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Athletes of the Week
• Between the two games Saturday, the No. 18 jersey worn by head baseball coach Bob Todd for the past 23 years was officially retired by the Department of Athletics prior to the start of Todd’s final game as coach of the Buckeyes. Todd, who had announced May 5 he would retire from coaching following this 2010 season, retires as the winningest coach in Ohio State history with 901 wins.

• Sophomore shortstop Alicia Herron hit three home runs May 22, including two in Ohio State’s 5-3 victory over Kentucky to help the Buckeyes evade elimination and advance to the final day of the 2010 NCAA Columbus Regional Championship. The First Team All-Big Ten and All-Region selection contributed a team-high five RBI and four runs scored during regional play and had 14 assists and six putouts with just one error. On the season, Herron started all 53 games for Ohio State, leading the team with career bests in batting average (.415), hits (71), doubles (15), triples (3), and RBI (50). Herron added 12 home runs and ranks fifth on the all-time OSU home run list with 26 in her career. She also went a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen bases, another career mark and scored 41 runs.

Athletics Good Stuff

Athletics
• Ohio State played host to more than 3,000 sixth-graders from 34 local schools at the sixth-annual “Columbus City Schools Baseball Day” event May 18 on its Columbus campus. Despite a rained-out baseball game, the students were still treated to a pep rally at the Jerome Schottenstein Center and lunch provided by the Children’s Hunger Alliance.
• The Ohio State Department of Athletics held the 43rd-annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner Recognizing Academic Excellence May 19 in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom at the Ohio Union to honor its student-athletes for their academic and athletic accomplishments. A record 503 OSU Scholar-Athletes were recognized at the event and a number of senior awards were given out. The winners of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor were diver Chelsea Davis and men’s swimmer Stefan Sigrist.
• Four Buckeyes earned spots on the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District at-large teams, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced May 20. Seniors Chelsea Davis (diving), Lindsay Quintiliani (field hockey) and Stefan Sigrist (swimming) were First Team All-District IV making them eligible for Academic All-America honors. Brad Smith, a junior of the men’s golf team, was named to the second team.
• Gene Smith, Ohio State University Vice President and Director of Athletics, was named 2010 Sports Business Journal Athletic Director of the Year May 20 at the New York Marquis in New York City. A finalist for the 2008 SBJ AD of the Year award, Smith has helped guide the Ohio State department of athletics to successes unseen before at the university both in the arena of competition and beyond the athletics boundaries.

Baseball (28-23, 11-13 Big Ten)
Head coach: Bob Todd
• Catcher Dan Burkhart was named one of 16 semifinalists for the 2010 Coleman Company Johnny Bench Award, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced May 19.
• Junior right-hander Alex Wimmers was named one of 25 finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the College Baseball Foundation announced May 20.
• Ohio State hosted Minnesota at Bill Davis Stadium in its final Big Ten regular-season series May 20 and 22 after a rainout May 21. The Golden Gophers took the first game with a 16-2 win over the Buckeyes before 1,275 fans. Ohio State’s 2010 season came to an end with a split against Minnesota May 22. The Buckeyes dropped game one, 4-3, and came back to win game two, 9-6.
• Between the two games Saturday, the No. 18 jersey worn by head baseball coach Bob Todd for the past 23 years was officially retired by the Department of Athletics prior to the start of Todd’s final game as coach of the Buckeyes. Todd, who had announced May 5 he would retire from coaching following this 2010 season, retires as the winningest coach in Ohio State history with 901 wins.

Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• After earning her first All-Big Ten honor this spring, senior captain Hillary Dow capped her final year as a Buckeye earning two major scholastic honors at the Ohio State Scholar-Athlete banquet May 19. The Yorktown, Va., native was named the Leann Grimes-Davidge award winner and also was one of four graduating student-athletes to receive the Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Award.

Women’s Ice Hockey
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Current and incoming Buckeyes have been invited to attend national camps starting this week in Canada and the United States. Four Buckeyes were among Hockey Canada’s recently released list of 109 players invited to its National Women’s Program Strength and Conditioning Camp, while sophomore-to-be Chelsea Knapp is included in the invitees to USA Hockey’s Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp. Participating in the Canadian camp will be current OSU forwards Hokey Langan, Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner as well as incoming goalie Lisa Steffes.

Rowing
Head coach: Andy Teitelbaum
• For the 11th-consecutive season and 12th time overall, Ohio State will compete for the NCAA team title as it was selected as one of 16 teams to row in the 2010 NCAA Championships as the field was announced May 18. Taking place on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., the 2010 edition of the championships will take place May 28-30.
• The Buckeyes have qualified for the NCAA championships every year as a team since 2000, finishing a program-best third in 2007 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The First Varsity Four was an at-large selection in 1997, bringing the Scarlet and Gray’s total championships appearances to 12.

No. 19 Softball (39-14, 16-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• After earning 10 victories and throwing eight complete games in league play, pitcher Melanie Nichols was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the league office announced May 19. Nichols was joined by senior catcher Sam Marder, senior designate player Courtney Pruner and sophomore shortstop Alicia Herron as First Team All-Big Ten nods, making it the first time in Ohio State history to have four players on the top all-conference team in a season. Junior outfielders Brittany Goodchild and Dee Dee Hillman were each named to the third team.
• Just a day after earning First Team All-Big Ten honors, Marder, Herron and Nichols were named First Team 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Midwest selections, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced May 20.
• Ohio State’s seventh-inning comeback fell short as Kentucky snapped a six-game Buckeye winning streak with a 6-5 decision May 22 at Buckeye Field in the conclusion of the May 21 NCAA Regional game.
• A three-run third inning fueled the Buckeyes as they staved off elimination by defeating Bucknell, 6-0, May 22 in the NCAA Regional at Buckeye Field. Alicia Herron then hit a pair of home runs, including a three-run blast in the sixth, to lead Ohio State in its 5-3 comeback win over Kentucky May 22 in the NCAA Regional.
• After fighting back through the loser’s bracket of the 2010 NCAA Columbus Regional, Ohio State was eliminated by No. 11 seed California May 23, 7-0, at Buckeye Field.

No. 4 Men’s Tennis (35-2, 13-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• After morning rain showers forced play indoors, No. 4-seed Ohio State shut out Wisconsin, 4-0, May 21 in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Division I Team Championship at Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility in Athens, Ga.
• Fourth-ranked Ohio State fell, 4-0, to No. 5 Southern California May 23 in an NCAA Quarterfinal match at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., to be ousted from the team part of the tournament. The Buckeyes finished the year with the second-most wins in a single season in program history. The 35 victories tie the total from 2007-08 campaign.

Track and Field
Head coaches: Robert Gary and Karen Dennis
• Twenty-six Ohio State track and field athletes – 13 men and 13 women – will represent the Scarlet and Gray May 27-29 at the 2010 NCAA East Regional Preliminaries in Greensboro, N.C. The competing Buckeyes include: Stephen Robinson (200m dash), Thomas Murdaugh (400m dash), Elon Simms (400m hurdles), Daniel White (800m run), Jeff See (1500m run), Adam Green (3000m steeplechase), Cory Leslie (3000m steeplechase), Ryan Blake (high jump), Korbin Smith (long jump), Matt DeChant (shot put), Tyler Branch (shot put), Max Mays (hammer throw), 4x400m relay (Smith, Simms, Murdaugh and Brandon Woodard), Christina Manning ( 100m dash, 100m hurdles), Letecia Wright (100m hurdles), Shaniqua McGinnis (400m dash), Latoya Sanderson (400m dash), Katie Williams (10,000m run), Sarah Foster (10,000m run), Sarah Lowe (10,000m run), Ashley Galbraith (high jump), Kelcey McKinney (triple jump), Maggie Mullen (javelin, hammer throw), 4x100m relay (Wright, Manning, McGinnis and Christienne Linton) and 4x400m relay (Sanderson, McGinnis, Ashley Caldwell and Nyjah Cousar).

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
May 24-June 6

May 26-30
Baseball hosting Big Ten Tournament, TBA
Columbus, Ohio
Bill Davis Stadium

May 27-29
Men’s track at NCAA Regionals, TBA
Greensboro, N.C.

May 27-29
Women’s track at NCAA Regionals, TBA
Greensboro, N.C.

May 28-30
Rowing at NCAA Championships, TBA
Gold River, Calif.