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May 25, 2005

Athletes of the Week

Rory Meister (Fr., Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield Madison) won allfour of Ohio State’s wins last week in relief. He pitched a totalof 3.1 innings and allowed only one hit without allowing a run. Hehad one walk and struck out three while holding batters to a .091batting average. Against Miami (Ohio), he got a line out and aground out to leave a man at third base in the ninth. In game twovs. Minnesota he came in with two on and two out in the top of theseventh and caught the final batter of the game looking at strikethree to earn his first win in a Big Ten game. In game three, hecame on in the seventh with one out and runners at first and secondand got a fly out and a ground out to end the game and then in thefinale, came on in the top of the eighth with one out and runnersat second and third. he got a strike out and a pop out to get outof the inning and left two runners on base, including a man atthird, before again ending the game on a called third strike.Meister is 7-0 with a 1.36 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.He is 3-0 in Big Ten play and has a 0.47 ERA with 18 strikeouts in19.0 innings. Women’s golfer Kristen White helped the eighth-rankedBuckeyes to a sixth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championshipslast week in Sunriver, Ore. White finished the event with a scoreof 296 and tied for 16th place on the individual leaderboard. Sheposted rounds of 76-74-75-71. It marked the fourth consecutive yearOhio State has recorded a Top 10 finish at the NCAA championships.Following the event, White was named an NGCA first teamAll-American, becoming the first three-time All-American in thehistory of the women’s golf program at Ohio State.

Athletics Good Stuff

A record 442 Buckeyes will be honored as Ohio StateScholar-Athletes at the annual banquet Wednesday at the GreaterColumbus Convention Center.

At the event, the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor will be awarded to one male and one female senior student-athlete. The male finalists are: Dustin Fox (Football/Canton, Ohio), Peter Frantz (Lacrosse/Glenview, Ill.), Simon Fraser (Football/Upper Arlington, Ohio), Mitch Richeson (Diving/Greenwood, Ind.) and Thomas Randisi (Lacrosse/Towson, Md.). The female finalists are: Diana Albrecht (Rowing/Dresden, Germany), Stacey Gordon (Volleyball/Oshawa, Ontario), Lindsay Newbill (Synchronized Swimming/Riverside, Calif.), Erica Nollen (Soccer/West Chester, Ohio) and Kristen White (Golf/Doylestown, Pa.).

The women’s golf team tallied a score of 290 (+6) in the finalround to tie for sixth place Friday at the 2005 NCAA Championships.The Buckeyes ended the four-round event with a total of 1,187. Thetournament was held at the par 71 Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort(6,312 yards) in Sunriver, Ore. The sixth-place finish marked thesecond-best performance in school history and the fourthconsecutive year Ohio State has finished in the Top 10. TheBuckeyes’ best finish at the NCAA championships was fourth in 2003.Ohio State seniors Kristen White and Lindsay Knowlton played intheir final round as collegiate golfers. White shot 71 (E) in herlast round and finished the tournament with a mark of 296, tyingfor 16th place. Knowlton posted a round of 74 (+3) on her final dayin scarlet and gray. She ended with a score of 298 and tied for34th place on the individual leaderboard. Freshman Carling Coffingled the Buckeyes in the final round, firing a career-best 70 (-1).She tied for 74th place with a score of 305 after starting the dayin a tie for 102nd. Teammate Dana Je tied for 16th place along withWhite, finishing with a score of 296, including 75 in the lastround. Junior Jennifer Selfinger tied for 92nd with a mark of 309.The No. 3 rowing team is set to compete at the 2005 NCAAChampionships Friday through Sunday at CSUS Aquatic Center on LakeNatoma in Sacramento, Calif. The championship is comprised of 12teams from around the country, who were selected by the NCAAcommittee. Events will consist of the first and second varsityeight races, and the first varsity four. Sacramento State isplaying host to the three-day regatta, which will crown the 2005NCAA Rowing Champions. For race schedules, lane assignments, teaminformation and live results during the NCAA championships visitwww.ncaasports.com or www.hornetsports.com

Four members of the team received national scholar-athlete honors, the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association announced Monday. Seniors Diana Albrecht, Elizabeth Tompkins and Franziska Schubert and junior Jana Schiller were named 2005 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athletes.

This marks the third-consecutive year Albrecht has received the honor and the second time Schubert received the award. She previously earned the award in 2003. This is both a first-time award for Tompkins and Schiller.

Baseball took three of four games from Minnesota last weekendat Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus to finish in a fourth-place tiewith Michigan. The Buckeyes are the fifth seed in the conferencetournament which gets underway Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. in Champaign,Ill. Ohio State rebounded from a 9-3 loss in the first game againstthe Golden Gophers for three one-run victories by scores of 2-1,3-2 and 6-5. All three wins came on the arm of closer Rory Meister,who ended threats before the Buckeyes could win in their final atbat in each of the three games. Ohio State and Meister won the sameway in a weekday game May 17 against Miami (Ohio). Eric Fryer ledthe team against Minnesota in batting .667 (8-for-12) with one RBI.He drove in the winning run in the series finale in the bottom ofthe eighth inning. Meister, who came in to get the final two outsof the top of the eighth, finished the game to get the first seriesvictory vs. Minnesota since a sweep in 2001. Meister actually gotall three wins against the Gophers, getting the final out in gametwo and the final two outs of game three. Fryer now leads his teamwith a .331 batting average. He has 44 hits on the year with twohome runs, 20 RBI and 29 runs scored. He also was the top Buckeyein conference play, batting .400 in 27 games with 26 starts. OhioState, which is batting .306, the third best average by a team inthe Big Ten tournament. Pitching and fielding also has been gettingit done for Ohio State. The Buckeyes own the best ERA in the BigTen at 3.82, just in front of Michigan’s 3.91. The teams are tiedwith a fielding percentage of .972 to lead the conference. TheBuckeyes will start Third-Team All-Big Ten pitcher Dan DeLuciaWednesday against Michigan. He is 4-5 on the year with a 3.15 and45 strikeouts in 74.1 innings. Senior Mike Rabin earned First-TeamAll-Big Ten honors for his play in center field. He is batting .327(55-of-168) and has 23 RBI and five outfield assists. Track andfield will send 20 student-athletes combined from the men’s andwomen’s teams to compete in the NCAA Mideast Regional championshipsFriday and Saturday in Bloomington, Ind. Both squads boast 10qualifiers.

Of the 20 regional entries, eight rank in the Top 10 in the Mideast performance lists. For the women, Rosalind Goodwin holds the top mark in the triple jump in the Mideast at 43 feet, 6 inches. Her teammate Shayla Moore stands fifth in the triple at 42-7. Goodwin also is ranked in the long jump, sliding in at No. 12.

Fellow jumper Jessie Stringer is 10th in the high jump after clearing 5-10 to win the Big Ten championship.

The hammer boasts two OSU women in the Top 10 as Shelaine Larson holds the No. 2 throw at 204-3, ahead of Tiffany Davis with a 189-3, which stands sixth.

For the men, Bryan Duby is rated fifth in the hammer at 207-8. Aaron Fisher is ranked third in the steeple at 8:45.98 after holding the top mark in the 2004 Mideast regional ranks.

Members of the men’s tennis team compete at the NCAA Singlesand Doubles Championship Wednesday through Sunday in CollegeStation, Texas. The junior duo of Scott Green and Ross Wilsonreceived their first NCAA doubles bid, while sophomore DevinMullings was selected for the 64-player field at the NCAA SinglesChampionship. Green and Wilson, a 5-8 seed in the 32-team bracket,captured back-to-back national doubles titles at the ITAAll-American Championships Oct. 10 and the ITA National IndoorChampionships Nov. 7. They became the first doubles team to captureboth the ITA All-American title and the National Indoors title inthe same season since 1992-93, and are the third team to do so inNCAA history. Green and Wilson went undefeated in fall tournamentaction with a 9-0 record. The pair is 28-7 overall record thisseason. Mullings, a unanimous All-Big Ten selection, is 28-11overall in singles this season and is ranked No. 40 in the ITADivision I singles poll released May 2. He has been ranked in everyITA singles poll this season, with the recent No. 40 rank as hishighest. Mullings is 21-8 in 2005 duals action with a 9-7 mark atthe No. 1 spot and a 8-1 record at No. 2. Senior golfer ScottAnderson fell short of moving on to the NCAA Championships Saturdayas he fired a final round of two-over-par 72 and finished tied forninth at the 2005 NCAA Central Regional Championships. TheUniversity of Notre Dame played host to the event at the par 70Warren Golf Course (7,011 yards.).

Anderson (Great Falls, Mont.,/Great Falls) began the day as he carded a bogey on the No. 1 hole, but rebounded to record eight-consecutive pars to finish the front nine in 36. The back nine saw the Great Falls native post a total of 36 as he notched two bogeys and one birdie, to finish the final round with a total of 72. For the tournament, Anderson posted a three-round total 211.

Three softball players were named to the NFCA All-CentralRegion team last week. Sophomore outfielder Megan Schwab was namedfirst-team, while sophomore pitcher/utility player Jamee Juarez andfreshman outfielder Liz Caputo were named second-team. Schwabbatted .362 with seven home runs and 33 RBI and Juarez batted .362and set the school single-season wins record with 25. Caputo batted.367, the second-highest average ever at Ohio State by a freshman,and increased her average to a team-best .516 in Big Ten games. Theteam’s postseason banquet is June 5. Nick Myers has joined themen’s lacrosse coaching staff, head coach Joe Breschi announcedTuesday. Myers, who began his coaching career as the volunteercoach for the Buckeyes for two seasons (2002, ’03), spent the lasttwo years as an assistant coach at Butler (2004, ’05). Myersreplaces Jay Stalfort, who left to pursue opportunities outside ofcoaching after being at Ohio State for eight years. Myers willserve as the offensive coordinator for the Buckeyes, overseerecruiting and handle other aspects of the day-to-day operation ofthe men’s lacrosse program. He handled the same duties at Butler.The women’s basketball team was recognized with a resolution ofrecognition Monday at Columbus City Hall. City Council member MaryJo Hudson presented the Buckeyes with the resolution, whichrecognized Ohio State for its team-record 30 wins, a Big Tenco-championship and appearance in the regional semifinals of the2005 NCAA Tournament.

Six student athletes and three members of the Ohio State staff were attendance. Assistant coach Pete Gaudet addressed the council on behalf of the team and senior co-captain Beth Howe accepted the resolution from Hudson. Jessica Davenport, the 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year, Michelle Muñoz, Kim Wilburn, Alice Jamen, Tamarah Riley, assistant coach Debbie Black and Erin Wright, direction of basketball operations, also attended the recognition.

Davenport and Brandie Hoskins, who both finished their sophomore seasons in 2004-05, were named finalists for the 2005 USA Basketball World University Games Team in an announcement made by USA Basketball Sunday. The pair of All-Big Ten sophomores competed in the 2005 USA Basketball National Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., last weekend and earned a chance at gaining two of the 12 spots on the final roster that will travel to the University Games August 10-19 in Izmir, Turkey.

Women’s lacrosse student-athlete Regina Oliver has been named athird-team All-American by Inside Lacrosse. Oliver also was named asecond team Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American by IntercollegiateWomen’s Lacrosse Coaches Association/US Lacrosse.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, May 25 -Sunday, May 29

Wednesday, May 25
Baseball vs. Michigan, 1:05 p.m.
Big Ten Tournament
Champaign, Ill.

Thursday, May 26
Baseball at Big Ten Tournament
Champaign, Ill.

Friday, May 27
Baseball at Big Ten Tournament
Champaign, Ill.

Track and Field at NCAA Mideast Regionals
Bloomington, Ind.

Rowing at NCAA Championships
Sacramento, Calif.

Saturday, May 28
Baseball at Big Ten Tournament
Champaign, Ill.

Track and Field at NCAA Mideast Regionals
Bloomington, Ind.

Rowing at NCAA Championships
Sacramento, Calif.

Sunday, May 29
Baseball at Big Ten Tournament
Champaign, Ill.

Rowing at NCAA Championships
Sacramento, Calif.