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April 5, 2005

Athletes of the Week

Sophomore Christina Douglas batted .467 (7-for-15) in four BigTen road games last weekend to lead the softball team to a 2-2league record in its opening weekend. She totaled two doubles, ahome run and seven RBI in the four games. She went 2-for-3 with anRBI in a 2-1 loss at Wisconsin Friday, then against Minnesota in adouble-header Sunday, Douglas went 5-for-7 with six RBI. She was4-for-4 in game one, a new career best, with two doubles and fourRBI to lead OSU to a 13-1 win in five innings. She then went1-for-3 in game two with a two-run homer as the Buckeyes won 5-1 tocomplete their first-ever sweep of the Gophers in Minneapolis. OhioState women’s lacrosse defeated Davidson, 15-4, behind five pointsfrom freshman Kelly Kremer on four goals and an assist. Kremerscored OSU’s first two goals of the game and her third gave OSU a5-2 lead and proved to be the game winner. She added four groundballs, two caused turnovers and a draw control in the contest.Kremer, who has scored at least one goal in every game this season,has 31 points on the season with 27 goals and four assists.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s gymnastics team will compete at the 2005 NCAA Men’sGymnastics Championships as the No. 1 overall seed Thursday, April7 – Saturday, April 9 at Holleder Center on the campus of the U.S.Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. OSU looks to qualify for itsrecord 25th-consecutive NCAA team championship. The last time theBuckeyes did not qualify was 1980. Ohio State’s last nationalchampionship came in 2001. OSU won NCAA team championships in 1985and 1996 as well.

The No. 1 ranked Buckeyes (16-2-1; 11-1-1 Big Ten) are coming off a first-place 225.350 performance at the 2005 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Buckeyes are the only team in the nation to be ranked in the Top 3 on all six events. Ohio State is No. 1 in the nation on floor (37.405), parallel bars (36.935) and high bar (38.300). OSU is No. 3 on pommel horse (37.115), rings (37.960) and vault (37.175).

16th-ranked women’s lacrosse (5-4, 3-0 American LacrosseConference) won at Davidson Sunday, 15-4, behind five points fromKelly Kremer on four goals and an assist. Kremer scored OSU’s firsttwo goals of the game and her third gave OSU a 5-2 lead and provedto be the game winner. She added four ground balls, two causedturnovers and a draw control in the contest. Jessica Pantane andAndrea Fischer added two goals each for OSU. Defensively, OSUcaused 21 turnovers with Regina Oliver having a team-high five andBrandie Williams adding four. The Buckeyes will host California(6-5) this Sunday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 1 p.m. The No.28 men’s tennis squad split weekend Big Ten action as the Buckeyesshutout Purdue, 7-0, and fell to No. 2 Illinois, 5-2. Ohio Statecaptured its sixth shutout of the season after the win at Purdue.The Buckeyes have shutout Butler (Jan. 28), Xavier (Jan. 28),Virginia Commonwealth (Feb. 25), Coastal Carolina (March 21) andIowa (March 26) in 2005 dual action. While at OSU, head coach TyTucker has accumulated 45 shutouts. The mark includes 14 shutoutsin 2004, 10 in 2003, seven in 2002, nine in 2001 and three in 2000.Against Illinois, juniors Scott Green and Ross Wilson, ranked No. 1in the ITA Division I doubles poll, topped No. 9 Ryler Deheart andGD Jones, 8-3, to win the only doubles match for the Buckeyes. Insingles action, Buckeyes Devin Mullings and Wilson put Ohio State’stwo points on the board. Mullings, ranked No. 72 in the ITADivision I singles poll, upset 24th-ranked Kevin Anderson, 6-2,3-6, 7-6, at the No. 3 spot, while Wilson captured his second winon the day with a 6-4, 6-3 performance over Monte Tucker. OhioState returns to action April 9-10 as the squad plays host toIndiana and Penn State. Both matches are slated for a noon start atthe Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus. In the case of inclementweather, the Buckeyes play indoors at the Jesse Owens West TennisCenter in Columbus. Jessica Davenport, a sophomore center on theBig Ten champion women’s basketball team, was named to the 2005Kodak/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America TeamSaturday at an announcement in Indianapolis, the host city for the2005 Women’s Final Four. Davenport is the first Kodak/WBCAAll-American selection for Ohio State since Katie Smith won hersecond such honor in 1996. Davenport is Ohio State’s third nationalKodak/WBCA All-American, joining Smith and Tracey Hall (1985-88).Hall was recognized by Kodak/WBCA in 1987 and ’88.

Senior guard Caity Matter pocketed a pair of three-point shooting competitions in the matter of three days last week. Thursday, she claimed the women’s title at the 2005 ESPN/ Midas 3-Point Shootout in St. Louis. She added her second Saturday in Indianapolis as part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Challenge. She also started in the All-Star game, contributing six points for her victorious “Indy 500’s” team that topped the “Brickyard 400’s” 82-72.

Also during the weekend, Matter was selected as a first-team member to the 2004-05 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS All-America squad. The Senior CLASS Award is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The award was launched during the 2001-02 season in response to the recent trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional.

The softball team opened Big Ten play on the road last weekendwith a 2-2 record including the team’s first-ever double-headersweep of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes suffered a pair ofhard-fought losses at Wisconsin, 2-1 Friday and 9-7 inextra-innings Saturday, before erupting for a 13-1 win in game oneSunday against the Gophers and a 5-1 win in game two. Ohio Statebatted .342 as a team during the weekend, building on its BigTen-best .326 average in all games. Ohio State continues its roadtrip this weekend with games at Michigan State Friday and Saturday.

Sophomore Jamee Juarez pitched back-to-back complete game victories Sunday and batted .455 during the weekend (5-for-11), while sophomore Christina Douglas hit .467 (7-for-15) with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI. Sophomore Megan Schwab continues to rank among the Big Ten’s overall leaders with a .415 average, eight doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBI.

The men’s lacrosse team opens Great Western Lacrosse Leagueplay at Butler Saturday in Indianapolis, Ind. The Buckeyes are ledin scoring by junior Ben Wolff, who has a team-best 11 goals and 14points. Senior Kyle Olson is second in both goals (10) and points(13). 12th-ranked men’s volleyball (17-7 overall, 10-2 MidwesternIntercollegiate Volleyball Association) defeated Ball State, 3-2(30-21, 29-31, 26-30, 30-21, 15-10) in Muncie, Ind., Friday andlost to third-ranked Penn State, 3-1 (30-32, 30-25, 30-20, 30-21)Sunday at home.

At Ball State, Mark Greaves posted a match-high 22 points with 19 kills (.279), an ace serve and four assist blocks in the victory. Layne Dreven added 16 points with 11 kills (.368) and a match-high 10 assist blocks.

In the loss to Penn State, Andy Cole had a match-high 20.5 points with 19 kills (.244), a solo block and an assist block. Ohio State continues play at home this week when they face two MIVA conference opponents. OSU hosts 14th-ranked Lewis (14-12, 8-4) Friday and conference leader and ninth-ranked Loyola (23-1, 13-0) Saturday in St. John Arena. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.

The men’s golf team returns to action April 8-9 as it competesin the 2005 Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W. Va. The 2005Ohio State Relays track and field event was cancelled this pastweekend because of heavy wind and snow at Jesse Owens MemorialStadium in Columbus. The men’s and women’s teams return to actionApril 8-9 as the squads compete in the 2005 Gatorade Classic inKnoxville, Tenn. The third-ranked rowing team’s first varsity eightwas defeated by No. 5 Michigan Friday at Lake Belleville in AnnArbor, Mich. Overall, Ohio State finished with a 1-5 record in theregatta. The first varsity eight was defeated by Michigan’s topboat by 3 seconds. The Wolverines finished with a time of 6:11.0and the Buckeyes followed with a time of 6:14.0. The second varsityeight captured the lone victory of the day topping Michigan by 5.5seconds. OSU finished with a time of 6:21.1 and Michigan finishedwith a time of 6:26.6. Ohio State’s first and second varsity fourboats both suffered losses on the day. Ohio State returns homeSaturday to face No. 4 Brown, No. 11 Michigan State and Rutgers at8 a.m. at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio.The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team continued post-seasonaction with the World Championships Trials in Indianapolis, Ind.,Saturday with Nate King and R.J. Lemyre competing in the 100-meterbackstroke. The sophomores each earned berths to the 2008 UnitedStates Olympic Time Trials by recording times that met the 57.99time cut. King clocked in at 56.96 in the finals and finished 11thin the B final. Lemyre finished 23rd with a time of 58.42. Earlierin preliminaries, Lemyre recorded an Olympic cut time of 57.71.Select members of the Buckeye squad continue to compete untilTuesday, April 4th in various events. Baseball returns home aftergetting swept in its four-game Big Ten debut at Illinois. OhioState is batting .298 after only getting 30 hits against theIllini. Mike Rabin led the team at Illinois, batting .364 in thefour games, while Jason Zoeller had five hits in batting .313. PaulFarinacci delivered five RBI, four off his grand slam in game threethat pulled the Buckeyes within the 5-4 final score.

Zoeller continues to pace Ohio State with a .395 batting average and 30 hits. He had entered the series batting .417, but went 5-for-16 at Illinois. Cody Caughenbaugh is batting .339 and Jedidiah Stephen is batting .324 and are the only two everyday players batting better than .300. Dan DeLucia was the only Buckeye starter not to take a loss at Illinois. He pitched in the series finale and departed with the score tied at four. Cory Luebke leads Ohio State with a 1.82 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 34.2 innings. The freshman from Maria Stein, Ohio, has made four starts and has pitched two complete games in seven appearances. DeLucia is 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA and 23 strikeouts, while Luyster leads the team with four victories. Jeffrey Carroll (1-0, 3.38 ERA) or Dan Barker (0-0, 3.86 ERA) will likely start against Oakland.

The Buckeyes return to Big Ten play this weekend when they welcome Purdue to Bill Davis Stadium. The teams will play at 6:35 p.m. Friday and a doubleheader beginning at 1:05 p.m. Saturday. The series concludes Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. The Friday and Sunday games will be broadcast on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM), while all four games will be available at www.wosu.org.

Kristin Messmer (Soph., Lutherville, Md./McDonogh) was the onlymultiple match winner of the weekend for the Ohio State women’stennis team as it lost to Illinois Saturday, 5-2, and PurdueSunday, 6-1. Playing at the No. 5 position against the FightingIllini, Messmer swept Alejandra Cuadra, 6-3, 6-3. Messmer also wonin doubles, combining with Sonia Ruzimovsky (Soph., Brooklyn,N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) to defeat Illinois’ Momei Qu and PavlinaAkritas, 8-5, at the No. 3 spot. The Buckeyes (6-13, 1-3 Big Ten)face Indiana at 3 p.m. EST Friday in Bloomington, Ind., and PennState at 11 a.m. Sunday in State College, Pa.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Tuesday April 5 – Sunday, April 10

Tuesday, April 5
No events scheduled

Wednesday, April 6
Baseball vs. Oakland, 6:35 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium

Thursday, April 7
NCAA Men’s Frozen Four
Semifinal game No. 1
Denver vs. Colorado College, 2 p.m.
Value City Arena

NCAA Men’s Frozen Four
Semifinal game No. 2
Minnesota vs. North Dakota, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena

Men’s Gymnastics at NCAA championships, 7 p.m.
West Point, N.Y.

Friday, April 8
Men’s Golf at Marshall Invitational, All Day
Huntington, W. Va.

Track & Field at Gatorade Classic, All Day
Knoxville, Tenn.

Women’s Tennis at Penn State, 2 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Softball at Michigan State, 4 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Baseball vs. Purdue, 6:35 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium

Men’s Volleyball vs. Lewis, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena

Men’s Gymnastics at NCAA championships, 7 p.m.
West Point, N.Y.

Saturday, April 9 Rowing vs. Rutgers/Brown/Michigan State, All Day
Griggs Reservoir

Men’s Golf at Marshall Invitational, All Day
Huntington, W.Va.

Track & Field at Gatorade Classic, All Day
Knoxville, Tenn.

Men’s Tennis vs. Indiana, noon
Stickney Tennis Center

Softball at Michigan State, 1 p.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s Lacrosse at Butler, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis, Ind.

Baseball vs. Purdue, 1:05 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium

Baseball vs. Purdue, 4:05 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium

NCAA Men’s Frozen Four
Championship game
Colorado College/Denver winner vs. Minnesota/North Dakota winner, 7 p.m.
Value City Arena

Men’s Gymnastics at NCAA championships, 7 p.m.
West Point, N.Y.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Loyola, 7 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, April 10
Women’s Tennis at Indiana, 11 a.m.
Bloomington, Ind.

Men’s Tennis vs. Penn State, noon
Stickney Tennis Center

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Cal, 1 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

Baseball vs. Purdue, 1:05 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium