Around the Diamond: B1G Tournament Recap

Written May 26th, 2014 by Gary Russell II

With the Ohio State softball team’s season coming to end it put the baseball team on center stage this past week.  Unfortunately the men weren’t able to showcase ther talents very long after dropping the first two of the of the B1G Tournament bringing their rollercoaster season to an end.  Ohio State opened up the tournament on Wednesday against host Nebraska with a 7-6 loss.  The Buckeyes followed that up with a 6-5 loss to 3-seed Illinois on Thursday.  Let’s take a look at the highlights:

5/21: OSU 6, Nebraska 7

Things looked good early for the Buckeyes as they jumped out to a big lead in the fourth inning.  With the bases loaded, Aaron Getz knocked in two runs with a double down the left field line.  Craig Nennig then followed up a with a successful squeeze bunt moving the score to 3-0.  After a wild pitch, RBI singles by Ronnie Dawson and Troy Kuhn made the score 6-0 in favor of the Bucks.

Nebraska then cut the lead in half in the fifth.  Back to back singles by Ben Miller and Steven Reveles started the inning.  An RBI double by Jake Placzek made the score 6-1.  Miller was able to score on a close play at the plate when Michael Pritchard grounded back to the mound putting the score at 6-2.  A shot past Ohio State shortstop Nennig by Pat Kelly scored Placzek and leaving the Cornhuskers trailing 6-3 after five. Read More

Around the Diamond: Season’s End, Playoffs Next

Written May 19th, 2014 by Gary Russell II

With the softball team ending the season and unable to make the NCAA tournament, our focus shifts to the baseball team.  This was the final week of regular season action before heading into the Big Ten Tournament.  The Buckeyes played four games this week and all were at home.  On Tuesday Cincinnati came to town and fell the host Buckeyes 11-3.  Then came a three game set against Northwestern that started on Thursday.  The Wildcats took the first two, with Ohio State salvaging a win in the rubber match for Senior Day.  Ohio State finishes the regular season 30-26 overall and 10-14 in the Big Ten. Let’s take a look at the highlights.

5/13: Ohio State 11, Cincinnati 3

Ohio State wasted no time getting started in their Tuesday victory over Cincinnati.  Nick Sergakis led off the bottom of the first with a single.  After a hit-by-pitch and a groundout, a sacrifice fly by Pat Porter plated Sergakis to get the scoring started.  Following a walk, Troy Montgomery then hit a 2-run double making the score 3-0.  Two more walks loaded the bases for Jacob Bosiokovic who knocked in a run with a single pushing the lead to 4-0 by the end of the first.  The Bearcats roared back in the second with three runs making the score 4-3.  The scored remained the same until the fifth when the Buckeyes scored three with some help from a perfectly executed squeeze play by Sergakis.  Ohio State never looked back in topping the Bearcats 11-3

5/15: Ohio State 3, Northwestern 6

Ohio State starter Tanner Tully was unable to get off to a good start against Northwestern on Thursday.  A fielder’s choice sandwiched between two doubles gave the Wildcats a 1-0 after the top of the first.  Back to back singles for Ohio State led off the bottom of the first.  While attempting a double steal, an error by Northwestern third baseman Joe Hoschelt allowed Ohio State to tie the game 1-1.  After failing to score on a threat in the second, the Buckeyes fell behind 2-1 after a solo home run by Jack Mitchell in the third.  Northwestern tacked on two more unearned runs in the fourth making the game 4-1.  The Wildcats added two more in the sixth in route to their 6-3 victory over the Buckeyes. Read More

Around the Diamond: 4/21-4/27 Recap

Written April 28th, 2014 by Gary Russell II

Easter came and Easter left and so did the slump that the Diamond Buckeyes have been in.  The baseball team traveled to Purdue and took 2 ouftof three from the Boilermakers.  The wins put the the men’s record at 25-19 overall and 6-9 in league play.  The softball team spent the week at home facing Penn State for two earlier in the week and then taking on Northwestern for three over the weekend.  The ladies handled their business by winning all five games and moving their record to 25-23 overall and 11-9 in Big Ten play.  Let’s check out some of the highlights.

Baseball

4/25: OSU 3, Purdue 4 (13 innings)

Josh Dezse was the hero Friday for OSU

Josh Dezse continues to hit well this season.

The Buckeyes used the second inning to pounce on the Boilermakers early in game one.  With runners on the corners Josh Dezse belted a two run double putting the Buckeyes on top 2-0.  The lead grew to 3-0 after an RBI single by Connor Sabanosh.  Ohio State was unable to keep the lead though as Purdue used a big fifth inning of their own to tie the game.  Back to back singles followed by a sacrifice bunt to lead off the fifth set the table for the Boilermaker offense.  A sacrifice fly by Conner Hudnall followed by a Jeff Evak two run inside the park home run tied the score at 3-3.  After both teams were unable to cash in on opportunities, an RBI single by the Boilermaker’s Kyle Wood ended things at 4-3 in the 13 inning.

4/26: OSU 2, Purdue 0

Ohio State recovered nicely after the dramatic loss in game one.  The Bucks used the fourth inning to their damage in game two.  Two singles by Nick Sergakis and Ronnie Dawson followed by Troy Kuhn’s sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third for Pat Border.  Border’s sacrifice fly made it 1-0.  Josh Dezse then stepped to the plate and laced an RBI double to left making the score 2-0.  This was all the Ohio State pitcher Ryan Riga needed.  Riga struck out nine over 7.2 scoreless innings as the Buckeyes held off Purdue for a 2-0 victory.

4/27: OSU 11, Purdue 2

Ohio State’s offense came out in full force in game three of the series.  The Buckeyes scored 3 runs in the first inning, followed by 5 in the second, 1 in the third, and two in the fourth to jump out to an 11-1 lead on the Boilermakers.  Purdue scored another run in the bottom of the ninth making the final score 11-2 in favor of Ohio State.  The Bucks’ Greg Greve gave up 1 run while striking out 2 over 7.0 innings in picking up the win.

The baseball team will travel to Louisville on Wednesday to face the Cardinals before coming back home to battle Iowa in a weekend series.

Softball

4/23: Game One: OSU 3, Penn State 1

Taylor Watkins was the star in game one for the Buckeyes.  With Watkins on third, Evelyn Carrillo was caught in a run down but before she was tagged out Watkins hustled home to make the score 1-0 after the first inning.  Watkins then came up in the third and slammed a solo home making the score 2-0.  Ohio State picked up another run in the fifth while Penn State plated one in the seventh making the final score 3-1 in favor of the Buckeyes.  Olivia O’Reilly pitched a complete game with 2 strikeouts and a walk in picking up the win.

4/23: Game Two: OSU, Penn State 0

Game two of the doubleheader was much like the first.  Almost the exact Same score and Evelyn Carrillo and Taylor Watkins were the story yet again.  Carrillo picked up her 200th hit of her career by leading off the second inning with a solo blast giving Ohio State a 1-0 lead.  Carrillo becomes only the 11th player in school history to reach the 200 hit milestone.  Watkins then hit one of her two doubles to lead off the the fourth inning and then scored on a double by Cammi Prantl to make the score 2-0.  Ohio State tacked on another one run in the fifth making the final score 3-0.  She;lby Hursh picked up her fourth win of the win by pitching 7.0 scoreless innings.

4/25: Ohio State 3, No. 25 Northwestern 1

Northwestern got the scoring going in the second when Andrea Filler hit one of her three doubles plating Brianna LeBeau and giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.  Ohio State wasted no time in answering after a bases loaded infield RBI single by Keelia Nester tied the score up at 1.  Cammi Prantl then smashed a two run home run in the fifth to give Ohio State the 3-1 victory over Northwestern.  Olivia O’Reilly picked up her team leading 11th win after another complete game.  The win over a ranked opponent was the first for the Buckeyes since last year.

4/26: Ohio State 8, No. 25 Northwestern 7

4/27: Ohio State 7, No. 25 Northwestern 4

Shelby Hursh pitched 5.0 innings allowing one run off one hit while striking out 2 in Ohio State 7-4 victory over the Wildcats.  The win was Hursh’s fifth win on the year.  Offensively the Buckeyes got 3 RBI’s from Leesa Gresham and 2 RBI’s each from Evelyn Carillo and Taylor Watkins.  Gresham and Watkins each had a home run as well.

The softball team will finish out the Big Ten schedule this week when they travel to Iowa for a three game set.

 

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

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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.

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