April 20, 2005

Athletes of the Week

Senior women’s golfer Lindsay Knowlton won her first careercollegiate tournament over the weekend at the Lady BuckeyeInvitational. Knowlton, who was playing for the final timecompetitively on her home course, finished the tournament with atwo-under 214. She shot a round of 68 (-4) on the final day ofcompetition and also tied the course record held by teammateKristen White and former Buckeye Bethany Overstake. Knowlton helpedthe Buckeyes to a second-place finish at the Lady Buckeye. Inaddition, Knowlton was one of three seniors who were honoredfollowing the final round on the OSU Scarlet Course. DevinMullings, a sophomore on the No. 24 men’s tennis team, was honoredas the Big Ten Athlete of the Week Wednesday. Mullings, a native ofFreeport, Bahamas, posted a 4-0 singles and doubles record againstMichigan and Michigan State April 16-17. This is Mullings’ firstcareer Big Ten Athlete of the Week award. In both matches,Mullings, ranked No. 56 in the ITA Division I singles poll, playedthe No. 1 singles spot and at the No. 2 doubles position withsophomore partner Chris Klingemann. Mullings defeated Michigan’sBrian Hung, 7-6, 6-1, and Michigan State’s Andrew Formanczyk, 6-4,6-2. Against the Spartans, Mullings and Klingemann clinched thedoubles point at No. 2 after an 8-2 decision against Brian Comptonand Adam Monich. That win came a day after their 9-7 win overWolverine’s Josef Fischer and Ryan Heller. Mullings, 24-8 overallthis season in singles, is on a 13-match win streak starting with awin over Virginia Commonwealth’s Marton Ott Feb 25. He is 5-4 atthe No. 1 singles spot and 8-1 at the No. 2 position

Athletics Good Stuff

The men’s tennis team defeated Michigan, 6-1, and shutoutMichigan State, 7-0, in its final home matches in Columbus, Ohio.With the conference wins, the Buckeyes improved to 16-6 overall,7-1 in Big Ten play and remained in second place of the leaguerace. After the win over Michigan State, Ohio State finished itshome schedule undefeated in back-to-back seasons with 25 wins andrecorded its 28th-consecutive victory in Columbus.

The shutout over the Spartans was the Buckeyes’ seventh of the season. In his six-year tenure at Ohio State, head coach Ty Tucker has accumulated 46 shutouts, including 14 in 2004, 10 in 2003, seven in 2002, nine in 2001 and three in 2000.

Next up, the men’s tennis squad travels April 22-24 to face Wisconsin and Northwestern in its final regular season matches. The Buckeyes will take on the Badgers in Madison, Wis., and the Wildcats in Chicago, Ill., before the Big Ten Championship April 28-May 1 in Champaign, Ill. Last season, the OSU squad finished second behind Illinois in league play and placed second at the Big Ten tournament after a 4-1 loss to the Illini in the championship match.

The 10th-ranked women’s golf team shot a tournament-low 288 inthe final round to finish second Sunday at the 25th Lady BuckeyeInvitational. Senior Lindsay Knowlton, who was playing for thefinal time competitively on her home course, won her first careercollegiate tournament, shooting two-under 214. The event was heldat the par 73 OSU Scarlet Course (6,201 yards) in Columbus.Knowlton shot a round of 68 (-4) on the final day of competition tofinish at two-under. She also tied the course record held byteammate Kristen White and former Buckeye Bethany Overstake. Whitetied the record in 2002 and Overstake set the mark in 1998. Whiteposted a final-round mark of 70 (-2) to finish in a tie for sixthplace on the individual leaderboard with a score of 223. JuniorJennifer Selfinger tallied a 74 in the final round and tied for16th place with a mark of 229. In addition, Knowlton, White andEmily Kuhfeld played their final round of competitive golf on theScarlet Course. The Buckeyes will seek their fourth-consecutive BigTen title at the conference championships April 22-24 in Ann Arbor,Mich. Women’s lacrosse (5-6 overall, 3-1 American LacrosseConference) lost 14-13 in a sudden death two overtime game toVanderbilt. Regina Oliver and Natale Miller scored three goals eachfor OSU. The Buckeyes trailed 6-3 in the first half before threeMiller goals tied the game at six going into halftime. Her thirdgoal was her second free position score but came after she wasfouled with one second left in the half. She got her shot off andscored with no time left in the half. Buckeye goals by Ashley Evansand KC Carter gave Ohio State an 8-6 lead early in the second half.Vanderbilt scored five consecutive goals to open an 11-8 lead. Twogoals by Oliver and one from Carter allowed OSU to close to withinone at 12-11. Kremer’s second goal of the game at 57:43 tied thegame at 12 to send the contest into overtime. Vanderbilt took a13-12 lead with 22 seconds left in the first three minute period ofthe first overtime. Oliver was fouled as time ran out in the secondthree minute period and the clock was reset to one second for thefree position shot. She scored to send the game into the suddendeath second overtime period. The Commodores scored the winninggoal at 67:18 to win, 14-13. OSU goalie Kim Hastings had nine savesand gave up 12 goals. Joy DeMarco played 3:12, giving up two goalswhile Hastings was out.

Ohio State takes to the road next week to play at eighth-ranked Penn State Friday and at Rutgers Saturday.

11th-ranked men’s volleyball (21-7 overall, 14-2 MidwesternIntercollegiate Volleyball Association) closed out the regularseason with a 3-0 home win over Findlay and a 3-2 come-from-behindvictory at IPFW last week. In OSU’s 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-16) winover Findlay, Mark Greaves had a match-high 16 points with 15 killsand two assist blocks. Mike Wauligman added 11.5 points with ninekills, an ace serve, a solo block and an assist block while AndyCole contributed 11 points with 10 kill and a solo block. At IPFW,OSU rallied from an 2-0 IPFW lead with the Mastodons holding a29-28 lead in the third game, serving match point to win 3-2(28-30, 29-31, 31-29, 30-18, 15-11). Mark Greaves had a career-high29.5 points in the match with 26 kills, an ace serve and fiveassist blocks. Off the bench, Sam Stevens had 15.5 points with 13kills, a solo block and three assist blocks as OSU’s bench produceda combined 35 points in the match. Stuart Katz produced a kill tostop the IPFW match point in game three and two setter dumps byDaniel Mathews allowed OSU to win game three, 31-29.

Ohio State is seeded second in the MIVA Tournament and will host a quarterfinal match against seventh- seed Quincy (9-16, 4-12) this Saturday at 7 p.m.

The men’s lacrosse team, led by three assists from Bryan Keaneand points from 16 Buckeyes, downed Robert Morris, 18-5, lastFriday at North Turf Field. The Buckeyes, who are 4-5 on the yearand 1-0 in Great Western Lacrosse League play, travel to Coloradofor two conference games this weekend. OSU will take on No. 17/19Denver at 9:30 p.m. Friday in Denver and Air Force at 2 p.m. Sundayin Colorado Springs, Colo.

Senior Kyle Olson and junior Ben Wolff are tied for the team goal-scoring lead with 14 goals each, while Olson has a team-best 18 points. Sophomore Eric O’Brien is third in the league and 11th in the nation with 6.22 groundballs a game and ranks third in the GWLL in face-off winning percentage. Goalie Mike Rimmer is second in the GWLL with a .584 save percentage.

The men’s golf team finished 12th at the 2005 AggieInvitational Sunday. The Buckeyes ended the tournament with a finalround score of 307 for a three-round total of 906. Texas A&Mhosted the event at the par 72, 7,146-yard Traditions Golf Club inBlake, Texas.

Colin Biles (So., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) was the top Buckeye individual as he carded a tournament total of 225. Biles finished the tournament with a final round of 77.

The Buckeyes return to action April 23-24 in the 2005 Kepler Intercollegiate in Columbus, Ohio.

Kari Trost, assistant director of event management, completedher first Boston Marathon Monday. Trost placed 1,988 in herdivision with a net time of 3:58:10. Women’s tennis freshmanCaitlin O’Keefe (Troy, Mich./Troy), a three-time Michigan statesingles champion in high school, had an impressive trip back to herhome state last weekend, winning the fourth and fifth Big Tenmatches of her career, at Michigan and Michigan State,respectively. In Ohio State’s 4-3 win over the Spartans Sunday,O’Keefe swept Pascale Schnitzer, 6-4, 6-2, at the No. 3 position, aday after she beat Michigan’s Kara Delicata in three sets, 6-4,3-6, 6-4, in Ohio State’s loss in Ann Arbor. O’Keefe also picked upa doubles victory against the Spartans, teaming with Lindsay Bryan(Sr., New Orleans, La./Ursuline Academy) to down Jessica Baron andKaren Gustafson, 8-2, at the No. 3 position.

For the season, O’Keefe has won three straight matches and leads Ohio State singles players in conference competition with a record of 5-3.

The Buckeyes conclude the regular season this weekend by playing host to No. 33 Northwestern and Wisconsin. Ohio State faces the Wildcats at 11 a.m. Saturday and the Badgers at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Stickney Tennis Center (outdoor) or the Jesse Owens West Tennis Center (indoor) in Columbus, Ohio.

The fourth-ranked rowing team’s first varsity eight downed No.12 USC and Indiana Saturday at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto Riverin Columbus, Ohio. Overall, Ohio State’s varsity squad finished theday 7-1 and the novice team went 4-2. The first varsity eightposted a perfect 2-0 record, to finish the season undefeated athome. The Buckeye boat defeated No. 12 USC with a time of 7:01.4,while the Trojans posted a time of 7:08.1in the morning session.OSU topped Indiana with a time of 6:59.6, while the Hoosiers endedthe race in 7:18.6 in the afternoon. Ohio State has a weekend offbefore traveling to the 2005 Big Ten Championships April 30 on LakeLemon in Bloomington, Ind., where the Buckeyes will vie for theirsecond conference title. Nicole Gliem timed a career-best andMideast regional qualifying 16:43.87 to place sixth at the 2005 Mt.SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Also at the Mt. SAC Relays, AaronFisher, a 2004 Outdoor All-American in the 3,000-metersteeplechase, placed eighth in a NCAA Mideast Regional qualifyingtime of 8:45.98. Additionally for the Buckeyes, Rosalind Goodwinturned in two regional qualifiers by winning the long jump at the2005 All-Ohio Championships with a leap of 20-3 3/4 and takingsecond in the triple jump at 40-6 3/4. Shayla Moore claimed thetriple jump with a regional standard of 42-0 3/4. Jessie Stringeralso had a regional qualifier in placing second in the high jump at5-8 3/4. Tiffany Davis won the hammer at the All-Ohio with a heaveof 184-1, which served as a regional qualifier. Senior DalandaJackson timed a regional mark en route to winning the 100-meterhurdles in a time of 13.68. On the men’s side, Bryan Duby won themen’s hammer at the All-Ohio championships with a throw of 198-3,marking his third hammer win and third regional qualifier in threemeets this season. Lenny Jatsek posted a regional mark in thediscus, placing second with a throw if 166-7. Todd Dutch placedfirst in the men’s 200-meter dash in 21.24. Tony Cole finishedfirst in the 100-meter dash in 10.58. The Buckeyes return to actionthis week as they travel to Louisville, Ky. to compete in theCardinal Invitational. Baseball is now 18-13 and 4-8 in the Big Tenafter its series last weekend vs. Michigan State in which theSpartans took three of four games from the Buckeyes. Senioroutfielder and co-captain Mike Rabin led the Buckeyes against theSpartans. He was 6-for-12 with one home run, three RBI and two runsscored. He had a hit in all four games and was 3-for-3 in game twowith a two-run home run in the fifth inning. It was his first homerun of the season and the third of his career. Chris Macke,Jedidiah Stephen and Jacob Howell each had four hits in the series,which the Spartans won 3-1. Stephen and Jason Zoeller are the onlyBuckeyes batting better than .300. Stephen leads the team with a.311 average. He has 32 hits, including seven doubles and four homeruns as well as 20 RBI. Zoeller is batting .309 and leads the teamwith 34 hits (four doubles, two triples and four home runs) and hasbatted in 16 runs while scoring a team-high 22 runs. Dan DeLucialeads the team with a 2.27 ERA. He is 2-2 on the year and has 29strikeouts in 43.2 innings. Trent Luyster leads the team with wins(4-3), strikeouts (32) and innings (52.0), while Cory Luebke issecond in strikeouts with 31 in 42.1 innings. He is 3-2 with a 2.76ERA. The Buckeyes are hitting .292 as a team, which ranks fifth inthe Big Ten. Ohio State’s 3.78 ERA is second best in the league andits .972 fielding percentage is the best in the conference. TheOhio State vs. Michigan series gets underway Friday night when theteams put their rivalry on display for a national audience on ESPNat 7:05 p.m. The teams play a doubleheader Saturday at 4:05 p.m.before concluding the series with a single game Sunday at 1:05 p.m.All four games can be heard in Columbus on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM) and onthe Internet at The softball team (22-14, 4-6 BigTen) is ranked No. 11 in the country in scoring offense (6 runs pergame) and No. 8 in batting average (.331). The Buckeyes take theirnationally ranked offense on the road this weekend against Big Tenleaders No. 15 Northwestern and No. 1 Michigan. Ohio State sweptWright State Tuesday and, after the road games this week, will playseven home games next week. Sophomore Nycole Koyano leads thenation in triples (.22 per game, 7 3b, 34 games) and ranks No. 2 inwalks (.77 per game, 26 bb, 34 games). Sophomore pitcher JameeJuarez is 17-10 with 135 strikeouts and senior Ashley Cutcliff(.490 average) has moved in a tie for fourth place on the careerhome runs list with 13.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, April 20-Tuesday, April 26

Friday, April 22
Softball at Northwestern, 4 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Women’s Lacrosse at Penn State, 7 p.m.
State College, Pa.

Baseball at Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Lacrosse at Denver, 9:30 p.m.
Denver, Colo.

Women’s Golf at Big Ten Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Tennis at Wisconsin, 4 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Saturday, April 23
Women’s Tennis vs. Northwestern, 11 a.m.
Stickney Tennis Center or Jesse Owens West Recreation Center, Columbus, Ohio

Softball at Northwestern, 1 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Baseball at Michigan, 4:05 and 7:05 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Track at Cardinal Invitational
Louisville, Ky.

Women’s Golf at Big Ten Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Volleyball vs. Quincy, 7 p.m.
MIVA Tournament Quarterfinals
St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Golf Kepler Intercollegiate
OSU Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio

Football Spring Game, 1:30 p.m.
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, April 24
Women’s Tennis vs. Wisconsin, 11 a.m.
Stickney Tennis Center or Jesse Owens West Recreation Center, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Lacrosse at Air Force, 2 p.m.
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Women’s Lacrosse at Rutgers, 1 p.m.
Piscataway, N.J.

Softball at Michigan, 1 and 3 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Baseball at Michigan, 1:05 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Men’s Tennis at Northwestern, 1 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Men’s Golf Kepler Intercollegiate
OSU Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Golf at Big Ten Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.