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Athletes of the Week
• Senior Brad Smith captured his first individual victory of his career this past weekend as he tallied a field-best 8-under 208 at the 54-hole FAU Spring Break Championship. He aided the Buckeyes to the team’s first tournament title this spring as Ohio State won with a 12-under 852. Smith’s third round score of 67 tied a season low and he finished the tournament with 13 birdies over three rounds.

• Matt Allare, a senior co-captain from Mason, Ohio, went 4-0 during the weekend to help the Buckeyes improve to 18-2 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten. At Iowa, Allare paired with Peter Kobelt to form the 14th-ranked duo in the nation and downed Marc Bruche and Will Vasos, 8-5. The Buckeye tandem returned to action two days later and beat Brian Alden and Johnny Hamui of Illinois by the same 8-5 score. In singles action, Allare bested Austen Kauss (Iowa) 6-3, 6-4 and followed that performance with another straight-set victory vs. Illinois’ Abe Souza 6-3, 6-2.

Baseball (7-10)
Head coach: Greg Beals
• Ohio State had the No. 10 team in the nation on the ropes into the eighth inning, but the Fresno State Bulldogs, now 15-2 on the year, rallied for two two-out runs in the eighth to record a 3-2 comeback win over the Buckeyes March 22 at Pete Beiden Field.
• Cal State Bakersfield played under the lights for the first time ever at Hardt Field and its players capped a bright, memorable night for the three-year-old program by defeating Ohio State, 13-2, March 24 behind the pitching of Mike McCarthy and an 11-hit attack.
• Cal State Bakersfield received another excellent pitching performance and enough offense to pin a 7-3 victory on Ohio State March 25.
• Capitalizing on opportunities, seven Roadrunner errors, five RBI from Ryan Cypret and seven players scoring runs, Ohio State snapped its losing streak and closed out its six-game California spring trip with a 10-8 win in front of 723 fans at Hardt Field March 26.

No. 1 Men’s Basketball (34-3, 16-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Jared Sullinger was named Sporting News’ 2011 Freshman of the Year March 22 after averaging 17.2 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 1.3 APG during the regular season.
• Brandon Knight answered a tying 3-pointer by the Buckeyes’ Jon Diebler with a floating jumper in the closing seconds March 25, allowing the young but talented Wildcats to stun No. 1 overall seed Ohio State 62-60 in the marquee game of the regional semifinals.

No. 18 Women’s Basketball (24-10, 10-6 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Jantel Lavender scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half to lead Ohio State past Georgia Tech 67-60 March 21 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
• Shekinna Stricklen scored 20 points and touched off a critical 11-3 second-half run to power top-seeded Tennessee past Ohio State 85-75 March 26 in a NCAA regional semifinal.

Fencing
Head coach: Vladimir Nazlymov
• The Ohio State fencing team extended its streak of Top 5 finishes at the NCAA championships to 10 seasons with a fifth-place finish March 27 at home in Columbus, Ohio. Freshman Katarzyna Dabrowa led the Buckeye women, finishing tied for third in epee.

No. 24 Men’s Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• Entering the final round with a 16-stroke lead, Ohio State held on to capture the team title March 27 at the Florida Atlantic Spring Break Championship. Competing on the par 72, 6,750-yard Legends Golf Course at the Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach, Fla., the No. 24 Buckeyes finished the tournament with a 12-under 852 after carding a third round score of 293.

Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
• Slipping two spots after a final round of 325, Ohio State concluded the Bryan National Collegiate in eighth March 27. Competing against a field which included 13 teams ranked in the Top 50, the Buckeyes totaled 926 on the par 72, 6,386-yard Champions Course at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Women’s Ice Hockey
Head coach: Jackie Barto
• Junior forward Natalie Spooner was named to the Canadian National Women’s Team selection camp roster, Hockey Canada announced. The camp is scheduled for April 2-5 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto.

No. 20 Men’s Lacrosse (5-4)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Ohio State suffered a tough 8-7 loss at No. 3 Notre Dame March 23 at Arlotta Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. The Buckeyes scored three goals in a 3:34 span late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 7-all but a Notre Dame goal with 33 seconds remaining gave the Irish the win.

Women’s Lacrosse (5-4)
Head coach: Alexis Venechanos
• Ohio State rallied from a seven-goal deficit to pull within one before eventually falling to ninth-ranked Florida, 10-8, March 26 at Donald R. Dizney Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.

No. 13 Rowing
Head coach: Andy Teitelbaum
• Ohio State rowing head coach Andy Teitelbaum stressed during preseason the high expectations of this 2011 squad was going to be achieved partly because of a renewed energy toward training. It seems that preparation paid off March 26 as the 13th-ranked Buckeyes won four of six races vs. No. 11 Michigan on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir.

Softball (7-20, 0-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Ohio State fell, 8-2, at Loyola Marymount March 22 to end the spring break trip with a 2-4 record in Los Angeles, Calif. The Buckeyes held a 2-0 lead after the top of the fourth, but the Lions rallied with eight runs in the final three innings to claim the victory.
• In the home opener at Buckeye Field, Ohio State fell, 5-3, against Iowa on a chilly March 26 in Columbus. The Buckeyes had the winning run on base in the final inning, but could not claim the big hit as the Hawkeyes held on for the conference victory.
• Ohio State lost, 7-2, against Iowa March 27 to close its first home series of the 2011 campaign. The Buckeyes were down early against the Hawkeyes and could not recover as Iowa scored three runs in the first and four runs in the third to claim their second conference victory of the season.

Men’s Swimming and Diving
Head coach: Bill Wadley and Vince Panzano
• Ohio State had six more All-American honorees March 26 and the team capped another fine showing at the NCAA Swimming and Diving championships by placing 11th with 115 points. The Buckeyes were the second-highest finishing Big Ten Conference team while California won the team title.

No. 5 Men’s Tennis (18-2, 3-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• A two-hour rain delay pushed the start of the match between No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Pepperdine to a 6 p.m. ET start, but the Buckeyes maintained focus and downed the Waves, 6-1, March 21 at the Ralph-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif. The match was the third of seven consecutive road contests for the Buckeyes in addition to being the first match back for the team after they enjoyed an 11-day break for following Winter Quarter Finals.
• No. 5 Ohio State downed Iowa, 5-2, March 25 at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center in Iowa City to extend its Big Ten win streak to 68 dual matches, dating back to 2004. The match was the third of seven consecutive road contests for the Buckeyes, as well as the third contest of nine in a row the Scarlet and Gray face an opponent ranked in the ITA Top 75 poll.
• No. 5 Ohio State defeated No. 10 Illinois, 7-0, March 27 in a meeting of the Big Ten’s two highest ranked teams at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill. The win by the Buckeyes was their 69th consecutive conference victory, dating back to 2004.

Women’s Tennis (10-7, 3-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• 71st-ranked Ohio State dropped a 7-0 decision to the No. 21 Tennessee Volunteers March 23 in Knoxville, Tenn.
• On the strength of two doubles victories and five singles wins, Ohio State remained unbeaten in conference play with a 6-1 win over Iowa.
• Ohio State won the last three singles matches on court to defeat Illinois, 4-3, March 27 inside the Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center. The Buckeyes opened the day with the doubles point but the Illini won the first three singles matches for a 3-1 team lead. No. 71-ranked Ohio State then got wins from Cami Hubbs, Noelle Malley and Kara Cecil for the Big Ten victory, moving the squad to 3-0 in conference play.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Ohio State and the Big Ten Conference posted a 399-337 victory over the Southeastern Conference March 26 in the inaugural SEC/Big Ten Challenge, held at Mississippi State’s newly-renovated Carl Maddox Track.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Ohio State contributed a conference-high 123 points to help the Big Ten defeat the Southeastern Conference 379-349 at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge March 26 at Mississippi State University.

No. 3 Men’s Volleyball (17-4, 10-0 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Ohio State’s Mik Berzins has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Grand Canyon. Playing outside hitter in the 3-0 win at Grand Canyon, he handled 20 serve receptions without an error with 13 (.650) being converted to kills. Berzins recorded three digs and had two (.667) converted to kills. He added three kills (.286), two ace serves and one assist block in the match. Against the Antelopes, Berzins averaged 1.83 points, 1.00 kills, .67 aces, 1.00 digs and .33 blocks per set while hitting .286. He has been played, where needed this season, with nine starts at libero and nine at outside hitter. In his last nine matches (five at outside hitter and four at libero, Berzins has a .995 serve reception percentage, handling 184 of 185 attempts. This is his second Defensive Player of the Week honor this season.
• Third-ranked Ohio State completed a two-match sweep at Grand Canyon (8-17, 0-6) with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-16) win March 21 in Antelope Gymnasium. OSU’s Grayson Overman posted a match-high 12 points in the match with eight kills (.727), two solo and four assist blocks.
• Third-ranked Ohio State dropped a 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-22, 28-26) decision at No. 14 UC San Diego March 24 in RIMAC Arena. The defeat stopped a 17-match Buckeye winning streak. OSU’s John Klanac recorded a match-high 25 points with 24 kills (.415) and one ace serve.
• Third-ranked Ohio State fell, 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-18) at fifth-ranked UC Irvine March 26 at Crawford Court. OSU’s Shawn Sangrey and Klanac shared team-high honors with 12 points each in the match.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
March 28-April 10

March 29
Baseball vs. Xavier, 6:35 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

April 1-2
Men’s and Women’s Track at Jim Click Invitational, TBA
Tucson, Ariz.

Men’s Gymnastics at Big Ten Championships, TBA
Champaign, Ill.

April 1-3
Women’s Golf at Liz Murphey Invitational, All Day
Athens, Ga.

April 1
Women’s Tennis vs. Northwestern, 2:30 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Stickney Tennis Center

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

Men’s Volleyball at Loyola-Chicago, 7 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.

April 2
Men’s Tennis at Northwestern, 1 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Loyola, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Softball at Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Baseball vs. Northwestern, 3:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

Men’s Volleyball at Lewis, 7 p.m.
Romeoville, Ill.

April 3
Rowing vs. Clemson and Virginia, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Griggs Reservoir

Softball at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

Women’s Lacrosse at Louisville, 1 p.m.
Louisville, Ky.

Baseball vs. Northwestern, 2:05 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

April 5
Baseball at Columbus Clippers (exh.), 6:35 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Huntington Park

April 6
Men’s Tennis at Kentucky, 3 p.m.
Lexington, Ky.

Softball vs. Pittsburgh (DH), 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

Baseball vs. Miami (OH), 6:35 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium

April 8
Baseball at Indiana, 3:05 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s Tennis vs. Michigan State, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Stickney Tennis Center

Men’s Volleyball vs. Princeton, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

April 9
Rowing Big Ten Duals, 9 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Griggs Reservoir

Women’s Tennis at Michigan, 12 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Soccer vs. Notre Dame, 1 p.m.
Xenia, Ohio

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Hobart, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Baseball at Indiana, 1:05 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Princeton, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

Softball vs. Illinois, 2 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

April 10
Women’s Tennis at Michigan State, 11 a.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Vanderbilt, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

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

Baseball at Indiana, 1:05 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Softball vs. Illinois, 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

Men’s Volleyball at Penn State, 5 p.m.
University Park, Pa.