May 10, 2005

Athletes of the Week

Mark Greaves scored a team-high 16 points in OSU’s NCAAChampionship semifinal loss to Pepperdine. He had 14 kills and hit.200 for the match. Greaves added two ace serves and five digs inthe contest. His 16 points in the match now gives him 1,089.5career points and has moved him from 14th to 11th on the OSU careerpoints list. Greaves was named to the seven-player NCAAChampionship All-Tournament Team. Sophomore Dana Je fired athree-round total of 214 (71-71-72) last weekend to help thewomen’s golf team win the NCAA East Regional title in Gainesville,Fla. Je tied for seventh in the event, giving her the third Top 10finish of her career and the second in back-to-back tournaments. Jeshot a pair of 71s at the regional event to tie her career-lowround at Ohio State.

Athletics Good Stuff

Men’s volleyball (24-8) ended the season with a 0-3 (16-30,29-31, 26-30) loss to top-ranked and eventual NCAA ChampionPepperdine (25-2) in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship atUCLA. Mark Greaves had 16 points (14 kills, .200), two ace servesand five digs) to lead OSU. Andy Cole contributed 14 points (12kills, .114, one ace serve, seven digs and two assist blocks) forthe Buckeyes. Libero Conor Martin collected a team-high 11 digs inthe contest. Greaves was named the NCAA Championship All-TournamentTeam. The women’s golf team won the 2005 NCAA East RegionalSaturday following the final round of the 21-team event inGainesville, Fla. The Buckeyes posted a score of 291 in the finalround and finished with a total of 856, setting a school record.The previous school record was set in September 2001 when OhioState recorded 861 to win the Mason Rudolph Championships. Of note,Buckeye seniors Kristen White and Lindsay Knowlton were bothfreshmen on that team. Ohio State finished the regional tournamentwith a six-stroke win over No. 1 Duke. The regional championshipmarks the second for the Ohio State women’s golf program. TheBuckeyes also claimed the 1997 East Regional title in Bloomington,Ind. Ohio State ended Duke’s win streak at the NCAA east regional.The Blue Devils had won the tournament the past five years. Whiteand sophomore Dana Je each shot 72 in the final round and finishedin a tie for ninth place on the individual leaderboard with a scoreof 214. Knowlton fired even par 70 in the final round and finishedwith a total of 217 to tie for 10th place. Freshman Carling Coffingalso posted a Top 20 finish with a score of 221. Ohio State willmove on to compete in the 2005 NCAA Championships set for May 17-20in Sunriver, Ore. The Buckeyes will be making theirninth-consecutive appearance at the event. The No. 26 men’s tennisteam (19-8, 10-3 Big Ten) received its sixth-consecutive bid to theNCAA Championship last week. The Buckeyes will face Brown in thefirst round May 14 in Knoxville, Tenn. The winner in round one willplay either the No. 10 seed Tennessee or East Tennessee State for achance to advance to the Round of 16. The Buckeyes, under thedirection of sixth-year head coach Ty Tucker, will be playing inthe event for the sixth-consecutive season. Ohio State has made allof its appearances in the NCAA event with Tucker as the head coach.The Buckeyes are 7-5 in NCAA team tournament play.

Marc Wurtzman, men’s tennis assistant coach, and sophomore Devin Mullings were honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association with Midwest Region awards. Wurtzman was named the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year and Mullings was tabbed the ITA Player to Watch. The ITA Player to Watch award is given to a student-athlete who has an outstanding season and is expected to perform at a high level the rest of his career. Mullings, a unanimous All-Big Ten selection, is 27-10 overall in singles this season and is ranked No. 40 in the ITA Division I singles poll released May 2. He has been ranked in every ITA singles poll this season, with the recent No. 40 rank as his highest. Mullings is 19-7 in 2005 duals action with an 8-6 mark at the No. 1 spot and a 7-1 record at No. 2.

Wurtzman, in his third year with the Buckeyes, helped guide the squad to its sixth-consecutive NCAA berth in 2005. Ohio State, ranked No. 26 in the ITA team poll, is 19-8 overall after the squad finished the Big Ten season with a 10-3 record. Wurtzman aided in coaching juniors Scott Green and Ross Wilson to their first NCAA doubles bid and sophomore Mullings to his first NCAA singles berth.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the20th Annual Jesse Owens Track Classic this past Friday and Saturdayat Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Highlighting the day for the men was junior Todd Dutch as he placed first in the 100-meter dash with a season-best time of 10.3, which served as a regional qualifer. In the 200-meter dash, Dutch clocked another season-best and regional qualifying mark as he ran a 20.83 to finish second.

Bryan Duby posted a season-best and regional mark of 63.29m (207-08) in the hammer throw to finish fifth. In other field events, Marios Iacovou competed in the high jump and leaped 2.14m (7-00.25) to win the event and become just the third high jumper in school history to clear that mark. In the distance events, junior Dan Glaz clocked a meet record time of 8:13.35 to win the 3,000m.

On the women’s side, Shelaine Larson missed setting the Big Ten and Ohio State record in the women’s hammer throw by a mere four inches Friday en route to taking second place at the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus, Ohio. Larson reached 204-3 in the hammer, falling shy of the 204-7 that Ohio State’s Keturah Lofton reached to win the 2004 Big Ten hammer championship. Larson also set season-best marks in the discus and shot put. She took second in the shot at 46-8 and third in the discus at 150-7.

Jenna Harris timed regional marks to take second in both the 100m and 200m dashes. She clocked a 11.68 in the 100m and a 23.90 in the 200m. Rosalind Goodwin took first place in both the long and triple jumps, reaching a season-best 43-6/13.26m in the triple Friday. In the distance events, Nicole Gliem and Laura Piper posted winning times. Gliem took first place in the 3,000 meters in 9:48.09 and Piper crossed the finish line in 4:55.04.

The Buckeyes return to action Friday in Columbus, Ohio as they play host to the 2005 Big Ten Track and Field Championships

The men’s golf team finished sixth at the 2005 Big TenChampionships Sunday with a three-round total of 867. TheUniversity of Wisconsin played host to the event at the par 72University Ridge Golf Course (6,888 yards) in Madison, Wis.

Scott Anderson finished the tournament as the top Buckeye golfer thanks to a final round score of four-under-par, 68, to tie for 10th. Anderson finished the tournament with a three-round mark of 215 en route to earning First Team All-Big Ten honors and being selected to play in the NCAA central regional championships.

The University of Notre Dame will play host to the NCAA central regional which will take place May 19-21 in South Bend, Ind.

The fourth-ranked rowing team travels to the 2005 AramarkCentral/South Region Championships, where the Buckeyes will vie fortheir third-consecutive regional title Saturday and Sunday in OakRidge, Tenn. The Buckeyes were seeded second in three of the fourraces. The championship is comprised on 29 teams from around theregion. Events will consist of the first and second varsity eightraces, the first and second varsity four and the first and secondnovice eight competitions. The Buckeyes are coming off asecond-place team finish at the Big Ten championships April 30. Thesecond varsity eight clinched their first Big Ten title, while thefirst varsity eight finished second 1.3 seconds behind MichiganState, the Big Ten champions. The softball team has earned the No.4 seed in the Big Ten tournament this weekend in Ann Arbor and willface No. 5 seed Wisconsin in a quarterfinal game at 2:30 p.m.Friday. A win puts OSU into a semifinal game at 7:30 Friday and thechampionship game will be televised live by CSTV at noon Saturday.The Buckeyes (32-16, 9-7 Big Ten) are 14-2 in their last 16 gamesand went 6-2 in their last eight Big Ten regular-season games tojump five spots in the conference standings in the last two weeks.Last week, OSU went 5-1, sweeping Akron, splitting with Pittsburghand sweeping Penn State, both by 3-0 shutouts. Sophomore JameeJuarez broke the school’s single-season wins record and is now25-11 on the season. She went 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA last week andearned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors Monday. All-Big Tenhonors will be announced later this week. Baseball improved to28-15 overall and 11-10 in the Big Ten with their four-game sweepat Penn State last weekend. Ohio State has won eight in a row,including seven straight conference games to climb into fifth placein the league standings. In a span of nine days, the Buckeyesclimbed their way from the 10th and final spot into the Big Tentournament picture. After a game Wednesday vs. Miami (Ohio), theScarlet and Gray have series remaining at Northwestern and at homeagainst Minnesota.

The Buckeyes batted .453 at Penn State and had 25 extra-base hits, including 20 doubles. The team batting average rose from .290 entering the weekend to .309 after the series. Ohio State climbed from seventh to fourth in team batting average in all games and from 10th in conference-only batting average (.267) to second (.313). Only league-leading Illinois has a better average in conference games at .329. Mike Rabin leads the everyday starters with a .346 batting average and is tied for second on the team with 47 hits behind Jason Zoeller, who has 49 hits to go with his .320 batting average. Jedidiah Stephen is batting .336 and also has 47 hits. Stephen and Zoeller each have five home runs. Paul Farinacci is batting .280 with a Big Ten best 17 doubles. He also has 42 RBI to pace the Buckeyes. Steve Caravati does not meet team or conference minimums (75 percent of games/2.5 at bats), but is batting .370 in 31 games this season.

On the mound, Dan DeLucia pitched the first complete game of his career in the opening game against Penn State, an 11-2 victory by Ohio State. Brett Hatcher came on in relief of Cory Luebke to get his second win of the season in game two, allowing only one run on four hits in 4.1 innings. Mike Madsen won the 22nd game of his career and fifth victory of the season in game three. Trent Luyster started game four and picked up his fifth win of the season in a 6.1-inning start. Ohio State’s team ERA is 3.96, which leads the Big Ten. The Buckeyes also are the top conference team in fielding with a .972 fielding percentage.

Ohio State returns to Big Ten play this weekend at Northwestern. The teams will play a single game Friday at 4:05 p.m., EDT, before playing a doubleheader Saturday at 2:05 p.m. The teams concluded the series Sunday with a single game at 2:05 p.m. Games one and four will be broadcast on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM) while all four games will be broadcast on the Internet at

The men’s lacrosse team ended its season with acome-from-behind upset win over No. 10/11-ranked Army, 8-7, lastSaturday at North Turf Field. The Buckeyes trailed, 5-3, athalftime and 6-4 early in the fourth quarter before going on afour-goal run, including two goals from Ben Wolff 34 seconds apart,for the win. Andrew Bender scored the gamewinner, his second goalof the game, late in the fourth. The Buckeyes held Army scorelessfor a 30:36 stretch in the game. After Army scored twice in 34seconds early in the second quarter (at 13:54 and 13:20) to take a5-3 lead, OSU held the Black Knights off the board until 2:16 intothe fourth quarter. Buckeye goalie Mike Rimmer was outstanding inthe third quarter, stopping all nine Army shots on goal. Women’slacrosse (6-10 overall, 3-3 American Lacrosse Conference) closedout the season with two road games. OSU lost 15-8 at top-rankedNorthwestern. Ashley Evans had two goals against the Wildcats withKelly Kremer, Regina Oliver and Kelyn Laws scoring one each. OSUclosed out the season with a 14-10 victory at Notre Dame Saturday.Oliver and Kremer had three goals each with Evans and Natale Millerrecord two each. Kristen Slahor had a career-high five assists inthe contest. Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins, both sophomoreson the women’s basketball team, have accepted invitations to the2005 USA Basketball National Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo.The pair of All-Big Ten honorees will tryout for the squad May19-22.

Within the coaching staff, Debbie Black has been added an assistant. She recently retired after an 18-year professional career that was split between the WNBA, ABL and foreign leagues. Pete Gaudet, who has served as an assistant coach the last three seasons at Ohio State, will assume the role of video coordinator for the upcoming 2005-06 season.

The women’s tennis team celebrated the 2005 season and gave outawards and honored its seniors at the annual awards banquetSaturday night in the University Suite at Ohio Stadium.

Coach Chuck Merzbacher named Sonia Ruzimovsky (Soph., Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) the team’s Most Valuable Player. Lindsey Adams (Sr., Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) earned the Most Improved Player award and Caitlin O’Keefe (Fr., Troy, Mich./Troy) was named the winner of the Coach’s Award.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
Wednesday, May 11 -Sunday, May 15

Wednesday, May 11
Baseball vs. Miami, 6:35 p.m.
Bill Davis Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Friday, May 13
Big Ten Track and Field Championships
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Softball vs. Wisconsin, 12:30 p.m.
Softball vs. TBA, 7:30 p.m.
Big Ten Tournament
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Baseball at Northwestern, 4:05 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Saturday, May 14
Big Ten Track and Field Championships
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis vs. Brown, 1 p.m.
NCAA Championship First Round
Knoxville, Tenn.

Softball at Big Ten Tournament, Noon
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Baseball at Northwestern, 2:05 p.m. (DH)
Evanston, Ill.

Women’s Rowing at Central Regional Championships
Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Sunday, May 15
Big Ten Track and Field Championships
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Men’s Tennis vs. Tennessee/East Tennessee State, 1 p.m.
NCAA Championship Second Round
Knoxville, Tenn.

Baseball at Northwestern, 2:05 p.m.
Evanston, Ill.

Women’s Rowing at Central Regional Championships
Oak Ridge, Tenn.