Feb. 29, 2016

Athletes of the Week

  • Colin Zeng & Matt McHugh, men’s swimming and diving
    • The two big individual winners from the 2016 Big Ten Championships, both McHugh and Zeng won a pair of B1G titles during Ohio State’s trip to its conference meet. McHugh took home the crown in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, while Zeng, the B1G Diver of the Championships, won both the one-meter and platform diving events.
  • Cammi Prantl, softball
    • Prantl collected 11 hits in five games, batting .786 with three doubles, two home runs and nine RBI as Ohio State went 4-1 over the weekend at the USC Upstate Tournament.

Men’s Basketball (19-11, 11-6 B1G)

  • The Buckeyes split their two games against ranked opponents last week, beating No. 8 Iowa in their final home game of the regular season.
  • Marc Loving scored 25 in the win while Keita Bates-Diop added 19. Kam Williams scored all 11 of his points in the second half.

No. 2 Women’s Tennis (12-1)

  • The No. 2 Buckeyes continued their stellar play last week, earning victories over No. 24 Arizona State and Big Ten foe Penn State.
  • Ohio State’s doubles tandems went 6-0 over the course of both matches and the duo of Olivia Sneed and Francesca Di Lorenzo improved to 12-0.

No. 3 Men’s Tennis (14-1)

  • Two matches resulted in two wins for the Buckeyes last week. OSU took down No. 21 Penn State and Notre Dame, beating the Fighting Irish for the 12th time in a row. Ohio State has now won four-consecutive matches against top-25 teams.
  • No. 6 Mikael Torpegaard won both of his singles matches over the weekend, improving his winning streak to 12 matches.

No. 15 Men’s Swimming & Diving

  • Ohio State finished third at the 2016 Big Ten Championships, the 11th-consectuive year it has finished in the Top 5 at Big Ten’s.
  • Aside from the performances of McHugh and Zeng, the Buckeyes also qualified for NCAA Championships in three separate relays.
  • The day after the conference championship meet concluded, seven swimmers qualified for 2016 Olympic Trials for the very first time: Mark Belanger, Frannie Brogan, Mossimo Chavez, Nathan Christian, Michael Eaton, Kevin Musterait, and Michael Salazar. A total of 20 swimmers have now qualified for Olympic Trials.


  • The Buckeyes won the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships Sunday at St. John Arena, scoring a total of 1,590 points.
  • In men’s competition, the Buckeyes took home first place totaling a score of 810 points overall, 120 points ahead of second place Lawrence University. The women’s team came in second place totaling 780 points just behind Northwestern’s 785 points.

No. 9 Women’s Basketball (23-6, 15-3 B1G)

  • In her team’s final regular season game on Saturday against Michigan State, Kelsey Mitchell set a new school record with 48 points, shooting over 50 percent from the field in the process. Men’s Lacrosse (3-1).
  • Playing in Ohio Stadium for the first time this year, Ohio State defeated UMBC 12-7 to earn its third win of 2016.
  • Colin Chell scored the first three Buckeye goals and added an assist, while teammate Austin Shanks tallied two goals and two assists.
  • Jake Withers won 14 faceoffs and led the team with 10 groundballs.

No. 18 Women’s Lacrosse (3-1)

  • Senior Cian Dabrowski led Ohio State with a game-high five goals and two assists and senior Katie Frederick recorded nine saves in goal as the No. 18 Buckeyes defeated Duquesne, 16-6, Sunday at Ohio Stadium.

No. 5 Men’s Volleyball (13-3, 7-1 MIVA)

  • Defensive dominance in the opening frame accompanied by a stellar offensive effort lifted the Buckeyes to their fifth-consecutive victory in a 25-20, 25-15, 25-20 win over Pfeiffer on Friday.
  • Ohio State dug a dozen balls and rejected Pfeiffer five times in the first set while recording team attacking efficiencies increasing each subsequent set to sweep past the Falcons in just 66 minutes.

Softball (9-4)

  • Playing in the USC Upstate Tournament, Ohio State went 4-1 and scored a total of 43 runs in its four victories.
  • Led by Prantl, the Buckeyes hit .331 as a team, averaging over eight runs per game, and added 21 extra base hits (seven HRs, 11 doubles, three triples).
  • Ohio State’s pitching staff of Lena Springer, Katya Duvall, Shelby McCombs, Shelby Hursh and Morgan Ray had a 1.58 ERA, giving up just seven earned runs over 31 innings with 35 strikeouts and a .152 batting average against.

Baseball (5-1-1)

  • Continuing its tournament schedule down south, Ohio State beat No. 19 Coastal Carolina and Liberty in Myrtle Beach this past weekend.
  • Reigning National Player of the Week Jacob Bosiokovic hit his second go-ahead home run in as many games in the win over Liberty. Nick Sergakis added three hits as well.
  • Tanner Tully rung up nine Chanticleer batters on strikes in 5.1 innings of work and Sergakis launched a three-run home run against his former team.

Track & Field

  • J.C. Murasky won gold in the shot put, while Nick Gray won a gold medal in the 200-meter dash and joined teammates Antonio Blanks, Jerry Jackson and Champ Page in capturing the 4×400-meter relay title as the Ohio State men finished fifth overall at the Big Ten indoor championships.
  • Gray won the 200-meter crown in a Big Ten championship-record time of 20.71 seconds, the second-fastest time in school indoor history and the ninth-fastest time in Division I this season. He added a bronze medal in the 60-meter final in a time of 6.75 seconds and helped the 4×4 to a winning time of 3:06.38, the third-fastest time in OSU indoor history and the seventh-fastest time in the nation this season.
  • The Buckeye women finished seventh overall at the two-day competition. Aaliyah Barnes won silver in the 200-meter dash in a school indoor-record time of 23.37, while SoSo Walker, Beatrice Hannan, Alexis Franklin and Karrington Winters took runner-up honors in the 4×400-meter relay in a school indoor-record time of 3:32.88.

No. 9 Wrestling (11-3, 7-2 B1G)

  • Wrapping up the dual match portion of its schedule, Ohio State defeated Edinboro 26-13 in the NWCA National Dual Championship Series.
  • Six Buckeyes won their matches, led by Nathan Tomasello, whose personal winning streak was extended to 18 matches and is the longest in the nation among 125 pounders.
  • The other five winners were Micah Jordan, Jake Ryan, Bo Jordan, Myles Martin, and Mark Martin. Women’s Gymnastics
  • The Buckeyes earned a score of 195.800 to tie Eastern Michigan for first in a tri-meet against the Eagles and Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon in St. John Arena.
  • Leading the way was Jamie Stone, who tied a career high with a score of 9.875 on vault, while Taylor Harrison also tied her career-best in the all-around with a mark of 39.300.

Men’s Hockey (10-17-3, 5-8-3-1 B1G)

  • Ohio State went undefeated last week against Wisconsin, earning a tie on Friday and beating the Badgers 6-5 on Saturday on Senior Night.
  • With a total of five points over the two games, Nick Schilkey was OSU’s leading scorer. In the win on Saturday, Matthew Weis and David Gust added three and two assists, respectively.


Women’s Golf

  • Ohio State placed second at the Westbrook Spring Invitational, shooting its best round of the tournament on the final day to leapfrog a pair of opponents in the standings.
  • The Buckeyes (-5) bested three Top-25 teams during the tournament and were led by Jaclyn Lee and Jessica Porvasnik, who each cracked the Top 10 at 2-under (214).

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Monday, Feb. 29

  • Baseball at Coastal Carolina, 4 p.m. – Conway, S.C.

Friday, March 4

  • Baseball vs. Seton Hall, 11 a.m. – Port Charlotte, Fla.
  • Pistol – NRA Open Air Sectionals, 4 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Lacrosse vs. Marquette, 6 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Basketball – Big Ten Tournament vs. TBA, 6:30 p.m. – Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Men’s Volleyball vs. Loyola (IL), 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Hockey at Michigan, 7:35 p.m. – Ann Arbor, Mich.

Saturday, March 5

  • Women’s Basketball – Big Ten Tournament vs. TBA – Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Pistol – NRA Open Air Sectionals, 10 a.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Tennis at Baylor, 12 p.m. – Waco, Texas
  • Men’s Basketball at Michigan State, 12 p.m. – East Lansing, Mich.
  • Women’s Lacrosse vs. Johns Hopkins, 1 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Gymnastics – Arnold Classic Challenge, 2 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball vs. Illinois State, 2:30 p.m. – Port Charlotte, Fla.
  • Men’s Volleyball vs. Lewis, 7 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Golf – Gator Invitational, All Day – Gainesville, Fla.
  • Wrestling – Big Ten Championships, All Day – Iowa City, Iowa

Sunday, March 6

  • Women’s Basketball – Big Ten Tournament vs. TBA. – Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Men’s Tennis at Oklahoma, 1 p.m. – Norman, Okla.
  • Baseball vs. Boston College, 1 p.m. – Port Charlotte, Fla.
  • Women’s Gymnastics vs. West Virginia/Bowling Green, 2 p.m. – Morgantown, W.V.
  • Men’s Lacrosse vs. Bellarmine, 3 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Hockey vs. Michigan, 3 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Golf – Tiger Invitational, All Day – Auburn, Ala.
  • Women’s Golf – Gator Invitational, All Day – Gainesville, Fla.
  • Wrestling – Big Ten Championships, All Day – Iowa City, Iowa