April 23, 2013

Athletes of the Week
Ohio State men’s gymnast Michael Newburger became the second gymnast in program history to win a national championship on pommel horse after capturing the title Sunday afternoon at the 2013 NCAA Championships at Rec Hall at Penn State. The Austin, Texas, native earned a 15.45 to claim the title and his second career All-America honor. Newburger earned his first career All-America laurel in 2012 after placing third on pommel horse at the 2012 NCAA Championships.

The No. 4 Ohio State women’s rowing second varsity eight ofDaphne Socha, Katie Beletskaya, Silvia De Matteis, Stephanie Johnson, Nicole Becks, Lauren Eckles, Samantha Fowle, Catherine Shields and coxswain Victoria Lazur captured three wins at the Clemson InvitationalApril 20-21, defeating No. 3 Virginia by 8.1 seconds, No. 14Clemson by 10.4 seconds and No. 5 UCLA by 11.1 seconds to remainperfect (7-0) on the season. In all, the rowing team captured 12wins at the Clemson Invitational, including five over ranked teams.

Baseball (25-13, 9-6 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Greg Beals

Ohio State’s game against Akron slated for Tuesday night wascancelled due to rain and lightning in the Columbus area. No makeupdate was announced.
Ohio State fell to Cincinnati, 5-3, Wednesday night at Marge SchottStadium.
Ryan Cypret and Kirby Pellant each had two hits for the Buckeyes while Jake Post tossed 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing two hits andstriking out four.
Cypret extended his hitting streak to six games.
Post tied his career high with four strikeouts and has achievedthat feat in each of his last four starts. In his last threestarts, Post has pitched 14.0 scoreless innings, allowing six hitswhile striking out 12 and not walking a batter.
Pellant tallied his 10th multi-hit game of the season and 22nd ofhis career.
Ohio State dropped its opener to Illinois, 9-2, Friday night atNick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
With another stolen base Friday, Joe Ciamacco is 15-for-15 on the season and 31-for-31 on theseason. Cypret extended his hitting streak to seven games. Luke McGee struck out one batter to pitch a scoreless inning inhis third appearance this season.
Ohio State picked up a 7-6 walk-off win over Illinois in 10 inningsSaturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.Brad Hallberg lined a double into right-center to plateGreg Solomon with the game-winning run.
Pellant went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored while Hallbergand Pat Porter each tallied four hits and a pair of RBI. Trace Dempsey earned the win for the Buckeyes to improve to 2-0on the season.
Dempsey struck out two batters over 2.0 scoreless innings to moveto 22.1 consecutive scoreless innings. The streak ties Bob Spearsfor the longest streak in program history.
Ohio State earned its second-consecutive series win with a 7-3Sunday victory over Illinois at Nick Swisher Field at Bill DavisStadium.
The Buckeyes improved to 24-4 when scoring three or more runs.Cypret’s home run was his third of the season and eighth of hiscareer. Pellant notched his 12th multi-hit game of the season.Dempsey tossed another scoreless inning and has now pitched 23.1consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
The Buckeyes host Penn State for a three-game set beginning Fridayat Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

Men’s Golf
Head Coach: Donnie Darr

Ohio State finished the final day of the Northwestern SpringInvitational Tuesday in second with a final round score of 283. TheBuckeyes tallied a 54-hole score of 8-under 856 on the par 72,7,149-yard Glen Club, marking a new team low this springseason.
Sophomores Boo Timko and Grant Weaver each notched career-best finishes, coming insecond and third, respectively.
Freshman Tee-k Kelly improved from day one, carding a 1-under 71 in thefinal round. The Wheaton, Ill., native, finished tied for 12th witha 5-over 221. Classmate Max Rosenthal also finished tied for 12th after rounds of71-73-77. Freshman Michael Bernard totaled a score of 11-over 227 to come in tiedfor 41st.
Competing as individuals, senior Matt Turner and redshirt sophomore Logan Jones concluded the tournament with a 222 and 237,respectively.
The Buckeyes travel to the Big Ten Championships April 26-28 heldin French Lick, Ind., at the French Lick Resort.

Women’s Golf
Head Coach: Therese Hession

The No. 36 Ohio State women’s golf team closed out the regularseason with a fourth-place finish at its own Lady BuckeyeInvitational Sunday, carding a 54-hole score of 919. The Buckeyestotaled a 304 on the final day of the 33rd annual tournament playedon the par 72, 6,268-yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio StateUniversity Golf Club.
Senior Amy Meier picked up her third-consecutive appearance in the Top5, placing second to lead Ohio State with an 8-over 224. TheRochester Hills, Mich., product carded one of the best individualscores of the day with a 1-over 73 to go with scores of 79 and 72from the first two rounds.
Allison Harper tied for seventh overall to earn her bestindividual finish this season. The junior from Upper Arlingtonfinished with a season-low 228 following rounds of 78-75-75.Sophomore Jan Chanpalangsri earned a career-best individual finish,coming in tied for 13th with 15-over 232.
Senior Susana Benavides finished tied for 35th with a 237, whilesophomore Claudia Lim came in 43rd with a 240. Sophomore Sheridan Balyeat closed out the Buckeye lineup tied for 65thwith a 255.
The Buckeyes will begin postseason play April 26-28 at the Big TenChampionships in French Lick, Ind.

No. 9 Men’s Gymnastics
Head Coach: Rustam Sharipov

Highlighted by redshirt junior Michael Newburger’s national championship on pommel horse, theOhio State men’s gymnastics team had an excellent showing at the2013 NCAA Individual Event Finals Sunday afternoon at Rec Hall atPenn State. All three qualifiers in Newburger, Danny Steiner and Jeff Treleaven earned All-America honors for theBuckeyes.
Newburger becomes only the second gymnast in program history to wina national championship on pommel horse. Drew Durbin was the first,claiming three consecutive pommel horse titles from 1995-97.
The Austin, Texas, native is now a two-time All-American on pommelhorse, having earned his first career laurel in 2012 after placingthird overall on the event.
Treleaven, a native of Glen Ellyn, Ill., earned his second careerAll-America honor after scoring a 15.125 on vault to finish tiedfor fifth overall with Stanford’s Sean Senters. Treleaven collectedhis first All-America laurel on vault in 2011 after finishing thirdoverall.
Steiner, a native of Mesa, Ariz., earned his second consecutiveAll-America honor on floor exercise after posting a 14.650 tofinish seventh overall. He collected his first All-America honor onthe event in 2012 with a sixth-place finish.
In team competition, the Buckeyes tallied a 421.950 team score atthe 2013 NCAA Championships but finished fifth behind Penn State(436.900), Stanford (435.850), Iowa (426.550) and California(426.550).

Women’s Gymnastics
Head Coach: Carey Fagan

Ohio State’s Sarah Miller and MelanieShaffer competed at the NCAAChampionships Friday evening at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles,Calif. Friday marked the second trip to the NCAA Championships forMiller and Shaffer after the Buckeyes qualified as a team a seasonago.
Shaffer notched a 39.025 to finish 14th in the all-around aftertallying a 9.750 on vault, 9.825 on bars, 9.625 on balance beam and9.825 on balance beam.
Miller scored an 8.800 after she suffered an uncharacteristic fallas she competed as an individual on balance beam.

No. 12 Men’s Lacrosse (9-3, 4-2 ECAC)
Head Coach: Nick Myers

Behind 15 saves from junior Greg Dutton and five-point games from senior co-captainsLogan Schuss and Dominique Alexander, the No. 12-ranked Ohio State men’slacrosse team defeated Air Force, 10-9, Saturday in FalconStadium.
The win clinched a Top 4 spot in the ECAC Lacrosse League standingsand berth in the conference tournament for the Buckeyes. OhioState, Denver, Loyola and Fairfield will compete for the league’stournament title May 2 and 4 in Geneva, N.Y.
Schuss moved his school-record career goal total to 133 and now has216 points as a Buckeye, with at least one point in all 57 games.He leads the 2013 team with 31 goals, 20 assists and 51 points. Hehas five or more points in each of his last three, and four of hislast five, games. He has 10 goals, 10 assists and 20 points in hislast three games combined.
Dutton’s 15 saves passed the 14 he had vs. Loyola earlier thisseason and at Hobart in 2011. He has an 8.39 goals-against averageand .534 save percentage this season, with a 7-3 ledger, withdouble-digit saves in each of his last four games.
Alexander had the first five-point game of his career and matchedhis career high of three assists, set twice before (last April 14,2012 at Michigan). It was his second two-goal game of the seasonand he has a 2-5-7 line in his last three games combined.
Trey Wilkes has won 126-of-210 (.600) faceoffs this season andis first on the team with 49 groundballs. He has double-digitfaceoff wins in eight games, with the 15 wins tied for hissecond-highest total this year.
The Buckeyes close the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday when theyhost Fairfield in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The senior classwill be honored pregame, with the game streamed by the Big TenDigital Network, available through Buckeye Vision

Women’s Lacrosse (7-8, 1-3 ALC)
Head Coach: Alexis Venechanos

KatieChase led the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team with threegoals, but the Buckeyes fell to ninth-ranked Duke, 15-9, Saturdayafternoon at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Against Duke, Chase produced her eighth game with at least threegoals, while Jackie Cifarelli had a trio of assists and Cara Facchina added a pair of scores and an assist to eachfinish with three points. The Buckeyes held the advantage in centercircle, 15-11, with Chase grabbing a game-high four draw controlsto build on her Ohio State single-season record (63).
Ohio State used eight unanswered goals in the second half to propelitself past High Point, 15-10, Sunday afternoon at Vert Stadium inHigh Point, N.C.
With four goals apiece from Katie Chase and Kelsea Ayers, along with a career-high tying six assists byCifarelli, the Buckeyes moved to 7-8 on the season and handed HighPoint (8-8) a loss in its final regular-season game.
It was an all-around team effort as Facchina added one goal andfour assists, while Jennifer Porretto produced three goals and Hallie Keselman (2) and Kaila Gottlick (1) also added tallies. Defensively, Tayler Kuzma came up with a career-high five caused turnoversand Tori DeScenza made 13 saves in goal, including 10 in the secondhalf alone.
The Buckeyes will close out its campaign against No. 19 JohnsHopkins at noon Sunday, April 28 on Bert L. and Iris S. WolsteinField at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The three seniors – Rachel Blue, Kelsey Heine and Rachel Wiederkehr – will be honored prior to the ALC showdown.The game will be streamed on and through BuckeyeVision withNeil Sika and former Buckeye All-American Kimberly Lowe calling theaction. Admission is free for all fans.

No. 4 Rowing
Head Coach: Andy Teitelbaum

Ohio State claimed 10 wins during the first day of the ClemsonInvitational. The Buckeyes posted wins over four ranked teams,including five wins over defending national champion No. 3Virginia.
Ohio State posted two wins during the second and final day of theClemson Invitational to close the two-day regatta with 12 winsoverall, including wins over five ranked teams. Due to high wind,races that started after the first varsity four were unofficial andresults were not counted.
Altogether, the Buckeyes captured three wins in the second varsityeight, two wins each in the first varsity eight, first varsityfour, first novice eight, and third varsity four and one win in thesecond varsity four.
The Buckeyes return to action May 4 at 9 a.m. against Harvard onthe Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir.

Softball (27-17, 6-9 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Kelly Kovach Schoenly

Ohio State downed Ball State, 8-0, in five innings in a contestthat lasted just one hour and 17 minutes at Buckeye Field Wednesdayevening.
Ohio State scored three runs in the third, three in the fourth andadded two additional runs in the fifth to claim the win. Overall,the Buckeyes outhit Ball State, 9-2, in the contest. Offensively,Cammi Prantl went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a season-highfour RBI, while sophomore Shelby Pickett was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI and atwo-run home run. Junior Leesa Gresham went 2-for-3 with a stolen base vs. theCardinals.
In the circle, Alex DiDomenico improved to 12-6 overall, throwing five shutoutinnings, limiting the BSU bats to two hits with a strikeout in fiveinnings of work.
Ohio State dropped two games at Wisconsin in a doubleheaderSaturday afternoon at Goodman Diamond in Madison, Wis.
Ohio State dropped a close 7-6 contest in 10 innings vs. Wisconsinin game one after the Badgers came back from a three-run deficit,scoring the final four runs of the contest.
Senior Megan Coletta led the Buckeye effort in game one of thetwinbill after hitting her first-career grand slam, tying hercareer high with four RBI. Prantl went 2-for-4 with a walk, stolenbase and RBI, while sophomore Taylor Watkins notched a career-high three walks, two runsscored in a 1-for-2 performance. Junior Evelyn Carrillo had an RBI and run scored.
Wisconsin scored two runs in the first and added a run in thesecond, while limiting Ohio State to one run on five hits to claima 3-1 victory in game two at Goodman Diamond.
Offensively, Conrad went 2-for-3 with a double and stolen base,while McIntyre was 1-for-1 with two walks. Prantl and Carrillo alsosingled vs. the Badgers. In the circle, junior pitcher Kasie Kelly fell to 5-3 overall, throwing the first two inningson five hits, three earned runs and two strikeouts. Redshirt juniorMelanie Nichols threw the final four innings for the Buckeyesand limited Wisconsin to two hits and no runs with five strikeoutsin a no-decision performance.
Ohio State dropped a 4-2 contest at Wisconsin Sunday to conclude athree-game conference series in Madison, Wis.
Offensively,Prantl went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, whilejunior Melissa Rennie was 1-for-3 with a double.
Prantl extended her hit streak to 10-consecutive games after tyingthe contest, 1-1, in the top of the sixth with an RBI double.
Watkins notched her team-best 14th steal of the season in the topof the sixth.
Ohio State hosts Michigan State in a doubleheader at 4:05 p.m.Wednesday at Buckeye Field. The two contests will be broadcastedlive on BTN.

No. 5 Men’s Tennis (28-2, 11-0 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Ty Tucker

Ohio State won its eighth-consecutive Big Ten Conferenceregular-season title Sunday when it beat No. 26 Michigan, 4-0, inAnn Arbor. The championship marks the Buckeyes’ 11th overall asthey were co-champions in 1915 and winners in 1931 and 1943 aswell.
Ohio State finishes the regular season atop the Big Ten standingswith an 11-0 conference record and will play host to the Big Tentournament starting Thursday at the Varsity Tennis Courts. Earningthe No. 1 seed, the Buckeyes will have a first-round bye and willface the winner between the Nos. 8 and 9 seeds at 9 a.m. Friday.Ohio State will host the event for the first time since 2002. Inall, the Scarlet and Gray have won the conference tournament eighttimes – 1991, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
In their match vs. the Wolverines, the Buckeyes won the doublespoint for 27th time this season and won three consecutive singlesmatches to claim the victory.
Ohio State completed its regular-season home schedule vs. MichiganState Friday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio, with a6-1 victory.
The 2012-13 class of Devin McCarthy, Connor Smith and Ille Van Engelen represented the Scarlet and Gray for the lasttime in a regular-season home match and were recognizedpost-match.
The Buckeyes opened the match up with three doubles wins. Moving onto singles play, the Buckeyes continued winning and jumped out to a5-0 lead. The first singles victory came from No. 82 Chris Diaz’s 6-0, 6-1 defeat of Landers on court No. 4. Next,playing in the first position, No. 8 Peter Kobelt won 6-2, 6-3 against Pfister. The match-clinchingpoint came off a 6-2, 6-2 victory by Hunter Callahan over Will Davis on court No. 6.

Women’s Tennis (10-12, 3-8 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Melissa Schaub

Ohio State dropped a 5-2 decision to Michigan State Friday inEast Lansing, Mich.
Seniors Fidan Manashirova and Gabby Steele tallied singles victories in straight sets in thematch.
At the No. 2 position in singles play, Manashirova posted herfifth-consecutive conference win against Olga Chernova, 6-4, 6-4.The Elk Grove, Calif., native has collected a team-high eightconference wins this season and a team-high 15 wins in dualmatches. On court four, Steele triumphed over Herzog, 6-3, 7-5, toearn her sixth win in Big Ten contests this season. Steele andManashirova are fourth and fifth, respectively, in all-time careersingles wins in Ohio State history.
Ohio State closed out the regular season with a 7-0 shutout loss toNo. 6-ranked Michigan Sunday at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center inColumbus, Ohio.
Seniors Fidan Manashirova, Gabby Steele and Kara Cecil were recognized prior to the match as part of SeniorDay celebrations.
The Buckeyes head to postseason play in the Big Ten TournamentApril 25 in Bloomington, Ind. The complete bracket will be releasedSunday.

No. 23 Men’s Track & Field
Head Coach: Ed Beathea

Freshman Billy Stanley’s first-place finish in the javelin highlightedday one at the 28th Jesse Owens Track Classic Friday evening atJesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
With the win, Stanley remained undefeated as a collegiate, clearing67.46m (221-4.00) in a steady wind.
Also starring on the first day of competition was redshirt freshmanMichael Brajdic, who crossed the finish line in the 5,000m insecond place in a time of 14:14.60, 40 seconds better than hisprevious personal best.
Timothy Faust (10.56) and junior Demoye Bogle (10.62) turned in a 1-2 finish in the 100m. Faustpicked up a second win on the day in the 200m, crossing the finishline in 21.26 seconds.
Junior Cody Marshall cleared the bar in pole vault at 4.82m (15-9.75),finishing in a four-way tie for second place.
Michael Hartfield turned in a mark of 7.96m (26-1.50) tocapture first place in the long jump.
Ohio State 4×400 ‘A’ relay of freshman Champ Page, senior Korbin Smith, junior Javon Walker and Antonio Blanks – combined for a first-place time of 3:14.11.Ohio State ‘B’ was second in 3:17.20.
Ohio State returns to action at the Arkansas Triangular inFayetteville, Ark., April 26-27.

Women’s Track & Field
Head Coach: Karen Dennis

Sophomore Nicole Hilton won the 3000m steeplechase at the 28th JesseOwens Track Classic Friday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium,highlighting the first day of competition for Ohio State. Hiltoncrossed the finish line in a season-best time of 10:38.72, justahead of Dayton’s Lizzie Gleason (10:39.58).
Senior Alexis Thomas broke her own school record in the hammer throwat the 28th Jesse Owens Track Classic Saturday afternoon at JesseOwens Memorial Stadium, clearing 65.48m (214-10.00) to finishsecond overall.
Thomas, who set the previous school record last May at the Big Tenoutdoor championships (64.62m/212-0.00) , currently ranks seventhin Division I this season.
Other Buckeye winners included freshman Alexis Franklin in the 400m hurdles, sophomore Alexandria Johnson in the 100m hurdles, sophomore Katie Borchers in the 800m, and the 4x400m relay team (BriNeitzel, Aisha Cavin, Janel Olberding and Franklin).
Ohio State returns to action at the Drake Relays in Des Moines,Iowa, April 25-27.

No. 12 Men’s Volleyball (19-8)
Head Coach: Pete Hanson

The nationally-ranked and No. 4 seed Ohio State men’svolleyball team’s season came to an end Saturday with a 3-2 (25-21,23-25, 11-25, 25-16, 15-13) loss to No. 5 seed Grand Canyon in aMIVA Quarterfinal match in St. John Arena.
Sophomore Michael Henchy finished with a career-best 24 kills and anothercareer-best 19 digs to lead all student-athletes. The Ventura,Calif., product added three blocks, three assists and a service acefor a match-high 26.5 points.
Senior Chen Levitan totaled 12 kills and seven digs, while Brennan Anderson had 14 digs. Seniors Grayson Overman and John Tholen had three blocks apiece for the squad.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
4.23.13 – 5.7.13

Wednesday, April 24
Softball vs. Michigan State, 4 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

Softball vs. Michigan State, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

Thursday, April 25
Women’s Track vs. Drake Relays, TBA
Des Moines, Iowa

Men’s Tennis vs. Big Ten Championships, All Day
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Courts

Friday, April 26
Softball vs. Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

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

Men’s Track vs. Arkansas Triangular, TBA
Fayetteville, Ark.

Women’s Track vs. Drake Relays, TBA
Des Moines, Iowa

Women’s Golf vs. Big Ten Championships Round 1, All Day
French Lick, Ind.

Men’s Golf vs. Big Ten Championships Rounds 1 & 2, All Day
French Lick, Ind.

Men’s Tennis vs. Big Ten Championships, All Day
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Courts

Saturday, April 27
Men’s Lacrosse vs. Fairfield, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

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

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

Women’s Track vs. Drake Relays, TBA
Des Moines, Iowa

Men’s Golf vs. Big Ten Championships Round 3, All Day
French Lick, Ind.

Men’s Track vs. Arkansas Triangular, TBA
Fayetteville, Ark.

Women’s Golf vs. Big Ten Championships Round 2, All Day
French Lick, Ind.

Men’s Tennis vs. Big Ten Championships, All Day
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Courts

Sunday, April 28
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Johns Hopkins, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Softball vs. Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

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

Men’s Golf vs. Big Ten Championships Round 4, All Day
French Lick, Ind.

Women’s Golf vs. Big Ten Championships Round 3, All Day
French Lick, Ind.

Men’s Tennis vs. Big Ten Championships, 12 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Varsity Tennis Courts

Wednesday, May 1
Softball vs. Wright State, 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

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

Softball vs. Wright State, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Varsity Field

Thursday, May 2
Women’s Lacrosse vs. ALC Quarterfinals, TBA
Baltimore, Md.

Friday, May 3
Baseball vs. Northwestern, 4 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Softball vs. Illinois, 7 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. ECAC Tournament Semifinals, TBA
Geneva, N.Y.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. ALC Semifinals, TBA
Baltimore, Md.

Men’s Track at Akron Invitational, TBA
Akron, Ohio

Saturday, May 4
Women’s Rowing vs. Harvard, 9 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Griggs Reservoir at Scioto River

Softball vs. Illinois, 3 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Baseball vs. Northwestern, 3 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s Track at Akron Invitational, TBA
Akron, Ohio

Sunday, May 5
Women’s Lacrosse vs. ALC Final, 12 p.m.
Baltimore, Md.

Baseball vs. Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Softball vs. Illinois, 2 p.m.
Champaign, Ill.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. ECAC Tournament Championship, TBA
Geneva, N.Y.

Tuesday, May 7
Baseball vs. Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio, Bill Davis Stadium