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For the third-consecutive year, the men’s tennis team went 10-0 in the Big Ten en route to its third-consecutive regular-season conference title. Ohio State enters the Big Ten tournament in Iowa City, Iowa, Thursday-Sunday with the No. 1 seed and will also look to clinch their third-consecutive tournament crown and fourth overall.

The Buckeyes secured the outright title last Saturday following their 6-1 win over Penn State and league rival Michigan’s loss to Indiana. The following day, the No. 15 Wolverines traveled to Columbus, where the Scarlet and Gray handed them a 7-0 loss to cap regular-season action.

Men’s lacrosse junior Joel Dalgarno led the Buckeyes to a conference win over Denver Saturday in front of 29,601 fans in Ohio Stadium. Dalgarno had a career-best nine goals and 12 points in the win. The nine goals are the second-highest total in program history, behind the 12 Steve Lauver had vs. Bowling Green Feb. 23, 1965, and tying with Brian Driscoll, who scored nine times vs. Michigan April 8, 1967. It is the third 12-point game in program history, tying for the second-best single-game performance in the Ohio State record books. Terry Gilmore holds the Buckeye record with 13 points vs. Bowling Green May 12, 1979. Lauver and Driscoll also added three assists for 12 points in the games mentioned above. The 12 points tie for the best single-game performance in the NCAA this season, while the nine goals are the second-most in a single game.

Athletics Good Stuff

Baseball (19-15; 8-7 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bob Todd
Competing against 2007 College World Series participant Louisville, Ohio State lost a close 13-12 decision to the Cardinals April 16 in Bill Davis Stadium. Ohio State was led by junior Justin Miller, who had career highs with five hits and five RBI, including his first home run of the year. Senior Tony Kennedy had three hits and two runs scored. Junior J.B. Shuck had two hits and scored four runs.
Heading into the weekend, the Buckeyes hosted Purdue at Bill Davis Stadium April 18-20. The Scarlet and Gray lost the series, 3-1, with its 8-4 win coming in game one of a doubleheader April 20. The Buckeyes dropped the first contest of the series, 7-4, before losing game two, 8-0. After winning the third game of the series, Ohio State suffered a 7-5 loss in the concluding game.
Shuck paced the Buckeyes in the win with two hits, two runs and an RBI. Miller had three RBIs and one hit.
Up Next: vs. Akron, 6:35 p.m. April 23 in Bill Davis Stadium
at Northwestern, 4 p.m. April 25 in Evanston, Ill.
at Northwestern, 1 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.
vs. Eastern Michigan, 6:35 p.m. April 30 in Bill Davis Stadium
at Michigan, 6:35 p.m. May 2 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
at Michigan, 4:05 p.m. May 3 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
at Michigan, 7:05 p.m. May 3 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
at Michigan, 1:05 p.m. May 4 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Golf
Head Coach: Therese Hession
Ohio State concluded its own Lady Buckeye Invitational in second place April 20, its highest placing at the event since finishing second in 2004. The Scarlet and Gray totaled 913 (300-303-310) on its home par 72, 6,228-yard Scarlet Course in Columbus to conclude the regular season.
Ohio State had five student-athletes place in the Top 25, led by senior Carling Coffing in second place at 2-over 218 – a career-best 54-hole score. After shooting a personal-best and Buckeye season-low score of 67 to open the tournament, the native of Middletown, Ohio, had another solid performance for the final round as she made par on 15 holes and recorded one birdie en route to a score of 74. Coffing led the 72-player field in pars with 38.
Also in the Top 10 for the Buckeyes was junior Gemma Webster, who finished with a total of 227 (+11) to place seventh. The team captain from Glasgow, Scotland, closed out the event with a 78 in a round that included 12 pars and a birdie.
Other Buckeye participants
T-22. Haley Brown 82-75-79-236 (+20)
T-22. Jessica Hauser 78-78-80-236 (+20)
T-25. Emma Jandel 79-78-80–237 (+21)
T-46. Gina Besozzi (Individual) 82-78-84-244 (+28)
T-60. Jennifer Cassidy (Individual) 86-88-77-251 (+35)
WD. In-Hong Lim 80-WD-79
Up Next: at Big Ten Championships, All Day, April 25-27 at State College, Pa.
at NCAA Regional, TBA May 8-10 at campus sites

Men’s Gymnastics
Head Coach: Miles Avery
Senior Jimmy Wickham and junior Jake Bateman earned All-America laurels this past weekend (April 17-19) at the NCAA championships in Stanford, Calif.
Wickham concluded his Buckeye career with four All-America honors after nabbing the coveted laurels on floor and vault. The native of Gulfport, Miss., tied for second on floor with a 15.6 while placing third on vault with a 16.325.
Bateman finished sixth with a score of 87.7 in the all-around to become Ohio State’s first All-American in the all-around since 2005. With the honor, Bateman, a product of Kingsport, Tenn., is the first Buckeye to earn All-America honors in the all-around since Randy Monahan finished second in 2005. The All-America nod is the first of his career.

Women’s Gymnastics
Head Coach: Carey Fagan
For the second-consecutive year, senior all-arounder Kaylan Clevinger will represent the Buckeyes at the NCAA championships April 24 in Athens, Ga.
At the NCAA Central Region Championships April 12, Clevinger tied her career best all-around score of 39.150 to advance to the NCAA championships. 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. Best will travel to the championships as an alternate.
Up Next: NCAA Championships, TBA April 24 in Athens, Ga.

No. 9/13 Men’s Lacrosse (9-3; 4-0 GWLL)
Head Coach: Joe Breschi
In front of 29,601 fans, Ohio State defeated No. 17 Denver, 20-13, April 19 in Ohio Stadium. The attendance set national men’s lacrosse records for regular-season (20,180 March 3, 2007 in Baltimore) and on-campus (19,850, April 18, 1987 in College Park, Md.) games. With the win, Ohio State improves to 4-0 in the Great Western Lacrosse League and 9-3 on the year, extending its winning streak to five.
Junior Joel Dalgarno, from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, led the Buckeyes in the win with a career-best nine goals and 12 points. The nine goals are the second-highest total in program history, behind the 12 Steve Lauver had vs. Bowling Green Feb. 23, 1965, and tying with Brian Driscoll, who scored nine times vs. Michigan April 8, 1967. It is the third 12-point game in program history, tying for the second-best single-game performance in the Ohio State record books. Terry Gilmore holds the Buckeye record with 13 points vs. Bowling Green May 12, 1979.Lauver and Driscoll also had 12 points in the games mentioned above.
Buckeye senior and team leading scorer Kevin Buchanan had a career-high six goals and added three assists for a personal-best nine points in the win. Senior goalie Stefan Schroder had a season-best 17 saves in the game, including six in the fourth quarter. Sophomore James Green recorded three goals and four points in the victory.
Up Next: at Notre Dame, noon April 27 in Notre Dame, Ind.
at GWLL Tournament, TBA May 2-4 in Birmingham, Mich.

Women’s Lacrosse (9-6; 1-2 ALC)
Head Coach: Sue Stimmel
Ohio State defeated Penn State, 17-12, April 20 in its final regular-season home game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ahead 9-7 at the half, the Buckeyes broke the game open down the stretch. Senior Kristen Slahor, the NCAA leader in assists, had six goals and five helpers in her final home game, tying the OSU record with 11 total points in the contest, a mark previously set by Mara Simpson against Earlham in 1996. Slahor also became the first player in Buckeye history to surpass 200 career points.
Senior Jessica Patane scored four goals for OSU, and sophomore Kelly Haggerty added two goals and four assists. Junior Rachel Hawes had a pair of goals. Also scoring goals for the Buckeyes were senior Amanda Shimp, freshman Jayme Beard and sophomore Brittney Zerhusen.
In goal, junior Kristen Gilwee had six saves and freshman Annie Carruthers recorded seven saves.
Up Next: at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. April 23 in Cincinnati, Ohio
at Johns Hopkins, 3 p.m. April 28 in Baltimore, Md.
at ALC Tournament, TBA May 2-4 in Evanston, Ill.

No. 14 Rowing
Head Coach: Andy Teitelbaum
The First and Second Varsity Eights scored perfect 2-0 records at the 2008 Big Ten Challenge April 19 at Griggs Reservoir. The 2V8 remains perfect at 10-0 on the season, while the 1V8 improves to 4-5.
Both boats defeated conference rivals Wisconsin and Iowa, respectively. The First Varsity Eight outdistanced the Badgers by a 6:45.2 to 6:50.4 margin, while beating the Hawkeyes by almost 10 seconds (6:54.9-7:05.4).
The Second Varsity Eight crossed the finish line at 6:56.1, while Wisconsin clocked in at 7:11.8. Iowa posed little threat to the Scarlet and Gray’s perfect record after Ohio State finished in a time of 7:06.5 compared to Iowa’s 7:28.7.
Up Next: at Big Ten Championships, TBA May 3 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
at Aramark Central/South Region Championships, TBA May 17-18 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
at NCAA Championships, TBA May 30-June 1 in Sacramento, Calif.

Softball (27-20; 5-11 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis
In doubleheader action against Kentucky, Ohio State split its games against the Wildcats, winning game one, 6-3, but losing the nightcap, 16-0.
Senior Brittany Vanderink paced the Buckeyes in the win as she recorded a multi-hit effort, her 17th of the season. She finished 2-of-4 with three RBIs and a stolen base. Sophomore Tory Haddad also recorded her eighth multi-hit game of the season after going 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Freshman Brittany Goodchild was 2-for-4.
Junior Kim Reeder (14-11) picked up the win in the circle in game one, by tossing a complete game and surrendering three runs on eight hits. She also struck out six batters – three of which came in the top of the sixth inning.
The Buckeyes returned to conference action where they dropped its doubleheader series against Michigan, 8-0, and 10-1 April 18 and 19.
Meeting Penn State in its final league series at Buckeye Field in 2008, Ohio State was able to split its series against the Nittany Lions. After losing game one, 3-2, in 11 innings, the Buckeyes battled for the 4-3 win. With two outs, the bases loaded and the game tied at 3-3, freshman Rachael Shepherd lined a one-ball, two-strike offering from Penn State’s Jackie Hill off the wall in straight-away centerfield to give the Scarlet and Gray the victory.
Seniors Liz Caputo and Vanderink were honored after the game. They both broke into the starting lineup as freshmen and then helped lead the Buckeyes to the Big Ten championship last season.
Up Next: 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.
vs. Ohio, 5 p.m. April 30 at Buckeye Field
vs. Ohio, 7:30 p.m. April 30 at Buckeye Field
at Big Ten Tournament, TBA May 8-10 campus sites

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (29-1; 10-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
For the third-consecutive year, Ohio State was crowned Big Ten regular-season champions April 19 in the OSU Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes won the outright title after defeating Penn State, 6-1, and courtesy of a loss by Michigan. The Wolverines traveled to Columbus April 20 and the Scarlet and Gray handed them a 7-0 loss to close out the regular season at Stickney Tennis Center.
Prior to Ohio State’s conference-clinching weekend, the Buckeyes hosted in-state rival Wright State April 17 at Stickney Tennis Center. It was the second win by the Scarlet and Gray (7-0) over the Raiders this season.
Up Next: at Big Ten Tournament, TBA April 24-27 in Iowa City, Iowa
at NCAA Regionals, TBA May 9-11 campus sites

No. 33 Women’s Tennis (19-6; 6-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
Ohio State reached a season program-best 19 wins April 20 after defeating Penn State, 5-2, in State College, Pa., in the regular-season finale.
The Buckeyes swept the doubles point to take a 1-0 advantage and proceeded to win four of the six singles matches against the Nittany Lions.
Freshman Paloma Escobedo defeated Katelyn BeVard 7-5, 6-3 in No. 1 singles, while junior Julie Blackmore added a 6-1, 6-2, win over Lauren Holzberg at the No. 3 spot and freshman Cami Hubbs contributed a 6-1, 6-2, victory over Dorothy Dohanics in No. 4 singles. Sophomore Christina Keesey was also victorious, winning 6-3, 6-0, over Lauren McCarthy at the No. 5 spot.
The Buckeyes dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 23 Michigan April 18 at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor.
Hubbs garnered a win for Ohio State at No. 4 singles against Tania Mahtani 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Up Next: No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Illinois at Big Ten Tournament, 10 a.m. April 24 in West Lafayette, Ind.
at NCAA Regionals, TBA May 9-10 campus sites

Men’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Robert Gary
With 179 team points, Ohio State claimed the All-Ohio Championships title April 18-19 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Senior Anthony Cole won the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.50 and finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.49. The 200m was dominated by the Buckeyes with sophomore Steven Robinson (21.79) and freshman Curtis Leuenbrerger (21.82) finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. Junior Matt Comer was second in the 400-meter dash in a time of 47.42. Sophomore Jonathan Francois won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.59. In distance events, freshman Adam Green won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:38.01.
For the third week in a row, senior David Ebersole went over 200 feet in the hammer throw. Ebersole took third with a toss of 202 feet, 9 inches.
Skyler Schmitt (31:37.69) took fourth in the 10,000-meters to score five points for the team and junior Donald Hanigosky (32:15.97) finished seventh, grabbing two points for the Buckeyes. Sophomore Chad Balyo took fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:19.57.
In field events, senior Kyle Burns took third in the pole vault with a leap of 16 feet inches. Junior Bryan Chard (16-0 3/4) and freshman Anthony Amore (15-1) finished sixth and eighth, respectively. Junior Patrick Whalen finished third in the discus toss with a mark of 166 feet, 6 inches and senior Lenny Jatsek finished sixth with a heavy of 160-3.
Up Next: at Drake Relays, TBA April 24-26 in Des Moines, Iowa
hosting Jesse Owens Track Classic, TBA May 2-3 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Women’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Karen Dennis
Also competing at the All-Ohio Championships, the women’s track and field team (eighth/36 points) was highlighted by senior Veronica Jatsek, who finished second in the hammer throw with a toss of 201 feet, 7 inches. The toss is a season-best for Jatsek, who was an All-American in the hammer throw a season ago. Jatsek looks to claim the third All-American honor of her career during the outdoor season. Jatsek also took third in the shot put with a toss of 50 feet, 2 inches.
Senior Chandra Krempel led the way for the Buckeyes with a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash in a time of 55.80. Sophomore Ashley Jones took fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13. 85.
In the heptathlon, freshman Alana Gray took fourth with a total of 4,754 points.
The Buckeye also completed action out on the West Coast at the Mt. Sac relays with several athletes hitting NCAA regional qualifying times. Junior Ayrizanna Favours won the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.15. For the second-consecutive week. Freshman Letecia Wright hit a NCAA regional qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles. Wright won the event with a time of 13.75, which is a season-best time and the top time in the event in the Big Ten among freshman. In relay events at Mt. Sac, the 4×100-meter team won the event with a regional qualifying time of 45.51.
Up Next: at Drake Relays, TBA April 24-26 in Des Moines, Iowa
hosting Jesse Owens Track Classic, TBA May 2-3 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Men’s Volleyball (18-7 overall; 11-1 MIVA)
Head Coach: Pete Hanson
With three conference victories in five days last week, the ninth-ranked Buckeyes won their second-consecutive regular season MIVA Championship. The title gives Ohio State the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MIVA Tournament, a quarterfinal bye in the Tournament and has the Buckeyes hosting the semifinals (April 24) and championship (April 26) matches in St. John Arena.
The Buckeyes will next play in the MIVA Tournament semifinals at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 against Loyola-Chicago (17-13, 8-5). The semifinal winners play at 7 p.m. April 26 for the MIVA Tournament Championship and the automatic conference bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals, May 1 at Cal-Irvine.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. A group rate of $2 per ticket is available in advance for groups of 10 or more. Contact the Ohio State Ticket Office at (614) 292-2624 for more information.
The MIVA tournament semifinals and championship match will be available on Buckeye Vision as a web broadcast for a fee.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
April 23-28

April 23
Baseball vs. Akron, 4:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill Davis Stadium

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

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

April 24
Women’s track and field at Drake Relays, All Day
Des Moines, Iowa

Men’s track at Drake Relays, All Day
Des Moines, Iowa

Men’s tennis at Big Ten Tournament, All Day
Iowa City, Iowa

Women’s tennis at Big Ten Tournament, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s gymnastics at NCAA Championships, TBA
Athens, Ga.

Men’s volleyball hosting MIVA Tournament Semifinals
Lewis vs. Ball State, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s volleyball hosting MIVA Tournament Semifinals
Ohio State vs. Loyola-Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

April 25
Women’s track and field at Drake Relays, All Day
Des Moines, Iowa

Men’s track at Drake Relays, All Day
Des Moines, Iowa

Men’s tennis at Big Ten Tournament, All Day
Iowa City, Iowa

Women’s tennis at Big Ten Tournament, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s golf at Big Ten Championships, TBA
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s golf at Big Ten Championships, TBA
State College, Pa.

Baseball at Northwestern, 4 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Softball at Wisconsin, 4 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

April 26
Women’s track and field at Drake Relays, All Day
Des Moines, Iowa

Men’s track at Drake Relays, All Day
Des Moines, Iowa

Men’s volleyball hosting MIVA Tournament Championships, 7 p.m.
Winner of Ohio State-Loyola-Chicago vs. Winner of Lewis-Ball State
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

Men’s tennis at Big Ten Tournament, All Day
Iowa City, Iowa

Women’s tennis at Big Ten Tournament, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s golf at Big Ten Championships, TBA
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s golf at Big Ten Championships, TBA
State College, Pa.

Softball at Wisconsin, noon
Madison, Wis.

Baseball at Northwestern, 1 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Baseball at Northwestern, 5 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

April 27
Men’s tennis at Big Ten Tournament, All Day
Iowa City, Iowa

Women’s tennis at Big Ten Tournament, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s golf at Big Ten Championships, TBA
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s golf at Big Ten Championships, TBA
State College, Pa.

Men’s lacrosse at Notre Dame, noon
South Bend, Ind.

Softball at Minnesota, noon
Minneapolis, Minn.

Softball at Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Baseball at Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

April 28
Women’s lacrosse at Johns Hopkins, 3 p.m.
Baltimore, Md.