March 6, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Emma Baranski/Alyssa Hoying/Lorraine Hack, synchronized swimming

  • This trio won titles on Saturday to help Ohio State win the US Collegiate North Regional Championship for the second year in a row. Baranski secured gold in the solo competition with a heartfelt routine of 82.6666. Hack and Hoying won gold in the duo (82.3333) and trio (80.9666) competitions.

Nathan Tomasello, wrestling

  • Tomasello became just the third three-time Big Ten Champion with his 5-4 decision over Cory Clark. The championship round started with Tomasello scoring a buzzer-beating escape against Cory Clark after Clark tied the match at 4-4 with a takedown on the edge of the mat. A redshirt junior, Tomasello previously two titles at 125 pounds before making the move to 133 lbs. this year. Trailing 1-0 entering the final period, the match was tied of a locked hands call against Clark and then Tomasello went ahead 2-1 with an escape. He scored a takedown with 34 seconds left, only to have Clark counter with a takedown of his own.

No. 6 Wrestling (11-3, 7-2 Big Ten)

  • On Sunday at Assembly Hall, Ohio State captured its fourth Big Ten wrestling team title in school history.
  • The Buckeyes edged out Penn State (130.0 points) for the title with a team tally of 139.5. Kollin Moore (197 lbs.), Kyle Snyder (285 lbs.), Nathan Tomasello (133 lbs.) and Bo Jordan (174 lbs.) all won titles in their weight divisions.
  • The Buckeyes put six wrestlers into the finals – a program record – and the four champions are the most in school history. Ohio State also set a record with 139.0 team points.

No. 1 Men’s Volleyball (18-0, 8-0 MIVA)

  • Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association history was made Friday night in St. John Arena as the top-ranked Buckeyes registered their 41st consecutive victory to surpass the 2014-15 Loyola Ramblers (40 straight) for the longest winning streak in the conference’s 56-year existence. Ohio State (18-0) got past Saint Francis (8-10) in four sets: 25-15, 23-25, 25-15, 25-15.
  • The Buckeyes tallied sizable advantages in hitting percentage (.347-.096), kills (50-30), aces (10-2) and digs (37-28) while also out-blocking the Red Flash, 7-5.
  • Gabriel Domecus led all players with eight digs, running his career total to 743 to pull even with Conor Martin (2005-08) for the second most in school history. Mik Berzins ranks first all-time owning 902 career digs. Miles Johnson and Blake Leeson helped halt the SFU attack as well, each getting in on four blocks including three stuffs as a tandem.

No. 1 Men’s Tennis (16-1)

  • Ohio State picked up wins over No. 28 Notre Dame and No. 4 Oklahoma this weekend in Columbus.
  • The Buckeyes downed Notre Dame 7-0 on Friday. After securing the doubles point, Mikael Torpegaard, Hugo Di Feo and Herkko Pollanen won their matches in straight sets. Martin Joyce, Kyle Seelig and JJ Wolf all dropped their first set but battled back to win.
  • On Sunday against Oklahoma, the duo of Di Feo and Joyce were down a break at 4-5 in the deciding match for the doubles point, and they put together some incredible defensive plays to break back at 5-5. After that they found their rhythm, winning 7-3 to earn the doubles point. Seelig, Torpegaard and Joyce coasted to straight set wins in their singles matches for the 4-0 victory.

No. 2 Women’s Tennis (13-1)

  • Ohio State won two matches in Arizona this weekend against No. 9 Pepperdine and No. 35 Arizona State.
  • The Buckeyes prevailed over Pepperdine, 6-1, in a neutral site match Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. the Buckeyes claimed the doubles point, including a victory over the Waves’ No. 2-ranked doubles team by Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase. In singles, the Buckeyes picked up four straight set wins and a three-set victory for the 6-1 final. Di Lorenzo, Gabriella De Santis, Kowase and Ferny Angeles Paz all won their single matches in straight sets.
  • On Sunday, the Buckeyes capped off the weekend with a win over Arizona State, 4-0. Ohio State once again won the doubles point and three singles victories by Di Lorenzo, Anna Sanford and Kowase sealed the deal.

No. 4 Men’s Gymnastics

  • Ohio State scored 415.250 points and won five event titles on Saturday afternoon at the Arnold Challenge to secure victories over No. 5 Minnesota (413.300) and the Ukraine National Team (398.400) inside the Celeste Center.
  • Sean Melton (floor), Ryan Lemezis (rings), Seth Delbridge (14.800), Jake Dastrup (14.800) and Jake Martin (14.800) all won event titles at the meet.

No. 20 Men’s Lacrosse (6-0)

  • Ohio State won games over Marquette (12-6) and Bellarmine (14-11) this weekend at the Midwest Lacrosse Classic to claim the best start for a Buckeye squad since the 1966 team went a perfect 14-0.
  • On Friday against Marquette, Ohio State overcame a two-goal deficit in the second quarter, tying the score before halftime and then tallying the first seven goals of the second half to take control. In all, the Buckeyes held the Eagles scoreless for a 31:08 span. Tre Leclaire scored a goal in each of the first three periods to pace the offense.
  • On Sunday, The Buckeyes broke open a tie game in the second quarter, outscoring Bellarmine 8-2 in the stanza for a 10-4 halftime lead. Bellarmine outscored the Buckeyes 7-4 in the second half, but was unable to get closer than four until the final seconds. In the win 12 Buckeyes had a point, led by Eric Fannell with five points on two goals and three assists and Colin Chell with a hat trick. Tre Leclaire and Lukas Buckley both had two goals and three points. Jake Withers and Christian Feliziani combined to win 22-of-28 faceoffs and Withers picked up nine groundballs.

Synchronized Swimming

  • Ohio State swept the competition for the second year in a row at the US Collegiate North Regional Championship as they successfully defended their title. Taking the top spot in every category pushed the Scarlet and Grey over the top to win the meet.
  • Lorraine Hoying, Alyssa Hack, and Monica Velazquez-Stiak had a dazzling performance to win the trio competition as they scored 80.9666.
  • Emma Baranski dived into the pool one more time in the solo competition. After giving her all in a heartfelt performance she won the regional title for the third year in a row with a score of 82.6666.

Women’s Golf

  • Ohio State finished as the 2017 Westbrook Spring Invitational runner-up, pacing the field in each of the last two rounds to climb out of a 10th place hole following Round One.
  • Jaclyn Lee and Jessica Porvasnik concluded the competition at 1-under, both registering Top-10 appearances coming in among a tie for 10th place (215; -1). Lee rattled off rounds of 74-71-70 to earn her fifth career Top-10 while Porvasnik’s scoring line of 73-71-71 notched the 16th Top-10 of her impressive career.

Baseball (5-6)

  • After dropping the series opener against Campbell, the Buckeyes won the next two games to secure a winning weekend.
  • In a 7-1 win on Saturday, Jake Post registered his first win of the year with a career-high eight strikeouts in six innings of work. Zach Ratcliff went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI. Jalen Washington was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a home run, two RBI and a stolen base.
  • Ohio State closed out the series with a 7-6 win on Sunday. A three hit, two run top of the eighth gave the Buckeyes the lead for good. Tre’ Gantt’s second RBI of the day and Jalen Washington’s RBI single up the middle accounted for the two runs in the eighth. Seth Kinker registered the win, tossing two innings of relief work, while Yianni Pavlopoulos claimed his first save of the season.

Women’s Lacrosse (5-1)

  • Ohio State posted a dominating performance over Duquesne on Friday with a 17-5 victory.
  • Eleven different Buckeyes scored Friday, led by Baley Parrott’s four goals. Molly Wood added two goals and three assists and Liza Hernandez had two goals and two helpers.
  • Ohio State put the clamps on in the second half, holding the Dukes scoreless and limiting them to just six shots in the final 30 minutes. They also forced 10 second half turnovers and 18 for the game.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule 3.6.17 – 3.12.17

Tuesday, March 7

  • Women’s Lacrosse, at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. — South Bend, Ind.

Wednesday, March 8

  • Women’s Tennis, vs. Virginia, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Basketball, vs. Rutgers, 7 p.m. — Washington, D.C.

Friday, March 10

  • Softball, vs. Georgia, 12 p.m. — Orlando, Fla.
  • Softball, at UCF, 5 p.m. — Orlando, Fla.
  • Baseball, at Florida Gulf Coast, 6:30 p.m. — Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Men’s Volleyball, vs. UC San Diego, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. — Madison, Wis.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track and Field, NCAA Indoor Championships, All Day — College Station, Texas
  • Rifle, NCAA Rifle Championship, TBA — Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, March 11

  • Softball, vs. Delaware State, 10 a.m. — Orlando, Fla.
  • Women’s Lacrosse, at Holy Cross, 12 p.m. — Worcester, Mass.
  • Men’s Lacrosse, vs. Cleveland State, 1 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, at Florida Gulf Coast, 2 p.m. — Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Men’s Volleyball, vs. UC Irvine, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Gymnastics, at Oklahoma, 8 p.m. — Norman, Okla.
  • Men’s Ice Hockey, at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. — Madison, Wis.
  • Women’s Gymnastics, Big Ten Five-Team Meet, TBA — Champaign, Ill.
  • Rifle, NCAA Rifle Championships, TBA — Columbus, Ohio
  • Pistol, National Collegiate Pistol Championships, All Day — Fort Benning, Ga.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track and Field, NCAA Indoor Championships, All Day — College Station, Texas

Sunday, March 12

  • Softball, vs. Mercer, 11:30 a.m. — Orlando, Fla.
  • Baseball, at Florida Gulf Coast, 1 p.m. — Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Pistol, National Collegiate Pistol Championships, All Day — Fort Benning, Ga.