Feb. 13, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Shelby Hursh, softball

  • In the circle, senior Shelby Hursh picked up the win versus Lamar, highlighting a whirlwind 24 hours that included a flight back to Columbus, a graduate school interview at Ohio State Saturday morning and another flight back to Texas in the afternoon. All told Hursh completed a rare student-athlete doubleheader on Saturday — interviewing for a graduate program in the morning and securing up a win of the softball diamond at night. In three games this weekend, Hursh tossed 12 innings and only allowed one earned run to pick up three wins.

Anthony Johnson, track and field

  • Johnson broke a 16-year-old school record on Friday evening at the Spire Invite. Johnson circled the 300-meter track twice to clock a time of 1:16.62 in the 600m run on his way to winning gold. Johnson fended off 17 other runners to finish in first place while setting the school record. His readout of 1:16.62 is the fourth-fastest 600m run in the nation in 2017. His time broke Andrew Pierce’s (2001) previous record of 1:16.73.

No. 1 Men’s Volleyball (13-0, 4-0 MIVA)

  • The Buckeyes have now extended their winning streak to 36 matches after wins over No. 6 Lewis and No. 10 Loyola.
  • Against Lewis, Ohio State registered 59 total kills with a .485 hitting clip. The trio of Driss Guessous, Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen combined for 44 of the kills in the four-set victory.
  • On Saturday evening against Loyola, it was the same trio that helped Ohio State roll in three sets. Johnson racked up 18 kills on 27 swings and Szerszen connected on 13 kill at a .391 attacking rate. Guessous handled the defensive load up front with five blocks (two solo).

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (9-0)

  • Ohio State defeated two ranked teams this weekend: No. 15 Kentucky and No. 10 Georgia.
  • On Friday night against Kentucky, Mikael Torpegaard (6-1, 6-3), Herkko Pollanen (6-4, 6-4) and Kyle Seelig (6-3, 3-6, 6-2) secured singles points to give the Buckeyes a win by a score of 4-1.
  • The Buckeyes did not allow Georgia to earn a point on Sunday, winning 4-0. Torpegaard, Pollanen and Seelig all won their singles matches in straight sets.

No. 4 Men’s Gymnastics

  • Ohio State edged No. 6 Penn State Saturday evening with a score of 419.150-417.750.
  • Entering the sixth and final rotation with a deficit of .850 points, the Buckeyes scored a team tally of 70.150 on the parallel bars to secure the come from behind victory.
  • Sean Melton registered the best floor routine in the NCAA with a readout of 15.050 and Alec Yoder scored the second-highest total on the pommel horse with a season-best score of 15.300.

No. 4 Wrestling (11-2, 7-2 Big Ten)

  • OSU secured three victories this week over No. 14 Rutgers (23-18), No. 6 Nebraska (24-13) and No. 13 Minnesota (24-20).
  • Against Rutgers, a decision from Myles Martin at 184 pounds followed by back-to-back bonus point wins from Kollin Moore and Kyle Snyder at 197 and heavyweight, respectively, opened up a 19-12 lead for Ohio State headed into the evening’s final two matches. After forfeiting at 125 lbs., Nathan Tomasello sealed the win with a dominant 15-5 major decision at 133 lbs.
  • Against Nebraska, key victories in the upper weights — most notably Myles Martin’s 11-5 decision over third-ranked TJ Dudley at 184 lbs. — were complimented by Nathan Tomasello’s dual-clinching decision at 133 pounds to punctuate Ohio State’s efforts against the Cornhuskers. 197-pounder Kollin Moorealso scored a momentum shifting win, along with key bonus points from No. 1-ranked Kyle Snyder and Bo Jordan.
  • On Sunday versus Minnesota, a pin by junior Bo Jordan at 174 pounds and major decision from Myles Martin at 184 pounds helped the Ohio State wrestling team erase a 20-14 deficit and post a 24-20 victory.

No. 12 Men’s Hockey (14-8-6, 5-6-1 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State defeated No. 5 Minnesota on Friday night.
  • Ohio State led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Matthew Weis and Nick Schilkey. The Gophers scored the next three, tallying on the power play 46 seconds into the second period and adding goals at 4:09 and 10:15. Just 49 seconds after Minnesota had taken a 3-2 lead Buckeye junior Kevin Miller scored to deadlock the score at three.
  • In the third, Mason Jobst put the Buckeyes ahead at 3:47 with a power play goal and Tanner Laczynski made it a two-goal advantage at 15:07. The Gophers scored with the net empty at 18:07 to draw within one, but a late penalty on Minnesota took away the advantage of the extra attacker.

No. 14 Women’s Basketball (22-5, 12-1 Big Ten)

  • Kelsey Mitchell and Shayla Cooper scored 20 points each and No. 13 Ohio State beat Iowa 88-81 on Sunday at Value City Arena to extend the Buckeyes’ season-high winning streak to eight.
  • Cooper added a season-high five assists and a team-high eight rebounds. Sierra Calhoun knocked down five trifectas an finished with 19 points.

No. 17 Men’s Lacrosse (2-0)

  • Ohio State moved to 2-0 on the year, downing Detroit Mercy, 14-8, Saturday inside Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The teams were tied at six in the second quarter but the Buckeyes went on a six-goal run to take command, holding the Titans scoreless for nearly 19 minutes.
  • In the game, Jake Withers won nine faceoffs and picked up the 200th groundball of his Buckeye career. He is just the second Buckeye in program history to have at least 200 groundballs.

No. 18 Women’s Gymnastics

  • Ohio State held on for a 195.950-195.850 win over Penn State Saturday afternoon at Rec Hall in University Park. Pa.
  • Kaitlyn Hofland led the buckeyes on the uneven bars with a career-high 9.925 and Alexis Mattern won the vault tile with a 9.850. Mattern followed up the vault with a title on the floor with a 9.925.
  • For the second week in a row, Mattern tallied a career-high 39.400 for the all-around title.

No. 18 Men’s Swimming

Women’s Ice Hockey (12-15-5)

  • The Buckeyes battled to a 1-1 tie on Friday night and won game two of the series against Minnesota State, 4-2.
  • In game one of the series, the Buckeyes trailed the whole evening before a goal by Maddy Field with less than five minutes left to play knotted the game up at 1-1. Rebecca Freiburger earned the assist on the equalizer.
  • Ohio State captured a win in its final home game of 2017 while honoring two seniors. Breanne Grant and Katie Matheny were honored before the game and, fittingly, both scored goals in the victory. Grant and Matheny scored the third and fourth goals of the game, respectively. Grant blasted a one-timer for her second goal of the season and Matheny used some fancy stickwork on a breakaway to bury her sixth goal of the season.

Women’s Lacrosse (2-0)

  • The Buckeyes opened the season with two victories against Vermont and Jacksonville.
  • OSU prevailed against Vermont on Monday by a score of 13-9. Senior Morgan Fee scored four points (2G, 2A) to lead the Buckeyes and junior Molly Wood added two goals and a game-high eight draw controls. Freshman Liza Hernandez led the Buckeyes with three goals and added an assist while Alex Vander Molen scored a goal of her own and also added two assists on the night. In goal, freshman Jill Rizzo made seven saves to earn her first collegiate win.
  • On Sunday, the Buckeyes rallied from a five-goal deficit in the first half to best Jacksonville, 13-12. Hernandez scored three goals for the Buckeyes, including the equalizer with under five minutes to play. Wood scored the gamewinner with 3:33 left in the match to put it away.

Softball (3-1)

  • Ohio State kicked off the season with three wins over the weekend in College Station, Texas. The Buckeyes beat Central Michigan twice and Lamar once.
  • On Friday against Central Michigan, senior Anna Kirk went two-for-two with a home run while sophomore Lilli Piper made her Buckeye debut by driving in three runs (two-for-three, home run, triple). In the circle, senior Shelby Hursh struck out six over five innings and allowed just two hits.
  • On Saturday, Piper blooped a single into right field that allowed Alex Bayne to score from second base for thw winning run in the Buckeyes 4-3 triumph over Lamar in the bottom of the eighth inning.
  • OSU closed out the weekend with a 5-1 win over Central Michigan on Sunday. After managing just one run and five hits over the first seven innings of the game, Ohio State erupted for four runs on four hits in the top of the eighth and then retired the Chippewas in order in the bottom of the frame to finish its opening weekend with a 3-1 record. Three of the four runs in the eighth came with two outs, keyed by a Piper single and run-scoring hits from Anna Kirk and Bri Betschel.

Track and Field

  • Anthony Johnson set the school record in the 600m run on Friday evening at the Spire Invite with a time of 1:16.62.
  • Sade Olatoye continued her dominant 2017 season in the weight throw; the standout sophomore tossed the apparatus 20.62m (67-8.00) on her way to securing her fifth weight-throw title of 2017.
  • For the fourth time this season, junior Nick Demaline found himself atop the podium after winning a shot put title. Demaline, who already had the fourth-best throw in program history, bested his prior personal record by a long shot on Saturday at the Spire Invite with a mark of 19.23m (63-1.25); he now ranks sixth in the NCAA.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule 2.13.17-2.19.17

Monday, February 13

  • Women’s Golf, Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, All Day — Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Tuesday, February 14

  • Men’s Basketball, at Michigan State, 9 p.m. — East Lansing, Mich.
  • Women’s Golf, Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, All Day — Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Wednesday, February 15

  • Women’s Swimming, Big Ten Championships, All Day — West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Men’s Tennis, at Penn State, TBA — State College, Pa.

Thursday, February 16

  • Women’s Basketball, at Nebraska, 8 p.m. — Lincoln, Neb.
  • Women’s Swimming, Big Ten Championships, All Day — West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Men’s Gymnastics, Winter Cup, All Day — Las Vegas, Nev.

Friday, February 17

  • Softball, vs. Louisville, 11 a.m. — Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Baseball, vs. Kansas State, 12 p.m. — Osceola, Fla.
  • Women’s Tennis, vs. Michigan, 3 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball, at North Carolina, 4 p.m. — Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Men’s Volleyball, vs. Quincy, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, at Michigan State, 7 p.m. — East Lansing, Mich.
  • Women’s Ice Hockey, at North Dakota, 8 p.m. — Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Women’s Tennis, TBD, TBA — Charlottsville, Va.
  • Women’s Swimming, Big Ten Championships, All Day — West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track and Field, Buckeye Tune Up — Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, February 18

  • Men’s Lacrosse, vs. Massachusetts, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball, at North Carolina, 1:30 p.m. — Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Baseball, vs. Delaware, 2 p.m. — Osceola, Fla.
  • Women’s Ice Hockey, at North Dakota, 2 p.m. — Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Women’s Gymnastics, vs. West Virginia, 4 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, vs. Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. — Osceola, Fla.
  • Men’s Basketball, vs. Nebraska, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Gymnastics, Winter Cup, 7 p.m. — Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, at Michigan State, 7 p.m. — East Lansing, Mich.
  • Women’s Swimming, Big Ten Championships, All Day — West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Synchronized Swimming, at Stanford, TBA — Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Rifle, NCAA Qualifier, TBA — Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, February 19

  • Softball, vs. Louisville, 10 a.m. — Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Baseball, vs. Kansas State, 11 a.m. — Osceola, Fla.
  • Women’s Tennis, vs. Penn State, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Lacrosse, vs. Cincinnati, 2 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball, vs. Lindenwood, 4 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Synchronized Swimming, at Michigan, TBA — Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Men’s Golf, Puerto Rico Classic, All Day — Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
  • Synchronized Swimming, at Stanford, TBA — Palo Alto, Calif