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Athletes of the Week
• John Klanac, a 6-5, 5th-year senior outside hitter for ninth-ranked Ohio State, was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week for his play in a win over 11th-ranked Loyola-Chicago and a loss at 15th-ranked Lewis. In the 3-1 win at Loyola-Chicago, Klanac recorded a match-high 21.5 points. He posted a match-high 19 kills, while hitting .325. Klanac added four total blocks (one solo, three assists) and five digs. He handled seven of 11 serve receptions. The Buckeye victory gave Ohio State a fifth consecutive conference championship. Klanac, in the 3-1 loss to 15th-ranked Lewis recorded 10 kills (.273), six digs and three assist blocks. He handled 20 serve receptions without an error. In the two matches, Klanac averaged 3.94 points, 3.62 kills, 1.38 digs and .50 blocks per set while hitting .306. He handled 31 of 35 serve receptions for a .886 percentage.

• Karisa Medrano, a senior on the Ohio State softball team, claimed both victories in the doubleheader at Minnesota April 2 in the circle for the Buckeyes. A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Medrano posted a combined ERA of 1.31 in 10.2 innings of work, allowing just five hits and two runs with seven strikeouts. Minnesota batters posted a .143 batting average in the two games. In game one, she threw five shutout innings and allowed just one hit, while striking out three batters. The Buckeye pitcher did not allow a hit through 4.2 innings of work in the circle for the Scarlet and Gray. In game two, Medrano came in as a relief pitcher and held the Gophers to four hits and struck out four batters in 5.2 innings of work to be the eventual winning pitcher after the team’s late inning rally. In her last three appearances, Medrano is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 14.0 innings with nine strikeouts.

Athletics
• Fifty-two Ohio State winter sport student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten, the Big Ten Conference announced March 30. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams led the Buckeyes with 16 and 15 selections, respectively. Both the men’s and gymnastics teams placed six student-athletes on the list, followed by women’s basketball (5) and wrestling (4).

Baseball (10-11)
Head coach: Greg Beals
• Ohio State scored three runs in the third inning and five pitchers combined to give up just one run as the Buckeyes topped Xavier, 4-1, in the 2011 home opener on a chilly March 29 at Bill Davis Stadium.
• Ohio State opened the 2011 Big Ten Conference campaign with a 7-2 victory over Northwestern April 1 before 765 fans on a nippy but tolerable early April evening at Bill Davis Stadium.
• Ohio State couldn’t mount a come-from-behind win for a second consecutive game April 2, dropping a 7-3 decision to Northwestern that evened the opening Big Ten Conference series at two games apiece.
• Ohio State claimed a dramatic 15-14 victory over Northwestern April 3 at Bill Davis Stadium to win the three-game series, two-games-to-one.

Men’s Basketball (34-3, 16-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
• David Lighty was named to the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award All-America First Team, announced April 1 in Houston by Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, during open practices for the Men’s Final Four. Lighty is joined on the first team by Devon Beitzel (Guard, Northern Colorado), Jimmer Fredette (Guard, BYU), E’Twaun Moore (Guard, Purdue) and Tyrel Reed (Guard, Kansas).

Women’s Basketball (24-10, 10-6 Big Ten)
Head coach: Jim Foster
• Ohio State senior center Jantel Lavender was named to the 2011 Associated Press All-America First Team March 29 for the second consecutive year. The only four-time Big Ten player of the year was fifth in the NCAA with 22.8 points this season and led the Big Ten with 10.9 rebounds in leading the Buckeyes to their second Sweet 16 appearance in 2 years.
• Lavender joined former Buckeye Jessica Davenport as a three-time USBWA All-American, the association announced.
• Lavender was named to the 2011 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team April 2 for the third consecutive year.

Football
Head coach: Jim Tressel
• The Ohio State Buckeyes will sport custom-painted helmets honoring the American military as part of the 2011 Spring Football Game tribute to America’s finest on Saturday, April 23, at Ohio Stadium. That day will feature tributes to the 75th anniversary of Jesse Owens’ Olympic performance in Berlin, as well as recognition of servicemen and women and Buckeye All-Americans.

No. 23 Men’s Golf
Head coach: Donnie Darr
• Senior Brad Smith was named Co-Big Ten Golfer of the Week the conference office announced March 30. The weekly honor is Smith’s second of his career and the first for the Buckeyes this season.

Women’s Golf
Head coach: Therese Hession
• Ohio State concluded the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in 11th with a three-round total of 879 April 3. The Buckeyes fired a final round of 290 on the par 72, 6,335-yard University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. Sophomore Amy Meier notched her second-straight round of 73 to lead Ohio State in a tie for sixth at 220. Meier, of Rochester, Hills., Mich., carded a team-best nine birdies throughout the tournament.

No. 9 Men’s Gymnastics
Co-Head Coaches: Doug Stibel and Blaine Wilson
• Brandon Wynn, a senior and two-time captain of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team, was named a 2011 Nissen-Emery award finalist by the College Gymnastics Association.
• With an exciting crowd on hand at Huff Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois, No. 9 Ohio State finished in third place with 350.000 points at the 2011 Big Ten Championships April 1. Illinois won the title (355.550) for the third-consecutive year, followed by Michigan in second place (352.750). Penn State placed fourth with a 349.000 followed by Minnesota in fifth (344.400) and Iowa in sixth (339.300).
• For the second-consecutive season, Wynn continued to show his dominance on the rings event as the senior co-captain earned his second career Big Ten title, recording a meet-high 16.100 April 2 at the 2011 Big Ten Individual Championships at Huff Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois.

No. 16 Women’s Gymnastics
Head coach: Carey Fagan
• The No. 16 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team placed third with a 195.350 at NCAA Regionals but Rebecca Best qualified for Nationals on beam April 2 at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.

No. 17/19 Men’s Lacrosse (5-5, 0-1 ECAC)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Greg Dutton, a freshman goalie, has been named the ECAC Lacrosse League Rookie of the Week, the conference announced March 28. It is the second weekly league honor for Dutton this season.
• In its first ECAC game of the season, No. 17/19 Ohio State fell to Loyola, 12-9, in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus April 2.

Women’s Lacrosse (6-4)
Head coach: Alexis Venechanos
• Brittney Zerhusen and Gabby Capuzzi tallied four goals apiece as Ohio State rolled over Louisville, 15-11, April 3 at U of L Lacrosse Stadium in Louisville, Ky.

No. 7 Rowing
Head coach: Andy Teitelbaum
• No. 7 Ohio State had a strong performance in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge April 3 on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir. Despite being swept by No. 2 Virginia, the Scarlet and Gray bounced back and posted four wins against No.14 Clemson.

Softball (9-20, 2-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• In its first Big Ten road trip of 2011, Ohio State collected two wins at Minnesota April 2 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Buckeyes won the first game by run-rule, 10-0, in six innings and capped the day off with a thrilling 7-5 victory in game two against the Golden Gophers.

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (19-2, 4-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• No. 3 Ohio State shut out Northwestern, 7-0, April 2 at the Combe Indoor Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill. The victory marked the 70th-consecutive Big Ten win for the visiting Buckeyes dating back to 2004.

Women’s Tennis (10-8, 3-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• 73rd-ranked Ohio State fell to 18th-ranked Northwestern, 5-2, at home April 1.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Junior All-American Thomas Murdaugh was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week March 30 by the conference office after an impressive performance at last weekend’s SEC/Big Ten Challenge.
• Ohio State collected seven individual titles on its way to a first place finish April 2 at the Jim Click Shootout at the University of Arizona’s Roy P. Drachman Stadium.

Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Ohio State senior sprinter/hurdler Letecia Wright was named Track Athlete of the Week March 30 by the Big Ten Conference. Wright earns her fifth Athlete of the Week honor after a strong showing at last weekend’s SEC/Big Ten Challenge.
• Ohio State finished in second place with 169 points at the Jim Click Shootout April 2 at the University of Arizona. Arizona placed first with 176 points.

No. 7 Men’s Volleyball (18-5, 11-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
• Seventh-ranked Ohio State earned a fifth consecutive MIVA regular season championship with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-22, 25-20) win at 11th-ranked Loyola-Chicago April 1 in Alumni Gym. OSU’s John Klanac recorded a match-high 21.5 points with 19 kills (.325), one solo block and three assist blocks.
• Seventh-ranked Ohio State dropped a 3-1 (25-27, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21) decision at 15th-ranked Lewis April 2 in Neil Carey Arena. OSU’s Kevin Heine posted a team-high 15.5 points with 15 kills (.722) and one assist block.

 

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
April 4 – April 17

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.

April 12
Women’s Lacrosse at Detroit, 4 p.m.
Detroit, Mich.

April 13
Softball at Indiana, 2 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Softball at Indiana, 4 p.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s Tennis vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Stickney Tennis Center

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

April 14
Synchronized Swimming, U.S. Senior National Championships, All Day
Columbus, Ohio, McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Men’s Gymnastics vs. NCAA Qualifier-Session 1, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

Men’s Gymnastics vs. NCAA Qualifier-Session 2, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

April 15
Synchronized Swimming, U.S. Senior National Championships, All Day
Columbus, Ohio, McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Fencing, Division 1 NAC, All Day
Portland, Ore.

Women’s Gymnastics vs. National Championships, All Day
Cleveland, Ohio

Men’s Tennis at Wisconsin, 3 p.m.
Madison, Wisc.

Women’s Tennis vs. Wisconsin, 3 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Stickney Tennis Center

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

Men’s Gymnastics, NCAA Team and All-Around Championships, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

April 16
Synchronized Swimming, U.S. Senior National Championships, All Day
Columbus, Ohio, McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Fencing, Division 1 NAC, All Day
Portland, Ore.

Women’s Gymnastics, National Championships, All Day
Cleveland, Ohio

Men’s Golf at Illinois Spring Classic, All Day
Urbana, Ill.

Women’s Golf vs. Lady Buckeye Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State University Golf Club

Rowing at Princeton and Yale, TBA
New Haven, Conn.

Men’s Track at Mt. SAC Relays, TBA
Walnut, Calif.

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

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

Men’s Lacrosse at Denver, 3:00 p.m.
Denver, Colo., Invesco Field

Men’s Volleyball at George Mason, 7 p.m.
Fairfax, Va.

Men’s Gymnastics vs. NCAA Event Championships, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

April 17
Women’s Golf vs. Lady Buckeye Invitational, All Day
Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State University Golf Club

Men’s Golf at Illinois Spring Classic, All Day
Urbana, Ill.

Rowing at Charles River Challenge, TBA
Boston, Mass.

Men’s Track at Michigan-The Dual, 11 a.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Women’s Tennis vs. Minnesota, 11 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Stickney Tennis Center

Women’s Soccer vs. Grand Valley State, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Upper Practice Field

Women’s Lacrosse at Penn State, 1 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Men’s Tennis at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.

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

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

Men’s Volleyball at St. Francis, 5 p.m.
Loretto, Pa.

Men’s Lacrosse at Air Force, 7 p.m.
USAFA, Colo.