Five seniors named captains for 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five seniors were announced as team captains today by coach Urban Meyer. The five, chosen by vote of their teammates, included injured and out-for-the-year quarterback Braxton Miller, cornerback Doran Grant, linebacker Curtis Grant, defensive tackle Michael Bennett and tight end Jeff Heuerman.
Miller, who will have surgery tomorrow to repair his injured right shoulder, will not be able to accompany the team to its game in Baltimore against Navy this weekend, and coach Urban Meyer said Miller would have to count on the 70-man travel roster when he is able to travel with the team.

Heuerman, called one of the best tight ends in the country by Meyer during his press conference today, is also not 100 percent but Meyer anticipated he will be able to play Saturday. Heuerman is a veteran of 36 games with 22 starts and he has 35 career receptions for 585 yards and five touchdowns.

Joining Miller and Heuerman as captains are three defensive standouts, all in their fourth seasons with the Scarlet and Gray:
•Doran Grant has played in all 39 games over the past three seasons and has started 15 times. The only returning starter in the secondary, he has recorded 83 tackles, 11 pass break-ups and four interceptions.
•Curtis Grant is a 13-game starter who is coming off his best season as a Buckeye when he played in 12 games last season, started 10 times and had 52 tackles, four TFLs and two pass break-ups. He is a veteran of 30 games.
•Bennett started 13 games at defensive tackles last season and was among the team leaders in TFLs (11.5 for minus-62 yards) and quarterback sacks (seven). He also contributed 42 tackles and he enters his senior campaign with 34 games played, 17.5 TFLs, 11 quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

The team will have one final practice – Tuesday – before the fall semester starts on Wednesday.


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2nd Annual Ohio State Four-Miler Set For Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio State Four-Miler, which debuted in 2013 with a sold-out field of 10,000 runners and walkers, will return to the Ohio State campus on Sept. 21, 2014, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics and IMG College announced today.

The Ohio State Four-Miler will start outside of Ohio Stadium and take participants on a four-mile tour of the Ohio State campus before finishing on the 50-yard line of Ohio Stadium. The Ohio State Four-Miler Post-Race Tailgate Party will be held outside Ohio Stadium after the race.

The 2014 Ohio State Four-Miler will be limited to 12,000 runners and walkers. Last year’s event sold out at 10,000.

Registration for this year’s Ohio State Four-Miler is open at An early registration fee of $45 for the general public and $40 for Ohio State students is good through June 15.

“The overwhelming response and success of the inaugural Ohio State Four-Miler was a direct reflection for the love of Ohio State sports and the desire to celebrate fitness,” said Ray DeWeese, General Manager of IMG Sports Marketing. “We look forward to growing this event in 2014, and allowing even more runners and walkers to fulfill their dream of running across Ohio Stadium’s 50-yard line.”

Kroger, 10TV and Roosters are Presenting Sponsors of the Ohio State Four-Miler.

A portion of the proceeds of the Ohio State Four-Miler will benefit the Urban and Shelley Fund For Cancer Research, a general cancer research support fund dedicated to advancing cancer research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

The 2014 Ohio State Four-Miler will begin at 9 a.m. Former Ohio State athletes, including football and basketball players including Scoonie Penn, Raymont Harris, Anthony Schlegel, William White, Justin Zwick, J.J. Sullinger and Dimitrious Stanley; Brutus Buckeye; Ohio State cheerleaders and others will participate.

The Ohio State Four-Miler will be produced by the Ohio State Department of Athletics; IMG College, the university’s multimedia rights partner; the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer; and M3S Sports.

“I hope you join us and became part of the winning team in the fight against cancer,” said Lisa Cisco, founder of the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer. “It is a powerful feeling of hope when Buckeye Nation unites for a common cause …. together we can make a difference!”

Runners and walkers will receive an Ohio State-themed technical race shirt a must-have Buckeye-themed Official Finisher’s Medal. The 2013 medal featured an iconic image of Ohio Stadium.

“We are honored again to partner with Ohio State, IMG and the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer to produce a four-mile event that celebrates the healthy and active lifestyle,” said David Babner, race director for M3S Sports. “We look forward to a bigger and better event for our participants in 2014.”

Buckeye Greats who appeared at the last year’s Ohio State Four-Miler included Scoonie Penn, Bobby Carpenter, Dimitrious Stanley, Matt Finkes, William White, Justin Zwick, Ryan Miller, and JJ Sullinger.


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Tully Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year; Five Buckeyes All-Big Ten

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tanner Tully, a left-hander on the Ohio State baseball team, has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the conference office announced Tuesday. In addition, five Buckeyes were named All-Big Ten or to the All-Big Ten Freshman team.

Ronnie Dawson and Tully garnered second team All-Big Ten laurels while Josh Dezse, Troy Kuhn and Greg Greve were named third team All-Big Ten. Dawson and Tully also were named to the All-Big Ten Freshman team.

Tully, from Elkhart, Ind., is 6-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 86.1 innings pitched over 15 appearances, including 10 starts. He has allowed just six walks, compared to 45 strikeouts, in 86.1 innings pitched, and pitched at least 7.0 innings in seven of eight Big Ten starts. Tully, who is tied for sixth in the conference in wins, becomes the 11th Buckeye to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the first since Josh Dezse earned the award in 2011. He ranks third nationally in walks per nine innings and seventh in strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Dawson is hitting .342 with 10 doubles, a triple, four home runs, 28 runs scored and 25 RBI. He ranks fourth in the Big Ten in batting average, tied for eighth with 67 hits and has stolen nine bases. The Grove City, Ohio, native sits 10th in the conference with a .464 slugging percentage and leads the Buckeyes with 20 multi-hit games.

Dezse is batting .249 with nine doubles, five home runs, 26 RBI and 24 runs scored but has really come on in Big Ten play, hitting .308 with seven doubles, five home runs and 21 RBI. The Powell, Ohio, native reached base at a .426 clip in Big Ten games, the best of any first baseman, while slugging .590, the second-best among first basemen in Big Ten play. Dezse is tied for sixth in the Big Ten with five home runs.

Kuhn garners his first All-Big Ten honor after batting .290 while posting the best power numbers of any third baseman in the Big Ten, tallying 14 doubles, a triple, six home runs, 39 runs scored and 34 RBI. He has walked 23 times and has been hit by a pitch 11 times. Kuhn is ranked in the Top 10 in the conference in RBI, runs scored, doubles, home runs and total bases.

Greve, who also was the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Sportsmanship award honoree, was named third team All-Big Ten after going 7-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 85.2 innings pitched over 14 starts. The senior finished 10th in the conference in innings pitched and tied for third with seven wins. Greve, from Cleveland, Ohio, went 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 54.2 innings pitched over eight Big Ten starts and has totaled 229.1 innings pitched in his career, ranking 24th on the Ohio State all-time list.

The No. 7 seed Buckeyes face No. 2 seed Nebraska to open the Big Ten Tournament at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.


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Ohio State Comes Back in the Ninth but Falls, 3-2, at East Carolina

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a narrow 3-2 decision to East Carolina in the finale of the Keith LeClair Classic Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 7-3 on the season while the Pirates improve to 6-5.

The Buckeyes almost tied it in the top of the ninth against East Carolina closer Drew Reynolds. Troy Montgomery doubled to left to lead off the inning before a single through the right side by Aaron Gretz scored Montgomery to cut the lead to one. After Jake Brobst pinch-ran for Gretz, Craig Nennig singled through the right side and Wetzel sacrificed both runners over with one down. However, Reynolds got Kuhn to fly out to shallow left and Porter to fly out to center to end the game.

Farmer suffered the loss, allowing three runs, two earned on three hits over 5.0 innings pitched. Tully pitched well in relief, striking out a pair over 3.0 scoreless frames, while Ronnie Dawson went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Ohio State travels to nationally-ranked Oregon for a three-game set starting Friday.


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No. 1 Buckeyes Top Indiana, 5-2, in B1G Opener

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team (15-0, 1-0 Big Ten) netted a 5-2 victory over No. 58 Indiana (7-6, 0-1 Big Ten) Monday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind. The victory over the Hoosiers extended the Buckeyes’ regular-season conference win streak to 83-consecutive matches, which dates back to the 2005 campaign.

Senior Peter Kobelt (New Albany, Ohio) claimed match point for the second time in three days, defeating Sam Monette 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 at No. 1 singles to improve to 9-1 in the dual season.

In doubles action, the No. 2 duo of Kobelt and Kevin Metka (Worthington, Ohio) were first off court, defeating Daniel Bednarczyk and Sam Monette 8-7(7-3) on No. 1, saving a match point when serving down, 6-7. Redshirt junior Hunter Callahan (Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania) and freshman Herkko Pollanen (Helsinki, Finland) then fell to Sven Lalic and Dimitrije Tasic on court No. 2, 8-3. The doubles point came down to court No. 3, where redshirt sophomore Chris Diaz (Columbus, Ohio) and redshirt freshman Ralf Steinbach (Halle, Germany) fell to Stefan Lugonjic and Chris Essick, in a close 8-7 (7-5) finish.


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