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.
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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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:
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
3/9 – No. 4 Ohio State defeated No. 15 UIC by a score of 439.200-409.050 on Saturday at St. John Arena. Six Buckeyes won individual event titles at the meet (floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, and parallel & high bars. Junior Michael Newberger won his fourth event title of the season on the pommel horse. Teammate Alex Johnson won his second consecutive title on the high bar.
3/9 – No. 8/11 Ohio State was defeated by No. 7/7 Denver 10-9 on Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. At halftime, the Pioneers led 6-5, and then they took an 8-5 lead in the third quarter. In the fourth, Ohio State cut the Denver lead to 2 at 9-7 after a Charlie Schnider goal. Later on, they cut the lead to one at 10-9, but they were unable to score again to tie. Logan Schuss had 3 points for the Buckeyes while teammate & goalie Greg Dutton had nine saves.
Men’s Track & Field
3/9 – Buckeye senior Chris Fallon took sixth in the mile at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His time of 4:02.28 earned him a sixth place finish and First Team All-America Honors. Read More
Ohio State announced back on May 15 that they were not renewing the contract of head coach Linda Kalafatis. She spent the past 16 seasons at the helm bringing a lot of things to the program. Her overall record at Ohio State was 538-358 while leading the team to 30 win seasons in 10 of the 16 years. The Buckeyes made 6 NCAA tournament berths during her tenure including a first-ever appearance for Ohio State in the Super Regionals. In 2007, Kalafatis’ Buckeyes won the Big Ten Championship and she was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Her 800 career wins landed her the top 25 of active coaches in 2012.
With all the great things that Kalafatis brought to the program, one may ask, “Why on Earth would Ohio State NOT renew her contract?” The overall body of her work looks great but I’m going to take a deeper look into some that may OR may not have led to Ohio State’s search for a new softball coach.
First of all, the competition in softball is getting fierce. While the Pac-12, the Big 12, and the Western coast still dominate NCAA softball, the East coast is starting to show some fight. Until 2012, there had only been one team east of the Mississippi to win the NCAA World Series and that honor belonged to the Big Ten’s own Michigan Wolverines. Alabama’s Championship win over Oklahoma this year changed things dramatically. Simply being average in the Big Ten and occasionally making a NCAA tournament appearance isn’t enough anymore. Read More
The Ohio State softball team came into this weekend’s series against the Iowa Hawkeyes looking to turn around their fortunate after losing back-to-back series the previous two weekends. It was also the final 3 home games for seniors Mikayla Endicott, Alicia Herron, Vanessa Spears, and Katie Simonton. Here’s a recap of this weekend’s action.
Game 1 Iowa 2, Ohio State 0
Game one of a Saturday night doubleheader featured an old fashioned pitcher’s duel. Ohio State’s Mikayla Endicott faced off against Iowa’s Kayla Massey. Massey was able to pick up her 13 victory of the by out-dueling Endicott as the Hawkeyes squeeze out a 2-0 victory in a game that only lasted 90 minutes.
Iowa threatened early in the game when Johnnie Dowling lead off the game with a single and was moved over to second on Bradi Wall’s sacrifice bunt. Endicott was able to quickly shut down the early scoring threat with Dowling on second. She was able to get Megan Blank and Katie Keim to pop out in the infield to end the bottom of the first.
Ohio State’s first, and only, scoring chance came in the bottom of the second when freshman Shelby Pickett cracked a one out double to right. This would be the only hit that the Buckeyes would get off of Massey all game. Pickett then moved to third on Megan Coletta’s ground out to the pitcher. Massey then ended the Buckeye threat getting Malaina Saalfield to tap out back to the mound.
Both pitchers cruised into the sixth inning when Iowa was able to break the ice. Dowling lead off the inning with a bunt single and was followed up with a single by Wall. Both runners moved up into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Blank. Dowling scored on Keim’s groundout making it 1-0. Iowa picked up their second run of the inning when Herron dropped a soft liner off the bat of Liz Watkins scoring Wall. That proved to be plenty for Massey as she was able to get Ohio State to go quietly in the sixth and seventh giving the Hawkeyes the opening game win.
Game 2 Iowa 13, Ohio State 5 Read More