Athletes of the Week
Sam Marder earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors March 16 after helping lead the No. 17/22 softball team to an unblemished 5-0 record on the weekend. She batted .455 with a 1.091 slugging average and .667 on-base percentage as the Buckeyes extended its winning streak to nine games and improved to 20-3 on the season. The junior co-captain also drove in three runs while slugging one homer, one triple and two doubles.

Alex Wimmers’ 15-strikeout, complete game win over Pittsburgh March 13 earned the sophomore baseball player from Cincinnati recognition as a “Louisville Slugger” National Player of the Week. The Archbishop Moeller graduate also was honored by the Big Ten Conference as its co-pitcher of the week.

Wimmers, 3-0 with a team-low 2.52 earned run average in 25.0 innings pitched, logged 9.0 innings in the 20-3 win over Pitt. He scattered six hits and allowed three earned runs while walking only two. He gave up a first inning, two-run home run and then was overpowering the rest of the way in registering the most strikeouts in a game by a Buckeye since Major Leaguer Scott Lewis struck out 16 Indiana Hoosiers on April 18, 2003.

John Klanac posted a team-high 18.5 points in the men’s volleyball team’s 3-2 upset victory of No. 14 Ball State. The win moved OSU to first place in the MIVA over the previously undefeated (in the MIVA) Cardinals. Klanac had 15 kills in the match while hitting .387. He posted two ace serves and added six digs and two total blocks (one solo, one assist) Klanac handled 30 of 33 serve reception attempts in the match for a .909 percentage. He posted three kills in the crucial fifth game including giving OSU match point at 14-11 and scoring the match winning point at 15-12. Klanac was one of four Buckeyes to post double-figure points in the match. As a team, OSU hit .268, 89 points above Ball State’s season average of .179.

Athletics Good Stuff

No. 30 Baseball (13-2)
Head coach: Bob Todd
Sophomore pitcher Alex Wimmers struck out 15 batters and went the distance and the Ohio State offense totaled 20 hits in a 20-3 win over Pittsburgh at the Santaluces Sports Complex March 13. Wimmers, throwing the first complete game of the season for an Ohio State pitcher, scattered six hits and allowed three earned runs while walking only two batters and running his record to 3-0 on the season. Ohio State defeated Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 13-10, and Maryland Baltimore County, 16-9, in West Palm Beach, Fla., March 14. The Scarlet and Gray was backed by 37 combined hits in the two games and five home runs. The team’s starting outfield of left fielder Zach Hurley, center fielder Michael Stephens and right fielder Michael Arp did the most damage as the trio combined for 16 hits, 14 runs batted in and nine runs scored. Dan Burkhart and Arp hit home runs while Cory Kovanda had two triples in support of a fine start by Dean Wolosiansky as Ohio State won its fifth-consecutive game, 13-4, over North Dakota State to concluded action in West Palm Beach March 15. Burkhart and Arp each had three hits to lead the Buckeyes’ offense. Burkhart’s fourth home run of the season was a two-run shot in the first inning that gave Ohio State a 3-0 lead. Arp, who had three RBI and scored three times, hit a solo shot in the fourth for his second home run in as many games. Wolosiansky, a sophomore, kept the Bison at bay. He pitched a career-high tying 7.0 innings to pick up the win and improve his record to 2-1 this season. Wolosiansky also tied his career high with eight strikeouts while scattering six hits, giving up three earned runs and walking three. Up Next: at Spring Break Trip, March 20-24 in Winter Haven, Fla., and Orlando and Miami, Fla. at Penn State, 6:35 p.m. March 27 in State College, Pa. at Penn State, 2:05 p.m. March 28 in State College, Pa. at Penn State, 1:05 p.m. March 29 in State College, Pa.

Men’s Basketball (22-10; 10-8 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta
After dropping a close 64-61 decision to Purdue in the Big Ten tournament final March 15, the Buckeyes earned a No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region in the NCAA tournament. The Scarlet and Gray will face No. 9 Siena in Dayton, Ohio, Friday March 20. Against the Boilermakers, Evan Turner had 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Scarlet and Gray advanced to the conference final after beating No. 4 seed Wisconsin and No. 1 seed Michigan State.
Turner added to his list of recent honors with All-District V team recognition by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) March 10, based on voting from its national membership. Earlier in the week, Turner also was named first-team All-Big Ten by the league coaches and media. Freshman William Buford was selected as the conference freshman of the year, while classmate B.J. Mullens was tabbed the league’s sixth-man of the year. Jon Diebler was selected honorable mention All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media.
Up Next: vs. Siena (First Round of NCAA tournament), 9:40 p.m. March 20 in Dayton, Ohio

Women’s Basketball (27-5)
Head coach: Jim Foster
Ohio State earned a No. 3 seed in the Berkeley Regional and will play No. 14 seed Sacred Heart at Nationwide Arena downtown Columbus at 2:30 p.m. March 21 in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Bob Picozzi and Stephen Bardo and can be heard on WOSU 820 AM with Marty Bannister and Kristin Watt.
The No. 3 seed is the highest for Ohio State since its No. 1 seed in the 2006 tournament. The Buckeyes were a 4 seed in 2007 and a 6 seed in 2008.
The winner of the Ohio State-Sacred Heart game will take on the winner of No. 6 seed Texas (21-11) and No. 11 seed Mississippi State (22-9) at 7 p.m. Monday, March 23 at Nationwide Arena. Texas and MSU will play at Noon ET Saturday at Nationwide Arena before the Ohio State-Sacred Heart matchup.
Up Next: vs. Sacred Heart (First Round of NCAA tournament), 2:30 p.m. March 21 at Nationwide Arena

Head coach: Vladimir Nazlymov
Ohio State kicks off the 2009 NCAA Championship in State College, Pa., this weekend. Last season, the Buckeyes won the national title its second combined title in program history and 57th overall title in Ohio State athletics history
Out of the 12 that competed at the 2008 Championship, five return this season for the Buckeyes. Andras Horanyi will go for his third individual national championship in men’s foil and Mike Momtselidze will aim for the individual sabre gold that has eluded him thus far in his Buckeye career. Oksana Dmytruk will look to improve upon her second-place finish of a season ago, while Lindsay Knauer will compete in her second championships and Jason Pryor his third.
The 2009 NCAA Championships will take place March 22-25 in State College, Pa., on the campus of Penn State. For recaps of each day, stay tuned to

Men’s Golf
Head coach: Jim Brown
Sophomore Bo Hoag continued his consistent play with his third-consecutive round of 73 to conclude the 54-hole General Jim Hackler Championship tied for third March 9 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Buckeyes took 10th at the event with a total of 912 (+48) after a third-round score of 303 on the par 72, 6,950-yard TPC of Myrtle Beach.
Hoag, a native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, finished 3-over par 219 to tie for third with three others. It was his second-consecutive Top 10 finish after taking eighth last time out at the Rio Pinar Intercollegiate and his fourth placement in the Top 10 in six tournaments this season.
Up Next: at Spring Break Championship, TBA March 27-29 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

No. 6 Men’s Gymnastics (3-6; 1-5 Big Ten)
Head coach: Miles Avery
Ohio State set two team season highs and seven personal highs on its way to a 2009-best team total of 353.15 in Norman, Okla., March 14. No. 2 Oklahoma tallied a 357.45 to win the dual. Senior Jake Bateman recorded a season-best 88.1for third in the all-around while sophomore Brandon Wynn notched a career-high 87.65 to take fourth.
For the second-consecutive meet, redshirt-freshman Steven Spencer led the Buckeyes on pommel horse, scoring a career and meet-high 15.4 and helping the squad to a season-high 56.5 event total. Ohio State swept the Top 3 positions on rings. Wynn and Bateman continued their all-around campaigns, placing first (15.5) and second place (15.4), respectively. Philip Onorato was third with a15.15.
Up Next: vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. March 21 in St. John Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
at 2009 Big Ten Championships, 7 p.m. April 3-4 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Television: Big Ten Network)

No. 18 Women’s Gymnastics (6-7; 1-3 Big Ten)
Head coach: Carey Fagan
The Scarlet and Gray used a total team effort as it defeated No. 8 Auburn, 195.825-195.750, at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum in Auburn, Ala., March 13 in the regular-season finale for both squads.
In the first-ever meeting between the programs, freshman Taylor Jones matched her career-high of 39.300 in the all-around for the third-consecutive week, finishing third. She led the way for the Buckeyes, who earned their third-highest team score of the season, as the top Ohio State finisher on three of four events. The Edmond, Okla., native tied her career high on vault with a 9.850 and established a new best on balance beam with a 9.825.
Rebecca Best also made a strong showing for the Buckeyes, earning a 9.80 or higher on all three events that she competed in – vault (9.825), bars (9.800) and beam (9.825) – and finishing in ties for second on beam and fourth on vault.
Up Next: at Big Ten Championships, 3 p.m. March 21 in Champaign, Ill.

No. 14 Men’s Hockey (23-14-4; 13-10-4-3 CCHA)
Head coach: John Markell
Ohio State and Alaska were scoreless through more than 59 minutes, but Alaska’s Ron Meyers scored at 19:10 of the third period to lift the Nanooks to a 1-0 win in game three of the CCHA quarterfinal series in the Carlson Center March 15. Ohio State (23-14-4) is eliminated from the CCHA tournament. NCAA tournament selections will be announced on ESPN2 at 11:30 a.m. Sunday March 22.
Freshman Zac Dalpe is one of three finalists for the CCHA Rookie of the Year award, the league announced March 12. Buckeye head coach John Markell is a Top 3 finalist for the league coach of the year honor. The winners will be announced at the CCHA Awards Banquet March 19 at historic Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit.
Defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Dalpe were voted to the CCHA All-Rookie Team, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced March 9. Forward Ian Boots was an honorable mention choice. John Albert was an honorable mention selection to the All-CCHA team, the league announced March 11.

Men’s Lacrosse (4-2)
Head coach: Nick Myers
Seniors Jeff Ryan and Joel Dalgarno had eight and seven points, respectively, as the duo led Ohio State to a 19-13 victory over Robert Morris in front of 993 fans in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium March 13. Ryan, Dalgarno and sophomore Mike Pires each had four goals in the contest, with Ryan adding a team-best four assists for a career-high eight points.
Ryan’s eight points were a career high. He has had three five-point games, including against Detroit Feb. 7 in the season opener. It was his second-career four-goal game, first set vs. Harvard Feb. 25, 2007. Ryan has a team-high 16 goals this year and is second with 25 points.
Up Next: at UMBC, 1 p.m. March 21 in Baltimore, Md.
at Colgate, 9 p.m. March 24 in Hamilton, N.Y.
vs. Quinnipiac, 1 p.m. March 28 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

No. 18 Women’s Lacrosse (6-1; 1-0 ALC)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
Ohio State won its third-consecutive game, defeating Cincinnati, 20-8, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium March 11.
Maghan Beaudrault, with seven goals, tied the Ohio State single-game record for goals. Jayme Beard (3), Kelly Haggerty (2) and Alayna Markwordt (2) each had multiple goals. Kristen Gilwee had five saves in goal and Annie Carruthers had two.
The Buckeyes improved to 6-1 overall when they beat Louisville, 15-12, at the U of L Lacrosse Stadium March 14. The Cardinals scored the first four goals of the game, before the Buckeyes rallied to tie the score a 6-all at halftime.
Markwordt led the Buckeyes in scoring with three goals and four assists. Gabby Capuzzi added three goals in the close contest. Haggerty (2 goals, 3 assists), Beaudrault (2 goals), Rachel Hawes (2 goals), Lauren Sterner (2 goals) and Beard (1 goal) were also in the scoring column for the Buckeyes. Gilwee, now 6-1, had 11 saves.
Up Next: at Duquesne, 1 p.m. March 22 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
vs. California, 7 p.m. March 24 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
vs. Canisius, 1 p.m. March 29 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

No. 22/17 Softball (20-3)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
The Buckeyes extended their winning streak to nine games after winning all five contests at the Cardinal Tournament in Louisville. Ohio State won its fifth-consecutive game by defeating Loyola (Ill.), 3-1, at Ulmer Stadium in the Courtyard by Marriott Airport Cardinal Tournament March 13. The Buckeyes opened scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Sam Marder doubled home Dee Dee Hillman, who reached on the first of five walks on the day.
The Buckeyes put two more runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth to take over the game. With runners on first and second, Alicia Herron singled to left field, scoring Katie Simonton as a pinch runner for Tory Haddad. Herron would later cross home on a wild pitch by Loyola’s Amy Solava. Lindsay Bodeker led Ohio State in the circle, striking out eight and allowing one run in her fourth complete game of the season.
In its second game of the day March 13, the Scarlet and Gray handed Illinois-Chicago a 10-1 loss courtesy of a five-run third inning. Leah Ledford hit a two-run homerun to begin the third before Herron added a third RBI double that scored Courtney Pruner. Rachael Shepherd then plated both Herron and Haddad with a long single to left field.
Haddad hit two RBI singles to drive home all three of Ohio State’s runs in its 3-2 win over No.17/18 Louisville March 14.
The Buckeyes wrapped up competition in Louisville with a pair of wins over Eastern Michigan, 11-0, and 11-3. In the Scarlet and Gray’s 11-3 victory March 15, head coach Linda Kalafatis earned her 700th-career victory. Kalafatis is 700-391-2 in her 21st season as a collegiate head coach (427-276 at Ohio State), as the Buckeyes secured their ninth-consecutive win and improved to 20-3 on the season.
In Ohio State’s first win over Eastern Michigan, Bodeker threw her first career no-hitter. The redshirt-sophomore retired the side three times and struck out six in just 16 at bats. Run support was provided in spades as the Buckeyes scattered 11 hits on the night, including three homeruns – in the fifth inning. Marder, Haddad and Herron each belted round-trippers. Marder’s blast gives her a Big Ten-leading 10 this season and 34 for her career, moving the junior All-American to within seven of first place on the program’s all-time career homerun chart.
Up Next: vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m. March 21 at Buckeye Field
vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m. March 22 at Buckeye Field
at North Carolina, 5 p.m. March 24 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
at North Carolina State, 2 p.m. March 25 in Raleigh, N.C.
at North Carolina State, 4:30 p.m. March 25 in Raleigh, N.C.
vs. Iowa, 2 p.m. March 28 at Buckeye Field
vs. Iowa, 2 p.m. March 29 at Buckeye Field

Men’s and Women’s Diving
Head coach: Vince Panzano
Following competition at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., March 13-15, Sean Moore, Burkley Showe, Ryan Jefferson, Kristen Asman and Katie Bell each advanced to the national meet in College Station, Texas.
Moore won the three-meter springboard March 14 with a score of 867.35 to qualify for his second trip to the national stage. Moore, 2008 NCAA platform champion, also captured the platform title March 15 with a score of 897.80.
On the women’s side, Bell took the platform title (609), while Asman finished third (529.50). Asman also competed on the one-meter and three-meter springboards and will dive those events at the NCAA championships. Showe and Jefferson each qualified for the NCAAs on the one- and three-meter springboards.
Up Next: at NCAA Championships, TBA March 26-28 in College Station, Texas

No. 5 Men’s Tennis (16-1; 2-0)
Head Coach: Ty Tucker
Ohio State defeated Cleveland State, 7-0, at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center March 10. The win marked 81-consecutive home victories for the Buckeyes, dating back to 2003. The shutout against the Vikings was the Scarlet and Gray’s seventh-straight.
In doubles, Matt Allare and Justin Kronauge gave Phil Orno and Ryan Hamning their first loss in doubles this season with an 8-5 victory at No. 1 to claim the doubles point for the Scarlet and Gray. Claiming the victory for Ohio State was Allare with straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, against Yannick Goossens at No. 3 singles.
Behind four singles wins, including the last three to close out the match, Ohio State rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat No. 18 Texas A&M, 4-3, at the City of Bryan Indoor Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, March 13. The Buckeyes lost the doubles point for just the second time this season. However, with wins at Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles, Ohio State avoided the upset.
It was up to No. 100 Shuhei Uzawa to clinch the win for the Buckeyes at No. 6. Uzawa was able to get the first-set win over Kayvon Karimi, 6-4, but relinquished the second frame, 6-3. However, Uzawa broke Karimi in the fifth game of the third set to go up 3-2 and held serve in the sixth game. The sophomore from Chiba, Japan, shut out Karimi the rest of the way to win the final set, 6-2.
Up Next: at Pepperdine, 1 p.m. March 23 in Malibu, Calif.
vs. Iowa, 3 p.m. March 27 in Columbus, Ohio
vs. Minnesota, noon March 29 in Columbus, Ohio
vs. Toledo, 5:30 p.m. March 29 in Columbus, Ohio

No. 43 Women’s Tennis (8-6; 2-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
For the sixth-consecutive time, Ohio State won the doubles point and that proved to be the difference as the Buckeyes downed conference opponent Purdue, 4-3, at The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center March 13. Christina Keesey and Angela DiPastina were winners for the fifth time in six matches at No. 1 to clinch the doubles point. Taking on Michelle Sammons and Stephanie Wooten, the Buckeye pair broke the Purdue serve at 3-2 and jumped to a 4-2 lead. After trading points to 7-5, Keesey and DiPastina took the match, 8-5, after a Boilermaker shot fell short of the net.
After a hard-fought 7-5 first set win at No. 5, Keesey dropped Remi Martin with relative ease in the second frame, winning the clinching match, 7-5, 6-1.
Up Next: vs. Utah, 2 p.m. March 23 in Las Vegas, Nev.
at Iowa, 4 p.m. March 27 in Iowa City, Iowa
at Minnesota, noon March 29 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
Ohio State freshman sprinter Thomas Murdaugh wrapped up a stellar indoor season at the NCAA Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas, March 13. Murdaugh finished 10th in the 400m preliminary heats with a time of 47.16. The top eight times qualified for the finals.
Up Next: at Georgia Relays, TBA March 20-21 in Athens, Ga.
at Cardinal Invitational, TBA March 28-29 in Palo Alto, Calif.

No. 15 Men’s Volleyball (8-8; 5-1 MIVA)
Head coach: Pete Hanson
Ohio State went the distance in defeating 14th-ranked Ball State, 3-2 (30-25, 20-30, 30-21, 26-30, 15-12) in St. John Arena March 11. John Klanac posted a team-high 18.5 points in the match with 15 kills, two ace serves, a solo block and one assist block.
Up Next: at George Mason, 7 p.m. March 20 in Fairfax, Va.
at Rutgers, 7 p.m. March 21 in Newark, N.J.
at Ball State, 7:30 p.m. March 27 in Muncie, Ind.

Athletics Weekly Calendar (March 16-22)

March 16-20
PISTOL at Collegiate Nationals, TBA in Ft. Benning, Ga.

March 19-21
WSWM at NCAA Championships, TBA in College Station, Texas
WR at NCAA Championships, All Day in St. Louis, Mo.

March 20
BSB vs. Indiana (Spring Break Trip), 10 a.m. in Winter Haven, Fla.
MVB at George Mason, 7 p.m. in Fairfax, Va.
MBK vs. Siena (First Round of NCAA tournament), 9:40 p.m. March 20 in Dayton, Ohio

March 21
MLAX at UMBC, 1 p.m. in Baltimore, Md.
BSB vs. Army (Spring Break Trip), 1 p.m. in Winter Haven, Fla.
SB vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m. at Buckeye Field
WBK vs. Sacred Heart (First Round of NCAA tournament), 2:30 p.m. March 21 at Nationwide Arena
WGYM at Big Ten Championships, 3 p.m. in Champaign, Ill.
BSB vs. Army (Spring Break Trip), 4 p.m. in Winter Haven, Fla.
MGYM vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. in St. John Arena (Television: Big Ten Network)
MVB at Rutgers, 7 p.m. in Newark, N.J.

March 22-25
FEN at NCAA Championships, TBA in State College, Pa.

March 22
BSB vs. Hartford (Spring Break Trip), 11 a.m. in Winter Haven, Fla.
WLAX at Duquesne, 1 p.m. in Pittsburgh, Pa.
SB vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m. at Buckeye Field