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Athletes of the Week
• A new 2010 world-best time was set in the 4×800-meter relay April 23 at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, by four Buckeyes. Jared Hall, Cory Leslie, Daniel White and All-American Jeff See earned their spot at the top of the current world rankings with a first-place and school record time of 7:17.68. See and Kenya’s Boaz Lalang were named the outstanding men’s performers of the Drake Relays, marking the first time two athletes were named co-outstanding performers in the men’s division since 1997 when sprinter Michael Johnson and distance runner Bob Keino shared the award.
• Rachael Cornicello had a career-high seven points in the No. 18 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team’s Senior Day win over Detroit, 21-4, April 25 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The senior scored two goals and had five assists in the win

Athletics Good Stuff

Baseball (22-13, 7-5 Big Ten)
Head coach: Bob Todd
• Akron jumped out to a 4-1 lead and then, after Ohio State tied the score at 4-all in the fifth inning, regained the lead in dramatic fashion in the eighth inning and went on to post a 10-7 win over the Buckeyes April 21 at Bill Davis Stadium.
• Ohio State won one of three games against Penn State in a Big Ten series at Bill Davis Stadium April 23-25. The Buckeyes took a half-game lead in the conference race by defeating Penn State, 3-1, in game one behind a record-tying pitching performance by All-American ace Alex Wimmers. Ohio State then dropped games two, 18-10, and three, 14-6, of the series.

Men’s Basketball
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Dave Dickerson, former head coach at Tulane, has been added to the Big Ten champion Ohio State staff as an assistant coach, head coach Thad Matta announced April 19.

Field Hockey
Head coach: Anne Wilkinson
• Ohio State gathered for its award banquet April 23 to celebrate its 2009 season and hand out team honors. Rising junior Aisling Coyle was voted the Most Valuable Player by her teammates while freshman Berta Queralt was recognized as the team’s Freshman and Offensive Player of the Year.
• Graduating senior and co-captain Lindsay Quintiliani picked up a bevy of awards, receiving the Harriet Reynolds Scholar-Athlete laurel for owning highest cumulative grade-point average and the Buckeye Spirit Award for exuding the true spirit of a Buckeye. She also shared the Defensive Player of the Year honor with rising junior Jenn Sciulli.

Football
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• Ohio State will play in at least three prime time football games during the 2010 season, the Big Ten Conference and ESPN/ABC announced April 21. Night games include Thursday, Sept. 2, against Marshall in Columbus at 7:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network as well as conference road games at Wisconsin (Oct 16, 7:15 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2) and at Minnesota (Oct. 30, 8 p.m. ET, ABC or ESPN). The Big Ten also announced that the Buckeyes’ game with Miami (FL) on Sept. 11 will have a 3:40 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.
• Four former Buckeyes were selected on day three of the 2010 NFL Draft April 24. Defensive end Thaddeus Gibson was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round (116th overall). Also selected in the seventh round were defensive lineman Doug Worthington (242nd overall), also by the Steelers, safety Kurt Coleman (244th overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles and linebacker Austin Spitler (252nd overall) by the Miami Dolphins.
• The Gray Team defeated the Scarlet Team, 17-14, in the 2010 Spring Game presented by Nationwide April 24 at Ohio Stadium in front of a crowd of 65,223. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor played only the first quarter for Scarlet. After a three-and-out first drive, he was sharp the rest of the way and completed 8-of-12 passes for 108 yards and one touchdown. He found Dane Sanzenbacher four times for 61 yards.

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• Ohio State closed out the regular season with a runner-up finish at the Boilermaker Invitational held April 24-25 in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes placed second in the 12-team field with a score of 3-over 867 during the two-day, 54-hole tournament held on the par 72, 7,465 yard Kampen Course. Ohio State collected its third runner-up finish of the season and placed ahead of five conference opponents prior to the Big Ten championships next weekend.
• Junior Brad Smith provided the best performance of the year for Ohio State, placing second with the lowest 54-hole score by a Buckeye this season at 212 (-4). Just off Smith’s pace was fellow junior Bo Hoag, who tied for seventh with a sum of 218. The Honorable Mention All-American from Upper Arlington, Ohio, began his day by finishing off the lowest round of the season by any Ohio State golfer with a 5-under 67 in the second round.

No. 19 Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
• Ohio State finished in third place at the 2010 Big Ten Championships held April 23-25 in Madison, Wis. The Buckeyes totaled 1,189 (+37) during four rounds on the par 72, 6,224-yard University Ridge Golf Course. Ohio State’s top finishers were junior In Hong Lim and sophomore Vicky Villanueva who each totaled 229 to tie for 11th.
• Following the tournament, the conference handed out its season honors with three Buckeyes picking up awards. Freshman Rachel Rohanna was selected to the First Team All-Big Ten, while senior Emma Jandel and Lim were named to the second team.

Men’s Hockey
Head coach: Mark Osiecki
• Mark Osiecki has been selected as the head coach for the Ohio State men’s hockey program, Chris Schneider, associate athletics director for sport administration, announced April 24. Osiecki was the top assistant at Wisconsin the last six years and prior to joining the Badgers was the head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Gamblers in the United States Hockey League for seven seasons.

Women’s Hockey
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• The Buckeyes celebrated their 2009-10 season and handed out team awards April 24. Among the honorees, sophomore Natalie Spooner was named most valuable offensive player, forward Hokey Langan was named most valuable freshman and senior Rachel Davis was named most valuable defensive player. Freshman Paige Semenza was voted most improved player, sophomore Barbara Bilko won the academic award and senior Raelyn LaRocque picked up the seventh player and Scarlet and Gray award.

Men’s Lacrosse (7-6, 3-3 ECAC)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Eight players found the back of the net and Ohio State scored seven of the last eight goals of the game as the Buckeyes defeated Air Force, 10-6, April 24 in the “Showdown in the ‘Shoe” at Ohio Stadium in front of 31,078 fans. The figure set a national record for on-campus and regular-season attendance, a mark Ohio State has set and subsequently broken each of the last three years.

No. 18 Women’s Lacrosse (9-6, 1-3 ALC)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
• Kelly Haggerty and Gabby Capuzzi scored three goals apiece and Alayna Markwordt added five points off two goals and three assists, but a last-minute score from 12th-ranked Notre Dame handed Ohio State a 12-11 loss April 22 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
• Rachael Cornicello had a career-high six points and three others had five in No. 18 Ohio State’s win over Detroit, 21-4, April 25 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

No. 19 Softball (30-11, 9-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• No. 19 Ohio State swept a doubleheader vs. Big Ten foe Indiana, 8-0 in six innings and 11-3 innings in five, April 21 at Buckeye Field. Ohio State hit four homeruns in the two games.
• Senior catcher Sam Marder had a four RBI game, hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth, and freshman Megan Coletta finished the game with three RBI off a single and a double to lead the Ohio State softball team to a 13-5 run-rule victory over Minnesota in six innings April 25 at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes also concluded the first game against the Gophers earlier in the day, a 2-1 OSU victory, after play was delayed because of rain April 24.

Women’s Soccer
Head coach: Lori Walker
• Lauren Robertson, the all-time shutout leader in Ohio State women’s soccer history, was named an All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year, the National Strength and Conditioning Association announced March 31.

No. 4 Men’s Tennis (29-1, 10-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• Ohio State downed No. 57 Northwestern, 6-1, April 23 at the Combe Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill. Junior Balazs Novak won in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) at No. 4 singles. The native of Budapest, Hungary, became the second Buckeye to hit the 30-win mark in singles for the second-consecutive season.
• Tied at 3-3 in the last regular-season match of the 2010 season, Ohio State picked up four singles victories en route to a 4-3 win over No. 27 Wisconsin and its fifth-consecutive outright Big Ten regular-season title April 25 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. Senior Justin Kronauge, ranked 40th in the nation, won back-to-back sets over No. 19 Moritz Baumann (6-7, 6-3, 6-3) at No. 2 singles to clinch the match for the Buckeyes. Ohio State finishes the regular-season undefeated in conference play for the fifth straight year.

No. 32 Women’s Tennis (18-8, 5-5 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Ohio State shut out Wisconsin 7-0 April 23 at home in the Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes opened the match with two doubles wins and posted straight-set victories on each singles court to secure the team’s ninth shutout of the year, setting the program record for whitewashes in a season.
• The Buckeyes fell to No. 6 Northwestern, 5-2, in front of a season-high crowd of227 in the final home match this season April 25. The team celebrated Senior Day and the duo of Christina Keesey and Kirsten Flower were honored after the match. The Wildcats took advantage of the doubles point and four of the singles matches to put the Buckeyes away, with Keesey and sophomore Kelsey Haviland winning for Ohio State.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• A new 2010 world-best time was set in the 4×800-meter relay April 23 at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, by four Buckeyes. Jared Hall, Cory Leslie, Daniel White and All-American Jeff See earned their spot at the top of the current world rankings with a first-place and school record time of 7:17.68. Big Ten rival Minnesota finished second in 7:18.18 as the Buckeyes sprinted past a deep and talented field of 15.
• Ohio State wrapped up its world-class weekend April 24 at the Drake Relays. OSU’s 4x400m relay team of Brandon Woodard, Korbin Smith, Stephen Robinson and Thomas Murdaugh turned in the top performance of the day for the Scarlet and Gray, finishing fourth in the championship race with a season-best time of 3:07.43, the second-best time in the Big Ten this season and a Top 25 Division I performance.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Ohio State junior Letecia Wright was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week by the conference office April 21 after an impressive performance at the Mt. SAC Relays Saturday, April 17.
• Wright cruised to a first-place time of 13.59 in the 100m hurdle preliminaries April 23 at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, highlighting the Buckeyes’ first day of competition. Then, seven days after setting two personal records at the Mt. SAC Relays, Wright shattered another PR on her way to a first-place finish in the 100m hurdles April 24 at the Drake Relays. The junior’s time of 13.07 was the fifth-best in NCAA Division I this season, the top time in the Big Ten and No. 5 all-time at Ohio State.

No. 11 Men’s Volleyball (20-7, 11-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Shawn Sangrey, a 6-5 sophomore opposite for Ohio State, was named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week and the fourth time this season, the conference announced April 19.
• Ohio State setter Steven Kehoe was named the MIVA Player of the Year by a vote of the conference coaches. He, along with outside hitter John Klanac and opposite Shawn Sangrey, earned spots on the all-conference first team with middle hitter Kevin Heine named to the second team. OSU head coach Pete Hanson was honored as the MIVA Co-Coach of the Year with Loyola-Chicago’s Shane Davis.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
April 26-May 9

April 28
Softball vs. Michigan (DH), 4:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Buckeye Field

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

April 29-May 2
Women’s tennis at Big Ten Championships, TBA
Iowa City, Iowa

Men’s tennis at Big Ten Championships, TBA
Bloomington, Ind.

April 30-May 2
Men’s golf at Big Ten Championships, TBA
Minneapolis, Minn.

April 30-May 1
Men’s track at Jesse Owens Track Classic, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Women’s track at Jesse Owens Track Classic, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

April 30
Baseball at Michigan, 6:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

May 1
Rowing at Big Ten Championships, TBA
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s track at Stanford Invitational, TBA
Palo Alto, Calif.

Men’s lacrosse vs. Bellarmine, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Softball at Iowa, 2 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

Baseball at Michigan, 6:05 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

May 2
Women’s lacrosse at Johns Hopkins, 12 p.m.
Baltimore, Md.

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

Softball at Iowa, 2 p.m.
Iowa City, Iowa

May 4
Baseball vs. Louisville, 6:35 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill Davis Stadium

May 5
Baseball vs. Louisville, 2:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Bill Davis Stadium

May 6-8
Women’s lacrosse ALC Tournament, TBA
Columbus, Ohio

Women’s golf at NCAA Regional, TBA
TBA

May 7
Men’s track at Billy Hayes Meet, TBA
Bloomington, Ind.

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

May 8
Men’s lacrosse at North Carolina, 12 p.m.
Chapel Hill, N.C.

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

Softball at Penn State, 2 p.m.
University Park, Pa.

May 9
Softball at Penn State, 1 p.m.
University Park, Pa.

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