April 26, 2012
It is Thursday, April 26th, 2012, and Michigan still sucks. (And apparently now called the Sun and Azure)
Welcome back to UnScripted Daily, your source for all things Ohio State Athletics. This is considered the "dead period" for a good number of fans, as there is nothing going on with the football or basketball teams. However, that doesn't mean that the Woody is empty. Ohio State runs, quite simply, the largest Athletic Department in the country. This means that there is hardly a day that goes by that a student-athlete is pulling on their Scarlet and Gray jersey to go do battle.
As we told you yesterday, the Volleyball Men are defending National Champs. They're kind of a big deal. People know them. But probably not as many as should, which is why it is one of the goals of UnScripted Ohio to bring you continuous coverage of what are endearingly referred to as "non-revenue sports" in that they bring in less revenue than they cost. If they were consumer products, they might be called "loss leaders." We aim to change that, in whatever fashion we can. Other sites and blogs might bring you a snippet of these kinds of things once or twice a month. We showcase them each and every day.
Let's get into it.
As noted yesterday, the OSU Baseball team took on Bowling Green yesterday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium, Presented by Tyler Perry. The Bucks bats were in full swing mode last night, dropping the Falcons 8-4. Junior Brad Hallberg led the team, going 3 of 4 at the plate and recording two RBI and two runs scored, in his team high 15th multi-hit game of the season.
The win brings the team to an overall record of 23-18 on the year. Freshman Reliever Trace Dempsey nabbed his first win of the season as he struck out two over two innings. The Buckeyes travel to Happy Valley for a three game series against the Nittany Lions starting tomorrow.
- The defending National Champion Men's Volleyball team took down Ball State 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-15) in St. John's Arena last night to advance to the Quarterfinals against #2 seed Lewis, Saturday at 7pm back in St. John's. The winners are going to Los Angeles May 3-5 to play for the National Championship. Lewis will provide a more formidable opponent, but of course, we have faith in our Men to bring home another title. Tickets to the match are $5 for adults and free for students. I urge everyone that can go, please do so and show our team that we support them 115%.
The team was led, as usual, by Seniors Shawn Sangrey (2012 MIVA Player of the Year) and Mik Berzins. Sangrey had a stout 15 kills on the night, while Berzins was one with the court, recording 11 digs. Junior Grayson Overman was a MAN at the net as he tallied up 10 blocks in holding Ball State to a .022 attacking percentage, a season best for the top seeded Buckeyes. Overall, the Buckeyes had 19 blocks in the contest.
- This is a big weekend for the OSU Track and Field Teams, as the men travel to Des Moines, IA for the 103rd running of the Drake Relays. The 4x100m relay race will begin under the starting gun at about 10:45 am on Friday morning. The Buckeyes feature the #3 man in the 3000m steeplechase, RS Junior Cory Leslie. We'll bring you a recap in Dotting The I.
- The #22 Lady Buckeye runners are also headed out on the road this weekend, traveling to Philadelphia for the 188th edition of the Penn Relays. Considered the premier track and field event in the country, the Buckeyes kicked off the meet this morning at 10am, with the hammer (Alexis Thomas, Maggie Mullen - #12 Nationally), high jump (Ashley Galbraith), and 400m hurdles (Nyjah Cousar - #29 Nationally).
These ladies are no strangers to elite competition. 10 athletes are ranked in the top 30 nationally in their disciplines. Christina Manning is considered the top 100m hurdler in the country and the 4x100m relay team, consisting of Manning, Chesna Sykes, Madison McNary, and Christienne Linton is ranked #10 in the nation. Manning is hoping to ride her momentum from the Tom Jones Memorial Classic in Gainseville, which garnered her B1G Track Athlete of the Week. This is the second such honor for the Waldorf, MD product, and third of her career.
All in all, the Lady Bucks are fielding 16 athletes in 18 events from shot put to discus to the aforementioned 4x100m relay. Updates as they come in.
As you can see, even when we have a lull in the two major sports, there is plenty for Ohio State fans of all shapes and sizes to get excited about.
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