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Athletes of the Week
Kevin Buchanan, a senior on the men’s lacrosse team, helped No. 11 Ohio State to its first win, a 14-11 victory, in program history against then-No. 8 ranked North Carolina Saturday with a team-high five goals and seven points. Buchanan, who leads the Buckeyes with 29 goals and 49 points, now has 148 (82g, 66a) points as a Buckeye to tie for sixth in program history (Mike Avery, 1988-91). Buchanan is on a 40-game scoring streak (78-62-139), has multiple points in each of his last 23 games and is on a 20-game goal-scoring streak. He has at least five points in each of his last five games. His seven points are a season best while the five goals vs. the Tar Heels tied his career best, first set as a sophomore.

Jake Hale pitched 10.0 innings and scattered nine hits, allowing just two earned runs as the baseball team defeated Michigan State, 4-3, April 13. He retired 16 of 17 batters between the sixth and 10th inning with the only runner reaching on a Hale throwing error. In the 10th, he mowed the Spartans down 1-2-3 to send the game into the 11th and set the stage for teammate Ryan Dew’s first-pitch homerun in Ohio State’s 4-3 win.

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Scarlet and Gray Days April 18-20
Ohio State will try to break the men’s lacrosse and spring football national attendance records Saturday while the baseball and softball teams look to break its respective stadium records on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Men’s lacrosse takes on Denver at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium before the football team’s spring game. Gates to the stadium will open at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Baseball will try to break its record at Bill Davis Stadium at its 6:35 p.m. Friday game against Purdue while softball will try to break the Buckeye Field record at noon Sunday vs. Penn State.
Tickets are $5 for both the lacrosse and football games while all admission passes are available for $10. They can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS. Gates to the stadium will open at 10 a.m., with general admission seating.

Baseball (18-11; 7-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bob Todd
Ohio State claimed two wins in its series against Michigan State April 11-13 in East Lansing. The Buckeyes won game one, 4-3, in dramatic fashion, before splitting a doubleheader April 13. The April 12 doubleheader was cancelled because of inclement weather.
In game one, sophomore Ryan Dew came off the bench in the 11th inning and hit a first-pitch fastball out of the ball park for the winning run. Dew’s heroics were supported by Ohio State junior starter Jake Hale, who pitched 10.0 innings and retired 16 of the final 17 batters he faced. He scattered nine hits and allowed just two earned runs in raising his record to 4-0 on the season.
In game two, the first five batters in the OSU lineup scored a run, including junior J.B. Shuck, who was 3-for-4 from the plate.
In the Buckeyes’ lone loss in the series, Ohio State was held to two hits in a 1-0 defeat.
Before heading to East Lansing, Ohio State hosted Central Michigan April 9 in Bill Davis Stadium and dropped its first non-conference home game of the season after losing, 4-2.
Sophomore Zach Hurley and Shuck scored the two runs for the Buckeyes against the Chippewas.
Up Next: 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 Golf
Head Coach: Jim Brown
Ohio State concluded its regular season by finishing fourth at its own 39th-annual Robert Kepler Intercollegiate April 13. The Buckeyes shot 301 during the final round for a 54-holes total of 909 (+57). Playing conditions were not ideal as the par 71, 7,455-yard Scarlet Course was cast under gray skies and temperatures in the low 40’s.
Junior Vaughn Snyder and freshman Bo Hoag led the Buckeyes at 13-over 226 to finish tied for 13th. Snyder carded five birdies in his team-best final round of 73 to add to his previous scores of 72 and 83. The Massillon, Ohio, native had one of two eagles of the entire tournament during the first round on the par-5 12th hole. He also finished tied for third in par 5 scoring at 2-under. Hoag, from Upper Arlington, Ohio, had rounds of 73-78-75. He finished in the Top 10 for par 3 scoring and total pars for the tournament, posting 2-over-par on par 3s and carded 35 pars.
Other Buckeye participants:
T-23. Brad Smith 77-79-74-230 (+17)
T-32. Kyle Coconis 76-77-79-232 (+19)
T-47. Patrick Simard 82-76-79-237 (+24)
Ohio State Individual scores
T-5. Zach Sebert 71-74-78-223 (+10)
T-45. Michael Cress 77-81-78-236 (+23)
T-53. Tanner Murphy 79-81-79-239 (+26)
T-58. Dan Rush 79-80-81-240 (+27)
T-69. Kevin Grabeman 85-81-79-245 (+32)
David Becher 79-86-85 -250 (+37)
Up Next: at Big Ten Championships, TBA April 25-27 in East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Golf
Head Coach: Therese Hession
Led by three Buckeyes finishing in the Top 20, Ohio State posted its highest finish of the season as runner-up at the Indiana Invitational with a team total of 894 (+30) April 8 in Carmel, Ind. Senior Haley Brown paced the Buckeyes with her second round of 71 at the tournament as the team carded a final round of 299 to take second by four strokes.
Brown led Ohio State in the player standings, placing eighth at 2-over 218, a career-low 54-hole score. Brown, from Austin, Texas, sandwiched a second round of 76 between two rounds of 71 in the event. Her third round included a solid 13 pars and three birdies. The eighth-place finish is the highest for Brown as a Buckeye after transferring from Portland State following her sophomore season.
Also in the Top 20 was Emma Jandel, who concluded the Indiana Invitational in a tie for 13th for her best finish of the season. The sophomore from Dayton, Ohio, finished her third round by making par on 10 of the last 11 holes and carded a 76 to add to her previous rounds of 75-72 for a total of 223 (+7).
Chat live online with Jandel from 9:30-10 a.m. Thursday on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Other Buckeye participants:
T-20. Carling Coffing 72-80-74-226 (+10)
T-20. Jessica Hauser (Indiv.) 73-81-72-226 (+10)
T-33. Gemma Webster 78-75-78-231 (+15)
T-40. In Hong Lim 77-77-79-233 (+17)
Up Next: Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, All Day April 19-20 at Scarlet Course
at Big Ten Championships, All Day, April 25-27 at State College, Pa.

Women’s Gymnastics
Head Coach: Carey Fagan
With a program-best team regional total of 195.125, Ohio State finished third at the NCAA Central Region Championships April 12 in Baton Rouge, La. For the second-consecutive year, senior all-arounder Kaylan Clevinger will represent the Buckeyes at the NCAA championships April 24-26. The Top 3 finish is the best Buckeye outing since 2000.
Clevinger tied her career best all-around score of 39.150, leading the Buckeyes on two events. Ohio State freshman Rebecca Best also scored a 39.150 to tie Clevinger for the second-best all-around score from a non-advancing team. Only two competitors from each region can advance to nationals, however, and Clevinger was given the nod from the regional officials by virtue of owning the highest event score between herself and Best.
Up Next: NCAA Championships, TBA April 24-26 in Athens, Ga.

Women’s Hockey
Head Coach: Jackie Barto
Buckeye head coach Jackie Barto led the U.S. National Team to the gold medal at the World Women’s Championships, defeating arch-rival Canada by a score of 4-3 April 12 in Harbin, China. It is just the second gold medal for Team USA in the 11-year history of the tournament, adding to its gold in 2005. The U.S. has won the silver medal in every other championship.
Team USA beat Canada twice in the WWC, including a 4-2 victory to advance to the championship game. It is the first time the U.S. has topped the Canadians twice in a year as well as the first back-to-back wins against Canada in the event.

No. 11 Men’s Lacrosse (8-3; 3-0 GWLL)
Head Coach: Joe Breschi
Behind five goals and seven points from senior and Baltimore native Kevin Buchanan, Ohio State upset No. 8 North Carolina, 14-11, April 12 in a neutral-site game at Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore. The Buckeyes trailed, 6-5, at halftime but scored the first three goals of the third quarter to tie the game and take the lead for good. It is the Scarlet and Gray’s first win in program history over the Tar Heels.
Sophomore Mario Ventiquattro had a hat trick in the Buckeye win, with junior Jeff Ryan posting three points on two goals and an assist. Junior Peet Poillon scored twice and sophomore James Green had a goal and a helper for two points. Senior goalie Stefan Schroder had 14 saves in the win.
Up Next: 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 (8-6; 0-2 ALC)
Head Coach: Sue Stimmel
Ohio State dropped a 17-7 decision at Vanderbilt April 11 in an American Lacrosse Conference game.
Seniors Jessica Patane and Amanda Shimp each scored two goals for Ohio State, while senior Kristen Slahor, the NCAA assist leader, added two assists. Freshman Maghan Beaudrault, junior Rachel Hawes and senior Kristen Hannon also scored for the Scarlet and Gray.
Patane and goalie junior Kristen Gilwee led the Buckeyes with two ground balls each, while Hawes had two draw controls. In goal, Gilwee recorded 15 saves.
Returning to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Buckeyes hosted Davidson and beat the Wildcats, 15-5, April 13 to earn the program’s 100th win.
Slahor added to her impressive assists total with seven helpers in the game, one shy of the Buckeye record. Slahor also scored two goals.
Sophomore Kelly Haggerty had three goals and an assist for the Buckeyes. Other OSU scorers included Patane (two goals), sophomore Brittney Zerhusen (two goals, one assist), Shimp (one goal, one assist), Hannon (one goal, one assist) and Hawes. Freshman Jayme Beard, junior Kendall Gysin and Beaudrault scored one goal each.
Up Next: 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. 11 Rowing
Head Coach: Andy Teitelbaum
The Second Varsity Four and Eight squads remain undefeated on the season after Ohio State hosted Bucknell, No. 15 Michigan and No. 9 Tennessee April 12 at Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio.
Both the 2V4 (5-0) and 2V8 (8-0) secured wins, giving the Buckeyes two victories in the six-race event. The First Varsity Four (4-4) and First Varsity Eight (2-5) finished second and third in their races, respectively. The First (1-3) and Second (2-2) Novice crews faired well on the afternoon with each boat earning second place.
Up Next: vs. Wisconsin and Iowa, TBA April 19 at Griggs Reservoir

No. 24 Softball (25-16; 4-8 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis
In game one of its series against Big Ten opponent Indiana, Ohio State’s Sam Marder hit a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning and junior Kim Reeder struck out a career-high 12 batters as the Buckeyes beat Indiana, 3-2, April 11 in Bloomington to snap a six-game losing streak. Marder’s blast – her 12th of the season and 22nd of her career – would hold up for her 10th gamewinning RBI of the season.
In the second meeting between the Buckeyes and Hoosiers April 12, Indiana pitcher Monica Wright was able to hold the Scarlet and Gray to just one hit as the Buckeyes were shutout, 4-0.
The loss by Reeder marked her first loss in four career decisions to Indiana.
The Scarlet and Gray remained on the road, traveling to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on Purdue April 13. The Buckeyes split their series against the Boilermakers, winning game one, 7-4, before dropping a 3-1 decision in game two.
In game one, Ohio State exploded for 10 hits – a season-high in a Big Ten game – and the Buckeyes scored six of their seven runs with two outs to beat Purdue. Ohio State got seven hits, including three doubles, and five runs from the bottom four hitters in its lineup – sophomore Rebecca Schultz, freshman Rachael Shepherd, sophomore Whitney Cooper and freshman Dee Dee Hillman.
Reeder struck out nine and tossed her 17th complete game in game two against the Boilermakers.
With an infield single in the sixth inning, senior Brittany Vanderink notched her 200th career base hit, becoming the sixth Buckeye in program history to reach the 200-hit plateau.
Up Next: 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.

Women’s Soccer
Head Coach: Lori Walker
Ohio State now is 3-1 in spring exhibition contests as it shutout Dayton, 2-0, April 11 in Dayton. The Buckeyes now have wins over Dayton, Cincinnati (2-0) and Tennessee (3-0) this spring and a 1-0 loss to North Carolina.
Scoring goals for the Buckeyes were Lara Dickenmann, who will graduate this spring but is competing with the Buckeyes to stay prepared for upcoming Swiss National Team duties, and Lisa Collison, who will be one of three seniors on the team this fall. Soon-to-be junior Shawn Skladany had two assists.
Up Next: vs. West Virginia, 1 p.m. April 20 at Practice Field across from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (Spring Exhibition)
at Ohio, 1 p.m. April 26 in Athens, Ohio (Spring Exhibition)

Men’s Swimming and Diving
Head Coach: Bill Wadley
Ohio State now has a total of 18 current and former student-athletes who have qualified for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials. With the Buckeyes’ home venue, the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, serving as the facility of the Toyota Grand Prix, April 4-6, the Buckeyes added eight more swimmers to the Olympic Qualifying list, as well as the U.S. Open.
Not only were Olympic times set, but also school records. A total of four Ohio State long course records were set. Highlighting the record-breaking swims was the performance of senior Matt Voelker. The Columbus native swam records in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles. In the preliminary round of the 50 freestyle, Voelker finished in a time of 22.81 and his 100-meter split of 49.64 in the 400 freestyle relay was also a record finish.
The 800 freestyle relay of sophomore George Markovic, freshman Jayson King, sophomore Andrew Olson and junior Jacob Busch swam in a record-breaking time of 7:31.48. The quartet of Olson, sophomore Joel Elber, Busch and Voelker touched the wall three seconds faster than the previous record in the 400 freestyle relay (3:23.71). Each relays’ times were U.S. Open qualifiers.
Also highlighting the weekend for Ohio State was Markovic’s finish in the 400 freestyle. Markovic took third in a time of 3:56.93, which secured him a spot on the Serbian Olympic Team.
Day one of competition saw six Buckeyes qualify for the Olympic trials in their respective events. In the 100 breaststroke, junior Felipe Travesso and freshman Elliott Keefer each qualified for the first time with finishes of 1:04.04 and 1:04.62, respectively. Olson (1:52.75) and Busch (1:51.98) each earned Olympic Trial times in the 200 freestyle.
Rounding out the new qualifiers April 4 was sophomore Andrew Bretscher and freshman Justin Farra. Bretscher swam a time of 55.05 in the 100 butterfly, while Farra finished the 200 individual medley in 2:05.28. Keefer’s third-place finish of 2:19.12 in the 200 breaststroke April 5 earned him another Olympic qualifying time. Securing his first Olympic Trial cut was Elber with a time of 23.19 in the 50 freestyle. Closing out the day was the 400 medley relay squad of Farra, Travesso, Bretscher and Voelker. The crew finished first in a U.S. Open time of 3:47.06.

Women’s Swimming and Diving
Sophomore Jill Lockhart earned her first trip to the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials after swimming in the Toyota Grand Prix held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion April 4-6.
Lockhart qualified for the Trials in the 200-meter backstroke. The Muncie, Ind., native swam an Olympic qualifying time of 2:17.37 in the preliminary round. Lockhart went on to finish seventh in the event.
In the 400 freestyle relay, the quartet of senior Linda Lund-Kristiansen, freshman Anita Beck, Lockhart and sophomore Haley Mitchell broke the Ohio State long course record with a second-place finish of 3:57.03.
Freshman diver Bianca Alvarez finished eighth on the 3-meter at the FINA Grand Prix Spring Swallows competition in Moscow April 11. Alvarez was 10th in the preliminaries with 243.00 points and then scored 265.70 points to finish fifth in semifinal B and eighth overall.
It is the U.S. Senior National Team debut for Alvarez, who is from Miami, Fla. She was a junior national team member in 2006, when she competed at the Junior World Championships in Malaysia.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (26-1; 8-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
In a clash of Big Ten Conference rivals, Ohio State picked up a 5-2 victory over No. 16 Illinois April 12 in Champaign, Ill.
After securing the doubles point, the Buckeyes received singles wins at the Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5 spots. Junior Bryan Koniecko, who is ranked 18th in the nation, upset No. 12 Ryan Rowe at No. 1 in dramatic fashion 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), to clinch the Ohio State victory.
Other Buckeyes garnering wins were No. 17 sophomore Justin Kronauge at the No. 2 position, No. 33 junior Steven Moneke at No. 3 and freshman Balazs Novak at No. 5.
Ohio State posted its 11th shut out of the season when it beat Purdue, 7-0, April 13 in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes are seeking their third-consecutive regular-season Big Ten title next weekend when they host Penn State April 19 and Michigan April 20 at Stickney Tennis Center.
The Scarlet and Gray now has won 34-consecutive Big Ten matches and is 84-5 in its last 89 contests, including the postseason.
Up Next: 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. 31 Women’s Tennis (18-5; 5-3 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
Ohio State knocked off Purdue, 5-2, April 12 in the OSU Varsity Tennis Center. The victory for the Scarlet and Gray was keyed by wins at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions.
Freshman Cami Hubbs set the Ohio State record for singles wins in a season by picking up her 32nd victory from the No. 5 spot with a 6-0, 6-0, white washing of Anna Dzeva. The mark was previously held by All-American Kristy Dascoli, who went 31-14 as a senior in 2001. Hubbs’ winning percentage this season is now .842 (32-6), the highest for a Buckeye since Ann Miller had a winning percentage of .850 in 1977.
Senior Caitlin O’Keefe joined Hubbs in victory, topping Alejandra Boeker at the No. 6 spot, 6-3, 6-4. Sophomore Christina Keesey held off a late charge from Joanna Craven in the third set to take the match, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, extending her win streak to five. Junior Angela DiPastina recovered from a first set hole at No. 1 singles to take the match, 7-6(4), 6-4, over Brooke Beier. Junior Julie Blackmore closed out singles play with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, victory over Cigdem Duru at the No. 3 position.
In their final regular-season home match, the Buckeyes dropped a 5-2 decision to Illinois April 13 in the OSU Varsity Tennis Center.
At No. 5 singles, Hubbs scored another win for the Scarlet and Gray over Kristina Minor 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1 and Blackmore concluded the day vs. the Illini with a victory against Marisa Lambropoulos 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 at No. 3 singles.
Up Next: 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
Seeing action at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., on the third day of action April 12, Buckeye senior Anthony Cole took ninth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.28. In the 110 hurdles, sophomore Jonathan Francois finished 17th against one of the toughest fields in the country, while junior Matt Comer earned a 14th-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.91.
In continued action at the Sea Ray Relays, senior David Ebersole hit a personal-best in the hammer throw. Ebersole went over 205 feet for the second-consecutive week with his toss of 208 feet, 7 inches. Ebersole was third among collegiate finishers and seventh overall.
In the javelin throw open, freshman Bryan Bunnell went over 200 feet for the first time in his career with a toss of 205 feet 10 inches to finish second. Junior Patrick Filipi was third in the javelin with his mark of 194 feet, 4 inches. Junior Patrick Whalen, who currently holds the seventh-best shot toss in the county, took fourth in the shot put invitational with a toss of 57 feet, 7 3/4 inches.
Leading the Buckeyes on the track was Cole with a season-best time in the 200-meter dash of 21.17 to earn ninth-place. Junior Elon Simms took sixth-place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.99. In the 4×200-meter relay, the team of Cole, Comer, freshman Curtis Leuenberger and freshman James Manley took second with a time of 1:25.93.
At the Angel Track Classic on the campus of the University of Arizona State, freshman Jake Edwards led the way with a win in the 1,500-meter in a time of 3:50.80. Freshman Daniel White placed sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.65. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, freshman Adam Green finished sixth with a time of 9:10.10.
Up Next: 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
On the first day of competition of the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., senior Veronica Jatsek finished fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 195 feet, 3 inches.
In the 400-meter dash, senior Jenna Griffin placed ninth with a time of 54.88. She was closely followed by junior Ayrizanna Favours who was 10th in a time of 55.01. Freshman Kesha Brooks took 17th in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:59.20.
In the 4×100-meter relay, the Buckeyes finished fourth with a time of 45.61. The team of junior Bever-Leigh Holloway, Favours, Ashley Bennett and Griffin finished first in their heat. Favours then went on to take fourth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.90. The mark is an NCAA regional qualifying time and is the 18th-best time in the country this season. In the 800-meter run, sophomore Emily Thompson was second in her section and 28th overall with a time of 2:19.89.
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. 9 Men’s Volleyball (18-7; 11-1 MIVA)
Head Coach: Pete Hanson
The Scarlet and Gray became the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association outright regular-season champions April 12 in St. John Arena when it beat Mercyhurst, 3-0 (30-18, 30-24, 30-24). It is Ohio State’s 20th conference title.
Buckeye senior Brett Versen scored a match-high 18.5 points with 14 kills, one ace serve, one solo block and five assist blocks.
Ohio State has the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MIVA Tournament, earning a bye in the quarterfinals. The Buckeyes, who will host the tournament semifinals and championship match, will play a semifinal match at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 in St. John Arena. The first semifinal is at 5 p.m. The semifinal winners play at 7 p.m., Saturday April 26.
Ohio State overcame a 4-0 IPFW lead in game five to win, 3-2 (27-30, 30-26, 30-26, 22-30, 15-13), April 8 at the Gates Sports Center in Ft. Wayne, Ind. The victory moved the Buckeyes into a tie for first place with eighth-ranked Ball State. Versen scored a team-high 21 points in the match with 19 kills and four assist blocks.
In a battle for first-place in the MIVA, the Buckeyes downed No. 8 conference rival Ball State, 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-23, 30-23), April 10 in St. John Arena. With the win, the Scarlet and Gray captured at least a share of the league crown.
Junior Robbie Klein recorded a match-high 26.5 points and 23 kills, as well as three ace serves and an assist block against the Cardinals.
2008 MIVA Academic All-Conference Honorees
(To be eligible, athletes must have achieved at least a career 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale after the completion of the fall semester at their respective institutions.)
Four-year honorees: Seniors John Albertson, Conor Martin, Daniel Mathews, and Versen
Second-year honorees: Sophomores Kevin Heine, Steven Kehoe, Brian Kues, Ted Schoenfeldt, Jason Tobkin, and Ryan Versen
First-year honorees: Freshmen Dan Brandel, Samer ElShafei, Blake McCormick and junior Mark Wimmers.
Up Next: at MIVA Tournament, TBA April 19-26 in St. John Arena

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
April 16-23

April 16
Softball vs. Kentucky, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

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

Softball vs. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

April 17
Women’s track at Mt. Sac Relays, TBA
Pomona, Calif.

Men’s gymnastics at 2008 NCAA Championships, 4 p.m.
Stanford, Calif.

April 18
Men’s track at All-Ohio Championships, TBA
Cincinnati, Ohio

Women’s track at All-Ohio Championships, TBA
Cincinnati, Ohio

Women’s track at Mt. Sac Relays, TBA
Pomona, Calif.

Women’s tennis at Michigan, 4 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

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

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

Men’s gymnastics at 2008 NCAA Championships, 10 p.m.
Stanford, Calif.

April 19
Women’s golf hosting Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Scarlet Course

Men’s track at All-Ohio Championships, TBA
Cincinnati, Ohio

Women’s track at All-Ohio Championships, TBA
Cincinnati, Ohio

Women’s track at Mt. Sac Relays, TBA
Pomona, Calif.

Rowing vs. Wisconsin and Iowa, 9 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Griggs Reservoir

Men’s lacrosse vs. Denver, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Stadium

Football Spring Game, 1:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Stadium (Television: Big Ten Network)

Men’s tennis vs. Penn State, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

Softball vs. Michigan, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

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

Baseball vs. Purdue, 3:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill Davis Stadium

Men’s gymnastics at 2008 NCAA Championships, 10 p.m.
Stanford, Calif.

April 20
Women’s golf hosting Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Scarlet Course

Women’s track at Mt. Sac Relays, TBA
Pomona, Calif.

Women’s tennis at Penn State, 11 a.m.
State College, Pa.

Men’s tennis vs. Michigan, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

Softball vs. Penn State, noon
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

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

Women’s soccer vs. West Virginia (Spring Exhibition), 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Practice field across from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

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

Softball vs. Penn State, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

April 23
Softball vs. Ball State, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

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

Women’s lacrosse at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.
Cincinnati, Ohio