Includes B1G Distinguished Scholars Jayla Saibene, Maddy McIntyre
Buckeyes make first NCAA appearance since 2010
Leonard is Player of the Week, Clark co-Freshman of the Week
Buckeyes top Morehead State, Virginia Tech to run win streak to four
Redshirt senior hit .414 last year with 60 RBI, 15 HRs
2016 (Redshirt Senior Season): Hit .275 with six home runs and 24 RBI in 49 games … Big Ten Player of the Week on March 14 after hitting .500 in games vs. James Madison, Georgetown, Nebraska and Arizona State … went three-for-three with a home run and six RBI in 13-5 win over Maryland (3/27) that helped the Buckeyes complete a three-game sweep … drove in four runs in 17-8 win at Rutgers (4/8), going three-for-five with a home run and double … collected at least one RBI in six of seven games between Feb. 26 and March 12 … OSU Scholar-Athlete.
2015 (Redshirt Junior Season): First team All-Big Ten ... second team NFCA All-Midwest Region ... hit .414 with 60 RBI, 15 home runs and a .782 slugging percentage ... set a Big Ten record with 37 RBI in 23 conference games ... over the final 24 games of the season, hit .512 with 53 RBI, 15 home runs, 43 hits and a 1.083 slugging percentage ... in Big Ten-only games, hit 420 with 11 home runs and a .913 slugging percentage, finishing first in RBI and home runs, 12th in batting average, third in slugging percentage and 13th in hits ... in a win over Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, set a single-game school record with 10 RBI, going 4-for-4 while hitting two grand slams ... Big Ten All-Tournament team selection ... ranks second in single-season RBI, fifth in single-season batting average and fourth in single-season home runs ... 14 of her 15 home runs came with runners on base ... was 25-for-50 with runners in scoring position and added 30 two-out RBI ... hit .412 in 16 games against teams that made the NCAA Tournament ... 17 multiple-hit games and 15 multiple-RBI contests ... .983 fielding percentage, playing the majority of her 48 games at first base.
2014 (Redshirt Sophomore Season): Started 37 games, primarily at catcher or designated player ... hit .257 with 20 RBI, 11 runs scored, seven doubles and one home run ... connected on a two-run home run that gave Ohio State the lead in a 6-4 victory over Northern Illinois (2/8) ... hit .429 with four RBI in the season-opening FAU Kick-Off Classic ... drove in three runs and had four hits in Big Ten-opening series vs. Michigan State (3/21-3/22).
While at Florida State University: Seminole catcher from 2011-2013 ... established the single-season school record for walks with 52 ... batted .262 with four homeruns, 24 RBIs, nine doubles and 20 runs scored ... highest on-base percentage on the team at .484 ... batted .325 against ACC competition ... started 54 games as a freshman.
While at Mother of Mercy: four-year starting catcher ... broke fielding percentage as a freshman at .992 ... first team All-Conference and All-Ohio 2008-2011 ... placed first in the National High School Softball Championship Homerun Derby ... broke homerun record with nine homeruns in 2009 ... Greater Cincinnati and NKY Women's Sports Association High School Player of the Year in softball in 2010 and 2011 ... Mother of Mercy High School Player of the Year 2010 and 2011.
Personal: Daughter of Jayme, who played basketball at Bellarmine University and Sherri ... sister of Tyler, Brooke and Kellie ... sociology major hoping to still be involved in softball upon graduation ... hobbies include camping and boating on the lake with her family.
Buckeye Spotlight - Anna Kirk