May 2, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Morgan Ray, Softball

  • Ray played a part in each of the wins by Ohio State over the weekend. In the series opener, Ray came on to pick up the final four outs of the game to record her first save of the year. On Saturday, Ray came back and twirled a six strikeout, complete game shutout; the shutout was the first of her career.

Will Grimmer, Men’s golf

  • For the second year in a row, Grimmer was the top Ohio State golfer at the Big Ten Championships. The sophomore used rounds of 69, 71 and 66 to finish with a 4-under par 206. Grimmer was one of just five players in the field to hole a dozen or more birdies. He dropped of 40-foot bomb on the 18th hole on Sunday to conclude his play.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (29-3, 11-0 Big Ten) – Big Ten Tournament Champs

  • Ohio State won its 10th Big Ten Tournament title in the last 10 years on Sunday as it disposed of Michigan, 4-1, for the title.
  • It was the 24th-straight victory by the Buckeyes over Michigan.
  • The Buckeyes cruised past Minnesota (4-0) in the quarterfinals and No. 31 Wisconsin (4-0) in the semifinals to advance to the title match.
  • Mikael Torpegaard and Hugo Di Feo were unanimous first team All-Big Ten selections prior to the start of the tournament. JJ Wolf was named to the first team as well in addition to being named the Freshman of the Year. Ty Tucker was named the Coach of the Year for the 12th time in his career.

No. 4 Women’s Tennis (28-2, 11-0 Big Ten) – Big Ten Tournament Champs

  • Ohio State won its 14th match in a row on Sunday afternoon to secure the conference tournament title for the second straight season. The Buckeyes defeated No. 10 Michigan, 4-0, in the championship match.
  • The duos of Anna Sanford/Sandy Niehaus and Ferny Angeles Paz/Gabriella De Santis won their matches to clinch the doubles point against Michigan. De Santis, Miho Kowase and Angeles Paz all won their matches in straight sets to claim the title.
  • Ohio State opened the tournament up with a win over Nebraska, 4-0, on Friday. Saturday’s semifinal match against Illinois was a nail biter with the Buckeyes prevailing 4-3. After dropping the doubles point to the Fighting Illini, OSU received wins from Francesca Di Lorenzo, De Santis, Kowase and Niehaus to advance to the finals.

Softball (30-14, 13-7 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State took two out of three over the weekend against Iowa.
  • On Friday, the Buckeyes used a two-run double from Taylor White in the third inning and a three-hitter in the circle from the combinations of Shelby Hursh and Morgan Ray lifted Ohio State to a 3-1 series-opening victory over Iowa. Hursh and Ray limited Iowa to just three hits and worked out of critical jams in the third and sixth inning to make a two-run double by White and RBI single from Emily Clark stand up. Hursh went the first 5.2 innings, fanning five while allowing three hits and walking one. Ray picked up her first save of the season recording the final four outs.
  • Home runs from Clark and Alex Bayne along with a two-out, three-run triple in the bottom of the sixth inning was more than enough for Ray in the circle to take game two of the series over Iowa, 6-0. Ray fanned six Hawkeyes for the first complete game shutout of her career.

Men’s Golf

  • Sophomore Will Grimmer earned individual runner-up honors at the Big Ten Championships to help Ohio State place third as a team, its highest placing since 2004 at the conference tournament.
  • Grimmer was just one of five athletes in the field to rack up a dozen or more birdies. Grimmer bested three opponents ranked inside the Goflstat Top-40. Grimmer finished with a 4-under 206 (69-71-66) for the tournament.
  • Caleb Ramirez and Daniel Wetterich made it three OSU sophomores in cracking the Top-20, tying for 14th and 19th place, respectively.

Track and Field

  • Ohio State’s women’s relays – 4x100m, 4×400, 4×800, sprint medley and distance medley – were the victors of the HyVee Cup over the weekend at the 108th edition of the Drake Relays. The five relays combined to score 24 points for the title.
  • The men’s 4x100m relay captured gold with a season-best time of 39.51; James Clark, Duan Asemota, Nick Gray and Deshawn Marshall combined for that relay.
  • At the Ashland Alumni Open, the Scarlet and Gray had three athletes win titles on Saturday. For the second time this year, Madison Roberts reestablished her school record with a clearance of 4.08m (13-4.50) for gold. Coty Cobb won the men’s pole vault for the second event in a row with a clearance of 5.07m (16-7.50), and Zack Bazile was the final gold medalist with a time of 11.02 in the 100m dash.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Tuesday, May 2

  • Baseball, vs. Texas Tech, 6:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, May 3

  • Softball, vs. Kent State, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, vs. Texas Tech, 6:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, May 4

  • Men’s Lacrosse, vs. Johns Hopkins (Big Ten Semifinals), 7:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball, vs. TBD (NCAA Semifinals), 8 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio

Friday, May 5

  • Baseball, at Michigan, 6 p.m. — Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Softball, at Illinois, 6 p.m. — Champaign, Ill.

Saturday, May 6

  • Softball, at Illinois, 2 p.m. — Champaign, Ill.
  • Baseball, at Michigan, 2 p.m. — Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Men’s Volleyball, NCAA Finals, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Lacrosse, Big Ten Finals, 7:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, May 7

  • Softball, at Illinois, 1 p.m. — Champaign, Ill.
  • Baseball, at Michigan, 4 p.m. — Ann Arbor, Mich.