COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team concluded a four-match homestand with a 7-0 win over Detroit Mercy Thursday afternoon at Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes improve to 14-1 overall (1-0 Big Ten).

Ohio State will now prepare for road matches against SEC opponents LSU and Georgia. The Scarlet and Gray will face the Tigers at 2 p.m. March 23 in Baton Rouge and the Bulldogs at 4 p.m. March 25 in Athens.

The Buckeyes began the shutout by winning the doubles point for the 12th time this season. Justin Kronauge and Shuhei Uzawa downed the Titan duo of Christopher Cheung and Nick Tolomei at No. 3, 8-2, before Balazs Novak and Dino Marcan matched that score (8-2), beating Patrick Troy and Cesar Serrano in the No. 2 spot to clinch the opening point.

Uzawa, a junior ranked 117th in the nation, earned the Buckeyes’ their 14th win of the season when he downed Alex Latosinsky 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Uzawa improves to 15-10 overall, including 4-0 at No. 3.

Team co-captain and 26th-ranked Justin Kronauge now has 128 career singles victories, which is fourth on the all-time career wins list, following his 6-1, 6-0 win over Patrick Troy. The Dayton, Ohio, native is just one win shy of tying former teammate and four-time All-American Bryan Koniecko for third on the list with 129. Also, with the doubles victory, Kronauge is fifth on the program’s all-time wins list with 107.

The team leader with 18 wins, Novak handed Serrano a 6-2, 6-0 loss at No. 5 singles. In 68 career dual matches, the native of Budapest, Hungary, has only suffered five losses.

Owning a 6-2 record in his last eight matches, junior Matt Allare posted his 11th win of the season when he defeated Tolomei 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 4 position.

Seeing action in his second straight match, sophomore Devin McCarthy is only one of two Buckeyes to have an undefeated record in dual action (6-0). Sophomore Steven Williams is 3-0 in dual play as well. McCarthy beat Cheung 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6.

Wrapping up the afternoon was Marcan. The freshman, who is ranked 74th in the country, is now 14-3 overall this season after winning 6-4, 6-1 over Pjotrs Necajevs.

Detroit Titans 0 vs. No. 4 Ohio State 7
March 18, 2010 at Columbus, Ohio
(Stickney Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. No. 74 Dino Marcan (OSU) def. Pjotrs Necajevs (Detroit Mercy) 6-4, 6-1
2. No. 26 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Patrick Troy (Detroit Mercy) 6-1, 6-0
3. No. 117 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Alex Latosinsky (Detroit Mercy) 6-0, 6-0
4. Matt Allare (OSU) def. Nick Tolomei (Detroit Mercy) 6-0, 6-1
5. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Cesar Serrano (Detroit Mercy) 6-2, 6-0
6. Devin McCarthy (OSU) def. Christopher Cheung (Detroit Mercy) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Matt Allare/Steven Williams (OSU) vs. Pjotrs Necajevs/Alex Latosinsky (Detroit Mercy) 6-4, unfinished
2. Balazs Novak/Dino Marcan (OSU) def. Patrick Troy/Cesar Serrano (Detroit Mercy) 8-2
3. Justin Kronauge/Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Christopher Cheung/Nick Tolomei (Detroit Mercy) 8-2

Match Notes:
Detroit Titans 6-6
Ohio State 14-1; National ranking No. 4
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 2); Singles (2, 5, 3, 4, 6, 1)
Official: Vince Solomon T-2:00