The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team turned in a team score of 194.725 but placed fourth and did not advance after Friday’s second round of an NCAA regional at Ann Arbor, Mich.
Alabama (197.225) and Michigan (196.95) advanced to a regional final. Penn State was third.
Janelle McClelland, Jenna Swartzentruber and Morgan Lowe posted personal bests on the vault and Sydney Jennings led the group with a 9.875 to give OSU its best score — 49.175 — in the event this season.
Danica Abanto tied for third in the all-around with a score of 39.075.
Casey O’Laughlin’s grand slam in the ninth inning capped a 10-run rally and Northwestern downed Ohio State 13-5 at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Buckeyes led 5-3 after six innings before the Wildcats scored two each in the seventh and eighth innings and sixth in the ninth.
Zach Dezenzo led OSU with two doubles and three RBI.
Lauren Rice and Morgan Ray combined to pitch a three-hit shutout as the Buckeyes edged Rutgers 2-0 at Buckeye Field.
Rice (13-1) allowed three hits over 5 2/3 innings while Ray picked up her second save this season.
Bri Betschel singled home a run in the fifth, then scored on a double by Emily Clark.
The men’s and women’s teams picked up a pair of 6-1 victories on Friday night. The top-ranked men (21-2, 6-0) downed Nebraska in a Big Ten match with dominating singles wins by JJ Wolf, Alex Kobelt and James Trotter. Wolf and Martin Joyce, along with John McNally and Hunter Tubert, swept the doubles matches.
The 21st-ranked women’s team (16-3, 5-1) topped Wisconsin (13-3, 5-1) at the Varsity Tennis Center. Shiori Fukuda, Luna Dormet and Isabelle Boulais all had singles and doubles wins for the Buckeyes.