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·         Ohio State men’s track and field junior Jackson Neff won a Big Ten title in the 3000-meter steeplechase Saturday at the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., highlighting the second day of competition. Neff, a Cincinnati product, crossed the finish line in a personal-best time of 8:47.86 - a Top-15 performance in Division I this season - to win the first conference title of his career. He finished almost two seconds ahead of runner-up Robby Nierman of Indiana.  

·         The No. 2 Ohio State women’s rowing team won its second consecutive Big Ten Championship Sunday morning at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., posting five varsity wins (1V8, 2V8, 1V4, 2V4, 3V4) to total a championship record 164 points and claim its fifth conference title overall. The Buckeyes, who have now won three titles in the last four years, became the first team since Michigan State (2008-09) to earn two consecutive conference titles, and are now tied with Michigan for the most conference championships with five. 

Baseball (30-26, 10-14 Big Ten)

Head Coach: Greg Beals

·         The Ohio State baseball team picked up an 11-3 win over Cincinnati Tuesday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

·         Ronnie Dawson went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI while Jacob Bosiokovic finished 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and a run scored. Yianni Pavlopoulos tossed 3.0 scoreless frames to pick up his first-career victory while Tyler Giannonatti, Jake Post and Trace Dempsey each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

·         The Buckeyes fell to Northwestern, 6-3, Thursday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

·         Ohio State dropped a 6-2 decision to Northwestern Friday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

·         The Buckeyes picked up a 5-2 win over Northwestern on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.

·         Greg Greve allowed two earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts over 8.0 innings to improve to 7-4 on the year while Friar allowed five runs, three earned, over 6.2 innings to fall to 5-1. Tim Wetzel finished the day 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored while Dawson went 3-for-4 with the inside-the-park home run.

·         Ohio State returns to action in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, facing Nebraska Wednesday, May 21 at 2 p.m. in Omaha, Neb.

Men’s Golf

Head Coach: Donnie Darr

·         Freshman Frederik Hammer was locked in on Saturday setting a new collegiate course record at The Club of Old Hawthorne by firing a 64 on the final day of the NCAA Columbia Regional. Hammer dipped under par eight times in the final go-around, including an eagle on Hole 8. The Dane shot 221 (+5) for the weekend, placing 43rd on the individual leaderboard.

·         Overall, the Buckeyes placed 12th in the team standings with a 23-over 887 to conclude the 2013-14 season.

·         Sophomore Tee-k Kelly was Ohio State's top performer in the event, earning a share of 41st place. He wrapped up the Regional with his best round, carding a 71 on the final day. His three-round total was 220 (+5).

·         Second Team All-Big Ten selection Boo Timko was next on the scoreboard, joining Hammer and Kelly in the top-50 with a piece of 49th place. The Ohio native posted scores of 77-76-70 to finish 7-over.

No. 18 Women’s Golf

Head Coach: Therese Hession

·         Ohio State had a bye weekend; the Buckeyes will be one of 24 teams competing in Tulsa, Okla., vying for the 2014 NCAA National Championship from May 20-23. The trip marks the Buckeyes' third trip to the NCAA Championships final stage in the last five seasons and 10th excursion since the turn of the century.

No. 2 Rowing

Head Coach: Andy Teitelbaum

·         The No. 2 Ohio State rowing team claimed its second-consecutive Big Ten Championship Sunday morning at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., posting five varsity wins to total a championship record 164 points en route to its fifth conference title overall.

·         The first varsity eight clinched the title for the Buckeyes, sounding the horn in 6:29.37 to win its second-consecutive conference title and remain undefeated (9-0) on the season.

·         Prior to the final race, the second varsity eight earned its second-consecutive title and eighth win of the season (8-1) after crossing the line in first-place with a time of 6:38.09.

·         The first varsity four gave the Buckeyes some breathing room, as Ohio State and Michigan were tied for first heading into the last three races of the morning. The crew won its third-consecutive conference title, sounding the horn in 7:27.30.

·         The second and third varsity fours were also victorious for the Buckeyes, each capturing gold medals in their respective races. The second varsity closed its season with an 8-1 record, earning its second-consecutive title in a time of 7:34.32 while the third varsity posted a time of 7:34.95 to clip Michigan (7:35.70) at the line in a tightly contested race.

·         Ohio State returns to postseason action at the 2014 NCAA Championships May 30-June 1 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (33-4)

Head Coach: Ty Tucker

·         A memorable 2014 Ohio State men’s tennis season came to an end Sunday night as the No. 3 seed Buckeyes fell, 4-2, to No. 6 seed UCLA in the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Championships at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex at on Georgia Tech’s campus in Atlanta, Ga.

·         The Buckeyes have a lot to be proud of this year. Losing five of seven starters from a 2013 Final Four team, Ohio State had a magical 2014 season, winning its first ITA indoor national title and claiming the Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships. The squad also broke the NCAA all-time home win streak record, which currently stands at 191-consecutive matches. Ohio State concludes the year with a 33-4 overall record advancing to their ninth-consecutive NCAA quarterfinals under head coach Ty Tucker.

·         Under the lights in Athens Friday night, the Buckeyes had the right guy on their side. Redshirt junior Kevin Metka rallied to force a third set tiebreaker and went on to win a thrilling 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(8) match despite facing two match points to clinch the Ohio State men’s tennis team’s dramatic 4-3 NCAA Round of 16 victory over No. 14 Florida at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. 

Men’s Track and Field

Head Coach: Ed Beathea

·         The Ohio State men’s track and field team used an outstanding team effort to finish fourth overall at the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships Sunday afternoon at Rankin Track and Field in West Lafayette, Ind.

·         Junior Jackson Neff won a Big Ten title in the 3000-meter steeplechase Saturday at the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., highlighting the second day of competition for the Ohio State men's track and field team.

·         Junior Devin Smith also medaled for the Buckeyes Saturday, claiming a silver medal in the high jump. Smith, a native of Massillon, Ohio, cleared 2.14 meters (7-0.25) in his first competition of the year to finish in a tie for second with Kevin Spencer of Iowa. The mark ranks Smith in the Top 5 in the event in school outdoor history.

·         The top individual performer for the Buckeyes on the final day of competition was junior Timothy Faust, who claimed silver medals in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes in season-best times of 10.45 and 20.95, respectively.

·         Also earning a silver medal Sunday was sophomore Donovan Robertson, who turned in a personal-best time of 13.85 in the 110-meter hurdles. The runner-up time is the sixth fastest in school history and among the Top-25 times in Division I this season.

·         Ohio State returns to action in two weeks at the 2014 NCAA East Regional Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla. The three-day competition is scheduled for May 29-31.

Women’s Track and Field

Head Coach: Karen Dennis

·         Junior Katie Borchers and senior Ashlee Abraham captured individual Big Ten titles on the final day of the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Rankin Track and Field in West Lafayette, Ind., helping the Ohio State women’s track and field team to an eighth-place team finish.

·         Borchers won the first Big Ten title of her career in the 800-meter run, besting her own school record in the process with a winning time of 2:05.17, a Top-25 performance in Division I this season and Rankin Track record. 

·         Abraham, the reigning conference 60-meter champion, retained her title as the fastest woman in the Big Ten with a gold-medal performance in the 100-meter dash. Abraham crossed the finish line in a time of 11.51, edging defending Big Ten champion Mahagony Jones of Penn State for the second individual conference title of her career.

·         Ohio State returns to action in two weeks at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla. The three-day event is scheduled for May 29-31.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

5.20.14 – 6.3.14

Tuesday, May 20

Men’s Tennis vs. NCAA National Championship, 5 p.m.

Athens, Ga.

Women’s Golf vs. NCAA Championships, TBA

Tulsa, Okla.

Wednesday, May 21

Baseball vs. TBA, TBA

Omaha, Neb.

Women’s Golf vs. NCAA Championships, TBA

Tulsa, Okla.

Thursday, May 22

Baseball vs. TBA, TBA

Omaha, Neb.

Women’s Golf vs. NCAA Championships, TBA

Tulsa, Okla.

Friday, May 23

Baseball vs. TBA, TBA

Omaha, Neb.

Women’s Golf vs. NCAA Championships, TBA

Tulsa, Okla.

Saturday, May 24

Baseball vs. TBA, TBA

Omaha, Neb.

Sunday, May 25

Baseball vs. TBA, TBA

Omaha, Neb.

Thursday, May 29

Men’s Track vs. NCAA Regional Championship, TBA

Jacksonville, Fla.

Women’s Track vs. NCAA East Regional Championships, TBA

Jacksonville, Fla.

Friday, May 30

Women’s Track vs. NCAA East Regional Championships, TBA

Jacksonville, Fla.

Men’s Track vs. NCAA Regional Championship, TBA

Jacksonville, Fla.

Women’s Rowing vs. NCAA Championships, TBA

Indianapolis, Ind.

Saturday, May 31

Women’s Rowing vs. NCAA Championships, TBA

Indianapolis, Ind.

Men’s Track vs. NCAA Regional Championship, TBA

Jacksonville, Fla.

Women’s Track vs. NCAA East Regional Championships, TBA

Jacksonville, Fla.

Sunday, June 1

Women’s Rowing vs. NCAA Championships, TBA

Indianapolis, Ind.