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Athletes of the Week
Daniel Mathews, the MIVA Player of the Week, directed the men’s volleyball offense to 3-0 victories over Loyola-Chicago and Ball State in the MIVA Tournament to secure the tournament championship and the MIVA automatic bid to the NCAA National Championship semifinals. In addition, Mathews was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) first-team All-American. A 2007 first-team selection, the Shorewood, Wis., native becomes Ohio State’s first two-time AVCA first-team All-American.

In the 30-22, 30-26, 30-27 win over Loyola-Chicago, Mathews had 31 assists, adding a match-high 10 digs, five assist blocks and two kills. Ohio State hit .290 in the match. Mathews had 41 assists in the 30-19, 30-24, 30-21 win over Ball State in the championship match. He added nine digs, four block assists and three kills while directing the Buckeyes to a .364 hitting percentage.

In the two matches, Mathews averaged 12.00 assist per game and posted a team-high 3.17 digs per game. He averaged 1.50 blocks per game. His nine assist blocks on the week gives him 412 career total blocks (50 solos, 362 assists) and has moved him to fourth on the Ohio State career total blocks list. Mathews is a two-time Most Valuable Player of the MIVA Tournament, receiving the honor in 2005 and ’07. The last time a player repeated the honor was Ball State’s Eduardo Ferraz in 1995 and 1997.

Scoring a near-perfect 9.90 on bars, senior gymnast Kaylan Clevinger was named a second-team All-American during session one of the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships hosted by the University of Georgia April 24. Clevinger becomes the fifth Buckeye gymnast to claim All-American honors and the first since Lindsey Vagedes in 1999.

Clevinger tied for fifth-place on bars in session one of her all-around competition to post her third 9.90 of the season. The 9.90 mark on bars increased Clevinger’s all-around total to a 38.900, which placed 15th overall. Clevinger posted a 9.65 on vault in rotation one to begin her second-consecutive national appearance. She followed vault with a career-high 9.90 on bars. Clevinger added a 9.550 on beam and finished her all-around contest with a 9.800 on floor.

Athletics Good Stuff

Baseball (22-18; 10-9 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Bob Todd
Ohio State and Akron split a doubleheader April 23 at Bill Davis Stadium, with the Buckeyes winning the first game, 8-7, and the Zips taking the second, 7-3.
The Buckeyes, after trailing 6-0, scored three runs in both the third and sixth innings and two in the seventh to win. Trailing 7-6 entering the seventh inning, sophomore Ryan Dew hit a pinch hit single. Sophomore Brian DeLucia followed with a single and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Dew then scored on senior Tony Kennedy’s single, tying the score at seven-all. DeLucia scored the winning run on sophomore Cory Kovanda’s sacrifice fly.
Kennedy’s four-hit game in the game-one win vs. the Zips was the seventh this season by seven different Buckeyes. Kovanda, junior J.B. Shuck, junior Justin Miller, freshman Dan Burkhart, freshman Ryan Meade and freshman Tyler Engle also have four-hit games. Miller has a five-hit game as well.
Back competing in the Big Ten, Ohio State traveled to Evanston, Ill., where it faced Northwestern and split the four-game series, 2-2. The Buckeyes won game one, 11-2, before splitting the Saturday doubleheader April 26, 6-4 and 13-1. The Scarlet and Gray then dropped the series finale, 14-8.
In the Buckeyes’ game one victory, Miller was one of many hitters for the Buckeyes with three hits and two RBI. Burkhart also had three hits and three RBI. Both players mixed in a double to their totals; Miller’s was his team-leading 11th of the season. Junior Michael Arp also had three hits and two runs scored. Meade and Kennedy had two hits and two runs scored. All the hits were plenty of support for junior Jake Hale, who was dominant over the final seven innings and improved to 5-1 with the win.
The second game of the doubleheader the following day (April 26) featured a season-high eight-run second inning. Left hander Dew hit a three-run home run to the opposite field to give the Buckeyes a 4-0 lead. Four batters later, DeLucia hit an inside the park grand slam home run – a towering shot to center that, aided by the blowing winds in Evanston, nobody was able to reach – and Burkhart followed with his first career home run to left to cap the big inning for the Buckeyes. DeLucia had three hits and four RBI to lead the 14-hit attack. Kennedy, who had six hits total Saturday including a 4-for-4 game one, had two hits and scored three times. Kovanda and Meade also had two hits. Dew had three RBI and Miller and Meade had two apiece.
Up Next: 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.
vs. Marshall, 6:35 p.m. May 7 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Illinois, 6:35 p.m. May 9 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Illinois, 1:05 p.m. May 10 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Illinois, 3:05 p.m. May 10 in Bill Davis Stadium
vs. Illinois, 1:05 p.m. May 11 in Bill Davis Stadium

Men’s Golf
Head Coach: Jim Brown
Ohio State led the field in scoring during the final round at 4-over 292 to finish tied for sixth April 27 at the 2008 Big Ten Championships with a four-round total of 1196 (+44) on the par 72, 7,013-yard Forest Akers Golf Club’s West Course in East Lansing, Mich. Freshman Bo Hoag fired one of four final rounds under par to finish his first Big Ten championships tied for 10th.
Leading the Buckeyes during the final round was Hoag. The Upper Arlington, Ohio, native opened with a double-bogey on No. 10 and was 3-over through nine holes, but had an outstanding stretch after the turn. He had five birdies in the next eight holes before bogeying his final hole to get back under par for a final of 71 (-1).
Ohio State Results Scores
T-10. Bo Hoag 75-74-77-71-297 (+9)
T-13. Vaughn Snyder 68-75-83-72-298 (+10)
T-13. Kyle Coconis 74-75-77-72-298 (+10)
34. Brad Smith 79-74-76-77-306 (+18)
53. Zach Sebert 76-82-84-77-319 (+31)
Up Next: hosting NCAA Central Regional, All Day May 15-17 at Scarlet Course
at NCAA Championships, TBA May 28-31 in Lafayette, Ind.

Women’s Golf
Head Coach: Therese Hession
The Buckeyes finished third at the 2008 Big Ten Championships April 27 on the par 72, 6,271-yard Penn State Blue Course in University Park, Pa. The Buckeyes shot a final team round of 299 to bring their tournament total to 1202 (+50). The Buckeyes’ third-place finish marks their 14th Top 3 finish in the last 16 years.
Leading the Scarlet and Gray in the individual standings was sophomore Emma Jandel who moved up six places on day three to conclude the tournament tied for seventh, her season-high finish. The native of Dayton, Ohio, made par on her opening 11 holes and totaled 15 pars to shoot a 74. Combined with her previous rounds of 76-70-80, she totaled 300 (+12) for the tournament.
Senior Carling Coffing, Jandel and Gemma Webster were each named Second Team All-Big Ten.
Ohio State Results Scores
T-7. Emma Jandel 76-70-80-74-300 (+12)
T-10. Carling Coffing 78-75-74-74-301 (+13)
T-10. In Hong Lim 77-71-77-76-301 (+13)
T-19. Jessica Hauser 77-77-76-75-305 (+17)
T-43. Gemma Webster 77-79-78-82-316 (+28)
T-45. Haley Brown 77-81-76-83-317 (+29)
Up Next: at NCAA Regional, TBA May 8-10 at campus sites
at NCAA Championships, TBA May 20-23 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Women’s Gymnastics
Head Coach: Carey Fagan
Scoring a near-perfect 9.90 on bars, senior Kaylan Clevinger was named a second-team All-American during session one April 24 of the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships hosted by the University of Georgia. Clevinger becomes the fifth Buckeye gymnast to claim All-America honors and the first since Lindsey Vagedes in 1999.
Clevinger tied for fifth-place on bars in session one of her all-around competition to post her third 9.90 of the season. The 9.90 mark on bars increased Clevinger’s all-around total to a 38.900, which placed 15th overall.

No. 10 Men’s Lacrosse (9-4; 4-1 GWLL)
Head Coach: Joe Breschi
Ohio State lost its regular-season finale to No. 12/7 Notre Dame, 17-12, April 27 at Alumni Field in South Bend, Ind. The Buckeyes, who end their winning streak at five, fall to 9-4 on the year and drop their first league contest this season. The Irish, who have won their last 18 games at home, move their winning streak to four and improve to 11-2 this season. Both teams finish Great Western Lacrosse League play 4-1 and will share the regular-season title with Denver.
Senior Kevin Buchanan, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer, led the way for Ohio State with five points, including two goals and three assists. Sophomore James Green had a hat trick and an assist for his second-consecutive four-point game. Senior Chris Friel and junior Peet Poillon each added two goals and junior Joel Dalgarno had a goal and an assist. Senior goalie Stefan Schroder had a season-best 18 saves in the game.
The Buckeyes and Irish will return to action in the inaugural GWLL tournament next weekend at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Mich. The Irish will be the No. 1 seed and will take on No. 4 seed Quinnipiac in the first semifinal at 5 p.m. Friday. The Buckeyes will be the No. 3 seed and will face No. 2 Denver at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The championship game will be at noon Sunday, with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
Up Next: at GWLL Tournament (vs. No. 2-seed Denver), 7:30 p.m. May 2 in Birmingham, Mich.

Women’s Lacrosse (10-7; 1-3 ALC)
Head Coach: Sue Stimmel
Ohio State defeated Cincinnati, 17-2, April 23 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, before falling, 13-12, at No. 17 Johns Hopkins April 28.
Senior Kristen Slahor had five goals and two helpers to lead the Buckeyes with seven points against the Bearcats. Senior Amanda Shimp and sophomores Brittney Zerhusen and Lauren Sterner added two goals each.
Zerhusen had five goals for the Buckeyes, while Jessica Patane added four in the conference loss to Johns Hopkins. Slahor, the NCAA leader in assists, had five assists to lead the Buckeyes. Jayme Beard added two goals and Shimp had one score for OSU.
Chat online with Slahor from 2-2:30 p.m. Wednesday as the Buckeyes prepare for the ALC tournament.
Up Next: at ALC Tournament, vs. Penn State at 2 p.m. EST May 2 in Evanston, Ill.

Men’s Soccer
Head Coach: John Bluem
The 2007 Big Ten Champion and NCAA Runner-Up Buckeyes will take on The Columbus Crew in the seventh-annual Conner Senn Memorial Game at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Tickets for the event are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.
The game is played to remember Senn, a freshman member of the 2001 soccer team. The Newark, Ohio, native collapsed during the second half of Ohio State’s match vs. the University of Akron Sept. 26, 2001, and died later that night because of a congenital heart defect.
The game features a silent auction for sports memorabilia with its proceeds going towards the Conner Senn Scholarship Fund.

Softball (31-22; 7-13 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis
Hosting Ball State in doubleheader action April 23, Ohio State swept the Cardinals for its first home doubleheader sweep of the season at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes won game one, 2-1, before shutting out Ball State, 7-0, in game two.
In game one, senior Brittany Vanderink’s RBI double with two outs in the fifth inning erased a 1-1 tie and it would hold up as the gamewinning hit to send Ohio State past Ball State. Ohio State received a complete game, three-hitter from junior Kim Reeder, who struck out nine and allowed only one unearned run. In striking out the side to end the game, she improved to 15-14 with her 20th complete game this season in 27 starts.
Sophomore Megan Miller tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout in game two.
Senior Liz Caputo went 2-for-2 from the plate, scoring a run, while sophomore Sam Marder batted in two runs for the Buckeyes.
Down 3-2 with two outs and the bases loaded in the Buckeyes’ last at bat, sophomore Tory Haddad launched her first career triple – a shot off the bottom of the fence in right-centerfield – and Ohio State would go on to post a 6-3 win at Wisconsin April 26 in game one of a doubleheader at Goodman Diamond in Madison. The Buckeyes had only one hit and trailed 3-0 heading into the top of the seventh when they exploded for all six of their runs on four hits, a walk and two hit by pitches.
In game two vs. the Badgers, Ohio State dropped a 4-3 decision for the series split. Marder and Vanderink had two hits a piece in the loss.
Continuing its road swing, Ohio State traveled to Minneapolis April 27 to take on Minnesota. After dropping game one, 2-1, the Buckeyes rebounded with another one-run game, this time winning 5-4 against the Golden Gophers. Marder’s two-run single in the top of the seventh inning gave Ohio State its first lead of the day at 5-4 over Minnesota and the Buckeyes would make it stand as the final score to win their final Big Ten game of the season in game two of a doubleheader at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. Marder notched career RBIs No. 100 and 101 on the play and collected her 11th gamewinning RBI of the season.
Up Next: vs. Ohio, 5 p.m. April 30 at Buckeye Field
vs. Ohio, 7:30 p.m. April 30 at Buckeye Field

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (32-1; 10-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
Ohio State has won a program-best 32 matches en route to claiming its third-consecutive Big Ten Tournament Championship. The No. 1-seeded Buckeyes defeated No. 3-seed Illinois, 4-3, in the final April 27 in Iowa City.
In a closely contested match, the Scarlet and Gray were able to pull out the victory despite dropping the doubles point for just the third time this season. Junior Steven Moneke was able to clinch the match for Ohio State after he defeated Marc Spicijaric, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3. Bryan Koniecko, the 2008 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, was a winner over Ryan Rowe, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 1 singles, as was sophomore Justin Kronauge at the No. 2 position over Ruben Gonzales, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-4. Freshman Balazs Novak handed Roy Kalmanovich a 6-3, 7-5 loss at No. 5 singles.
In addition to Koniecko earning athlete of the year honors, head coach Ty Tucker was presented with Big Ten Coach of the Year accolades and Moneke and Kronauge were named to the All-Big Ten team.
Up Next: hosting NCAA Regionals, TBA May 10-11 at Stickney Tennis Center

No. 34 Women’s Tennis (19-7; 6-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
Ohio State was narrowly defeated by Illinois, 4-3, in the first round of the 2008 Big Ten Championship April 25 in West Lafayette, Ind.
The match began on a high note for the Scarlet and Gray as they claimed the doubles point with wins from the No. 2 and No. 3 spot. Caitlin O’Keefe and Paloma Escobedo topped Kristina Minor and Annie McCarthy, 8-6, at the No. 3 spot while Julie Blackmore and Cami Hubbs avenged their April 13th defeat with an 8-4 win over Leigh Finnegan and Marisa Lambropoulos from the No. 2 position.
However the Illini managed to win four singles matches to the Buckeyes’ three to secure the team victory. Hubbs turned in a quick, 6-2, 6-1, victory over Shivani Dave from the No. 4 position to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. O’Keefe delivered a three-set win over Momei Qu at the No. 6 spot, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
Up Next: at NCAA Regionals, TBA May 9-10 campus sites

Men’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Robert Gary
Competing in the 99th-annual Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, April 24-26 the Buckeyes received a Top 5 finish from the Ohio State 4×100-meter relay team of James Manley, Anthony Cole, Curtis Leuenberger and Chimdi Chekwa. The group’s time of 40.92 earned the quartet fifth place. The 1,600-meter relay team of Jake Edwards, Chad Balyo, Skyler Schmitt and Jeff See finished fifth with a time of 17:00.24.
Anthony Cole was 10th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.70, while Elon Simms finished 13th in the 400-meter hurdles. In the field events, Patrick Whalen’s shot put toss of 55 feet, 7 1/2 inches was good enough for sixth place and David Ebersole’s toss of 201 feet, 2 inches in the hammer throw secured him an 11th-place finish.
Up Next: hosting Jesse Owens Track Classic, TBA May 2-3 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (Television: Big Ten Network)
at Big Ten Championships, All Day May 16-18 in Champaign, Ill.

Women’s Track and Field
Head Coach: Karen Dennis
At the 99th-annual Drake Relays April 24-26 in Des Moines, Iowa, senior Veronica Jatsek represented the Buckeyes and the Big Ten Conference with her league-best toss of 203 feet 8 inches in the hammer throw. The toss of more than 200 feet secured Jatsek a third-place finish.
In the 4×400-meter, Chandra Krempel, Ashley Caldwell, Jenna Griffin and Ayrizanna Favours finished 10th in the event with a season-best time of 3:44.32.
Up Next: hosting Jesse Owens Track Classic, TBA May 2-3 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (Television: Big Ten Network)
at Big Ten Championships, All Day May 16-18 in Champaign, Ill.

Men’s Volleyball (20-7)
Head Coach: Pete Hanson
Two 3-0 sweeps of conference opponents Loyola Chicago and Ball State in the semifinal and final, respectively in St. John Arena in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament gave Ohio State its 11th league tournament championship in program history.
The victory over the Cardinals in the conference final April 26 advances the Buckeyes to the 2008 NCAA National Semifinals, May 1 at UC Irvine. Senior Brett Versen posted a match-high 21 points in the contest with junior Robbie Klein adding 12. Versen recorded a match-high 15 kills (.440), two ace serves and a match-high seven (1-6) blocks. Klein posted 10 kills, one ace serve and two assist blocks.
In the semifinal against the Ramblers April 25, Klein posted a team-high 14.5 points in the victory with a team-high 13 kills (.423), one ace serve and one assist block.
Up Next: at NCAA Championship Semifinal (vs. Penn State), 9 p.m. May 1 in Irvine, Calif.
at NCAA Championship, TBA May 3 in Irvine, Calif.

Wrestling
Head Coach: Tom Ryan
After defending his title at 120kg/264.5 pounds at the 2008 U.S. National Freestyle Wrestling Championships at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Tommy Rowlands, volunteer assistant coach for the wrestling team, has moved one step closer to earning a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic squad.

Rowlands now meets all the criteria specified by USA Wrestling to automatically qualify for the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials June 13-15 in Las Vegas.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
April 29-May 4

April 29
Men’s soccer vs. The Columbus Crew, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

April 30
Softball vs. Ohio, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

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

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

May 1
NCAA Championship Semifinal
Men’s volleyball vs. Penn State, 9 p.m.
Irvine, Calif.

May 2
Synchronized swimming at U.S. National Championships, TBA
Tucson, Ariz.

ALC Tournament, 2 p.m.
Women’s lacrosse vs. Penn State
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s track hosting Jesse Owens Track Classic, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Women’s track hosting Jesse Owens Track Classic, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

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

GWLL Tournament Semifinals
No. 3-seed men’s lacrosse vs. No. 2-seed Denver, 7:30 p.m.
Birmingham, Mich.

May 3
Synchronized swimming at U.S. National Championships, TBA
Tucson, Ariz.

Men’s track hosting Jesse Owens Track Classic, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Women’s track hosting Jesse Owens Track Classic, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Rowing at Big Ten Championships, TBA
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s volleyball at NCAA Championship, TBA
Irvine, Calif.

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

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

May 4
ALC Tournament, TBA
Women’s lacrosse vs. TBA
Evanston, Ill.

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