of 621 and the open standard pistol title with a 546 mark. Meyer defended her title in women’s air pistol for the third-consecutive year by scoring a 471.6 before capturing the women’s sport pistol title shooting a 663.3.
Head Coach: Pat Cherry
Qualifying for the national championships as an individual, freshman James Clark finished 40th in the NCAA Air Rifle Championship March 15, scoring a 571 in West Point, N.Y.
Clark was the top individual scorer in air rifle at the Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference Championships, shooting a 390. He received first team WIRC All-Conference honors in both air rifle and smallbore rifle.
Softball (19-6; 0-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis
For the second time this season, the Big Ten has named sophomore Sam Marder its softball player of the week. Marder went 7-for-16 at the plate (.438) with a double, home run and four runs batted in last weekend to lead the Buckeyes to a 3-2 record at the Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif.
Freshman Karisa Medrano’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning provided a walk-off ending and completed a late comeback from two runs down as 19th-ranked Ohio State topped Nevada, 3-2, March 14 in the Buckeyes’ opening game of the Capital Classic.
Junior Kim Reeder threw a complete game, which was her eighth in 10 starts this season and her nine strikeouts tied her season high set last Saturday against New Mexico State.
The Buckeyes’ seven-game win streak came to an end against Sacramento State in game two of the Capital Classic as they lost 14-6. Despite the loss, the Buckeyes had 11 hits in the game, marking the ninth time this season they had 10 or more hits. Opponents have reached double-digit hits only three times.
For the first time in 58 games a school-record streak that dated back to March 11, 2007 Ohio State was held scoreless as the Buckeyes fell, 2-0, to California March 15 in game three of the Capital Classic at the Sacramento Softball Complex. Ohio State out-hit Cal, 7-2, but left 10 runners on base and committed four errors, which led to both runs being unearned against Reeder, who struck out six and allowed only a second-inning double and a third-inning single.
A five-run sixth inning put the exclamation point on the end of a two-game slide as Ohio State beat Northern Colorado, 9-5, March 15 in game four of the Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif. The Buckeyes pounded out 12 hits and capitalized on five errors by the Bears (6-23).
Ohio State plated three runs in the top of the second inning, one in the third and five more in the sixth. Sophomore Rebecca Schultz went 2-for-4 with an RBI and her first two collegiate doubles.
In the concluding game, the Buckeyes edged Colorado State, 5-4. Reeder (10-4) struck out nine to tie her season high for the third time this year. She walked five and allowed eight hits, while three of her four runs were earned.
Marder went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs batted in and her eighth home run of the season.
Up Next: vs. Robert Morris (Buckeye Invitational), 3 p.m. March 21 at Buckeye Field
vs. Eastern Michigan (Buckeye Invitational), 5 p.m. March 21 at Buckeye Field
vs. Bowling Green (Buckeye Invitational), 3 p.m. March 22 at Buckeye Field
vs. Binghamton (Buckeye Invitational), 1 p.m. March 23 at Buckeye Field
vs. Iowa, 6 p.m. March 28 at Buckeye Field
vs. Iowa, noon March 29 at Buckeye Field
vs. Illinois, noon March 30 at Buckeye Field
vs. Illinois, 2 p.m. March 30 at Buckeye Field
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Head Coach: Bill Wadley
With Ohio State hosting the NCAA Diving Zones, Buckeyes Ryan Jefferson, Sean Moore and Wes Wieser advanced to the national meet because of their respective performances.
The sophomore Jefferson won the three-meter springboard with a score of 684.65 to qualify for his first trip to the NCAA championships. Finishing right behind Jefferson in second was Wieser. The junior qualified for his second trip to the national championships with a score of 676.50. Moore will compete in his first national championship as a freshman after qualifying for the platform event with a 777.00 for second place. Wieser also competed on platform and finished third with 656.95 points.
Up Next: at NCAA championships, TBA March 27-29 in Federal Way, Wash.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Head Coach: Jeanne Fleck
With Ohio State hosting the NCAA Diving Zones, Buckeye Bianca Alvarez advanced to the national event because of her performance on the one-meter springboard. The freshman qualified for her first NCAA championships after capturing second in the event with 587.15 points.
Teammates Chelsea Davis and Kristen Asman also qualified for the national stage after placing on the three-meter springboard. Junior Davis scored 615.90 points for second, while the freshman Asman put up a fifth-place performance with 580.25 points. On the final day of qualifying, Asman finished first on platform with a score of 559.25 points.
Up Next: hosting NCAA Championships, TBA March 20-22 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
hosting Ohio State Long Course Meet, TBA March 23 in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
No. 2 Men’s Tennis (15-1; 2-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
Stepping out of conference action, Ohio State topped No. 26 LSU, 4-2, March 16 in Baton Rouge, La.
For the 12th time this season, Ohio State swept the doubles point, beginning with the first-time pair of sophomore Justin Kronauge and freshman Shuhei Uzawa who beat Sebastian Carlsson and Kevin Dessauer, 8-2. Winners of nine of its last 10, the tandem of juniors Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke downed Colt Gaston and Jan Zelezny, 8-4, to clinch the doubles point.
The Buckeyes rallied from a 2-1 deficit thanks to singles wins by Moneke, Koniecko and freshman Matt Allare.
Up Next: vs. The Citadel, TBA March 19 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
at Coastal Carolina, TBA March 19 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
vs. Virginia Commonwealth, Noon March 23 in OSU Varsity Tennis Center
at Notre Dame, 4 p.m. March 28 in South Bend, Ind.
at Michigan State, noon March 30 in East Lansing, Mich.
No. 35 Women’s Tennis (12-3; 0-1 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
Ohio State swept both Drake (5-6, 0-0 Missouri Valley) and Coastal Carolina (7-4, 1-1 Big South) at the Fort Myers Collegiate Invitational March 17 in Fort Myers, Fla., on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University.
Ohio State took the doubles point behind 8-3 victories from the No. 1 doubles team of Christina Keesey and Angela DiPastina and the No. 2 doubles team of Cami Hubbs and Julie Blackmore against Drake.
Paloma Escobedo defeated Veronika Leszayova, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 1 spot while DiPastina followed suit in No. 2 singles, winning 7-5, 6-2, over Irina Kalashnikova. The No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots were all dominant, with Blackmore winning 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 singles, Keesey winning 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 4 spot and Caitlin O’Keefe picking up a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the No. 5 spot.
Against Coastal Carolina the Buckeyes again won the doubles point, with DiPastina and Keesey leading the way with an 8-3 win in No. 1 doubles. Blackmore and Hubbs recorded their 10th-consecutive doubles win with an 8-2 decision at the No. 2 spot.
The Scarlet and Gray finished it out in singles, winning all six matches in straight sets, including two white-washings. Escobedo won her ninth match in 10 outings with a 6-0, 6-0, victory over Lexi Bolesky in No. 1 singles. Keesey provided her second 6-0, 6-0, win of the day from the No. 4 spot, toppling Tine Petkova. DiPastina won 6-3, 6-1 in No. 2 singles, Blackmore won her eighth straight, 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 3 spot and O’Keefe added a 6-2, 6-1 victory from the No. 6 spot.
Hubbs picked up a 6-2, 6-2, win from the No. 5 spot, giving her 26 singles wins on the season and leaving her just one win shy of tying the freshman wins record held by Sadhaf Pervez.
Up Next: vs. Minnesota, 11 a.m. March 22 in OSU Varsity Tennis Center
Vs. Iowa, 10 a.m. March 23 in OSU Varsity Tennis Center
Vs. Boston University, 10 a.m. March 29 in OSU Varsity Tennis Center
Vs. Michigan State, 11 a.m. March 30 in OSU Varsity Tennis Center
Men’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Robert Gary
Two Buckeyes in senior Lenny Jatsek and junior Jeff See earned All-America honors at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., March 14 and were later named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America team March 16.
With his 10th-place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 68 feet, 1 3/4 inches, Jatsek received his second honor. See became the Buckeyes’ first All-American in the mile since 2003 after his seventh-place finish in a time of 4:05.75.
Senior David Ebersole also was an OSU qualifier. He finished 12th in the weight throw.
Women’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Karen Dennis
Veronica Jatsek scored her second indoor All-America honor of her career March 14 with her fourth-place finish in the weight throw at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. The senior was named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America team March 16.
Jatsek earned her fourth-place finish with a toss of 70 feet, 3 inches (21.43-meters). The honor is the third of her career. Jatsek has earned All-America honors in the last three-consecutive seasons (2007 indoor weight throw, 2007 outdoor hammer, 2008 indoor weight throw).
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Women’s golf at Betsy Rawls Invitational, TBA
Baseball vs. Bradley, 3 p.m.
Men’s basketball vs. UNC Asheville, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena
Men’s lacrosse at Villanova, 7 p.m.
Women’s golf at Betsy Rawls Invitational, TBA
Men’s tennis vs. The Citadel, TBA
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Men’s tennis at Coastal Carolina, 9 a.m.
Myrtle Beach. S.C.
Baseball vs. St. Louis, 10 a.m.
Synchronized swimming at Florida, 5 p.m.
Men’s volleyball at Lewis, 7 p.m.
Wrestling at NCAA Championships, All Day
St. Louis, Mo.
Women’s swimming hosting NCAA Championships, All Day
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Baseball vs. Army, 7 p.m.
Men’s golf at Ron Moore Invitational, TBA
Baseball vs. Kansas, 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Robert Morris (Buckeye Invitational), 3 p.m.
Softball vs. Eastern Michigan (Buckeye Invitational), 5 p.m.
Men’s volleyball at Loyola, 7 p.m.
Men’s golf at Ron Moore Invitational, TBA
Women’s tennis vs. Minnesota, 11 a.m.
OSU Varsity Tennis Center
Men’s lacrosse vs. UMBC, 11 a.m.
Women’s lacrosse vs. St. Bonaventure, 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Bowling Green (Buckeye Invitational), 3 p.m.
Men’s gymnastics at Michigan, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Women’s gymnastics at West Virginia, 7 p.m.
Women’s basketball vs. Florida State at NCAA Tournament, 10:30 p.m.
Des Moines, Iowa
Men’s golf at Ron Moore Invitational, TBA
Women’s swimming and diving hosting Ohio State Long Course Meet, TBA
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Women’s tennis vs. Iowa, 10 a.m.
OSU Varsity Tennis Center
Men’s tennis vs. Virginia Commonwealth, noon
Stickney Tennis Center
Softball vs. Binghamton (Buckeye Invitational), 1 p.m.