Scarlet prevails in LiFE Sports Spring Game

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s Scarlet team defeated the Gray team, 20-14, Saturday on a nippy, gray afternoon at Ohio Stadium in the 2012 LiFE Sports Spring Game. Braxton Miller threw for 258 yards and Rod Smith capped his 47-yard rushing day with a winning touchdown run from seven yards out.

True freshman receiver Michael Thomas wasted no time in building a nice rapport with Miller as he caught 12 passes for 131 yards. Red-shirt freshman tight end Nick Vannett caught five passes for 52 yards. Miller was 24-of-31 on the day with one pass intercepted by Adam Griffin.

Kenny Guiton completed 17-of-26 passes for 191 yards with a 28-yard touchdown reception to Devin Smith. He threw an interception on the Gray’s last drive of the day…Christian Bryant picking the ball off in the red zone with the Scarlet holding on to a 20-14 lead.

Scarlet led, 13-7, at halftime as Miller threw for 197 yards in the half, completing 16-of-22 passes. Thomas, the nephew of USC great and former pro Keyshawn Johnson, caught eight passes in the half for 78 yards. Chris Fields had three catches for 50 yards.

A Carlos Hyde one-yard run staked Scarlet to a 7-0 lead less than 3 minutes into the contest. Drew Basil hit a 41-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead but Gray scored inside of a minute to go in the first half as Guiton found Smith over the middle with a laser of a throw that Smith hauled in and then sprinted untouched into the end zone.

Basil kicked a 32-yard field goal to end the half.

Guiton scored on a 4-yard run late in the third quarter and Smith capped a 65-yard drive with less than five minutes to play for the final points of the day.

A crowd of 81,112 was on hand to watch the debut action of Coach Urban Meyer’s first Ohio State team.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

Ohio State Hosts Xavier and Cincinnati to Conclude 10-Game Homestand

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team welcomes Xavier and Cincinnati to Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium for a pair of midweek matchups. The Buckeyes will take on Xavier at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday before hosting Cincinnati at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a game that will be televised live on Big Ten Network.

The Buckeyes dropped two of three games against Nebraska over the weekend. Jaron Long earned the win Friday, tossing his second complete game in three starts, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out five to move to 3-1 on the season. Josh Dezse went 7-for-15 on the weekend with three doubles and two RBI while Greg Solomon went 4-for-9 with a triple, a home run, five RBI and three runs scored.

Xavier, under the direction of Scott Googins, enters the week with a 15-21 overall record. Mark Elwell is batting .317 with three doubles, 15 RBI and nine runs scored while Tres Eberhardt is hitting .304 with seven doubles, 17 runs scored and five RBI. Starter Vinny Nittoli is 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA and 24 strikeouts in nine starts.

Ohio State holds a 29-18 lead in the all-time series with the Musketeers after winning, 4-1, last season in Columbus.

Cincinnati has posted a 12-23 record on the season entering play this week. Justin Glass is batting .377 with 14 doubles, two home runs, 31 runs scored and 21 RBI while Joey Bielek is hitting .364 with 12 doubles, 21 RBI and 20 runs scored. Zach Morris is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 47.2 innings pitched.

Ohio State dropped the last meeting with Cincinnati, 11-5, in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge last season but still holds a 65-22-2 lead in the all-time series.

The Buckeyes enter the week with a 21-14 overall record, tied for fifth with a 6-6 ledger in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State ranks third in on-base percentage (.377), fourth in runs scored (211) and doubles (59), fifth in batting average (.274) and home runs (17), first in walks (168) and second in stolen bases (56).

Individually, Josh Dezse sits tied for seventh in the Big Ten with five home runs and ninth with a .442 on-base percentage while Ryan Cypret leads the Big Ten with 30 walks. Brad Hallberg is tied for third in the conference with 11 doubles. Kirby Pellant is second with 19 stolen bases while Joe Ciamacco sits eighth with 11. Tim Wetzel is tied for fourth in the Big Ten with 25 walks.

On the mound, Jaron Long sits fifth with a 2.31 ERA and seventh with 43 strikeouts. John Kuchno is tied for fifth with five wins while David Fathalikhani and Andrew Armstrong are tied for first in the Big Ten with 18 appearances.

Head coach Greg Beals is just the 11th head coach in Ohio State history and only the fourth in the last 60 years. He has a 290-243 career record and in his 10th season as a collegiate head coach.

Ohio State is 256-127 all-time at Bill Davis Stadium for a fine .670 winning percentage. Ohio State is 147-82 vs. the Big Ten Conference at home.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

Sullinger Declares for 2012 NBA Draft

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jared Sullinger, a forward on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, has elected to make himself available for the 2012 National Basketball Association Draft. Sullinger made the announcement Wednesday at Value City Arena.

“Going to the Final Four with a team that many people said we weren’t good enough, weren’t strong enough, weren’t mentally tough enough, and still being able to get to the Final Four with all the ups and downs we had, I think that was tremendous for this basketball team,” Sullinger said Wednesday. “Once we got to the Final Four, we were trying to win it. But unfortunately, we fell short. I feel at peace with the decision I’m making.”

In two seasons at Ohio State, Sullinger scored 1,282 points (17.3 ppg.) and grabbed 717 rebounds (9.7 rpg.) He played in 74 career games, starting 73. His scoring total rates No. 29 all-time while his rebound total ranks No. 11 in Ohio State history.

His career point total is the third most in Ohio State history over the first two seasons of a career. Jerry Lucas scored 1,381 points in 1960 and 1961. Michael Redd tallied 1,361 in 1998 and 1999.

“I’ve always said he’s one of the most intellectual players I’ve ever coached,” OSU head coach Thad Matta said. “He came in that way as a freshman. The thing is that people don’t know he studies the game. Not only the college game, but the NBA game. He can tell you a lot about a lot of NBA issues. For him, the timing is definitely right.”

Sullinger earned numerous Big Ten and national honors during his time in Columbus. A two-time consensus first-team All-American, Sullinger was named the 2011 National and Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was a two-time first team All-Big Ten honoree.

The Buckeyes won 65 games over the last two seasons and claimed a pair of Big Ten regular-season titles while also advancing to the Big Ten tournament title game each year. The Buckeyes won the 2011 BTT and finished as the runner-up this season.

Sullinger led the Buckeyes to the 2011 NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16” and most recently to the 2012 NCAA Final Four in New Orleans, the 10th Final Four appearance for Ohio State all-time.

Ohio State finished the 2012 campaign with a 31-8 overall record. 

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor


Ohio State Drops Series Finale at Michigan State

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped its series finale at Michigan State, 10-5, Monday afternoon at McLane Stadium. With the loss, Ohio State falls to 14-12 on the season, 2-4 in Big Ten play, while Michigan State improves to 17-8, 2-1 in conference play.

The Buckeyes took the early 3-0 lead on three hits in the top of the first. Tim Wetzel singled to lead off the game, stole second and after a fly out by Ryan Cypret, advanced to third when Brad Hallberg struck out but reached on a wild pitch. Josh Dezse followed with an RBI single, then Patrick Porter notched an RBI double to deep right and David Corna plated Dezse with an RBI groundout.

However, Michigan State responded with an eight-run bottom of the first against Ohio State starter Brett McKinney. The Spartans used a double, four singles, three walks and a Buckeye error to take the 8-3 lead after one inning.

Ohio State tallied one in the top of the second when Kirby Pellant doubled to deep right with one out, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI groundout by Wetzel to make it 8-4 Michigan State.

Michigan State then pushed the lead right back to five runs at 9-4 in the bottom of the third on three singles and an RBI groundout by Ryan Jones.

Ohio State answered with a run of its own to cut the lead to 9-5 in the top of the fifth. Hallberg walked with two out, Dezse followed with a single and then Porter plated Hallberg with an RBI single to left. Corna then singled to right to load the bases and chase Michigan State starter Mike Theodore in favor of reliever Jeff Kinley. Brad Hutton pinch-hit for Joe Ciamacco against the left-hander and hit the ball well but it was caught on the warning track in center by Anthony Cheky.

Both teams were then held scoreless until the Spartans pushed the lead to 10-5 in the bottom of the eighth when Torsten Boss tripled to right-center off Ohio State reliever Trace Dempsey and came around to score on an RBI double by Tony Wieber.

Dezse and Porter each had two hits for Ohio State while John Kuchno tossed 4.2 innings of relief, allowing one earned run.

Kinley picked up the win for Michigan State, tossing 4.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out six.

The Buckeyes travel to Oxford for a 6:30 p.m. game Wednesday against Miami (OH) before returning home for a three-game set against Minnesota over the weekend.

– The two teams combined for 15 runs after scoring a total of four over the first two contests.
– Josh Dezse tallied his seventh multi-hit game of the season while Patrick Porter added his third.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor