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Athletes of the Week
• All-American Christina Manning opened her outdoor campaign with a bang April 3 at the Tiger Track Classic, recording three Top 5 finishes for Ohio State on the final day of competition. The sophomore’s top performance came in the 100m hurdles, where she used a time of 13.19 to finish third behind post-collegiate athletes Josanne Lucas (13.04) and Vonette Dixon (13.08). Manning’s time was the fourth-best in Ohio State history, the top time in the Big Ten, and the second-best Division I sprint so far this season.
• Ohio State catcher Dan Burkhart finished the week 9-for-17 with five runs batted in and four runs scored. The junior backstop had three doubles and his fifth career triple. He also threw out a baserunner.

Athletics Good Stuff

Athletics
• Led by 27 members of the Big Ten Champion men’s swimming and diving team, Ohio State placed a league-high 65 student-athletes on the Big Ten Winter Academic All-Big Ten Conference Team. In all, 539 student-athletes from seven conference sports earned a spot on the team.
• The Ohio State Athletic Training Club is conducting a 5K run – Running with the Buckeyes – at 10 a.m. April 18 at Fred Beekman Park on the campus of Ohio State University. Registration is now open and runners of all ages and experience level are welcome. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the club’s Relay for Life team and the American Cancer Society.

Baseball (15-8)
Head coach: Bob Todd
• Ohio State scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth to pick up a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Toledo in the home opener March 31 at Bill Davis Stadium. Eric Best tossed two perfect innings in relief while Drew Rucinski pitched a flawless ninth for his fourth save of the season.
• The Buckeyes pounded out 17 hits en route to an 11-1 win over Northwestern in the Big Ten opener April 2 in Evanston, Ill. Alex Wimmers picked up the win for the Buckeyes to move to 6-0 on the season while Cory Rupert had a four-hit day. Ohio State dropped an 8-2 decision at Northwestern April 3, but defeated the Wildcats 11-6 April 4 to pick up the series win. Zach Hurley, Dan Burkhart, Michael Stephens and Rupert all had two hits for the Buckeyes

No. 5/6 Men’s Basketball (29-8, 14-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• The Associated Press selected Ohio State guard/forward Evan Turner as 2010 National Player of the Year and first team All-American. Turner was also selected a first team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches April 3.
• On April 4, Turner was named winner of the 2010 Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I Player of the Year. Turner received his award at the annual AT&T Guardians of the Game Awards Show at the Murat Centre.

No. 8 Women’s Basketball (31-5, 15-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Junior center Jantel Lavender was among the five-member Associated Press All-America first team announced March 30. Sophomore point guard Samantha Prahalis received honorable mention honors. Lavender also was named to the 10-member USBWA All-America team March 31, her second straight honor.
• The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and State Farm announced the 2010 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team. Among the honorees for the second-consecutive season is Lavender who also took home USBWA and first team Associated Press All-America honors this week. Prahalis was named honorable mention.

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• Ohio State closed out action at the Irish Creek Collegiate April 3-4 as runner-up against the 13-team field. The Buckeyes finished with a total team score of 1-over 853, their best 54-hole score of the season by 21 shots, on the par 71, 7,099 yard Club at Irish Creek Golf Course in Kannapolis, N.C.
• The Buckeyes were led by a trio of juniors. Michael Cress finished at 1-over 214 for the event to tie for seventh place. Bo Hoag carded 70-70-75 en route to a total of 215 and a tie for 10th place with teammate Brad Smith.

No. 21 Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
• Ohio State maintained its place in a tie for third during the final round of play at the Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C. The Buckeyes concluded the 54-hole event April 2-4 with a total of 886 (+22) to tie with No. 4 Duke and No. 22 Vanderbilt on the par 72, 6,323-yard Players Course at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center.
• Leading the Buckeyes were junior In Hong Lim and freshman Rachel Rohanna, who both tied for 14th place with a total of 221 (+5).

Men’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Miles Avery
• Junior captain Brandon Wynn nabbed his first career Big Ten title, recording a meet-high 15.85 April 3 at the 2010 Big Ten Individual Championships in St. John Arena. Wynn also finished third on vault (16.0) behind sophomore Philip Onorato’s second-place finish on the event with a career-best 16.3 – just .050 out of first. Sophomore All-American Ty Echard also finished second on pommel horse (15.325), earning his first conference medal.
• Wynn finished third in the all-around, tallying a score of 87.700 in a closely contested all-around competition April 2. The Buckeyes finished in fourth place with 346.950 points during the Big Ten team competition.

Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• Ohio State was selected March 29 to compete at the 2010 NCAA Regional Championships in University Park, Pa., hosted by Penn State at 6 p.m. April 10. The Buckeyes, ranked 34th in the country with a 194.570 RQS, will compete in their fifth-consecutive NCAA regional.

Men’s Lacrosse (5-5, 1-2 ECAC)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Ohio State freshman attackman Logan Schuss and senior goalie Brandon Freeman were named ECAC Offensive and Co-Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, the conference announced March 29.
• Despite four goals from freshman Jeff Tundo, Ohio State dropped an 11-9 decision at No. 12 Loyola April 3 in an ECAC Lacrosse League game in Baltimore, Md. Buckeye senior James Green had two goals in the contest, with Schuss and junior Zach Rodgers each chipping in two assists and freshman Dan Wertz recording two points on a goal and an assist.

No. 21 Softball (21-10, 2-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Alicia Herron was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week March 29 after leading Ohio State to a doubleheader sweep of Wisconsin in its conference opener at Buckeye Field March 27.
• Behind the strength of 15 hits and no fielding errors, Ohio State swept in-state rival Ohio in a doubleheader March 31 at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes won 9-4 in game one and 9-3 in game two with freshman pitcher Melanie Nichols earning the ‘W’ in both contests as the Bobcats fall to 5-20.
• Ohio State downed Butler, 7-5, April 2 at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes scored in each of the first four innings, building a five-run lead before the Bulldogs tied things up at 5-all in top of the sixth. Herron hit a clutch sacrifice fly to bring in the game-winning run and the Scarlet and Gray tacked on another run for the 7-5 final in the bottom of the sixth.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (19-1, 3-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Justin Kronauge, a senior co-captain, was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week for the second time this year the conference announced March 30. It is Kronauge’s fifth-career conference weekly honor.
• Ohio State defeated No. 73 Iowa, 6-1, April 2 at the Hawkeye Tennis Recreation Complex in Iowa City. The Buckeyes then swept its Big Ten weekend road schedule with a 7-0 win against No. 44 Minnesota April 4 at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes won each of the six singles and three doubles matches against the Gophers.

No. 25 Women’s Tennis (15-5, 2-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Ohio State downed the 56th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers, 7-0, at home April 2 at the Stickney Tennis Center. The Buckeyes won three singles matches in three sets, rallying from a set down on courts one and two.
• The Buckeyes then fell to the No. 26 Iowa Hawkeyes, 6-1, April 4 at home at the Stickney Tennis Center.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• All-American Christina Manning opened her outdoor campaign with a bang April 3 at the Tiger Track Classic, recording three Top 5 finishes for Ohio State on the final day of competition. The sophomore’s top performance came in the 100m hurdles, where she used a time of 13.19 to finish third behind post-collegiate athletes Josanne Lucas (13.04) and Vonette Dixon (13.08). Manning’s time was the fourth-best in Ohio State history, the top time in the Big Ten, and the second-best Division I sprint so far this season.

No. 13 Men’s Volleyball (16-7, 8-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Mik Berzins was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week for his play in a 3-1 road victory at George Mason.
• Ohio State returned to conference action with a 3-0 (30-17, 30-18, 30-26) victory at Quincy April 2. John Klanac posted a match-high 16 points against the Hawks with a match-high 15 kills and two assist blocks. Shawn Sangrey added 14 points with eight kills, three ace serves, two solo blocks and two assist blocks.
• The Buckeyes completed a two-match sweep of Quincy with another 3-0 (30-21, 30-18, 30-27) victory April 3 in Pepsi Arena. Klanac posted a match-high 19.5 points with 19 kills and one assist block, while Sangrey contributed 16.5 points with 13 kills, two ace serves and three assist blocks.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
April 5-18

April 5
Women’s lacrosse at Canisius, 12 p.m.
Buffalo, N.Y.

April 7
Men’s track at Sea Ray Relays, TBA
Knoxville, Tenn.

Softball at Purdue (DH), 3 p.m.
West Lafayette, Ind.

Men’s tennis at Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
South Bend, Ind.

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

April 8
Men’s track at Sea Ray Relays, TBA
Knoxville, Tenn.

April 9
Men’s tennis vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

Men’s tennis vs. Toledo, 6:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

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

Men’s volleyball vs. Loyola-Chicago, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
St. John Arena

April 10-11
Men’s golf hosting Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Scarlet Course

April 10
Rowing at Michigan/Michigan State/Notre Dame, All Day
Bloomington, Ind.

Women’s tennis at Michigan State, 11 a.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s track at THE DUAL, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Men’s lacrosse at Hobart, 12 p.m.
Geneva, N.Y.

Women’s lacrosse at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m.
Nashville, Tenn.

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

Softball at Illinois, 3 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

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

April 11
Women’s tennis at Michigan, 11 a.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s tennis vs. Michigan, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

Softball at Illinois, 1 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

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

April 14
Men’s tennis at Mississippi, TBA
University, Miss.

Softball vs. Bowling Green (DH), 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

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

April 15
Men’s gymnastics at NCAA Championships Qualifier, TBA
West Point, N.Y.

April 15-16
Women’s track at Lenny Lyles Invite, TBA
Louisville, Ky.

April 15-18
Synchronized swimming at U.S. Senior National Championships, TBA
Huntersville, N.C.

April 16
Men’s track at Mt. SAC Relays, TBA
Walnut, Calif.

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

Men’s tennis vs. Indiana, 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

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

April 16-18
Fencing at Division I NAC, TBA
TBA

April 17-18
Women’s golf hosting Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio
Scarlet Course

April 17
Men’s track at Louisville Invitational, TBA
Louisville, Ky.

Women’s tennis at Illinois, 12 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Men’s lacrosse vs. Denver, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Softball at Michigan State, 1 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

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

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

April 18
Rowing vs. Michigan/Michigan State/USC, TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Women’s tennis at Indiana, 11 a.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s tennis vs. Illinois, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

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

Softball at Michigan State, 1 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

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