Buckeyes host BTN at Wednesday’s practice

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Day 3 at Ohio State’s fall camp included another acclimation practice in the afternoon in front of close to 100 media members and support staff as the Big Ten Network was on campus for its annual preseason look at Ohio State football.

BTN studio hosts Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Dave Revsine enjoyed practice on an overcast, albeit lovely day at the country club of college practice facilities, the Harmon Family Football Park at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Herbstreit also on campus: Lead ABC/ESPN college football analyst and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit stopped by the facility to check out the Buckeyes. After practice, while coach Urban Meyer, Tom Herman, Braxton Miller and Chris Ash stopped by the BTN set, coaches Luke Fickell and Ed Warinner met with the writers and reporters on the indoor practice field.

Ball sidelined: Sophomore running back Warren Ball missed practice and was wearing a protective boot after he injured a foot during Monday’s practice. Ball’s absence leaves coach Stan Drayton with three running backs who have lettered: senior Rod Smith and sophomores Ezekiel Elliott and Bri’onte Dunn. Talented freshman Curtis Samuel does have a spring drills in his rearview after he enrolled into classes at Ohio State in January.

New on the roster: There are some new names on the Buckeyes’ 105-man roster: running back Jeffie Johnson, from Hilliard; former Ohio State wrestler Kosta Karageorge, a defensive lineman from Columbus; offensive lineman R.J. Morris, from Naperville, Ill.; offensive lineman Michael Pruni, from Dover, Ohio; and receiver Isiah Williams, from Dayton.

Up next: The Buckeyes have a single practice Thursday afternoon. The team moves into its fall camp home midmorning: the Hyatt Place Columbus.


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125th season of Ohio State football commences

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 125th season of Ohio State football kicked off today with the first practices of the 2014 fall camp season. Third-year head coach Urban Meyer (24-2 at Ohio State and with the highest winning percentage – .837; 128-25 – of any active major college coach with at least 10 years of experience) put his 13th team through a morning practice for the newcomers and a late afternoon practice with the veterans.

There were 38 players – scholarship and invited walk-ons – in the morning practice that included a number of collegiate veterans, namely offensive lineman Chad Lindsay, who came to Ohio State this summer after graduating from Alabama, and Jeff Greene, a wide receiver who arrived last season from Georgia Tech but had to sit out the season. All 23 of the scholarship true freshman also practiced in the morning except for January enrollees Raekwon McMillan and Johnnie Dixon.

Braxton’s back: As Mayer said, Braxton Miller was back at quarterback for the Buckeyes after missing all of spring drills after having shoulder surgery. Miller enters his senior season as a contender and possibly a leading contender for all of the major national awards, be it most outstanding performer, most valuable player and/or outstanding quarterback. Miller currently holds nine school records and he could break no less than eight more in 2014.


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Steve Arlin to be Inducted into Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State baseball legend Steve Arlin will be inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame Thursday night in Omaha, Neb. Arlin will be joined by Dustin Ackley (North Carolina), Will Clark (Mississippi State) and Mark Kotsay (Cal State Fullerton) to be inducted into the 2014 class, the second in the history of the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame.

“It’s an honor to be inducted into just the second class of the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame,” Arlin said. “The induction is a wonderful achievement for me but also for Ohio State and the Big Ten Conference. Not a lot of teams get the chance to make it to Omaha but the experience is something I will never forget.”

“On behalf of our university, athletics department and baseball program here at The Ohio State University, I would like to congratulate Steve Arlin on this great honor,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. “Steve’s performances in the 1965 and 1966 seasons played an integral part in putting Ohio State baseball on the map and, here again today, his achievements have our program in the national spotlight.”

The group will be recognized at the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park and also will be featured on ESPN’s live broadcast which airs at 8:30 p.m. ET. Current Buckeye first baseman/designated hitter Zach Ratcliff will be participating in the event.

Ohio State’s first two-time All-American, Arlin posted a 24-3 record in his two years with the Buckeyes. A two-time member of the College World Series All-Tournament team, Arlin fanned 57 hitters while tallying a 0.96 earned-run average in 47.0 innings in his College World Series career. In the 1965 College World Series, Arlin set two College World Series records against Washington State by striking out 20 batters in 15.0 innings pitched. In 1966, Arlin posted an 11-1 overall record, earning College World Series MVP honors while leading the Buckeyes to the national championship. The right-hander pitched in five of the six days of the 1966 College World Series, striking out 12 while allowing just two hits in a 1-0 shutout of top-ranked Southern California to make the championship game, where he tossed a perfect ninth inning to close out the Buckeyes’ 8-2 victory over Oklahoma State.

Arlin was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008, the same year his jersey – No. 22 – was retired at Ohio State. Arlin, who was selected 13th overall by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft, went on to play six seasons in the big leagues between the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians organizations.


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National Champions! No. 1 Ohio State Claims Second-Consecutive National Title

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The No. 1 Ohio State rowing team won its second-consecutive NCAA Championship Sunday morning at Eagle Creek Park, totaling 126 points after claiming individual national titles in the first and second varsity eights and a seventh-place overall finish in the first varsity four.

California finished second overall with 118 points, while Brown earned 116 points for a third-place finish. Stanford (110 points) and Virginia (105 points) rounded out the Top 5 teams.

The Buckeyes, who now have seven Top 5 team finishes at the NCAA Championships, become the fifth team overall to win consecutive national titles and the first since Brown (2007-08). With gold medal finishes in the first varsity eight and second varsity eight, Ohio State now holds five individual national titles, the fourth-highest total in NCAA rowing history, also becoming the fourth team in NCAA history to win both events at the national regatta in the same year.

The first varsity four began the final day of racing for the Buckeyes, competing in the Petite Final against Indiana, Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin and Princeton. The crew of Sarah Kessler, Anna Ralph, Anna Gackowski, Katie Beletskaya and coxswain Sarah Asad sounded the horn in first place with a time of 7:53.05, placing ahead of Michigan (7:55.68) and Indiana (7:56.66) to grant the boat a seventh-place overall finish and collect a crucial 16 points toward the team championship total.

The second varsity eight took to the course next, becoming the first team since Brown (2003-04) and the third team overall to claim consecutive national titles in the second varsity eight event. The crew of Daphne Socha, Chloe Meyer, Nicole Becks, Lauren Eckles, Meghan Birkbeck, Anne Dietrich, Katie King, Taylore Urban and coxswain Sami Jurofsky crossed the line in 6:59.43, finishing in front of second-place Princeton (7:02.02) and third-place Virginia (7:02.69) and amassing 44 points to propel the Buckeyes into first place overall with only one Grand Final race remaining.

The first varsity eight of Aina Cid Centelles, Elodie Ravera, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Stephanie Williams, Catherine Shields, Holly Norton, Claire-Louise Bode and coxswain Victoria Lazur secured the national title for Ohio State, finishing the season with a perfect record (12-0) after crossing the line first in 6:44.48, a length over second-place Brown (6:48.47) and third-place California (6:48.51). With the win, the first varsity eight claimed its first ever individual national title and became the second-consecutive Buckeye crew to finish a season with a perfect record as the second varsity eight did so (12-0) in 2013.


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No. 7 Seed Ohio State Falls to No. 3 Seed Illinois, 6-5, to End 2014 Campaign

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OMAHA, Neb. – The Ohio State baseball team saw its season come to a close with a 6-5 loss to Illinois Thursday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The Buckeyes conclude the 2014 campaign with a 30-28 record.

Illinois got on the board in the top of the first against Ohio State starter Ryan Riga. Adam Walton reached on a one-out single back up the middle and scored on a two-out double to left-center by Jason Goldstein. Reid Roper followed with a single to left to plate Goldstein for the 2-0 Illinois lead.

Ohio State threatened against Illinois starter Kevin Duchene in the bottom of the second. Jacob Bosiokovic reached on a leadoff single before Connor Sabanosh walked to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Troy Montgomery followed with an apparent bunt single but Connor Sabanosh was called out after interfering with Reid Roper at second base. Craig Nennig then grounded into an inning-ending double play as Illinois preserved the 2-0 lead.

The Illini rallied again in the top of the fourth when Reid Roper led off the inning with a bunt single before an infield single by Casey Fletcher put runners on first and second with nobody out. A sacrifice bunt by Ryne Roper moved the runners up to second and third with one down but Riga bounced back to strike out Ryan Nagle and Kelly Norris-Jones to keep it a 2-0 game.

Illinois tacked on two more in the top of the fifth. Three-consecutive singles to lead off the inning plated Will Krug before a double play by Goldstein scored Walton to push the Illinois lead to 4-0.

The Buckeyes got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Sabanosh singled to lead off the inning and, after Montgomery flied out to center for the first out of the inning, Nennig reached on an error to put runners on first and second with one down. Tim Wetzel followed with a fielder’s choice as Nennig was cut down at second for the second out of the inning but Nick Sergakis followed with a line-drive single to left to score Sabanosh to cut the Illini lead to 4-1 after five innings.

Ohio State knotted the game up with three in the bottom of the sixth. With one down, Josh Dezse walked before Bosiokovic doubled to right-center to put runners on second and third. Sabanosh then grounded out to third for the second out of the inning as both runners stayed put but Montgomery followed with a ground ball to short and the throw by Walton sailed into the first base dugout as Dezse and Bosiokovic came around to score. Nennig then grounded a single through the left side to plate Montgomery from second to tie the game at 4-4.

Illinois answered right back in the top of the seventh. Norris-Jones and Krug singled to lead off the inning to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Walton then laid down a sacrifice bunt and Riga’s throw to get Norris-Jones sailed down the left field line to give Illinois the lead back at 6-4. Jake Post came on in relief for Ohio State and allowed a sacrifice bunt but David Kerian to move Walton to third but the Buckeye sophomore responded to strike out Goldstein and Reid Roper to keep it a 6-4 game.

The Buckeyes came back to plate a run in the bottom of the frame. Sergakis led off the inning with a double before Ronnie Dawson was hit by a pitch to chase Duchene from the game. Nick Blackburn came on for the Illini and surrendered a bunt single to Troy Kuhn to load the bases before Dezse scored Sergakis with a sacrifice fly to right. Blackburn responded to strike out Bosiokovic for the second out of the inning but walked Sabanosh to load the bases before the Illini went to Tyler Jay out of the bullpen. The Illinois left-hander came on to strike out Montgomery as the Illini clung to the 6-5 lead.

The Illini then loaded the bases with two down in the top of the eighth on two singles and a walk but Travis Lakins came out of the bullpen to strike out Walton as it stayed a one-run game.

However, Jay tossed two more scoreless innings to close out the 6-5 win and earn his 10th save of the year.


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