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Men’s Volleyball

Comeback win vaults OSU to Final Four

OSU Lantern – The No. 10 Ohio State men’s volleyball squad came back from a 2-1 deficit to beat No. 15 Loyola-Chicago 3-2 in the MIVA Tournament Championship Match on Saturday. OSU pulled ahead in the first game and maintained its lead until Loyola tied it up at 14.

Softball

Softball falls to No. 24 Ohio State in extra innings
UI The Daily Iowan
24 Ohio State (32-12,11-3) at Pearl Field on Sunday – the second of two one-run losses during the first two days of May. The Buckeyes needed extra innings …

Baseball

Buckeyes baseball honors special new friend
Big Ten Network
“We could not believe it when we were told Will was being matched with Ohio State,” Nancy O’Brien said before the Buckeyes‘ game against Akron April 21.

Covering the bases: Big Ten MVP candidate Hurley’s attention to detail includes quirks The Columbus Dispatch Only minutes remained before Ohio State baseball players were to report to coach Bob Todd for pregame stretching, but left fielder Zach Hurley stood in front of his locker refusing to get into uniform. The senior co-captain wasn’t being insubordinate. “Zach has to wear these blue shorts underneath his baseball pants every single game, and we pulled a prank and hid them,” center fielder and housemate Michael Stephens said. “He has been wearing these blue shorts since high school. Can you believe that? We said, ‘Dude, they are just blue shorts.’ But he wasn’t budging until he got the shorts back.”

Pitching problems: With Wimmers on the mend, Bucks need hurlers to step up

OSU Lantern – Ohio State entered the season as the favorite to win the Big Ten conference for the second-consecutive year. With nine Big Ten games remaining, the Buckeyes sit in a tie for second place in the conference and are certainly within striking distance of their goal.

Buckeyes need 10 innings to put away Wolverines
Big Ten Network
It took 10 innings but the Ohio State Buckeyes managed to put away the Michigan Wolverines, 3-2 on Saturday. After Cory Kovanda doubled the game was tied

Baseball team regains share of Big Ten lead The Columbus Dispatch Dan Burkhart singled home Cory Kovanda in the 10th inning, reliever Eric Best closed the door on host Michigan, and the Ohio State baseball team earned a 3-2 win yesterday. Buckeyes starter Drew Rucinski (4-2) allowed eight hits and two earned runs in nine innings. Best struck out one and didn’t allow a ball out of the infield in registering his second save of the season.

Wimmers injured; Michigan tops OSU

The Columbus Dispatch Ohio State lost the game and a share of the Big Ten lead, but the Buckeyes suffered an even bigger loss before last night’s baseball game against Michigan in Ann Arbor. Before the opening pitch, Ohio State scratched undefeated All-America pitcher Alex Wimmers after he suffered a hamstring injury. Wimmers, who has nine wins, a 1.61 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 67 innings, was replaced by Theron Minium. The junior left-hander didn’t get out of the second inning, and the Wolverines (26-14, 8-5 Big Ten) went on to post a 4-1 win.

Cincinnati Enquirer: OSU’s Wimmers runs record to 9-0 this season

Big first inning carries baseball team The Columbus Dispatch

Men’s Basketball

Buckeyes’ Thad Matta hoping more players follow Evan Turner’s slow route to NBA Cleveland Plain Dealer

Florida back on the schedule The Columbus Dispatch Ohio State has scheduled another home-and-home series with Florida and will play the first game Nov.16 in Gainesville, Fla., as part of ESPN’s 24-hour marathon of college basketball games. Coach Thad Matta confirmed the series during a news conference today to introduce his newest assistant coach, Dave Dickerson. Dickerson accepted the job last week and arrived in Columbus on Tuesday from New Orleans, where he was head coach at Tulane the past five seasons.

Athletics

TV money at heart of conference expansion Columbus Dispatch

How big? When it comes to Big Ten expansion, that’s the question  The Columbus DispatchIt wasn’t long ago that the Big Ten’s relevance on the national stage seemed to be fading. A wave of high-profile football losses, particularly by Ohio State in consecutive national championship games, made the conference a target of derision.

  • The Columbus Dispatch: There’s no ‘too big’ in Big Ten expansion
  • The Columbus Dispatch: Expansion candidates
  • Cincinnati Enquirer: Kentucky just might fit into Big Ten expansion

OSU in talks to run Nationwide Arena Business First of Columbus Xen Riggs, associate vice president in Ohio State Univiersity’s administration and planning department, told Columbus Business First the Jackets and OSU are likely weeks away from striking a deal that will put the university in charge of booking and day-to-day administrative options at the arena. That would put OSU’s Jerome Schottenstein Center at Lane Avenue and Olentangy River Road and Nationwide Arena under one management roof.

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Men’s Tennis

Men’s tennis falls to Ohio State in Big Ten title match
Daily Illini
4 Ohio State. For the second time this season, the Illini came just short against the Buckeyes. “I’m pretty disappointed for the guys,” head coach Brad

Ohio State roundup: Men’s tennis team takes Big Ten title
Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State won its fifth consecutive Big Ten tournament title in men’s tennis, beating Illinois 4-1 yesterday in Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes earned an

Badgers fall in semifinals to Ohio State
University of Wisconsin Badgers
The duo’s comeback came up short dropping the tiebreak to give Ohio State the 1-0 lead heading into singles. The top-seeded Buckeyes increased the lead to

Football

OSU football players, cheerleaders provide gridiron fun for disabled kids The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel receives Duffy Daugherty Award
Detroit Free Press
The Ohio State coach was in town to receive the Duffy Daugherty Award, named after MSU’s legendary coach and given annually since 1992 to honor excellence

Buckeyes lead Big Ten bloc in new Top 25
ESPN (blog)
Four Big Ten teams make the rundown, starting with Ohio State at No. 3. Of the Buckeyes, Schlabach writes: “If the Buckeyes can survive road trips at

Where are all Tressel’s awards? The Columbus Dispatch They just gave OSU coach Jim Tressel a lifetime achievement award, and he’s A. alive, and B. still coaching. Tressel on Thursday accepted the Duffy Daugherty Memorial Award, given for his contributions to college football. It’s the first time in the award’s 17-year history it has been given to an active coach.

Tressel’s salary provides lesson in basic economic principle The Columbus Dispatch Jim Tressel is worth every penny because the results he has produced on the field generate the revenue that enables the athletic department to fund all of the money-losing sports and, beyond that, even to contribute some funds to the university. And he’s worth it right up to the moment he no longer produces those results. Then he’s gone. Capitalism at work.

Hit man in hiding: Almost recovered from head injury, Moeller can’t wait to rejoin Ohio State secondary The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel knows what Cleveland Browns’ Colt McCoy is capable of Cleveland Plain Dealer “Boom” Herron crashed off tackle at the opposing 15-yard line, with nothing but synthetic grass ahead of him, and the roar from the Ohio State crowd engulfed him as he ran into the end zone. There were 2 minutes, 5 seconds to play, and underdog Ohio State had taken the lead from Texas, 21-17, in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.

Big Ten post-spring power rankings
ESPN (blog)
Ohio State: It was business as usual this spring for the Buckeyes, who are used to lofty expectations and boast experience on both sides of the ball.