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April 27, 2005

Athletes of the Week

Kristen White, a senior on the women’s golf team, claimedmedalist honors and captured her first individual crown of theseason at the 2005 Big Ten Championships over the weekend in AnnArbor, Mich. She helped the Buckeyes to their fourth-consecutiveconference championship over the weekend. Ohio State finished witha total score of 900, a 32-stroke win over second place Michigan.White finished with a 54-hole total of 222 and was named the BigTen player of the year. It is the second time in her career she hasbeen named Big Ten player of the year, also winning the award in2002 as a sophomore. White is the program’s first two-time playerof the year. She also became the first women’s golfer to earnAll-Big Ten honors four times. Scott Spurlock produced acareer-high 20 points against Quincy in the 3-1 (30-19, 26-30,30-23, 30-27) men’s volleyball victory in the MIVA Tournamentquarterfinals. He had 15 kills, two ace serves, a solo block andfour assist block for his points and added two digs and an assistagainst the Hawks. Spurlock’s 15 kills tied his career-high of 15set against IPFW in 2003. His previous best in points was 19.5 inthe IPFW match. Against Quincy, he hit .636 with only one error inhis 22 swings. He has hit .600 or better in four of his last fivematches (.625 vs. Lewis; .600 vs. Loyola; .600 vs. Findlay; .267 atIPFW). His five total blocks in the match has moved into solepossession of fifth place on the OSU career total blocks list with384 (17 solos, 367 assists). He had been tied for fifth with AdamSpitznagle (1993-96) at 379 (63-315). Spurlock was five of eight inhitting (.625) in game two with a solo block. He was four for fivein hitting (.800) in game three against the Hawks, adding anassist, a dig and three block assists. In game four, he was fourfor four in hitting (1.000) and added an assist block.

Athletics Good Stuff

The 10th-ranked women’s golf team earned its fourth-consecutiveBig Ten championship Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich. The final round wascancelled because of snow accumulation on the golf course and thetournament was shortened to 54 holes. The Buckeyes, who finishedwith a mark of 900, won the team title by 32 strokes. The event washeld at the par 72 University of Michigan Golf Course (5,966yards). Ohio State senior Kristen White claimed medalist honors andcaptured her first individual crown of the season, finishing with a54-hole total of 222. Teammate Lindsay Knowlton placed second onthe individual leaderboard with a mark of 225 and JenniferSelfinger finished third with a score of 226. Additionally, Dana Jetied for fourth place with a total of 227. Ohio State claimed its11th Big Ten title since the conference began sponsoringchampionships for women during the 1981-82 season. Four consecutivewins also sets a league record. Ohio State tied the record lastseason with its third-consecutive win. White also is the ninthmedalist winner for the Buckeye program in the 24-year history ofthe championships.

White was named the 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year Sunday at the Big Ten championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. White claimed medalist honors at the event and captured her first individual crown of the season, finishing with a 54-hole total of 222. It is the second time in her career she has been named Big Ten player of the year. She also won the award in 2002 as a sophomore. She is the program’s first two-time player of the year. Additionally, White and Knowlton were selected as first team all-conference honorees. It is the fourth All-Big Ten selection for White, the most by any Ohio State women’s golfer, and the third honor for Knowlton. Je and Selfinger were named to second team, marking the first honor for each. Four All-Big Ten honorees is the most the women’s golf program has had in one year. Ohio State head coach Therese Hession, currently in her 14th season, was named the 2005 Big Ten Coach of the Year. Hession earned her seventh Big Ten championship and was dubbed coach of the year for the sixth time of her career. Buckeye junior Erin Borowiec also is Ohio State’s recipient of the Big Ten sportsmanship award, given to the individual who has distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior.

The synchronized swimming team will close the 2005 season atthe U.S National Championships April 28-30 in Federal Way, Wash.

The softball team (22-14, 4-6 Big Ten) hosts Bowling Green Wed. before getting back into Big Ten play with four home games this weekend. The Buckeyes, aiming for a spot in the Big Ten tournament, host Indiana Fri. (6 p.m.) and Sat. (1 p.m.) and Purdue Sunday (DH, noon). Sophomore Nycole Koyano is among the national leaders in triples (7), runs scored (31) and walks (26). Senior Ashley Cutcliff owns a team-best .490 batting average, while sophomore Jamee Juarez is batting .382 and is among the Big Ten’s pitching leaders with a 17-10 record and 135 strikeouts in 148.2 innings pitched. Her next strikeout will move her into a tie for fifth place on the OSU career strikeout list with Shelly Eger (1984-87) with 253. Assistant Coach Belinda Quisenberry is up next at No. 4 with 260.

The men’s lacrosse team split two Great Western Lacrosse Leagueroad games last week, falling at Denver, 13-8, before coming frombehind to down Air Force, 11-7. Junior Andrew Bender led OSU withsix assists and eight points in the two games combined, whileclassmate Craig Nolan had a team-best six goals on the weekend.

The Buckeyes return home for two GWLL games this weekend. OSU will go up against Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Friday and will take on Fairfield at noon Sunday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The six Buckeye seniors – Chris Brown, John Dauro, Peter Frantz, Kyle Olson, Tom Randisi and Lance Vitt – will be honored in a pregame ceremony Sunday.

The men’s tennis team defeated Wisconsin, 5-2, and suffered a5-2 loss at Northwestern in weekend action. The matches marked thefinal contests for the Buckeyes in the 2005 regular season. Thesquad finished 17-7 overall and 8-2 in Big Ten play, second behindNo. 1 Illinois.

Next up, the squad travels April 28-May 1 for competition at the Big Ten Championship in Champaign, Ill. The Buckeyes will enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed and will receive a bye in the first round. OSU will face the No. 7/10 winner in second round action Friday. Last season, the OSU squad finished second behind Illinois in league play and placed second at the Big Ten tournament after a 4-1 loss to the Illini in the championship match.

Women’s lacrosse lost road games at Penn State, 6-4, and atRutgers, 10-9. At Penn State, OSU had goals by Kelly Kremer, ReginaOliver, Natale Miller and Lindsay Weiner with Kim Hastingsrecording nine saves in the game. At Rutgers, KC Carter, Kremer andOliver each scored twice for Ohio State. The Buckeyes held a 9-7lead with seven minutes left but allowed three goals in the finalminutes for the Rutgers win. Hastings posted nine saves for theBuckeyes. Ohio State closes out the home schedule this Saturday at1 p.m. against Stanford in the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.10th-ranked men’s volleyball defeated Quincy 3-1 (30-19, 26-30,30-23, 30-27) in a home MIVA Tournament quarterfinal match Saturdayto advance to the tournament semifinals at Ball State this Fridayat Loyola. Host Loyola plays IPFW in the other semifinal. Thewinners play Saturday at 5 p.m. Eastern for a semifinal berth inthe NCAA Championship. The Saturday match will be telecast live onCSTV.

Against Quincy, Mark Greaves had a match-high 22 points with 20 kill, an ace serve and two assist blocks. Scott Spurlock produced a career-high 20 points, tying his career high of 15 kills while adding two ace serves, a solo block and four assists. Mike Wauligman added a match-high 10 digs in the contest.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled toLouisville, Ky. for a pair of dual meets against the University ofLouisville and the University of Indianapolis Saturday at theCardinal Invitational. The women topped U of L by an 82-53 scoreand bested Indianapolis, 80-30. The OSU men claimed a 72-48 victoryover Louisville and knocked of Indianapolis by a 74-31 count.

Three Buckeyes claimed a pair of first-place finishes for the women Saturday. On the track, sophomore Jenna Harris topped the field in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, while senior Dalanda Jackson swept the hurdles events, winning the 100-meter event in a regional-qualifying time of 13.89. Fellow senior Shelaine Larson turned in team points in the field events with winning marks in the discus and hammer and a runner-up length in the shot put. Larson, from Ventura, Calif., reached a regional qualifier in the hammer at 185 feet, 5 inches.

The men posted three regional qualifying marks in the field as well. Senior Bryan Duby won his fourth-straight hammer competition Saturday with a regional mark of 198-6, ahead of freshman Lenny Jatsek, who took runner-up in three events. Jatsek posted second-place lengths in the shot put and discus as well, including a regional-qualifying and season-best 168-9 in the discus. The third regional standard belonged to freshman Marios Iacovou, who cleared 6-10 ¾ to win the high jump.

This week, the teams travel to Philadelphia, Pa., and the University of Pennsylvania for the 111th running of the Penn Relays Thursday April 28 through Saturday April 30. A select group of distance runners will compete separately in the 2005 Hillsdale Distance Carnival in Hillsdale, Mich.

The men’s golf team will receive its final tune-up before the2005 Big Ten Championships as it travels to East Lansing, Mich., tocompete in the 2005 Fossum Invitational. The tournament will beheld at the par 72 Forest Akers West Golf Course begins at 9 a.m.Saturday and will conclude Sunday. The women’s tennis doublestandem Caitlin O’Keefe (Fr., Troy, Mich./Troy) and Lindsay Bryan(Sr., New Orleans, La./Ursuline Academy) won at No. 3 doubles inOhio State’s 7-0 loss to Wisconsin.

The duo downed Nicole Beck and Chelsea Nusslock, 8-3. That performance followed a near-victory Saturday against No. 41-ranked Northwestern duo Alexis Prousis and Kristi Roemer. The Wildcat tandem, undefeated in Big Ten play, held off the Buckeyes, 7-5 in a match tie-breaker, after Bryan and O’Keefe rallied from a 7-6 deficit.

The Buckeyes return to action Thursday at the Big Ten championship in East Lansing, Mich. Ohio State (7-18, 2-8 Big Ten) faces Penn State (7-11, 2-8 Big Ten) at 10 a.m. The winner of the match between the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes faces No. 1 seed Northwestern (21-2, 10-0 Big Ten) Friday.

Baseball is 18-14 overall and 4-9 and tied for eighth-placewith Michigan, which won the only game played last weekend in asnow-shortened series. Mike Rabin leads the Buckeyes with a .316batting average. Only two of his 31 hits have gone for extra bases.One is a double and one was his third career home run. He hasknocked in 11 RBI. Jason Zoeller, who is batting .301, leads theteam with 34 hits, including four doubles, two triples and fourhome runs. He has driven in 16 runs and scored a team-best 22times. Cody Caughenbaugh is the only other Buckeye batting .300 orbetter. The Buckeyes are batting .288 as a team. Ohio State’s ERAis now 3.83, led by freshman Cory Luebke, who is 3-2 and has a 2.76ERA with 31 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. Dan DeLucia fell to 2-3after losing at Michigan last Friday. He has a 2.83 ERA and ateam-best 33 strikeouts in 47.2 innings. Trent Luyster is 4-3 andowns a 4.85 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 52.0 innings. Mike Madsen isthe other weekend starter. He is 2-3 with a 5.22 ERA and 20strikeouts in 29.1 innings. The Buckeyes will play Eastern MichiganWednesday at 6:35 p.m. and will welcome Indiana to Bill DavisStadium this weekend. The teams will play a single game Friday at6:35 p.m. before a doubleheader Saturday at 4:05 p.m. The seriesconcludes Sunday with a single game at 1:05 p.m. All five gameswill be broadcast on the Internet at www.wosu.org, while theEastern Michigan game and the first and fourth games againstIndiana will be broadcast on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM). The fourth-rankedrowing team had last weekend off, but travels to the 2005 Big TenChampionships Saturday on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind. TheBuckeyes will vie for their second conference title.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, April 27-Tuesday, May 3

Wednesday, April 27
Baseball vs. Eastern Michigan, 4:05 p.m. (doubleheader)
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Bowling Green, 5 p.m. (doubleheader)
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, April 28
Track at Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.

Women’s Tennis vs. Penn State, 10 a.m.
Big Ten Championship
East Lansing, Mich.

Synchronized Swimming at U.S. National Championships
Federal Way, Wash.

Friday, April 29
Track at Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.

Men’s Tennis vs. Minnesota or Wisconsin, 4 p.m.
Big Ten Championship
Champaign, Ill.

Track at Hillsdale Distance Carnival
Hillsdale, Mich.

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

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

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis at Big Ten Championship
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Ball State, 6 p.m.
MIVA Semifinals
Chicago, Ill.

Synchronized Swimming at U.S. National Championships
Federal Way, Wash.

Saturday, April 30
Track at Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Stanford, 1 p.m.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Indiana, 1 p.m.
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

Baseball vs. Indiana, 4:05 p.m. (doubleheader)
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Tennis at Big Ten Championship
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s Volleyball MIVA Championship, 5 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.

Men’s Golf at Fossum Invitational
East Lansing, Mich.

Synchronized Swimming at U.S. National Championships
Federal Way, Wash.

Men’s Tennis at Big Ten Championship
Champaign, Ill.

Women’s Rowing at Big Ten Championships
Bloomington, Ind.

Sunday, May 1
Men’s Lacrosse vs. Fairfield, Noon
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Purdue, Noon (doubleheader)
Buckeye Field, Columbus, Ohio

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

Men’s Golf at Fossum Invitational
East Lansing, Mich.

Women’s Tennis at Big Ten Championship
East Lansing, Mich.

Men’s Tennis at Big Ten Championship
Champaign, Ill.