COLUMBUS, Ohio-Over the next week nearly all Ohio State spring sports programs will be competing in Big Ten and NCAA postseason tournaments with conference and national title hopes in the balance. The Buckeyes made a significant jump in the Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings after a successful winter sports season and the spring sports are looking to add to Ohio State’s national standing among NCAA Division I athletics departments.
Softball, baseball and the men’s and women’s track and field teams will be competing in Columbus this weekend. Men’s tennis and rowing along with the men’s and women’s golf teams take to the road this week and next for NCAA championship competitions. With women’s tennis and men’s volleyball already completing their runs in NCAA tournament action, the spring sports teams have excelled this year.
Ohio State will showcase its nationally-recognized facilities this weekend with NCAA softball, Big Ten track and field and regular season conference baseball competitions scheduled on the athletics campus.
Away from Columbus, several teams remain in the hunt for national titles.
Ohio State currently stands eighth in the latest 2008-09 Learfield Sports Directors Cup, presented by NACDA each year to the most successful overall collegiate athletics program.
Nine Buckeye teams – women’s and men’s basketball, women’s and men’s gymnastics, men’s ice hockey, women’s and men’s swimming and diving, fencing and the NCAA runner-up wrestling squad – earned points toward the title during the winter sports season. Ohio State now has 638.80 points overall.
Stanford ranks first currently, followed by Minnesota, North Carolina, Michigan, Penn State, Florida, California and Ohio State.
The Buckeyes were 42nd after the fall competition season. Football and men’s soccer were among the fall sports earning points for the Buckeyes. The final rankings will be released June 26 after spring competition has concluded. For more information, visit www.nacda.com.
Ohio State Ticket information
Baseball: Tickets for Buckeye baseball are available by contacting the Ohio State Athletic Ticket Office at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Tickets range from $11 to $3.
Big Ten Tournament Ticket Information
Single-game tickets to the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament to be held May 20-23 at Huntington park in Columbus, Ohio, are now on sale. Tickets to the 11 separate games are $10 each, plus service charges, and available at www.ticketmaster.com. All single-game tickets are general admission.
All-Tournament passes and group tickets to the 2009 Big Ten Baseball Tournament are also available. All-Tournament passes to the event’s 11 games cost $100 each. Group tickets (minimum 20) are available for $7 per ticket. All tickets are available at www.ColumbusSports.org or www.bigten.org.
Softball: NCAA Regional Ticket Information
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students and will be available the day of the game from the New Buckeye Field ticket window. All sales are cash only.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field
Adult (Single Session) $7
Student (Single Session) $5
Adult (All Sessions) $18
Student (All Sessions) $10
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Ohio State Athletic Ticket Office at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com or 1-800-GO-BUCKS. The Ohio State Athletic Ticket Office is located in the SE rotunda of the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Tickets will also be available at the SW and NW Entrances of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and at the Throws Area during the following times:
Ohio State Home Competition Schedule This Weekend:
Baseball–Bill Davis Stadium
Thursday: vs. Iowa, 6:35 p.m.
Friday: vs. Iowa, 6:35 p.m.
Saturday: vs. Iowa, 1:05 p.m.
Big Ten Tournament, May 20-24 at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio
Softball– Buckeye Field
Thursday: NCAA Regional (Game 1) Kentucky vs. BYU, 5 p.m.
Thursday: Ohio State vs. Canisius (Game 2), 7:30 p.m.
Friday: Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 2:30 p.m.
Friday: Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser – 5 p.m.
Friday: Game 5: Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 loser – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.
Saturday: Game 7, if needed: Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 3:30 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field–Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Friday: 10:30 a.m. to end of competition
Saturday: 8 a.m. to end of competition
Sunday: 9 a.m. to end of competition