May 15, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Sade Olatoye, Women’s track and field

  • Olatoye became the first woman since Beth Bunge (1986) to win the outdoor shot put title at the Big Ten Championships. Olatoye launched the shot put 16.69m (54-9.25) to set the school record in the event. Olatoye has now won three Big Ten titles in her career.

Deshawn Marshall, Men’s track and field

  • Marshall was the catalyst in the men’s team earning a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships this weekend. The Columbus native scored in four events including gold in the 100m dash with a wind-aided time of 10.05. Marshall was a member of the 4x400m relay that claimed gold and the 4x100m relay that earned bronze. The versatile sprinter also collected a fourth-place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 20.32. All in all, Marshall was responsible for 19 of Ohio State’s 103 points.

No. 5 Women’s Rowing — Big Ten Champs

  • For the fifth consecutive year, the Buckeyes captured the Big Ten title.
  • Ohio State edged Michigan by a score of 180-179 winning its sixth title in the last seven years.
  • Entering the final race of the regatta, Ohio State trailed the Wolverines by eight points (116-108). It turned into a winner take all First Varsity Eight final and the Buckeyes eclipsed Michigan in that race with a time of 6:08.79 to claim the title.
  • The 2V4, now 9-0 (31-0 overall) in races this season, won its race and a win from the Second Novice Eight was the other Big Ten boat champion.
  • Ida Kruse, Stephanie Williams and Rachel Engel all earned First Team All-Big Ten honors while Aina Cid I Centelles and Cassandra Johnson were named to the Second Team.

No. 2 Women’s Tennis (30-2)

  • In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Ohio State won the doubles point and three singles matches in straight sets for the NCAA victory over Buffalo. Buckeye senior Sandy Niehaus had milestone singles and doulbes wins in the victory over the Bulls. Her doubles victory was the 99th of her career, tying Wendy Steward (1976-79) for the program record. Her singles victory was the 100th of her career for the Scarlet and Gray.
  • On Sunday, Ohio State won the doubles point and three singles matches in straight sets for the second round victory over Notre Dame. The squad has won 16 straight matches and notched its 12th shutout in the last 13 matches. Ohio State has now won its last 33 home matches.
  • The win over the Fighting Irish advanced the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16. They will face No. 14 South Carolina on Friday.

No. 3 Men’s Tennis

  • The Buckeyes did not drop a point in their first two matches of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. Ohio State dismantled Butler and No. 42 Louisville by scores of 4-0.
  • In the first round match, the doubles point was won in 16 minutes with victories from the duos of Hunter Tubert/JJ Wolf and Martin Joyce/Hugo Di Feo. Straight set singles wins came from Mikael Torpegaard, Herkko Pollanen and Kyle Seelig to win against Butler.
  • Against Louisviile, Ohio State got 6-2 victories from Joyce/Di Feo and Tubert/Wolf to win the doubles point. The Buckeyes faced a bit more of resistance in the singles’ portion of the match, but eventually the Scarlet and Gray wound up sweeping the individual matches with wins by Di Feo, Joyce and Pollanen.
  • Ohio State will face No. 14 Oklahoma on Thursday in the Sweet 16.

No. 3 Men’s Lacrosse (13-4)

  • Ohio State knocked off No. 13 Loyola on Sunday in Ohio Stadium by a score of 7-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
  • The Buckeyes shut out Loyola for the final 23:48 of the game for the victory. Senior goalie Tom Carey made 12 saves in the win. Junior Ben Randall, who had three groundballs and a caused turnover, led the defensive unit which limited Loyola to nearly nine goals under its season average. Buckeye leading scorer Tre Leclaire had a game-high three goals and points.
  • Jake Withers won 8-of-15 faceoffs and had five groundball. On the year, he has won 235-of-353 (.666) and has a team-high 131 groundballs.

Softball (35-16)

  • Ohio State won two of three games at the Big Ten Tournament this weekend including an appearance in the championship game.
  • On Friday night against Wisconsin, Shelby Hursh was in control the whole night, allowing just four hits and walking only two in a 3-2 victory. All three of Ohio State’s runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the third. It started with a single from Ashley Goodwin and the next batter, Becca Gavin, followed with a double to left field moving Goodwin to third. An error by the Badgers allowed the first two runs to score and Anna Kirk then drove in what would prove to be the winning run as she singled to center.
  • In Saturday’s semifinal matchup against Michigan State, the Buckeyes held the Spartans potent offense in check for six innings and received two-run home runs by Lilli Piper and Emily Clark to build a 4-0 lead. The four runs would be all that Ohio State scored, but they held up for a 4-3 win.
  • Ohio State earned the No. 2 seed in the Knoxville Regional and will face off against USC Upstate Friday night.

Women’s Golf

  • Ohio State placed fourth in the 18-team NCAA Columbus Regional last Monday through Wednesday at the Scarlet with a 29-over par 893 (302-289-302) to clinch a bid to the NCAA Championships.
  • Katja Pogacar (74-75-70-219) fired off the lowest round of the week by a member of the Scarlet and Gray with a 2-under 70 which propelled her nine slots up into a tie for fifth place overall in the 96-player field.
  • Jaclyn Lee and Rio Watanabe each earned shares of 13th place garnering 54-hole tallies of 224 (+8). Niki Schroeder also cracked the top-third, placing 30th at 12-over (79-71-74-228).
  • Ohio State has now advanced to the NCAA’s final stage 21 times since 1983. Hall of Fame head coach Therese Hession has been at the helm for 16 trips to the national tournament, including six Top-10 finishes.

Track and Field

  • The men’s team earned a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday with a tally of 103 points; the silver was its best finish since 2009.
  • Four individuals won titles on the weekend. Sade Olatoye’s was arguably the most impressive with a toss of 16.69m (54-9.25) to set the school record in the shot put. Coincidentally, Nick Demaline won gold in the men’s shot put with a throw of 19.75m (64-9.75). It was the first time since 1981 that Ohio State swept both the men’s and women’s shot put titles at Big Ten’s.
  • In the sprints, Deshawn Marshall (100m dash) and Champ Page (400m dash) won gold in their respective events. Marshall clocked a wind-aided time of 10.05 to run away from the competition and Page registered a 45.59 to win his title in the quarter mile. Both men, paired with Nick Gray and Asa Burke, also team up to win the 4x400m relay title with a time of 3:04.95. The women’s 4x400m relay of Beatrice Hannan, Karrington Winters, Maggie Barrie and Aaliyah Barnes closed out the meet with gold in a time of 3:32.76.
  • Cole Gorksi, Sarah Kanney and Rachel Weber set school records in their events. Gorski cleared 5.26m in the pole vault to garner silver and Weber clocked an 800m run time of 2:03.90 in her preliminary heat. Kanney’s school record came in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:22.74 to place sixth in the race.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Monday, May 15

  • Men’s Golf, NCAA Regional, All Day — Stanford, Calif.

Tuesday, May 16

  • Baseball, vs. Toledo, 6:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Golf, NCAA Regional, All Day — Stanford, Calif.

Wednesday, May 17

  • Men’s Golf, NCAA Regional, All Day — Stanford, Calif.

Thursday, May 18

  • Men’s Tennis, vs. Oklahoma (NCAA Tournament), 12 p.m. — Athens, Ga.
  • Baseball, vs. Indiana, 6:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio

Friday, May 19

  • Women’s Tennis, vs. South Carolina (NCAA Tournament), 12 p.m. — Athens, Ga.
  • Softball, vs. USC Upstate (NCAA Regional), 4:30 p.m. — Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Baseball, vs. Indiana, 6:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Golf, NCAA Championships, All Day — Sugar Grove, Ill.

Saturday, May 20

  • Men’s Lacrosse, vs. Duke (NCAA Tournament), 12 p.m. — Hempstead, N.Y.
  • Baseball, vs. Indiana, 3 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Golf, NCAA Championships, All Day — Sugar Grove, Ill.
  • Softball, TBA, TBA — Knoxville, Tenn.

Sunday, May 21

  • Women’s Golf, NCAA Championships, All Day — Sugar Grove, Ill.