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Athletes of the Week
• Courtney Pruner, a senior on the softball team, was the hardest batter to get out in the Illinois-Ohio State series, going 6-for-7 with seven RBI and three runs scored as the No. 20 Buckeyes split the conference series with the No. 18 Illini. She homered twice, including a grand slam in Ohio State’s 10-2 victory April 11, to up her career mark to 34. With the 34 home runs, Pruner ranks third in the Buckeye all-time career record book and is just seven shy of tying for second. With seven RBI, Pruner has 28 on the season to take over the team lead and 144 in her career. On Saturday, she brought in both Ohio State runs in the 3-2 loss to take over the No. 3 spot on the all-time Ohio State RBI list. Also on Saturday, Pruner hit the century mark with her 100th walk.

• For the second time this season, Ohio State attackman Jeff Tundo was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Rookie of the Week. Tundo was honored April 5 after scoring a career and team-high four goals at No. 12 Loyola. He followed that up with a team season-high five assists in a 14-6 win at Hobart April 10.

Athletics Good Stuff

Athletics
• Behind a winter-high 430 points, Ohio State has moved into second place in the 2009-10 Learfield Director’ Cup standings. The Buckeyes finished in the Top 25 nationally in fencing, wrestling, men’s basketball, men’s swimming, women’s basketball and women’s swimming and now have 703 points overall, 89 behind leader Stanford.
• Tickets for the SafeAuto and Michael Redd present Buckeyes Got Talent are now on sale. The fourth-annual event will be held at 7 p.m. May 11 in St. John Arena. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and children under age 6 are free and can be purchased through the Ohio State ticket office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS or (614) 292-2624. All proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus.

Baseball (19-9, 4-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Bob Todd
• Behind 17 hits and solid relief pitching, Ohio State defeated Xavier, 12-7, April 7 at Bill Davis Stadium. Freshman right-hander Brett McKinney picked up the win, tossing four scoreless innings in relief. Brian DeLucia led the Buckeyes offensively, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Zach Hurley went 2-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored while Ryan Dew drove in four, tying his career high.
• Ohio State took two of three games from Indiana in a Big Ten series April 9-11 at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes topped Indiana, 7-1, the first game as ace All-American pitcher Alex Wimmers went the distance and struck out 14 Hoosiers to improve to 7-0 on the season. OSU fell to Indiana in 10 innings during game two, 6-4, before pounding out 13 hits en route to a 10-8 victory in the finale. DeLucia led the Buckeyes going 3-for-3 with four RBI and a run scored.

No. 11 Men’s Basketball (29-8, 14-4 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Evan Turner of Ohio State is the 2010 John R. Wooden Award winner as the college basketball player of the year. The announcement was made at The Los Angeles Athletic Club April 9 and streamed live on CBS College Sports Network. The Wooden Award trophy’s unique design was inspired by Coach Wooden’s idea of the “total basketball player.”
• Turner, the 2010 Naismith Award winner and Wooden Award finalist, will forgo his senior season at Ohio State and enter the NBA draft, the Chicago native announced April 7 alongside head coach Thad Matta.

Football
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• Buckeye defensive back Andre Amos will participate in the inaugural Ohio College Football.com Senior Bowl April 17.
• The New England Patriots recently announced the 27 members of its 2000s All-Decade Team. Former Ohio State star Mike Vrabel was selected to the team comprised of the greatest Patriots from the franchise’s most successful decade.

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• Ohio State hosted its annual Robert Kepler Intercollegiate April 10-11 in Columbus and finished in seventh place. The Buckeyes had a team total of 894 (+42) for the two-day, 54-hole event held on the par 71, 7,451-yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club.
• The Buckeyes’ top finisher was senior Brad Wright, who placed sixth as an individual with rounds of 71-71-72.

No. 5 Men’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Miles Avery
• Ohio State has been selected to compete in the 2010 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics National Qualifier April 15 at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N. Y. Buckeye head coach Miles Avery has guided Ohio State to the national qualifier in each of his 13 seasons in Columbus.

Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• In its fifth-consecutive appearance at a regional championship, Ohio State scored a 193.875 to place fifth at the NCAA University Park Regional April 10 in Rec Hall on the Penn State campus.
• With a 38.675, Kristen Perchatsch posted the Buckeyes’ highest all-around finish, taking seventh at the regional. Casey Williamson and Rebecca Best finished back-to-back in ninth (38.450) and 10th place (38.275), respectively.

Men’s Hockey
• Ohio State forward Zac Dalpe was named a Reebok Division I Ice Hockey All-American, earning a spot on the west second team after an outstanding sophomore season for the Buckeyes. He is one of just 24 players honored, with six-player first and second teams named for both the east and west. The squads, which were announced April 9 in Detroit at the NCAA Frozen Four, are selected by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association.

Men’s Lacrosse (6-5, 2-2 ECAC)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• For the second time this season, Ohio State attackman Jeff Tundo was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Rookie of the Week. Tundo was honored April 5 after scoring a career and team-high four goals at No. 12 Loyola Saturday.
• A team game that saw 14 Buckeyes post a point and a strong effort on defense helped Ohio State to a 14-6 win over Hobart April 10 in an ECAC Lacrosse League game in Geneva, N.Y. Leading the way offensively for the Buckeyes was freshman Jeff Tundo with a team season-high five assists, while seniors Mario Ventiquattro and James Green each had a hat trick and freshman leading scorer Logan Schuss had two goals and an assist.

No. 20 Women’s Lacrosse (7-4, 1-2 ALC)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
• Ohio State used a seven-goal run to close the first half and open the second as it rolled to a 16-7 win over Canisius April 5 in Buffalo, N.Y. Co-captains Brittney Zerhusen and Rachael Corniciello scored four and three goals, respectively, and senior All-American Kelly Haggerty also netted a trio of tallies to lead the Buckeye charge.
• Alayna Markwordt scored four goals and Jayme Beard added four points off a pair of goals and assists, but Ohio State took a 19-8 loss to No. 10 and conference-leading Vanderbilt April 10 in Nashville, Tenn. All of the Buckeyes’ losses this season have come at the hands of higher-ranked teams, including two vs. Top 10 foes.

No. 13 Rowing
Head coach: Andy Teitelbaum
• Ohio State fell to Michigan, 33-32, and Michigan State, 36-31, at the Big Ten Double Dual April 10 on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind.

No. 20 Softball (22-11, 3-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• A double-header at Purdue April 7 was cancelled because of rain in West Lafayette, Ind.
• Senior second baseman Whitney Cooper was named an All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year, the National Strength and Conditioning Association announced March 31. Nominated by Ohio State strength and conditioning coach Tom Palumbo, Cooper is one of 232 student-athletes from 106 schools to be selected for the honor.
• In a highly-contested game, Ohio State fell to No. 18 Illinois, 3-2, April 10 at Eichelberger Field in Champaign, Ill., thanks to a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the seventh by Illinois centerfielder Ashley Conrad. OSU came back in game two, downing Illinois 10-2 April 11. The game included a grand slam from senior outfielder Courtney Pruner.

No. 9 Men’s Swimming and Diving
Head coach: Bill Wadley
• Ohio State junior Elliott Keefer broke the school long course – meters – record in the 200 breaststroke twice April 2 at the McCorkle Grand Prix.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (24-1, 6-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Sophomore Chase Buchanan was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week for the fifth time this season April 6.
• Ohio State defeated No. 36 Notre Dame, 7-0, April 7 in Notre Dame, Ind. During its fourth home doubleheader of the season, the Buckeyes defeated Michigan State, 7-0, and Toledo, 5-0, April 9 at the Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.
• The Buckeyes defeated No. 26 Michigan, 6-1, April 11 at Stickney Tennis Center. Ohio State remains at the top of the Big Ten after handing the Wolverines their first conference loss of the season. Highlighting the day was senior co-captain Justin Kronauge. The native of Dayton, Ohio, won a doubles and singles match to move to first place on the program’s all-time combined career wins list with 255 victories (117, 138), passing former Buckeye Steven Moneke (2006-09).

No. 30 Women’s Tennis (16-6, 3-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Ohio State downed Michigan State, 6-1, on the road in East Lansing, Mich., April 10.
• The Buckeyes fell to rival No. 3 Michigan, 6-1, April 11 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Paloma Escobedo provided the lone point for the Buckeyes after defeating Whitney Taney in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, at No. 2.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Ohio State put on a dominating performance against rival Michigan at “The Dual” April 10 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, defeating the Wolverines 116-84, the largest margin of victory since the renewal of the rivalry three years ago.
• The Buckeyes swept the top 3 spots of the 400m dash. All-American Thomas Murdaugh torched the field over the final 100 meters on his way to an easy win in 46.54 seconds, the second-best time in the Big Ten so far this season and a Top 15 Division I time. Freshman Korbin Smith was second (48.02) and senior Brandon Woodard (48.34) third. Jeff See claimed the 1500m title in a Dual meet record time of 3:44.71, second-best in the Big Ten and a Top 8 time nationally.

No. 13 Men’s Volleyball (18-7, 10-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State posted a 3-0 (30-26, 32-30, 30-24) victory over No. 11 Loyola-ChicagoApril 9 in St. John Arena. Ohio State’s Shawn Sangrey posted a match-high 19.5 points in the contest with 17 kills (.314), one ace serve and three assist blocks. John Klanac contributed 16 points for the Buckeyes with 13 kills (.280) and three solo blocks.
• The Buckeyes then defeated Lewis 3-0 (32-30, 30-25, 30-21) April 10 in St. John Arena to move into a first place tie in the MIVA with Loyola-Chicago. Sangrey posted a match-high 28 points and 25 kills (.500) with three ace serves.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
April 12-25

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 Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State 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
Griggs Reservoir, Scioto River

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.

April 21-24
Women’s track at Drake Relays, TBA
Des Moines, Iowa

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

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

April 22-24
Men’s track at Drake Relays, TBA
Des Moines, Iowa

April 22
Women’s lacrosse vs. Notre Dame, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

April 23-25
Women’s golf at Big Ten Championships, All Day
Madison, Wis.

April 23
Men’s tennis at Northwestern, 4 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Women’s tennis vs. Wisconsin, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

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

April 24-25
Men’s golf at Boilermaker Invitational, All Day
West Lafayette, Ind.

April 24
Men’s lacrosse vs. Air Force, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Stadium

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

Football Spring Game, 1:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Stadium

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

April 25
Women’s tennis vs. Northwestern, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Stickney Tennis Center

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

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

Softball vs. Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field