Feb. 27, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Kassidy Sauve, women’s hockey

  • Sauve broke the single-season Ohio State saves record on Saturday against North Dakota. The phenomenal goaltender accomplished that feat with her second save of the second period; on that play she surpassed former Buckeye Lisa Steffes, who made 1,085 saves in 2011. Sauve’s closed out the season with 1,135 saves which is the sixth most in a single season in NCAA history.

C.J. Jackson, men’s basketball

  • Jackson scored a career high 18 points on Thursday night to assist in the upset of No. 16 Wisconsin. The sophomore connected on 7-of-11 shots from the field including a perfect 4-of-4 from deep. Jackson also collected a career high four steals on the evening. He added four rebounds and four assists to officially stuff the stat sheet.

No. 12 Women’s Basketball (25-5, 15-1 Big Ten)

  • For the 15th time in program history, Ohio State captured the Big Ten regular season conference title. They clinched the title with wins over No. 2 Maryland (98-87) and Rutgers (73-45).
  • On Monday against Maryland, the Buckeyes set season highs in field-goal percentage (63.2%) and three-point percentage (55.6%). Ohio State set a school record for consecutive shots made with 15 in a row in a stretch late in the first quarter that carried over into the second stanza. Kelsey Mitchell spearheaded the Ohio State attacking scoring 31 points on 11-18 from the field, including 3-9 from deep and 6-8 from the line while playing 40 minutes in the contest.
  • Ohio State clinched the title on Sunday against Rutgers. Mitchell led three Buckeyes in double-figures with 21 points and five assists. Shayla Cooper was 3-of-6 from long range and finished with 12 points while Sierra Calhoun chipped-in with 10 points.

No. 1 Men’s Volleyball (17-0, 8-0 MIVA)

  • Ohio State won two matches during the weekend against Grand Canyon to extend its winning streak to 40 in a row – pulling even with the 2014-15 Loyola Ramblers for the longest in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Buckeyes became the sixth team to have a 40-match win streak in NCAA D I-II history.
  • In the first matchup Friday night, Maxime Hervoir was inserted into the match early in set number two and delivered a dazzling performance. The junior outside hitter put away 11 of 15 attempts with a lone error, attacking .667 for the night. He added in three block assists and an ace as well to rack up 13.5 points, second most on the team despite only playing in three of four sets.
  • In the Sunday series finale, Ohio State was taken to the fifth set for the first time in 2017. Nicolas Szerszen delivered a match-high 22 kills and seven digs. Szerszen served the final four rallies of the match, including a blistering ace to push Ohio State ahead 14-11 in the final set.

No. 2 Women’s Tennis (11-1)

  • Ohio State won triumphed over Miami and No. 10 Baylor this weekend.
  • The Buckeyes defeated Miami, 4-0, Saturday in the Varsity Tennis Center. Ohio State won the doubles point and Francesca Di Lorenzo, Miho Kowase and Sandy Niehaus all won their matches in straight sets to secure the sweep.
  • On Sunday, Ohio State picked up another clean sweep over No. 10 Baylor, 4-0. The Scarlet and Gray won the doubles point and followed that up with straight-set wins by Anna Sanford, Kowase and Niehaus.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (14-1)

  • Playing for the first time outdoors in 2017, the Buckeyes dropped the doubles point before winning four matches in the singles competition.
  • Mikael Torpegaard won and Herkko Pollanen both won their singles matches in straight sets. Torpegaard knocked off No. 6 Alfredo Perez.
  • Kyle Seelig grinded out a three-set victory over No. 120 Jordan Belga and Hugo Di Feo sealed the comeback win with a victory against Chase Perez-Blanco 2-6, 7-6, 6-1.

No. 12 Men’s Hockey (17-9-6, 8-7-1 Big Ten)

  • The Buckeyes defeated Michigan on Friday night, 4-2, in Value City Arena.
  • Power play goals in the final 10 seconds of the first and second periods propelled Ohio State to victory. In the win, Kevin Miller scored twice for the Buckeyes, Dakota Joshua had three assists, David Gust (1g, 1a) and Mason Jobst (2a) each had two points and Nick Schilkey notched his 24th goal of the year.

No. 18 Men’s Swimming

  • The Buckeyes finished tied for second place at the Big Ten Championships hosted at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion; it is the ninth-consecutive season to place inside the top three.
  • Matt McHugh won the Big Ten title in the 100 butterfly with a time of 44.91 (school record) and the 200 freestyle relay of Mossimo Chavez, Matt McHugh, Josh Fleagle and Thomas Trace struck gold with a school record of 1:16.61.
  • Noah Lense (1:41.44 – 200 butterfly) and Jack Barone (52.26 – 100 breaststroke) set school records in their respective events. School records in the 400 freestyle (2:49.23), 800 freestyle (6:18.18), 200 medley relay (1:24.15) and 400 medley relay (3:04.13) were also set.
  • McHugh, Chavez, Fleagle and Trace were all selected to the First Team All-Big Ten.

No. 20 Men’s Lacrosse (4-0)

  • Ohio State downed Jacksonville, 16-8, Saturday afternoon inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
  • The Buckeyes trailed 1-0 after the first quarter and 2-0 early in the second before going on a seven-goal run to head into halftime ahead 7-2. The Buckeyes outscored the Dolphins 6-1 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 13-3. The teams combined for eight goals in the third for the 16-8 final.
  • Buckeye senior Eric Fannell had a game-high six points on three goals and three assists, while junior Colin Chell had four goals and five points. In all, 11 Buckeyes had a point. The defense limited the Dolphins to 24 shots and Ohio State won 17-of-26 faceoffs.


Women’s Golf

  • The Buckeyes are currently in the midst of their third round at the Westbrook Spring Invitational.
  • After Sunday’s second round, Ohio State sat in fourth place with team scores of 295 and 287 (6-over par).
  • Jessica Porvasnik (144 | even par | T11th) and Jaclyn Lee (145 | +1 | T16th) paced the Buckeyes through the first 36 holes.

Men’s Basketball (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State pulled off the upset over No. 16 Wisconsin Thursday evening, 83-73.
  • C.J. Jackson scored a career-high 18 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the 3-point line, JaQuan Lyle had 17 points and Jae’Sean Tate added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
  • The Buckeyes shot a season high 62.5 percent (10 of 16) from behind the arc in the contest.

Track and Field

  • Sade Olatoye became the first woman in program history to win both the shot put and weight throw at the Big Ten Championships this weekend. The sophomore won the shot put with a personal-best toss of 16.71m (54-10.00) and the weight throw with a mark of 21.60m (70-10.50). She has won seven weight throw titles in 2017 and remains undefeated in the event.
  • Karrington Winters won the 600m run in a school-record time of 1:27.60. She was also a member of the women’s 4x400m relay team that broke the school record with a time 3:32.84 for silver.
  • Nick Gray won the 200m dash for the second-consecutive year with a meet-record time of 20.58; that time ranks No. 2 in program history.
  • Madison Roberts broke the school record in the pole vault with a personal-best clearance of 4.00m (13-1.50) to place seventh.

Men’s Golf

  • The Buckeyes fired a three-round tally of 1-over par 865 (289-292-284) to place fifth at the Puerto Rico Classic and knock of No. 15 Mississippi and No. 17 North Carolina.
  • Will Grimmer was the top Buckeye finisher in a tie for 12th place. Grimmer carded rounds of 74-70-71 for his 10th Top-25 performance in 15 career events.
  • Daniel Wetterich dropped three birdies in the final five holes of round three to end up tied for 24th place at 1-over par (73-76-68).

Baseball (3-5)

  • Ohio State defeated No. 5 Oregon State, 6-1, Friday afternoon in Surprise, Ariz., behind six shutout innings from Yianni Pavlopoulos.
  • Tyler Cowles and Brady Cherry both knocked in two runs in the game. Cherry launched his second home run of the season in the fifth inning to extend the lead to three runs. Cowles record both of his RBI’s late in the game to give Ohio State insurance runs.

Softball (7-5)

  • Behind the ace pitching performances of Lena Springer and Shelby Hursh and backed up by timely hitting, Ohio State recorded two wins on Saturday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, topping St. John’s 3-1 before shutting out LIU Brooklyn 5-0 to improve to 7-4 on the season.
  • Against St. John’s, Springer only allowed one run in seven innings of work. She struck out eight while allowing only three base knocks. Taylor White and Ashley Goodwin both registered two hits and two RBI during the game.
  • In the second game of the day against LIU Brooklyn, Hursh twirled a shutout. Three-hit performances from Anna Kirk and Lilli Piper led the offense. Kirk scored three times during the game and Piper scored one while knocking in two RBI.

Women’s Lacrosse (4-1)

  • With eight different goal scorers and a total team effort, Ohio State propelled itself to a 14-8 victory Sunday afternoon over California at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
  • Molly Wood had yet another dominating performance, scoring four goals for the second straight game with assists from Liza Hernandez, Baley Parrott and Mackenzie Maring. Hernandez finished with three goals and one assist.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule 2.27.17-3.5.17

Monday, February 27

  • Women’s Golf, Westbrook Spring Invitational, All Day — Peoria, Ariz.

Tuesday, February 28

  • Men’s Basketball, at Penn State, 8:30 p.m. — University Park, Pa.

Friday, March 3

  • Women’s Lacrosse, at Duquesne, 3 p.m. — Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Pistol, NRA Air Sectionals, 4 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Tenns, vs. Notre Dame, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, vs. Campbell, 6 p.m. — Buies Creek, N.C.
  • Men’s Volleyball, vs. Saint Francis, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Lacrosse, at Marquette, 8 p.m. — Milwaukee, Wis.

Saturday, March 4

  • Pistol, NRA Air Sectionals, 10 a.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Basketball, vs. Indiana, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Gymnastics, Arnold Challenge, 2 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Tennis, vs. Pepperdine, 2 p.m. — Tempe, Ariz.
  • Baseball, vs. Campbell, 3 p.m. — Buies Creek, N.C
  • Women’s Gymnastics, at Denver, 8 p.m. — Denver, Colo.
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, vs. Michigan State, 8 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Synchronized Swimming, U.S. Collegiate North Regional, TBA — Columbus, Ohio
  • Wrestling, Big Ten Championships, All Day — Bloomington, Ind.

Sunday, March 5

  • Men’s Tennis, vs. Oklahoma, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Soccer, vs. Kent State, 1 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, vs. Campbell, 1 p.m. — Buies Creek, N.C.
  • Men’s Lacrosse, at Bellarmine, 1 p.m. — Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Women’s Tennis, at Arizona State, 2 p.m. — Tempe, Ariz.
  • Wrestling, Big Ten Championships, All Day — Bloomington, Ind.
  • Men’s Swimming, Last Chance, All Day — Columbus, Ohio