April 11, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Madison Roberts, Women’s track and field

  • Roberts cleared 4.00m (13-1.50) in the pole vault on Friday evening at the Tennessee Relays to become the school record holder. Roberts’ clearance earned her a third-place showing at the event. With the clearance, Roberts now holds the school record for the pole vault for indoors and outdoors.

Sean Melton, Men’s gymnastics

  • Melton became the second gymnast in Ohio State history to defend his all-around title at the Big Ten Championships this weekend with a score of 85.050, which helped the Buckeyes win their 14th Big Ten team title. Melton also placed second on the rings in the individual portion of the meet with a readout of 14.600. For his efforts, Melton was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Championships.

No. 3 Men’s Gymnastics

  • Ohio State won its 14th Big Ten title in program history on Friday night with a team score of 418.600 to edge Illinois (416.400) and Minnesota (413.300).
  • Sean Melton (85.050) and Jake Martin (83.300) led the way for the Buckeyes with a one-two finish in the all-around. With his title in the all-around, Melton became the second Buckeye ever to win two straight titles in the event.
  • Martin returned Saturday in the individual finals with gold in the high bar with a score of 14.375. Melton took silver on rings (14.600), Seth Delbridge finished second on vault (14.925) and Jake Dastrup and Alec Yoder shared silver with parallel bar routines of 14.300.

No. 1 Men’s Volleyball (27-2, 16-0 MIVA)

  • Ohio State completed its undefeated MIVA campaign this weekend with wins over Lindenwood and Quincy to become the second team in MIVA history to go unscathed during the regular season conference slate.
  • On Friday against Lindenwood, Ohio State attacked .446 (35-10-56) as a team. Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen combined for 24 kills and 29 points, both hitting .400 or better. Szerszen’s four aces were matched by Blake Leeson’s four service snipes.
  • Maxime Hervoir and Szerszen led the attack on Saturday night against Quincy with 17 kills apiece. Sanil Thomas orchestrated the attack with 43 assists and pitched in with 11 digs.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (22-3, 7-0 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State recorded two Big Ten wins over Indiana and Purdue moving its conference winning streak to 21 straight matches.
  • The Buckeyes swept the Hoosiers, 7-0, on Friday night with straight set singles wins from Mikael Torpegaard, Hugo Di Feo, Kyle Seelig, Herkko Pollanen and Alex Kobelt. The doubles point was secured by Hunter Tubert/Matt Mendez (6-1) and JJ Wolf/Di Feo (6-3).
  • Ohio State defeated Purdue on Sunday, 6-1, outside at the Varsity Tennis Courts. Purdue came out fighting during the doubles matches. Di Feo and Martin Joyce started out quickly for OSU on court 2, earning two breaks against Benjamin Ugarte and Renan Hanayama. They gave up a break later, but held on to win 6-3. The other two matches were close throughout the set. In the end, Torpegaard and Pollanen got a break to go up 5-3, and held serve to earn the doubles point for the Buckeyes, defeating Gergely Madarasz and Ricky Medinilla 6-3. Wins in singles’ matches from Torpegaard, Wolf, Di Feo, Pollanen and Seelig closed out competition.

No. 2 Women’s Tennis (21-2, 7-0 Big Ten)

  • The Buckeyes won two matches this weekend over Iowa and Nebraska, both which of were clean sweeps.
  • The victory on Friday over Iowa was Ohio State head coach Melissa Schaub’s 100th win at the helm of the program; she becomes the third coach in school history to reach triple-digit wins.
  • The Buckeyes gained the 1-0 advantage over Iowa going into singles after clinching the doubles point with wins on courts one and three via Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase and Anna Sanford/Ferny Angeles Paz. Di Lorenzo, Gabriella De Santis, Sanford, Kowase, Angeles Paz and Sandy Niehaus all posted straight set singles wins to secure the shutout (7-0).
  • The Scarlet and Gray closed out the weekend with a clean sweep of Nebraska, 7-0, on Sunday. The doubles point was secured by Niehaus/De Santis and Sanfor/Angeles Paz followed by five straight set wins and one three set win to shutout the Cornhuskers.

No. 4 Rowing

  • All five of Ohio State’s varsity boats went a perfect 2-0 against No. 13 Iowa and No. 18 Indiana on Saturday in Bloomington, Ind., at Lake Lemon.
  • The Second Varsity Four had the most impressive wins of the day, defeating Indiana by 21 seconds in the morning session and Iowa by 13 seconds in the afternoon.

No. 9 Men’s Lacrosse (10-2, 1-1 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State topped No. 11 Johns Hopkins, 13-9, on Sunday night inside The Shoe. Sophomore Jack Jasinski led the Buckeye offense with a career-best seven-point effort on four goals and three assists, with assists on three straight goals in the third and fourth quarters and three consecutive goals for the Buckeyes in the fourth quarter.
  • Senior Jake Withers won a career-high 19 faceoffs (on 26 attempts) and had a game-high 10 groundballs.
  • Sophomore Lukas Buckley had two goals and an assist for three points and senior Johnny Pearson scored twice, while junior Colin Chell and senior Eric Fannell each had a goal and an assist for two points.

Track and Field

  • Madison Roberts established a new school standard in the pole vault on Friday at the Tennessee Relays with a clearance of 4.00m (13-1.50) to earn a third-place finish.
  • Christine London won gold in the 400m hurdles with a time of 59.00, Karrington Winters finished first in a field of 40-plus runners with her first-career sub-54 second race (53.84) and Mikaela Seibert won the triple jump with a personal-best leap of 12.86m (42-2.25).

Baseball (14-17, 3-6 Big Ten)

  • The Buckeyes posted three wins last week, including a series win over Penn State.
  • On Wednesday against Kent State, Ohio State trailed 7-0 before rattling the bats to storm back for a 9-8 victory in seven innings. Zach Ratcliff launched a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game up and Bo Coolen stole home to end the fifth for the game-winning run. The game went final in the bottom of the seventh due to severe weather.
  • After dropping the series opener on Saturday to Penn State, the Buckeyes used a doubleheader sweep over the Nittany Lions on Sunday to win the series. In Sunday’s first game, Ohio State used a home run from Bo Coolen and a two-RBI triple from Brady Cherry on its way to scoring four runs in the top of the ninth to register a come-from-behind win by a score of 5-2.
  • In the rubber match, Ohio State scored 11 runs on nine hits, plating two in the second, three in the fourth and fifth, two more in the eighth and one final run in the ninth for an 11-2 win. Cherry went 2-for-6 with three runs scored, double, and three RBI.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Tuesday, April 11

  • Baseball, vs. Cincinnati, 6:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio State

Wednesday, April 12

  • Softball, at Penn State, 5 p.m. — University Park, Pa.
  • Baseball, vs. Eastern Michigan, 6:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball, at Penn State, 7:30 p.m. — University Park, Pa.

Friday, April 14

  • Baseball, at Michigan State, 3 p.m. — East Lansing, Mich.
  • Women’s Tennis, at Illinois, 6 p.m. — Champaign, Ill.
  • Softball, vs. Indiana, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Tennis, vs. Minnesota, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s/Women’s Track, All-Ohio Championships, All Day — Cincinnati, Ohio

Saturday, April 15

  • Men’s Lacrosse, at Michigan, 10:30 a.m. — Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Women’s Lacrosse, at Maryland, 12 p.m. — College Park, Md.
  • Football, Spring Game, 12:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, at Michigan State, 1 p.m. — East Lansing, Mich.
  • Softball, vs. Indiana, 2 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball, vs Quincy (MIVA Quarterfinals), 5 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Rowing, vs. Duke/Notre Dame, TBA — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Golf, Boilermaker Invitational, All Day — West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Men’s/Women’s Track, All-Ohio Championships — Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Women’s Golf, Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, All Day — Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, April 16

  • Men’s Tennis, vs. Wisconsin, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Tennis, at Northwestern, 12 p.m. — Evanston, Ill.
  • Softball, vs. Indiana, 1 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, at Michigan State, 1 p.m. — East Lansing, Mich.
  • Women’s Golf, Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, All Day — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Golf, Boilermaker Invitational, All Day — West Lafayette, Ind.