58 Ohio State student-athletes posted 3.7 or better GPAs in 2011-12
174 current and former Buckeyes earned degrees in 2011-12
May 21 - 27, 2012
Senior captain becomes first Buckeye in program history to be named an Academic All-American
May 14 - 20, 2012
At a glance: Top returning power hitter for the Buckeyes ... team captain ... named to the 2011 USA Softball Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List ... 2010 First Team All-Big Ten selection, 2010 First Team All-Midwest Region honoree, 2010 Academic All-Big Ten selection ... 2011 Third Team All-Big Ten honoree ... started in every game for Ohio State as a sophomore, leading the team in several offensive categories, including hits (71), RBI (50), total bases (128) and batting average (.415) ... started 56 games at shortstop as a freshman ... broke the OSU freshman home run record with 14 ... tied the program record with a seven-RBI game as a rookie ... athletic in the field ... one of the top prospects out of California.
2011 (Junior Season): Started in all 51 games for the Buckeyes ... Third Team All-Big Ten selection ... led the team with a batting average of .354 claiming team-high 52 hits in 147 at bats ... led the team with 10 multi-hit games... contributed to the win at Minnesota (April 2) going 2-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and three walks ... scored the lone run in a victory vs. Michigan State (May 8) ... named to the Capital One All District IV for the second time in her career ... fifth Buckeye in OSU history to be named to an all-district team in back to back seasons ... batted .583 with two doubles, one home run and six RBI with .842 slugging percentage in the Tulsa Tournament (March 4-6) ... claimed a .474 average with two home runs and six RBI with .842 slugging percentage at South Alabama Tournament (Feb 18-20) ... Recorded .385 average with two doubles, triple, two RBI and .692 slugging percentage in San Diego Classic II Tournament (March 18-20) ... tied season-high with four RBI vs. Drake, going 4-for-4 at the plate with a home run (March 5) ... Collected 3-for-4 performance vs. Purdue with a home run (March 17) ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... OSU Scholar-Athlete.
2010 (Sophomore Season): Started all 53 games for the Buckeyes ... led the Big Ten with a batting average of .415, collecting 71 hits (team leader) in 171 at bats (team leader) ... had 21 multi-hit games, including four hits vs. Cornell (March 24) ... led the Buckeyes with 50 RBI including six games with at least three RBI ... scored 41 runs with four coming vs. Cornell (March 24) ... led the team with 15 doubles and three triples ... also led the Buckeyes in total bases with 128 (second on team had 107) ... was a perfect 10 for 10 stealing bases ... second on the team with 12 homeruns ... fifth place all-time in team history with 26 homeruns in her career ... recorded her second-career grand slam in the top of the seventh with two outs to propel the Buckeyes to a come-from-behind 8-7 extra inning victory vs. Oregon State (Feb. 27) ... hit two home runs in Ohio State's 5-3 win over Kentucky to help the Buckeyes evade elimination and advance to the final day of the 2010 NCAA Columbus Regional Championship (May 22) ... was named first team All-Big Ten ... named first team All-Midwest Region ... named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Second Team ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... OSU Scholar-Athlete.
2009 (Freshman Season): Started in 56 games at shortstop and appeared in 57 overall ... led the Buckeyes with 40 runs and 48 RBI ... recorded 52 hits, the second highest on the team ... hit 14 home runs to break the OSU freshman record and rank second on the squad ... belted a grand slam and a three-run home run for a program record-tying seven RBI at Indiana (April 8; G1) ... also had two home runs vs. Oakland (April 26; G1) and at Northwestern (May 3) ... went on a three game home run streak, knocking out three vs. Northwestern (May 2-3) and one at Michigan (May 6: G1) ... hit back-to-back homers vs. Canisius and Brigham Young (May 14-15) in the NCAA Regional ... had a team leading 12 multiple RBI games ... recorded 77 putouts and a team-leading 111 assists ... hit seven doubles, including two vs. Michigan State (March 21) ... posted a .623 slugging percentage and a .321 batting average ... was walked 16 times ... stole four bases ... named second-team All-Big Ten.
Prior to Ohio State: Played four years of varsity softball at Cypress High School ... batted .463 as a junior in 2007 ... ended career as a four-time All-Empire League selection, as well as a four-time scholar-athlete honoree ... named her high school team's offensive most valuable player as a freshman.
Personal: Daughter of Robert and Jan Herron ... has two older sisters, Cassandra Matthews and Vanessa Savage ... plans on becoming a nurse after graduation ... father played football at the University of Reno, Nevada ... sister, Vanessa, was a softball player at Akron ... cousin, Monica Holmes, played volleyball at North Carolina ... lists making the game-ending out to stave off elimination in the 2006 ASA Nationals as her greatest sports thrill.
Buckeye Spotlight - Anna Kirk