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Athletes of the Week
Robbie Klein, a junior on the men’s volleyball team, averaged 6.08 points, 4.50 kills, 2.00 digs, 1.33 blocks and .67 aces per game last weekend in 3-0 home wins against No. 12 George Mason and Rutgers-Newark. Klein had 20 points against George Mason collecting 14 kills, two ace serves, two solo blocks, four assist blocks and six digs. He handled 19 reception attempts without an error. Against Rutgers-Newark he had a match-high 16.5 points recording 13 kills, two aces serves, one solo block, one assist block and six digs. He handled 16 reception attempts with an error.

His two solo blocks against George Mason set his career high while his six digs in both matches was his season high and equaled his career high. His 36.5 points for the weekend has moved him to 14th on the Ohio State career points list with 1,041.5.

David Ebersole, a senior on the men’s track and field team, finished first in the hammer throw with a personal-best toss of 206 feet, 4 inches as Ohio State put on an impressive all-around performance at the “The Dual” with a 110-93 victory over Michigan April 5 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. His throw also registered in as a Dual Meet-record and helped the Buckeyes win 11 of the 19 events. Ebersole is coming off his best indoor season as a Buckeye, in which he posted one of the Top 12 marks in the country in the weight throw and qualified for his first NCAA championship.

Athletics Good Stuff

Baseball (16-9; 5-3 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bob Todd
In a clash of Big Ten rivals, Ohio State won its series against Minnesota, 3-1, in Bill Davis Stadium April 4-6. After taking game one, 11-6, and splitting the doubleheader the following day (0-6 and 4-1), the Buckeyes won the final matchup, 8-7.
In the series finale, the Scarlet and Gray used a five-run rally in the sixth inning to come from behind and defeat the Golden Gophers.
Before its much anticipated series against the Gophers, Ohio State hosted Toledo April 2 in Bill Davis Stadium and handed the Rockets a 13-0 shutout.
Freshman Andrew Armstrong had another strong outing for the Buckeyes, throwing five scoreless innings to improve to 3-1. Senior Tony Kennedy led the offense with a lead-off home run in the first inning and had three hits for the game.
The Buckeyes scored in each of the first five innings. After Kennedy’s home run in the second, junior Michael Arp had an RBI single in the second, junior Justin Miller and sophomore Cory Rupert had RBI singles in the third, and Kennedy singled home sophomore Brian DeLucia, who had tripled, to extend the lead to 5-0 in the fourth.
Up Next: vs. Central Michigan, 6:35 p.m. April 9 in Bill Davis Stadium
at Michigan State, 5:05 p.m. April 11 in East Lansing, Mich.
at Michigan State, 1:05 p.m. April 12 in East Lansing, Mich.
at Michigan State, 3:05 p.m. April 12 in East Lansing, Mich.
at Michigan State, 1:05 p.m. April 13 in East Lansing, Mich.
vs. Louisville, 6:35 p.m. April 16 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Purdue, 6:35 p.m. April 18 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Purdue, 1:05 p.m. April 19 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Purdue, 3:05 p.m. April 19 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Purdue, 1:05 p.m. April 20 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Akron, 6:35 p.m. April 23 in Bill Davis Stadium
at Northwestern, 4 p.m. April 25 in Evanston, Ill.
at Northwestern, 2 p.m. April 26 in Evanston, Ill.
at Northwestern, 5 p.m. April 26 in Evanston, Ill.
at Northwestern, 2 p.m. April 27 in Evanston, Ill.

Men’s Basketball (24-13)
Head Coach: Thad Matta
Ohio State won its second NIT title in school history when it defeated UMass, 92-85, in the tournament final April 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y.
Freshman center Kosta Koufos was named the event’s Most Outstanding Player after compiling 22 points and nine rebounds, while senior guard Jamar Butler and Koufos were named to the All-Tournament team.
In the semifinal matchup against Ole Miss, April 1, the Scarlet and Gray had four Buckeyes score in double digits – Butler (17), freshman forward Evan Turner (17), sophomore guard David Lighty (16) and Koufos (16) – to help hand the Rebels an 81-69 loss.
Head coach Thad Matta led the Buckeyes to a 24-13 record this season after a 35-4 mark a year ago. The record of 59-17 is the most games (76) played over a two-year span in school history. It is also the most wins over consecutive years.

Men’s Golf
Head Coach: Jim Brown
After the first day (April 4) of the Marshall Invitational was washed out because of heavy rains in Huntington, W.Va., Ohio State was back in action April 5 and shot a 3-under 565 to finish third in the field of 17. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes on the par 71, 6,476-yard Guyan Golf and Country Club.
Ohio State was one of three teams to finish the Marshall Invitational under par. The Buckeyes also defeated five other Ohio teams: Cincinnati, Miami, Bowling Green, Wright State and Ohio.
Senior co-captain Kyle Coconis and freshman Bo Hoag led the Buckeyes at 2-under 140 for a fifth-place tie. It is the second Top 5 finish of the season for both Ohio natives. Coconis, of Zanesville, opened with a 68 for his sixth round in the 60s this season and wrapped up the event with a 72. Hoag, of Upper Arlington, fired steady scores of 71-69 for his fifth round in the 60s this year.
Two other Buckeyes finished in the Top 25 with juniors Vaughn Snyder tying for ninth with a score of 141 and Dan Rush tying for 23rd at 144. Sophomore Patrick Simard rounded out the OSU golfers with a score of 150 to tie for 58th.
Up Next: hosting Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, TBA April 12-13 at Scarlet Course
at Big Ten Championships, TBA April 25-27 in East Lansing, Mich.

No. 7 Men’s Gymnastics
Head Coach: Miles Avery
Ohio State concluded the 2008 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships with four gymnasts earning All-Big Ten honors April 5 in Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State University. Junior Jake Bateman and freshman Brandon Wynn were tabbed first-team All-Big Ten selections after placing second and sixth, respectively, in the all-around the previous night.
Seniors Jimmy Wickham and DJ Bucher were named to the second-team after securing second-place finishes on vault and parallel bars, respectively. With the honor, Bucher became only the fifth Buckeye in program history to be named to the All-Big Ten squad each of his four years of eligibility. The Mason, Ohio, native also received kudos as Ohio State’s sportsmanship honoree.
As a team, the Buckeyes finished third in the league championships with a score of 354.35. Under head coach Miles Avery, the Buckeyes have never finished out of the conference’s Top 3 in 11 seasons, extending the program’s record to 22-straight years placing in the top half of the conference standings.
Up Next: at NCAA Championships, TBA April 17-19 in Stanford, Calif.

No. 16 Men’s Lacrosse (7-3; 3-0 GWLL)
Head Coach: Joe Breschi
No. 17/18 Ohio State jumped out to a 13-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 20-4 victory over Bellarmine in a Great Western Lacrosse League game in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium April 2. The Buckeyes received goals from 11 players in the win.
Junior Joel Dalgarno, the reigning GWLL Player of the Week, had a game-high four goals and tied senior teammate Kevin Buchanan for the team lead with six points each vs. the Knights. Buchanan had a team-best five assists in the game, with junior Jeff Ryan recording four points on a hat trick and an assist. Junior Peet Poillon had a hat trick, and senior Mat Ballay and sophomore Mario Ventiquattro each scored twice. Junior Nick Carr led the team with a career-best nine groundballs. The Buckeye defense held the Knights to just 17 shots in the game, including five in the first half.
The Buckeyes returned to JOMS for a matchup against Air Force April 6 and moved to 3-0 in the GWLL after beating the Falcons, 16-5, on Senior Day.
The Scarlet and Gray were led by Dalgarno (3g, 3a) and Buchanan (1g, 5a) with six points each. Ohio State led the Falcons, 5-1, after the first quarter and carried a 13-2 lead into halftime.
Prior to the game, the 11 members of the Buckeye senior class were honored. The class includes Buchanan, Ballay, Charlie Billingsley, Matt Cornell, Bill Curry, Chris Friel, Josh Funk, Steve McKinlay, Ricky Pages, Peter Schell and Stefan Schroder.
Up Next: vs. North Carolina, 1 p.m. April 12 in Baltimore, Md.
vs. Denver, 11 a.m. April 19 in Ohio Stadium
at Notre Dame, noon April 27 in Notre Dame, Ind.

No. 22 Women’s Lacrosse (7-5; 0-1 ALC)
Head Coach: Sue Stimmel
The Buckeyes participated in the ACC/ALC Challenge April 4 and 6 in Chapel Hill, N.C., which pitted programs from the American Lacrosse League against the Atlantic Coast Conference.
In its opening contest, the Scarlet and Gray was handed a 22-12 defeat. The Buckeyes received three goals from sophomore Kelly Haggerty and two goals each from sophomore Brittney Zerhusen and seniors Kristen Slahor and Jessica Patane.
Remaining in Chapel Hill, Ohio State dropped a 21-6 decision to Maryland April 6.
Patane scored two goals for Ohio State, while Slahor, the NCAA assist leader, added three helpers. Freshman Maghan Beaudrault, junior Rachel Hawes and Zerhusen also scored for the Buckeyes.
In goal, junior Kristen Gilwee recorded six saves and freshman Annie Carruthers had one.
Up Next: vs. Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. April 11 in Nashville, Tenn.
vs. Davidson, 1 p.m. April 13 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
vs. Penn State, 1 p.m. April 20 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. April 23 in Cincinnati, Ohio
at Johns Hopkins, 3 p.m. April 28 in Baltimore, Md.

No. 9 Rowing
Head Coach: Andy Teitelbaum
Pitting the top rowing squads from two of the top conferences in the nation, ninth-ranked Ohio State won six races as hosts of the 2008 Big Ten/ACC Duals April 5 at Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio. No. 10 Michigan joined the Buckeyes in the Big Ten, while third-ranked Virginia and Duke represented the ACC.
Racing against chilly conditions during the morning session, the Buckeyes picked up wins in the Second Varsity Four and Eight races against the Cavaliers. With rising temperatures at around 60 degrees heading into the second session, the Scarlet and Gray was able to gain four more wins against the Blue Devils from the First and Second Varsity Four and Eight squads.
Up Next: vs. Bucknell, Michigan and Tennessee, TBA April 12 at Griggs Reservoir
vs. Wisconsin and Iowa, TBA April 19 at Griggs Reservoir

No. 24 Softball (23-14; 2-6 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis
Ohio State concluded its 12-game homestand at Buckeye Field April 6. It was a tough stretch for the Buckeyes as they have lost six-consecutive games.
The Scarlet and Gray began the week against Marshall and dropped 11-0 and 6-1 decisions in doubleheader action April 2. Returning to Big Ten action against Michigan State and Northwestern, Ohio State then lost two games each to its conference opponents April 4-6.
Up Next: at Indiana, 4 p.m. April 11 in Bloomington, Ind.
at Indiana, 1 p.m. April 12 in Bloomington, Ind.
at Purdue, noon April 13 in West Lafayette, Ind.
at Purdue, 2 p.m. April 13 in West Lafayette, Ind.
vs. Kentucky, 5 p.m. April 16 in Buckeye Field
vs. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. April 16 in Buckeye Field
vs. Michigan, 6 p.m. April 18 in Buckeye Field
vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. April 19 in Buckeye Field
vs. Penn State, noon April 20 in Buckeye Field
vs. Penn State, 2 p.m. April 20 in Buckeye Field
vs. Ball State, 5 p.m. April 23 in Buckeye Field
vs. Ball State, 7:30 p.m. April 23 in Buckeye Field
at Wisconsin, 4 p.m. April 25 in Madison, Wis.
at Wisconsin, noon April 25 in Madison, Wis.
at Minnesota, noon April 27 in Minneapolis, Minn.
at Minnesota, 2 p.m. April 27 in Minneapolis, Minn.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (24-1; 6-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
Ohio State began the month of April on a high note, defeating conference opponent and 39th-ranked Indiana, 6-1, April 2 in Bloomington.
After winning the doubles point against the Hoosiers, Buckeye sophomore Justin Kronauge clinched the match at No. 3 singles by defeating Philip Eilers, 6-3, 6-3.
The Buckeyes returned to action two days later (April 4) on their home courts of the OSU Varsity Tennis Center and won two matches in doubleheader action. The Scarlet and Gray served Northwestern a 7-0 defeat before handing Toledo a 4-0 loss. Against the Wildcats, Ohio State won all its singles matches in straight sets. Before abandoning matches at Nos. 4, 5, 6 singles, the Buckeyes also had established straight-set victories against the Rockets at Nos. 1, 2 and 3.
The Scarlet and Gray were back in action April 6, playing its first match of the 2008 season in its outdoor venue, Stickney Tennis Center. Ohio State did not miss a beat, handing, No. 35 Wisconsin a 6-1 loss.
In familiar territory, the Buckeyes were up 1-0 heading into singles action against the Badgers. Ohio State won five of six singles matches, including three in straight sets by juniors Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke and freshman Balazs Novak.
Up Next: at Illinois, noon April 12 in Champaign, Ill.
at Purdue, noon April 13 in West Lafayette, Ind.
vs. Penn State, noon April 19 at Stickney Tennis Center
vs. Michigan, noon April 20 at Stickney Tennis Center
at Big Ten Tournament, TBA April 24-27 in Iowa City, Iowa

No. 29 Women’s Tennis (17-4; 4-2 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
After falling to No. 1-ranked Northwestern on the road, 7-0, April 4, the Buckeyes rebounded with a 5-2 victory over Wisconsin in Madison April 6.
The win over the Badgers, Ohio State’s 17th of the season, gives the Buckeyes their best start in team history through 21 matches (16-5 in 2002).
Rookie Cami Hubbs, already the owner of the freshman record for singles wins in a season, tied the Ohio State record set by Kristy Dascoli (2001) for singles victories in a season with her 31st win of the year. The win came from the No. 5 spot over Chelsea Nusslock, 6-2, 6-1.
The Buckeyes also picked up singles wins from freshman Paloma Escobedo, who won 6-4, 6-3, over Jessica Seyferth from the No. 2 spot, sophomore Christina Keesey, a 6-1, 6-3, winner vs. Katya Mirnova at No. 4 singles, and senior Caitlin O’Keefe, who posted her 19th win of the season with a 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (9) victory against Morgan Tuttle at the No. 6 spot.
Ohio State won the doubles point for the 16th time this season behind a strong performance by Keesey and partner Angela DiPastina from the No. 1 spot, winning, 8-4, over Seyferth and Elizabeth Carpenter. Escobedo and O’Keefe added an 8-2 victory from the No. 3 spot over Tuttle and Erin Jobe while Hubbs and junior Julie Blackmore came out on the winning end of an 8-7(6) match in No. 2 doubles vs. Nusslock and Mirnova.
Up Next: vs. Purdue, 11 a.m. April 12 at Stickney Tennis Center
vs. Illinois, 11 a.m. April 13 at Stickney Tennis Center
at Michigan, 4 p.m. April 18 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
at Penn State, 11 a.m. April 20 in State College, Pa.
at Big Ten Championships, TBA April 24-27 in West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Robert Gary
Ohio State put on an impressive all-around performance as the Buckeyes evened the “The Dual” series with a 110-93 victory over its rival Michigan April 5 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 11 of the 19 events.
It was the second of six dual meets over the next three years for the two programs. Michigan won the first indoor meet in January, 90-71, before the Buckeyes evened the score.
After the victory, the Buckeyes celebrated with a victory lap with ‘The Dual’ pennant, which travels and stays with the winning team until the next meeting.
Sophomore Chad Balyo won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:23.96 to clinch the win for the Buckeyes.
Up Next: at Sea Ray Relays, TBA April 10-12 in Knoxville, Tenn.
at ASU Invitational, TBA April 12 in Tempe, Ariz.
All-Ohio Championships, TBA April 18-19 in Cincinnati, Ohio
at Drake Relays, TBA April 24-26 in Des Moines, Iowa

Women’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Karen Dennis
At the 81st-annual Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, April 3-5, freshman Letecia Wright finished 34th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.43 and was followed by junior Bever-Leigh Holloway, who finished 37th in a time of 14.64.
Ohio State posted a ninth-place finish in the 4×100-meter relay, one of the toughest fields in the country. The team posted a time of 46.24 in the event and finished third in its heat. The 4×400-meter relay squad finished 11th and was the top Big Ten team in the event with a time of 3:46.89. In the 4×200-meter relay, the Buckeyes grabbed ninth with a time of 1:37.25.
Up Next: at Mt. Sac Relays, TBA April 17-20 in Pomona, Calif.
at All-Ohio, TBA April 18-19 in Cincinnati, Ohio
at Drake Relays, TBA April 24-26 in Des Moines, Iowa

No. 10 Men’s Volleyball (15-7; 8-1 MIVA)
Head Coach: Pete Hanson
Opening its weekend action against No. 12 George Mason, Ohio State defeated the Patriots in a three-game sweep with scores of 30-21, 30-21, 30-27 April 4 in St. John Arena. Junior Robbie Klein scored a match-high 20 points in the victory with a match-high 14 kills, two ace serves, two solo blocks and four assist blocks.
Behind a match-best 16.5 points from Klein, the Scarlet and Gray went on to defeat Rutgers-Newark, 3-0 (30-27, 30-20, 30-28), April 5 in St. John Arena.
Up Next: at IPFW, 7 p.m. April 8 in Ft. Wayne, Ind.
vs. Ball State, 7 p.m. April 10 in St. John Arena
vs. Mercyhurst, 7 p.m. April 12 in St. John Arena
at MIVA Tournament, TBA April 18-26 on campus sites

Athletics
Gene Smith, assistant vice president and director of athletics at The Ohio State University, has been selected as a final nominee in the Athletic Director of the Year category for the inaugural Sports Business Awards presented by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily. Smith, named Ohio State director of athletics March 5, 2005, is one of four finalists.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
April 8-15

April 8
Women’s golf at Indiana Invitational, TBA
Carmel, Ind.

Men’s volleyball at IPFW, 7 p.m.
Ft. Wayne, Ind.

April 9
Baseball vs. Central Michigan, 6:35 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill Davis Stadium

April 10
Men’s volleyball vs. Ball State, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s track at Sea Ray Relays, TBA
Knoxville, Tenn.

April 11
Men’s track at Sea Ray Relays, TBA
Knoxville, Tenn.

Women’s lacrosse at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m.
Nashville, Tenn.

Softball at Indiana, 4 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Baseball at Michigan State, 5:05 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s soccer vs. Dayton (Spring Exhibition), 7:30 p.m.
Dayton, Ohio

April 12
Men’s golf hosting Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Scarlet Course

Men’s track at Sea Ray Relays, TBA
Knoxville, Tenn.

Men’s track at ASU Invitational, TBA
Tempe, Ariz.

Rowing vs. Bucknell, Michigan and Tennessee, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Griggs Reservoir

Women’s tennis vs. Purdue, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

Men’s tennis at Illinois, noon
Champaign, Ill.

Men’s lacrosse vs. North Carolina, 1 p.m.
Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.)

Softball at Indiana, 1 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Baseball at Michigan State, 1:05 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Baseball at Michigan State, 3:05 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s gymnastics at NCAA Regional Championships, 7 p.m.
Baton Rouge, La. (LSU serving as hosts)

Men’s volleyball vs. Mercyhurst, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

April 13
Men’s golf hosting Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Scarlet Course

Women’s tennis vs. Illinois, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

Men’s tennis at Purdue, noon
West Lafayette, Ind.

Softball at Purdue, noon
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s lacrosse vs. Davidson, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Baseball at Michigan State, 1:05 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Softball at Purdue, 2 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s soccer vs. U17 Canadian National Team (Spring Exhibition), 4 p.m.
Morgantown, W.Va.