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As expected, Bobek leaves OSU; chooses Minnesota

 

Brian Bobek (courtesy OSU athletics)

Former Ohio State football player Brian Bobek has made his decision to continue his academic/career at the University of Minnesota.

There is a penalty for Bobek transferring in the Big Ten. By choosing another Big Ten team, Bobek will lose a year of eligibility. Bobek, an offensive center, becomes eligible in 2013, and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Bobek, who is 275 pounds, did not fit into the new spread offense as a lighter center.

He will not get the chance to play against the Buckeyes because the Gophers do not play again until 2015.

After arriving in Columbus as one of the top high-school centers in the nation, Bobek did not play much as a freshman. He fell behind in spring football practices to Corey Linsley and Jacoby Boren.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & internet news

Kessel’s 20th goal helps Minnesota beat OSU hockey women

 

Amanda Kessel (courtesy of Minnesota athletics)

Amanda Kessel scored her 20th goal of the season, to lead the #2 Minnesota over Ohio State 3-1 in Minneapolis.

The win allowed the Gophers to sweep the two-game set in the Women’s Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Gophers are now 17-3-0, 11-3-0 WCHA. The Buckeyes dropped to 9-7-2, 6-7-1-1 WCHA.

Kessel’s goal came in the third period.

 

Info compiled from Minnesota & Ohio State athletics

 

Buckeyes ride five-run eighth to win over Gophers in Big Ten Tournament

 

Ohio State came from behind with a five-run eighth inning to defeat Minnesota, 5-3, in the first game of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday afternoon at Huntington Park. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 26-25 on the season and will play Illinois on Thursday.

(file photo)

Ohio State starting pitcher Drew Rucinski cruised through the first two innings until the Gophers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth.

On the other side, Minnesota starter T.J. Oakes retired 10 consecutive Buckeyes before a leadoff single in the fifth by David Corna.

After giving up a run in the fourth, Rucinski shut down the Gophers during the middle innings, but he ran into trouble in the eighth and was knocked out of the game. Minnesota upped their lead to 3-0 against reliever Andrew Armstrong.

Ohio State finally woke up the bats in the eighth inning by scoring five runs on five hits and two Gophers errors.

With Minnesota up 3-2, closer Scott Matyas struck out Josh Dezse before Matt Streng single into right field to score Tim Wetzel to tie the game at 3-3. Ryan Cypret then scored the go-ahead run on a failed pickoff attempt by the catcher and Corna doubled off the top of the left field fence to score Streng and the Buckeyes led 5-3.

Rucinski pitched 7.1 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits while striking out three. Jared Strayer picked up the win in relief for the Buckeyes to improve his record to 4-3 on the season while Dezse worked a perfect ninth inning for his fifth save of the season.

 

Info courtesy of OSU athletics

Ohio State clinches spot in upcoming Big Ten baseball tournament

 

The Ohio State Buckeyes clinched a spot in the Big Ten tournament by beating Minnesota 3-0 in the teams’ regular-season finale at Target Field in Minneapolis.

OSU (25-25, 13-11) will be the #4 seed in the tournament starting Wednesday at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio.

Greg Greve (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Ohio State and the Gophers (22-21, 13-11), the 2010 tournament champions will play the first game at 12:05 p.m.

Freshman pitcher Greg Greve, from Cleveland, Ohio and Walsh Jesuit High School, upped his record to 3-2, by pitching a career-high eight innings and giving up six innings while striking out five and no walks.

 

Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

#1 Ohio State overcomes Williams Arena jinx; wins 82-69

Photos of Williams Arena courtesy of Minnesota athletics

Williams Arena

Williams Arena floor

Over the years, Ohio State Buckeyes teams, whether they’re good or bad, have had trouble winning in 80-year-old Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.

However, the #1-ranked Buckeyes overcame the jinx, the fans and the elevated floor of Williams Arena to beat the 18th-ranked Gophers for only the second time in the past six visits to Williams Arena, 82-69.

David Lighty, the only player on the Ohio State roster who had ever won a game at Williams Arena, led the way with 19 points. The sixth-year senior along with Jared Sullinger, Dallas Lauderdale and DeShaun Thomas helped shutdown the Minnesota Gophers inside trio of Ralph Sampson III, Trevor Mbakwe and Colton Iverson.

The Gophers have had problems in their backcourt since point guard Al Nolen broke his foot and sixth man Devoe Joseph transferred. Head coach Tubby Smith has had to rely more on his inside players.

Sullinger scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season.

The Buckeyes also controlled the offensive boards with 22.

OSU improves to 24-0, 11-0 in the Big Ten, while Minnesota drops to 16-7, 5-6.

compiled from staff, Ohio State & Minnesota athletics news

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