The field hockey team is preparing for the start of its regular season, scheduled for Aug. 30 against UMass in Columbus. The squad hosted an exhibition match against Ohio University Saturday, and has one more preseason matchup against Michigan in Ann Arbor next Sunday.
Last year, Ohio State boasted a 12-8 overall record. They finished the season sixth in the Big Ten regular season standings, with the Buckeyes getting knocked out in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals by eventual champion Maryland.
Third-year head coach Jarred Martin, last season’s Big Ten Coach of the Year, brings back much of his offense from last season, including four of the top-five scorers from 2018. The Buckeyes are also onboarding a solid freshman class, featuring Mackenzie Allessie, a member of the women’s national team from the Pan American Games this summer.
The men’s soccer team also opened up its fall camp with an exhibition game against Xavier over the weekend. The team is scheduled for two more matchups before the start of the regular season Aug. 30 against the California State University, Northridge Matadors.
Ohio State has a lot of ground to make up heading into the 2019 season. Last year, in head coach Brian Maissoneuve’s inaugural season, the Buckeyes had just a 1-15-2 overall record -- the program’s worst mark since 1972. Now, however, Ohio State boasts a completely overhauled roster, including four transfers and a large incoming freshman class, which should position the team for a much-improved season in 2019.
While collegiate baseball might not officially be in session, 11 members of Ohio State’s baseball team played for eight teams in five collegiate wood bat leagues over the summer in preparation for the upcoming season.
Nolan Clegg and Mitchell Smith led the way this summer following their freshmen seasons in Columbus. Both played for the Michigan Monarchs of the Great Lakes League, and both took home all-league honors for their respective performances. Clegg boasted a 0.314 batting average, including five home runs and 19 stolen bases. Smith, meanwhile, had a 0.287 batting average with 13 RBI. Marcu Ernst, who played for the Champion City Kings in the Prospect League, also had a solid summer with a 0.265 batting average and 22 RBI.
After a surprising win in the Big Ten Tournament this past season, leading to a berth in the Nashville Regional of the NCAA Tournament, the Buckeyes will have a lot to live up to moving forward.
Jamie Henderson is joining the men’s gymnastics team as an assistant coach. Most recently a coach at Star Center Gymnastics in Texas, Henderson has coached numerous Junior Olympic National Qualifiers at the club level.
In addition to success at the coaching level, Henderson is also a successful gymnast himself. He was a five-time All-American while at Oklahoma, helping lead his squad to three NCAA team championships, and was a member of the USA National Team.
Men’s gymnastics is coming off an exciting summer, including the recent selection of two Buckeyes to the USA National Team and a national championship on pommel horse from Alec Yoder.
There’s a lot of excitement heading into the Ohio State men’s ice hockey season following their Big Ten championship in 2019. The Buckeyes are scheduled to kick off their 2019-20 campaign with an exhibition game against Western Oct. 6 and the regular season opener versus Western Michigan Oct. 11 in Toledo. Ohio State looks to open at home with a two-game series against Omaha later in October.
Fans will have a chance to celebrate the start of the season early with a free open house this Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes are hosting fans to meet players, ice skate and take pictures. Each attendee will also receive a free ticket for one of the games against Omaha.