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Rucinski, Streng lead OSU baseball over Western Michigan, 4-3

Drew Rucinski (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

Ohio State’s baseball team jumped out to an early lead and hung on to beat Western Michigan, 4-3, behind a strong outing from starter Drew Rucinski and a solid day at the plate from Matt Streng on Friday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Rucinski picked up his first win of the season, going seven innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out three. Streng went 3-for-4 at the plate.

OSU wasted no time in getting to Broncos starting pitcher Brian Stroud. Tim Wetzel walked to lead off the games and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Engle. After a groundout by Brad Hallberg, Brian DeLucia singled to right to drive in Wetzel. DeLucia then went to third on a single by Streng and scored on a perfectly-placed and executed double steal to put the Bucks up 2-0 after the first inning.

OSU extended the lead to 4-0 in the second inning. Ryan Cypret singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Ciamacco before Greg Solomon drilled a 1-0 pitch to the wall in center for an RBI triple. Wetzel came to the plate and scorched a ground ball up the middle. WMU shortstop Patrick Duncan was playing in and made a diving stop but his throw home was too late to get Solomon as the Buckeyes scored another run.

Info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

Western Michigan knocks off Miami in overtime

Demetrius Ward (courtesy of Western Michigan athletics)

Demetrius Ward scored 21 points in leading Western Michigan to a comeback from a 14-point halftime deficit to beat Miami in Mid-American Conference action.

The Broncos improve to 11-9, 4-3.

Julian Mavunga led Miami with 22 points.

The RedHawks drop to 9-12, 4-3.

Ohio State assistant Hazell hired as head coach at Kent State

Ohio State assistant head coach Darrell Hazell made history on Monday while being named as the school’s new head football coach. He has become the first black head football coach in the school’s 90-year history as a program.

Hazell becomes Kent State’s 20th football coach. He replaces Doug Martin, who resigned last month with one game remaining in a 5-7 season. Martin had a seven year record of 29-53.

Hazell’s job is to beat the Golden Flashes arch-rival Akron and turn the program into a consistent winner in the Mid-American Conference.

Darrell Hazell (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

(courtesy of Kent State athletics via Wikipedia Commons)

Hazell was one of four candidates interviewed on campus. The others included: Kent State defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis and wide receivers coaches Curt Cignetti of Alabama and Bobby Kennedy of Texas, respectively.

Hazell’s final game with the Ohio State Buckeyes will be the Sugar Bowl contest against Arkansas on January 4. He will however, spend some time at Kent State talking to his players, evaluating what assistants will be kept, who to hire as assistants and of course recruit. He’ll rejoin the Buckeyes after Christmas.

Hazell, who is 46, has 25 years of college coaching experience, with the past seven being at Ohio State. As the Ohio State wide receivers coach, he was beneficial in the development of Ted Ginn, Jr. Brian Robiske, Brian Hartline, Anthony Gonzalez and Santonio Holmes.

Hazell was a top-notch football player in his own right, just not on the Division I level. He was an All-America wide receiver receiver as a senior at Division III Muskingum University in Ohio in 1986 and became running backs coach at Oberlin College in 1987. He also been an assistant at Eastern Illinois, Pennsylvania, Western Michigan, Army, West Virginia and spent three years at Rutgers and then joined Tressel’s staff in 2004.

compiled from staff, Ohio State & Kent State athletics

R&L Carriers NEW ORLEANS BOWL: Ohio Bobcats no match for Troy Trojans

(courtesy of New Orleans Bowl via Wikipedia Commons)

Frank Solich and Ohio Bobcats end year at 8-5 (file photo)

Corey Robinson threw for 387 yards and four TD’s and Troy set a New Orleans Bowl scoring record with a 48-21 win over Ohio University.

Robinson completed 23 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns in the first half of play alone, when Troy (8-5) raced out to a 38-7 lead.

Tebiarus Gill had a New Orleans Bowl-record with three touchdowns, all on receptions in the first half.

Troy finished with another New Orleans Bowl record, with 602 yards. The Trojans racked up a 371-39 yard edge through the first two quarters.

Corey Robinson (photo by Kevin Glackmeyer and Troy athletics)

Ohio, who drops to 0-5 in bowl games overall, finished the season at 8-5.

The Bobcats were led by quarterback Boo Jackson passed for 209 yards and three touchdowns.

OHIO BOBCATS GAME NOTES

* Strong Safety Donovan Fletcher has been Ohio’s best player defensive player all year, notching a team-high five interceptions and making 68 tackles.

* Ohio was able to get an at-large bowl bid when fellow MAC teams, Temple and Western Michigan will be staying home.

TROY UNIVERSITY TROJANS GAME NOTES

* The Sun Belt Conference champions know this bowl quite well, having played in it in 2006 and 2008.

* The Trojans completed a “Drive For Five”, five consecutive years with at least part of the league title.

* WR Jerrel Jernigan scored nine touchdowns this year, five receiving, two rushing, and one each on punt and kick returns. He also threw a touchdown pass.

compiled from staff, R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Ohio University & Troy University athletics

Xavier holds off Western Michigan, 68-65

Terrell Holloway (file photo)

The Xavier Musketeer men’s basketball team had to scrap and claw to beat an upset-minded Western Michigan team.

Xavier rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat the Broncos, 68-65.

Terrell “Tu” Holloway scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half to lead the comeback.

Holloway scored 10 points during 15-2 run that brought “X” back into the game.

compiled from staff & Xavier athletic news

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