Ohio State roundup: Men’s tennis team cruises to NCAA first-round win

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The Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated Cleveland State 4-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament yesterday at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center.

The fifth-ranked Buckeyes (32-2) cruised to earn the doubles point as Blaz Rola and Kevin Metka downed Jorg Van Der Vloet and Joe Vanmeteer 8-1, and Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith defeated Ali Shabib and Niklas Jonsson 8-2.

Rola and Metka remain undefeated with a 21-0 record, while Kobelt and Smith improved to 23-3.

Rola, 24-1 in singles play, defeated Van Der Vloet 6-1, 6-2. Devin McCarthy (25-2) and Constantin Christ (21-3) also earned singles points.

OSU is scheduled to face Washington in the second round at noon today at the Varsity Tennis Courts.

Softball

Top-seeded Michigan (45-9) escaped a late rally by Ohio State (34-22), defeating the Buckeyes 3-2 in a Big Ten quarterfinal at Bowlin Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Trailing 3-0, OSU, seeded eighth, got RBI singles from Maddy McIntyre and Leesa Gresham, but Evelyn Carrillo, who had three hits in the game, flied out to end the game.

Alex DiDomenico took the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits.

Caitlin Conrad had two hits and a run scored for OSU.

Women’s track

Ohio State’s Alexis Thomas won her second straight Big Ten title in the hammer throw at the Big Ten track and field outdoor championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Thomas’ throw went 210 feet, 7 inches, nearly 11 feet farther than her competition.

The Buckeyes are in fourth place after two events with 10 points, eight behind leader Wisconsin. The Badgers’ Caitlin Comfort set a stadium record in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 33 minutes, 30.16 seconds.

Baseball

Ohio State’s game against No. 6 Oregon was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader at 3:05 p.m. today at Bill Davis Stadium.

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