Around the Diamond: 4/14- 4/20 Recap

Written April 21st, 2014 by Gary Russell II

As Easter wraps up so does another week of Buckeye action on the diamond. On the ladies’ side, the softball team continues to struggle to score and stop their opponents from scoring.  After Tuesday’s game at Wright State was cancelled due to weather, the Buckeyes then traveled Lincoln for a three game set against Nebraska.  Ohio State failed to make it past the 6th inning of any game in losing all three to the Cornhuskers.  The Buckeyes record falls to 20-23 overall and 6-9 in B1G play.

The men continued on their rollercoaster ride of a season as well.  The week started with a loss at West Virginia followed up with loss at home on Wednesday to Ball State.  Murray State then came to town for a three game set in which the Bucks were able to take two of three from the Racers.  Ohio State’s record moves to 23-18 overall while remaining 4-8 in conference play.  Let’s check some of the highlights.

Softball

4/18: OSU 1, Nebraska 14 (5 innings)

Ohio State got out to a quick start by jumping on Nebraska in the top of the first.  With Caitlin Conrad standing on second, Cammi Prantl smashed a double scoring Conrad and putting the Buckeyes on top 1-0.  The Cornhuskers wasted no time answering by smashing 3 hits and scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the first.  The damage could have been worse if it weren’t for Kiki Stokes being thrown out at the plate by Keelia Nester. However, Ohio State was not able to build from that momentum failing to score anymore in the game.  Nebraska scored again in the second, third, and fourth innings before finishing off the Buckeyes 14-1 in 5 innings.

4/19: Game One: OSU 0, Nebraska 8 (6 innings)

Nebraska continued their hot hitting by scoring early against the Buckeyes.  The Cornhuskers’ Tatum Edwards led off the bottom of the second with a solo home run.  That was followed up with anothe solo shot by Kylee Muir and an RBI single by Hailey Decker.  The Buckeye deficit was 3-0 before they even knew what hit them.  Ohio State’s only offensive threat came in the fourth but they were unable to score after a a feilder’s choice and a groundout.  The lone highlight for the Bucks came when Taylor Watkins did her best impression of Kenny Lofton and scaled the center field fence robbing Muir of her second homer.  It wasn’t enough as Nebraska drubbed Ohio State 8-0 in the opener.

4/19: Game Two: OSU 0, Nebraska (5 innings)

The day didn’t get any better for Ohio State as the failed to cash in on scoring opportunities in the second and third innings. Taylor Edwards got Nebraska on the board with a one-out solo home run in the third.  Things remained close at 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth.  After failing to cash in on another scoring opportunity in the top half of the inning, the Buckeyes gave up run scoring doubles to Tatum Edwards and Austen Urness in a 7 run game ending inning.

The ladies will be hosting Penn State on Wednesday for a doubleheader.  You can catch both games on the Big Ten Network.

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Around the Diamond: 3.31-4.6 Recap

Written April 7th, 2014 by Gary Russell II

Another week of action on the diamond is in the books and neither the Ohio State Baseball nor the Softball team could escape it with winning records.  The baseball Bucks picked up a pair of wins at home, one against Ohio and one against Toledo, before traveling to Lincoln and getting swept by Nebraska.  On the ladies side, the softball team traveled to Ann Arbor and left by getting swept by the 5th ranked Wolverines. Let’s take a look at the games:

Softball

4/5: OSU 0, Michigan 1

Ohio State fought hard against the 5th ranked team in the country but fell short in a 1-0 loss to Michigan.  The Wolverines scratched out a run in the bottom of the 1st against Buckeye started Olivia O’Reilly and that proved to be the winning run.  O’Reilly pitched very well and held the potent Michigan offense to just 5 hits.  The Buckeyes, however, were only able to muster 2 hits of their own.

4/6 Game One: OSU 0, Michigan 10 (5 innings)

After escaping the opener with a one run victory, Michigan took game two of the series by trouncing the Buckeyes 10-0.  While the Ohio State offense struggled with only 3 hits, the Wolverines bashed out 10 hits.  All the damage was done in 4th and 5th innings as Michigan tallied 3 runs in the 4th before finishing off the Bucks with 7 in the 5th.  Olivia O’Reilly took the loss after giving up 4 earned runs off 7 hits in 4 and 1/3 innings pitched. Read More

Around The Diamond: Weekly Recap

Written March 31st, 2014 by Gary Russell II

With opening day for the big leagues upon us, we wanted to unleash a new feature- our diamond expert will be checking in every Monday with the latest in Buckeye Softball and Baseball

Baseball

The baseball Bucks spent the went at home dodging the weather but not dodging their opponents.  The Buckeyes went 1-3 for the week with a win against Marshall on Wednesday and then followed it up with a three straight losses to Indiana over the weekend pushing their record 16-10 (2-4).

3/25: OSU 4, Marshall 0

The Buckeyes jumped out to the lead in the second thanks to Troy Montgomery’s RBI single. Montgomery then got caught up between first and second allowing Ronnie Dawson the score the second run of the inning making it 2-0.  Ohio State added a run in the 5th and one in the seventh making the final score 4-0.  Zach Farmer Picked up the win for the Buckeyes after pitching 5.0 scoreless innings.  The offense was lead by Troy Kuhn who went 2-4 with a double and Jacob Bosiokovic who went 1-3 with 2 RBI’s

3/28: OSU 4, Indiana 6

A late Buckeye rally fell short as the Hoosiers topped Ohio State 6-4 in the series opener.  The Bucks fell behind 1-0 early on and by the end of the 7th they were down 6-1.  Indiana’s Luke Harrison pitched a scoreless 8th in relief of Joey Denato before giving up 5 runs in the ninth.  Scott Effross came in to shut down the Buckeye rally a secure the series opener win.  Ryan Rige took the loss for Ohio State. Read More

Buckeye Athletics Update

Written May 28th, 2013 by Janelle

Congratulations to Ohio State’s Blaz Rola, who is the NCAA Men’s Singles Champion after besting Virginia’s  Jarmere Jenkins 7-6(8), 6-4 on Monday!

Baseball 

Troy Kuhn gets set for a play

Troy Kuhn gets set for a play

5/23-25  - On Thursday, the No. 2 seed Buckeyes opened Big Ten Tournament play with a 3-2 win over No. 3 seed Nebraska.  In the ninth inning, with the bases loaded, Troy Kuhn walked to plate Pat Porter to give Ohio State the win.  Zach Ratcliff was 3 for 4 for Ohio State, tallying his second multi-hit game of his collegiate career. On Friday, the Buckeyes lost to 1-seed Indiana 11-3. Kuhn was 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs for the Bucks.  On Saturday, Ohio State was eliminated from the tournament by Nebraska with a 5-0 loss.  Jacob Bosiokovic was 2 for 3 for the Buckeyes, tallying his 14th multi-hit game of the season. Ohio State will find out its NCAA fate on Monday.

Men’s Lacrosse

5/18 – Ohio State was defeated by Cornell in the NCAA quarterfinals by a score of 16-6 after winning in the first round with a 16-6 defeat of Towson.  Logan Schuss and Jesse King both posted three points for the Bucks. Ohio State finished the season 13-4, the most for the team since 1978.  It was the second NCAA tournament appearance for the team, the other coming in 2008.

The OSU men's lacrosse team gets set for an NCAA tournament game

The OSU men’s lacrosse team gets set for an NCAA tournament game

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Buckeye Athletics Update

Written April 28th, 2013 by Janelle

Baseball

Ryan Cypret takes

Ryan Cypret blasts a home run against Penn State

4/21 – Ohio State defeated Illinois 7-3 last Sunday to win the series with the Illini at Nick Swisher field at Bill Davis Stadium.  Ryan Cypret blasted a home run in the third inning to give the Buckeyes a 6-2 lead. It was his third of the season and the eighth of his career.

4/26-27 – On Friday, Ohio State defeated Penn State in the series opener 3-1.  Cypret went 2-4 with another home run while teammate Brad Goldberg threw 6.1 scoreless innings, striking out six to improve to 6-0 this season. On Saturday, the Buckeyes beat Penn State 10-8 and 8-3 to complete the sweep.

In game one, Ryan Cypret notched his 9th straight multi-hit game of the season while teammate Joe Ciamacco had his tenth. In game 2, Brad Hallberg went 2 for 2 with two runs scored for the Bucks.

Men’s Gymnastics 

4/21 – Junior Michael Newburger claimed the 2013 NCAA Pommel Horse title last weekend at Rec Hall at Penn State, becoming the second gymnast to win a national title on the pommel horse in school history.  All three competing Buckeyes in Newburger, Danny Steiner (in floor exercises), and Jeff Treleaven (on vault) earned All-America honors.

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Michael Newburger celebrates his pommel horse national title

Men’s Lacrosse

4/27 – No. 13 Ohio State finished the regular season with a 14-8 win over No. 8 Fairfield.  The Buckeyes finished 10-3 in the regular season and scored 10+ goals in each of their last four games.

Men’s Tennis

4/21 – No. 5 Ohio State defeated TSUN 4-0 to claim the Big Ten regular season title, its eighth in a row. Connor Smith, ranked 62nd, clinched the match for the Buckeyes with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Barrett Franks.

4/27 – No. 4 Ohio State defeated Illinois 4-3 to advance to the Big Ten Tournament final on Sunday afternoon at noon.  They are seeking their eighth straight tournament title and ninth in school history.  Chris Diaz, ranked 95th, defeated Alex Jesse to clinch the match for the Buckeyes with a 7-5, 6-1 victory.

Men’s Track & Field 

Michael Hartfield competes in the long jump

Michael Hartfield competes in the long jump

4/27 – No. 23 Ohio State claimed 4 events at the Arkansas Invitational on Saturday, the long jump, javelin, 3000m steeplechase and 4x400m relay. Highlighting the day for the Buckeyes was Michael Hartfield, who is ranked second in Division I in the long jump and who defeated No. 1 Marquis Dendy of Florida. Hartfield posted a 7.89m while Dendy posted a 7.77m.  Billy Stanley kept his undefeated record in the javelin by recording a 64.49m to take home the victory for the Buckeyes.  Donny Roys won the steeplechase after posting a 9:06.49, a season best time. Finally, the Ohio State relay team finished with a time of 3:11.65 to win the 4.400m relay.

Women’s Lacrosse

4/21 – Ohio State defeated high-point 15-10 after an 8 goal second half.  Katie Chase & Kelsey Ayers each posted four goals for the Buckeyes, while teammate Tori DeScenza had a season-high tying 13 saves.

Women’s Tennis

4/25 – Ohio State was defeated by Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, Indiana in a 4-2 decision.  The Buckeyes finished the season with a 10-14 record. Fidan Manashirova led the way for Ohio State this season with 24 singles wins. Teammate Gabby Steele had 23 singles wins.

Junior Melanie Nichols in action against Michigan State

Junior Melanie Nichols in action against Michigan State

Women’s Track & Field 

4/25-27 – Ohio State posted 19 points to finish second at the 104th Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.  In the 100m dash, senior Ashlee Abraham posted a season-best time of 11.62 to finish third.  In the 400m hurdles, Alexis Franklin had a personal-best time of 57.86 (the fourth-fastest time in school history) which landed her in second place overall after winning her heat.

Softball

4/21 – Freshman Cammi Pranti extended her hitting streak to 10 games, but the Buckeyes were still beat by Wisconsin 4-2 in Madison. Pranti was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI.

4/24 – Ohio State swept Michigan State in a doubleheader on Wednesday at Buckeye Field defeating the Spartans 4-1 and 6-3.  In game one, Shelby Pickett blasted a 3 run home run in the sixth to break the 1-1 tie and eventually, win the game for the Buckeyes. In game two, Caitlin Conrad went 2 for 3 with a stolen base, a run scored, and two RBIs for the Buckeyes.

4/26-27 – Ohio State fell to Minnesota 3-0 at Buckeye Field on Friday night. Maddy McIntyre was 1-for-2 with a single and a walk for the Buckeyes, extending her reached base streak to nine games.  On Saturday afternoon at Buckeye Field, the Buckeyes fell 7-2 to the Gophers.

Buckeye Athletics Update

Written April 7th, 2013 by Janelle

Women’s Gymnastics

4/6 – No. Ohio State finished with a team score of 196. 50 to finish fourth at the NCAA Regional at St. John Arena.   Sarah Miller and Melanie Shaffer qualified for the NCAA Championships after Miller tied for first on balance beam and Shaffer finished fourth in the all-around.

Women’s Lacrosse

4/3 – Ohio State defeated San Diego State 19-11 as eight Buckeyes scored points. Kaila Gottlick and Katie Chase paced the Buckeyes with four goals a piece.

Softball

4/5-6 – Ohio State fell to No. 12 TSUN on Friday 5-1 despite outhitting the Wolverines over the last five innings. The Buckeyes finished with six hits, one of which belonged to junior Melissa Rennie, who claimed her 10th multi-hit game.  On Saturday, the Buckeyes again fell to the Wolverines 11-0 in five innings. Read More

Buckeye Athletics Update

Written March 31st, 2013 by Janelle

Baseball

3/29-30 – Ohio State suffered an 8-7 loss to Michigan State after the Spartans scored 4 runs in the 8th inning. Greg Solomon went 3 for 4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored for the Buckeyes.  On Saturday, Kirby Pellant was 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored as Ohio State paid the Spartans back with an 8-3 victory.

Boo Timko looks on after a shot at the Seahawk Intercollegiate

Boo Timko looks on after a shot at the Seahawk Intercollegiate

Golf

3/25 – Boo Timko led the Buckeyes with a 7-over 151 in the Seahawk Intercollegiate to finish 7th in the 12 team tournament. Grant Weaver finished 16th with a 9-over 153.

Men’s Lacrosse

3/30 – No. 5 Loyola defeated No. 12/13 Ohio State 9-4 on Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.  Senior Trey Wilkes was 5 for 11 for the Buckeyes and teammate Greg Dutton had 14 saves.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

3/30 – Ohio State finished 12th at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis over the weekend. Tamas Gercsak finished 9th in the 200 butterfly for the Buckeyes, tallying a time of 1:43.54. Teammate Alex Miller finished 19th in the 1650 freestyle with a personal best time of 14:57.29.

Men’s Tennis

3/24 – No. 5 Ohio State defeated Indiana 7-o to win its 163rd consecutive match at home. Connor Smith, ranked 37th notched the match winning point for the Buckeyes when he defeated Dimitrije Tasic 6-1, 6-4.

3/29 – No. 7 Ohio State beat Nebraska 6-1 on Friday evening. No. 13 Blaz Rola sealed the deal for the Buckeyes, winning 7-6 (2), 6-1 over Andre Stenger in second singles. Read More

Monday Musings: Birthday Edition

Written March 11th, 2013 by Ken

The evolution of the birthday cake..

Another Monday, another week. Grab your coffee and let’s get right to it. Before we begin, I want to wish a (some posthumously)  happy birthday to:

  • Ralph Abernathy (civil rights)
  • Vannevar Bush (analog computer, Manhattan Project)
  • Helmuth JG von Moltke (Nazi resistance)
  • Rupert Murdoch (media mogul)
  • Lawrence Welk (band leader)
  • Shawn Springs (Buckeye)

I’m sure there are others, but we need to move on.

Football
Spring Practice began with a couple practices this week. Mali has some (Silver Bullet) points on it. The biggest take-away for me is that after the first day, Urban didn’t think the team looked like a “clown show”. Which he did last year, prior to the team going 12-0. If things have changed that much, I’m somewhat optimistic about this year.

The other item that caught my eye, was some prose by a fellow Big Ten blogger. He had little regard for OSU fans/commentators expressing their relief that Bollman left Purdue to take a better position at MSU. Evidently the source of his disregard is that “we (and he wasn’t clear if “we” were his fellow front pagers, Purdue fan base in general, etc.) don’t like Ohio State a whole bunch.” And then he goes on from there..

And, it took him 330 words so say that he didn’t care. Seriously. I get the (probably Freudian) antipathy towards All Things Ohio State. However, regarding the Purdue coaching staff, they do need to acknowledge their debts to Ohio State (Marcus Freeman), Muskingum University (Jon Heacock, brother of Jim) and both schools (Darrell Hazell).

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