Athletes of the Week
• Ohio State track and field freshman Korbin Smith won the Big Ten long jump title May 15. The Delta, Ohio native’s winning jump of 7.49m (24-7) was a personal record that produced a valuable 10 points toward the Buckeyes’ team score. He was also on the Big Ten champion 4x400m relay team.
• Sophomore Maggie Mullen won the first conference title of her career May 15 with a record-breaking mark of 50.65m, shattering her own school record of 48.30m set earlier this year, while at the same time placing her among the Top 15 Division I performers in the javelin.
Athletics Good Stuff
• Dr. Donald LeMay, a primary care physician with the Ohio State Sports Medicine Center, was selected Team Physician of the Year by the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association and received his award at the OATA Symposium’s Awards Banquet last week. LeMay works primarily with the men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as the sports housed at Steelwood (fencing, wrestling, gymnastics) and cheerleading.
• After battling each other the last two seasons, the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams combined forces in a dance number that was deemed “the best of the night” by judge and event sponsor Michael Redd May 11 at the “SafeAuto, Michael Redd and the Student-Athlete Advisory Board present Buckeyes Got Talent.” More importantly, the event raised $9,797.76 for the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus bringing the four-year total donation to more than $15,137 with all ticket proceeds going directly to the organization.
• The Ohio State women’s basketball and men’s and women’s tennis teams were honored with public recognition awards based on the latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR), the NCAA announced May 12. Each of these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
• Ohio State is joining with Columbus City Schools (CCS) for “CCS Baseball Day” May 18. The event brings approximately 2,600 sixth-grade students and staff from nearly 30 Columbus City Schools to campus for an educational pep rally at 10 a.m. in the Jerome Schottenstein Center followed by a Buckeye baseball game vs. Pittsburgh at 12:05 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium. Now in its sixth year, Baseball Day is designed to show young students that college can be a real possibility in their future and inspire them to stay in school in order to achieve this goal and to show young students the opportunities for and advantages of higher education and the importance of staying in school.
• The 43rd annual Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner will be held Wednesday in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom at the Ohio Union. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 6:30. A record 504 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes will be honored at the dinner. In addition, several scholarships will be awarded, including the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor, given to the top male and female senior student-athlete.
Baseball (27-21, 10-11 Big Ten)
Head coach: Bob Todd
• Ohio State scored three unearned runs in the eighth inning and won its second consecutive game, 8-4, over Mid-American Conference leader Ball State May 12 at Bill Davis Stadium.
• The Buckeyes faced Iowa in a Big Ten road series May 14-16 in Iowa City. A two-out, three-run home run in the eighth inning proved to be the difference as Ohio State dropped game one to the Hawkeyes, 7-5. Ohio State then gave up four unanswered runs after taking a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, falling 4-3 at Iowa in game two. Head coach Bob Todd picked up his 900th win at Ohio State as the Buckeyes topped Iowa, 11-6, to conclude the series.
Head coach: Thad Matta
• Ohio State will travel to Florida State to take on the Seminoles in the 2010 ACC/Big Ten Challenge as games were announced May 12. The Buckeyes will meet FSU Nov. 30 in Tallahassee in a nationally-televised game on the ESPN family of networks with station and time to be determined.
Men’s Lacrosse (7-8, 3-4 ECAC)
Head coach: Nick Myers
• Ohio State freshman Logan Schuss, coming off a seven-goal and eight-point game vs. No. 4 North Carolina, was named both the ECAC Co-Offensive Player and the ECAC Rookie of the Week, the conference announced May 10.
• After leading the league in scoring in his first collegiate campaign, Schuss was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the all-conference first team. Senior Scott Foreman was voted to the all-conference second team. The all-conference awards were voted on by the league’s eight head coaches.
No. 17 Women’s Lacrosse (9-8, 1-4 ALC)
Head coach: Sue Stimmel
• Sue Stimmel has tendered her resignation as head coach of the Ohio State women’s lacrosse program in order to pursue other professional opportunities, she announced May 12 with Gene Smith, Ohio State associate vice president/director of athletics.
No. 14 Rowing
Head coach: Andy Teitelbaum
• The Ohio State rowing team concluded action at the Aramark South/Central Region Sprints in Oak Ridge, Tenn., May 16. The Buckeyes came in fourth with 360 points.
Head coach: John Bluem
• Former Buckeye Roger Espinoza, who helped lead the Ohio State men’s soccer team to the 2007 national championship game, is among the 23 players named to the Honduran World Cup team’s roster, announced May 11. Espinoza, a current member of the Kansas City Wizards, is the first Ohio State soccer player to earn a roster spot for the world’s largest sporting event.
No. 19 Softball (37-12, 16-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Linda Kalafatis
• Channeling its excitement from having Ohio State President Gordon Gee throw out the first pitch, Ohio State jumped ahead early – thanks to back-to-back home runs by seniors Sam Marder and Courtney Pruner – and was able to hold off Northwestern, 9-6, May 14 despite a late surge by the Wildcats.
• With the roar of an all-time stadium-record 1,623 fans cheering them on, the Buckeyes completed a series sweep of Northwestern with a 16-0 run-rule of the Wildcats in five innings on senior day May 15 at Buckeye Field.
No. 4 Men’s Tennis (34-1, 13-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Ty Tucker
• On the eve of No. 4 Ohio State’s first match of the 2010 NCAA Championships at Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio, Justin Kronauge and Chase Buchanan and coaches Ty Tucker and David Schilling earned Midwest Regional honors the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced May 14. Kronauge was named the Midwest Region Farnsworth/ITA Senior Player of the Year and Buchanan earned ITA Player to Watch laurels. Tucker received Coach of the Year honors and Schilling was named Assistant Coach of the Year.
• On familiar courts at Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio, No. 4-seed Ohio State downed Western Michigan, 4-0, May 15 in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Team Championship.
• For the fifth-consecutive year, the Buckeyes are headed to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Team Championship after defeating Michigan, 4-1, May 16 in the second round at Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State will now travel to Athens, Ga., and will face Wisconsin at 9 a.m. May 21 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The University of Georgia will serve as hosts the remainder of the tournament.
No. 34 Women’s Tennis (20-10, 5-5 Big Ten)
Head coach: Chuck Merzbacher
• Ohio State advanced past the first round of the NCAA Championship after defeating No. 30 DePaul, 4-1, May 14 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes set a program record for wins in a single season after taking the doubles point and singles matches on courts two, five and six for their 20th team victory of 2010.
• Ohio State then dropped a 4-0 decision to the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines May 15 in the second round of the NCAA Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., to conclude its season.
Men’s Track and Field
Head coach: Robert Gary
• Ohio State competed at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships May 14-16 in Bloomington, Ind. Thirteen of the 15 Buckeye points on the day May 14 came from the hammer, where Max Mays and Thomas Davis took the field by storm with a pair of personal records. Mays led the way with a second-place toss of 61.13m (200-07), the sixth-best mark in Ohio State history, while Davis finished fourth at 59.74m (196 ft.).
• Freshman Korbin Smith won the Big Ten long jump title May 15. The Delta, Ohio native’s winning jump of 7.49m (24-7) was a personal record that produced a valuable 10 points toward the Buckeyes’ team score.
• Ohio State – fueled by conference titles by the 4x400m relay team and Stephen Robinson in the 200m dash – finished in third place May 16 at the 2010 Big Ten Championships. The Buckeyes closed the 2010 championships with a total of 115 points. OSU’s 4x400m relay team of Brandon Woodard, Smith, Elon Simms and Thomas Murdaugh won its fourth-consecutive conference crown in a season-best time of 3:05.96, a Top 15 Division I performance.
Women’s Track and Field
Head coach: Karen Dennis
• Ohio State competed at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships May 14-16 in Bloomington, Ind. Sophomore Maggie Mullen won the first conference title of her career May 15 with a record-breaking mark of 50.65m, shattering her own school record of 48.30m set earlier this year, while at the same time placing her among the Top 15 Division I performers in the javelin.
• The Buckeyes finished in sixth place May 16 with a total of 79 points. Ohio State made a two-spot improvement from their finish at last year’s conference meet.
Head coach: Geoff Carlston
• Ohio State women’s volleyball outside hitter Anna Szerszen was honored by the Fisher College of Business with the Pace Setters’ Jack W. Stephenson Award. The award is presented each year to students with outstanding scholastic leadership and athletic accomplishments. Jack Stephenson was an alumnus with a high regard for the Fisher College and one who made substantial contributions to Ohio State’s athletic program.
Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Baseball vs. Pittsburgh, 12:05 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium
Women’s golf at NCAA Championships, TBA
Men’s golf at NCAA Regional, TBA
Men’s tennis at NCAA Championships, TBA
Baseball vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium
Baseball vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium
Baseball vs. Minnesota, 1:05 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium
Baseball Big Ten Tournament, TBA
Bill Davis Stadium
Men’s track at NCAA Regionals, TBA