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April 14, 2005

Athletes of the Week

Men’s gymnastics junior Ronald Ferris, who also was the 2005Big Ten High Bar Champion, scored a 9.762 to place first on highbar at the NCAA Individual Event Finals, becoming the first Buckeyeto win a national title on the event. Ferris, who was named anAll-American on high bar, finished sixth on pommel horse to recordAll-America honors on that event as well. Mark Greaves’ outstandingweekend helped men’s volleyball defeat #14 Lewis, 3-0, and #8Loyola, 3-1 in home matches last week. Greaves had acareer/match-high 24 kills (.556) against Lewis, adding five digs.He was perfect in 31 reception attempts. In game two against theFlyers, he posted 11 kills (.625, 11-1-16) and had four of OSU’slast five kills in the 34-32 game, including the final two killsfor the win. He continued to be hot in game three with six kills(.750) as OSU hit .643 for the game.

In the Loyola victory, Greaves had career-highs of 27 kills and 27 points and posted a season-high 14 digs against the Ramblers. He hit .488 in the match and added three assists. He also handled 26 reception attempts with no errors. Greaves recorded double-figure kills (10) in game two against the Ramblers while hitting .538 (10-3-13).

For the two matches Greaves recorded 51 kills (7.29 per game) and had 19 digs (2.71 per game). He hit .519 for the seven games and had 57 reception attempts without an error. His 51 kills raises his OSU career kill total to 821 and moves him from 16th to 12th on the OSU career kills list. He now has 969 career points (821 kills, 64 aces, 14 solo blocks, 140 assist blocks) and moved from 18th to 15th on the OSU career points list.

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s gymnastics team scored a 225.450 to place second inthe 2005 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships last Friday at theHolleder Center in West Point, N.Y. Oklahoma won the meet with atotal of 225.675 points, while Illinois (223.75) rounded out theTop 3.

Senior co-captain Randy Monahan (Elizabethtown, Pa./Central Pa. Academy of Gym.) tied his career high in the all-around, scoring a 56.55 to earn a personal-best second place and earn All-America accolades. Three members of the team earned seven of a possible nine All-America honors at the 2005 NCAA Individual Event Championships last Saturday evening. Ronald Ferris became the first national high bar champion in Ohio State history and senior Randy Monahan concluded his OSU gymnastics career with seven All-America accolades, including three from the 2005 championships.

The Top 10 competitors from the team and all-around championships advanced to the individual finals, where the Top 8 participants from each event earned All-America laurels.

At the event finals, Monahan was the lone finalist on floor for Ohio State and tallied a fifth-place 9.362. Two Buckeyes represented OSU on pommel horse with Ferris earning the first of two honors and DJ Bucher claiming his first All-America award. Ferris recorded a 9.5 for sixth place, while Bucher notched a 9.212 for seventh. On rings Bucher and Monahan scored a 9.562 and 9.5 to finish tied for fifth and ninth, respectively. Recording a 9.637 on parallel bars, Bucher finished second and captured his third honor overall. The Mason, Ohio, native became the first freshman in OSU history to earn All-America honors on all three qualified events. Ferris, who also was the 2005 Big Ten High Bar Champion, scored a 9.762 to place first and Monahan and Willie Ito followed with a score of 9.362 for seventh and 8.9 for ninth.

The softball team hosts No. 20 Iowa at 6 p.m. Friday and atnoon Saturday in single seven-inning contests before the Buckeyesand Illinois square off in a double-header at noon Sunday. OhioState, winner of three of its last four games, is 19-11 overall and3-3 in the Big Ten. Iowa, which defeated Ohio State March 6 in anon-conference game in Georgia, is now 32-9 and has a win over No.1 Michigan to its credit. The Hawkeyes are 4-4 in the Big Ten,however, to sit in a three-way tie for fourth place in theconference standings with Ohio State and Penn State (3-3 Big Ten).Illinois, which plays at Penn State Fri. and Sat., is 17-19 overalland 0-8 in the Big Ten.

Sophomores Jamee Juarez owns a 15-8 record with 125 strikeouts in 129 innings pitched. She is also one of Ohio State’s offensive leaders, batting .285 with 17 RBI. Sophomore Megan Schwab ranks among the Big Ten’s best hitters, batting .420 with seven home runs and 30 RBI.

Baseball, now 16-10 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten, took threeof four games from Purdue last weekend at Bill Davis Stadium. TheBuckeyes lost the opener, but won the final three games, includinggame two of the series, which was the 700th win at Ohio State for18th-year head coach Bob Todd. Jason Zoeller continues to lead OhioState with a .347 batting average, 33 hits, two triples, four homeruns and a .547 slugging percentage. He also has 16 RBI. JedidiahStephen is batting .322 with 28 hits, four home runs and 19 RBI,while Cody Caughenbaugh is batting .314 with 22 hits, five doublesand 17 RBI. Paul Farinacci, who leads the team with nine doublesand 26 RBI is batting .276. As a team, the Scarlet and Gray ishitting .294 with 11 home runs. Cory Luebke has the team’s best ERAat 2.01 and Dan DeLucia’s is second best at 2.11. Luebke has ateam-best 29 strikeouts in 40.1 innings and has allowed only nineearned runs to help him get to 3-1. DeLucia has 28 strikeouts in38.1 innings and also has allowed only nine earned runs to get to2-1. Mike Madsen is 2-2 with a 4.05 ERA, while Trent Luyster has 28strikeouts in 43.2 innings for a 4-3 record. The Buckeyes play hostto Malone Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. and then welcome Michigan State toBill Davis Stadium this weekend. The teams will play a single gameFriday at 6:35 p.m., a doubleheader Saturday at 1:05 p.m. beforeclosing the series with a single game Sunday at 1:05 p.m. The men’slacrosse team opened Great Western Lacrosse League play with a 13-9victory over Butler last week in Indianapolis. Kyle Olson had ateam-best three goals in the win, while junior Craig Nolan had twogoals and an assist, senior Tom Randisi had two assists and a goaland junior Ben Wolff had two goals. The Buckeyes return home toplay host to Robert Morris at 4 p.m. Friday at North Turf Field.The throws squad competed at the Big Blue Classic hosted by EasternIllinois in Charleston, Ill.on April 8.

Bryan Duby highlighted the day for the men as he won his second hammer throw competition in as many meets this season with a career-best 201-2. The throw is the third-best all-time at OSU and stands as the top throw in the Big Ten.

On the women’s side, Shelaine Larson won both the hammer and the discus. She reached a regional qualifier with a length of 186-5 on Friday. Saturday, she followed with a winning mark of 149-10 in the discus.

Tiffany Davis regionally qualified in the hammer Friday with a runner-up throw of 185-9.

The men’s golf team posted its best finish of the 2004-05season as it placed third with a total of 849 Saturday at the 2005Marshall Invitational. Marshall University played host to the eventat the par 71, 6,446-yard Guyan Golf and Country Club inHuntington, W. Va.

Colin Biles led all Buckeye individuals with a tournament total of 210. Biles carded a final round of even par 71.

The Buckeyes also received strong performances by Scott Anderson and Zack Randol. Both tied for ninth with a three-round total of 211.

The Buckeyes return to action April 16-17 at the 2005 Aggie Invitational in College Station, Texas.

The women’s golf team will play host to the 25th Lady BuckeyeSpring Invitational this weekend on the OSU Scarlet Course.First-round action begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and the secondround will immediately follow the completion of the first round.The final round is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. start Sunday. It alsowill mark the final home competition for seniors Lindsay Knowlton,Emily Kuhfeld and Kristen White. Admission is free. Theseventh-ranked rowing team’s first varsity eight defeated No. 6Brown, No. 8 Michigan State and Rutgers Saturday at GriggsReservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. Overall, OhioState’s varsity squad finished the day 11-3 and the novice teamwent 2-6. On the day, Ohio State led all five teams posting an 11-3record. The first varsity eight posted a perfect 4-0 record on theday. The seventh-ranked Buckeye boat topped Brown and Rutgers inthe morning session with a time of 6:41.1. In the afternoon, OSUbeat both Michigan State and Rutgers with a time of 6:41.7, 3.4seconds ahead of the Spartans and 22.9 seconds ahead of Rutgers.Ohio State’s first varsity eight is now 6-0 at home this season.Ohio State’s second varsity eight went 4-0 overall on the day. OSUedged Brown and Rutgers in the morning session. Ohio State finishedin 6:29.6, 1.5 seconds ahead of Brown and 24.5 seconds ahead ofRutgers. In the afternoon, the Buckeyes finished with a time of6:56.5, 4.6 seconds ahead of the Spartans and 25.5 seconds ahead ofthe Scarlet Knights. For the women’s tennis team, Sonia Ruzimovsky(Soph., Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) and Caitlin O’Keefe (Fr.,Troy, Mich./Troy), the Buckeyes’ Top 2 in singles wins this spring,both picked up singles victories for Ohio State in its 4-3 loss toPurdue Sunday.

Ruzimovsky, who moved up to the No. 2 doubles position for the first time in her collegiate career last weekend, picked up her 11th win of the spring season by sweeping Sarah Spence, 7-5, 6-3. O’Keefe’s 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (8), win over Sasha Abraham at the No. 3 spot was her ninth win of the spring.

O’Keefe also picked up a doubles victory against the Nittany Lions when she and Lindsay Bryan (Sr., New Orleans, La./Ursuline Academy) overcame a 5-1 deficit to down Jessica McKeown and Andrea Niculescu, 8-5 to clinch the doubles point for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State continues its Big Ten road trip next weekend with a trip north to Michigan. The Buckeyes face Michigan at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich., before taking on Michigan State at 10 a.m. Sunday in East Lansing, Mich.

19th-ranked women’s lacrosse (5-5 overall, 3-0 AmericanLacrosse Conference) fell to California, 11-9 Sunday in Columbus.Kelly Kremer, Regina Oliver and Kristen Slahor scored two goalseach for OSU but lost an 8-6 lead in the second half to a 5-1 Bearscoring run. OSU tied the game at nine with Kremer’s second freeposition goal but California scored twice to win the game. TheBuckeyes return to American Lacrosse Conference play next Sunday atnoon when they host Vanderbilt (4-6, 1-2) in the Jesse OwensMemorial Stadium. 11th-ranked men’s volleyball (19-7 overall, 12-2Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) picked up winsover 14th-ranked Lewis, 3-0 and 8th-ranked Loyola, 3-1 last week.OSU defeated Lewis, 30-23, 34-32, 30-26 behind a 24-killperformance by Mark Greaves who hit .556 and added five digs. ScottSpurlock contributed 12 digs in the win. Greaves came up big inOSU’s 34-32 game two win with 11 kills. He scored four of OSU’sfinal five kills in the game including the game winner. TheBuckeyes defeated conference leader Loyola, 30-25, 30-26, 24-30,30-27, to stop the Ramblers’ 21 match winning streak. Greavescontinued strong with a career-high 27 kills and a season-high 14digs. Buckeyes Mike Wauligman, Layne Dreven and Andy Colecontributed 14, 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Ohio State closesout the regular season this week by hosting Findlay at 7 p.m.Friday and playing at IPFW Saturday at 7 p.m. In weekend action,the No. 33 men’s tennis team defeated Indiana, 6-1, and edged PennState, 4-3. With the two wins, the Buckeyes improved to 13-6overall and 5-1 in Big Ten play. The conference victory over theNittany Lions marked OSU’s 25th-consecutive win on its home courtsin Columbus. The win streak dates back to the 2003 season startingwith a 5-2 win over Purdue April 6.

In the Penn State match, freshman Drew Eberly, who played No. 6 singles, bounced back from a 5-3 deficit in the third set and defeated Chris Sherman, 7-5. With the victory, Eberly clinched the match win for the Buckeyes and improved to 5-1 against Big Ten opponents.

Ohio State is back on the courts for a 4 p.m. match Wednesday as the squad plays host to Notre Dame. The Buckeyes face Big Ten foes Michigan and Michigan State in weekend action April 16-17. Both matches are slated for a noon start at the Stickney Tennis Center. In the case of inclement weather, the Buckeyes play indoors at the Jesse Owens West Tennis Center in Columbus.

Buckeye men’s hockey freshman forward Tom Fritsche, a member ofthe INCH All-Rookie Team, was named the Inside College HockeyFreshman of the Year, insidecollegehockey.com announced. Fritsche(Parma, Ohio) led the Buckeyes in scoring as a rookie with 45points, the most for an OSU freshman since Brian Loney had 55 in1992. He also had a team-best 34 assists, the second-highest totalin the last 13 years, behind only Hugo Boisvert’s 35 helpers in1998. Fritsche’s 34 assists tied for the third-most for a Buckeyefreshman in a single season. Fritsche, who played in all 42 gamesfor Ohio State, was a team-best +21 on the year. He was named tothe CCHA All-Rookie Team, was a finalist for CCHA Rookie of theYear accolades and was a 2005 CCHA Super Six All-Tournament Teamselection. He ended the year tied for the national lead in scoringamong rookies and was third (tied) in points per game among thenation’s freshmen (1.07).

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, April 13-Tuesday, April 19

Wednesday, April 13
Men’s Tennis vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
Stickney Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

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

Friday, April 15
Track All-Ohio Championships
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Robert Morris, 4 p.m.
North Turf Field, Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Iowa, 6 p.m.
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

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

Men’s Volleyball vs. Findlay, 7 p.m.
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio State University

Track at Mt. Sac Relays
Mt. Sac, Calif.

Saturday, April 16
Track All-Ohio Championships
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Women’s Tennis at Michigan, 11 a.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Softball vs. Iowa, Noon
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis vs. Michigan, Noon
Stickney Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

Baseball vs. Michigan State, 1:05 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Volleyball at IPFW, 7 p.m.
Fort Wayne, Ind.

Women’s Golf Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational
OSU Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Golf at Aggie Invitational
College Station, Texas

Women’s Rowing vs. USC, Indiana and Minnesota, 9 a.m.
Griggs Reservoir, Columbus, Ohio

Track at Mt. Sac Relays
Mt. Sac, Calif.

Sunday, April 17
Women’s Tennis at Michigan State, 10 a.m.
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Vanderbilt, Noon
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis vs. Michigan State, Noon
Stickney Tennis Center, Columbus, Ohio

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

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

Women’s Golf Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational
OSU Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Golf at Aggie Invitational
College Station, Texas

Track at Mt. Sac Relays
Mt. Sac, Calif.