Buckeyes hoping to build on last year’s NCAA Tournament berth
Senior is 11th All-American in program history
Buckeyes make first NCAA appearance since 2010
Buckeyes with most first team selections since 2010
Buckeyes head to Knoxville Regional, will face Arizona
2016 (Senior Season): Broke two long-standing records, becoming the programs all-time hits and doubles leader … first team All-Big Ten and first team NFCA All-Midwest Region … hit .387 with 20 doubles, 44 RBI, 45 runs scored and a .657 slugging percentage … went eight for her last eight in the regular season vs. Michigan State, breaking the program’s all-time hits record in the process (244) … in Big Ten-only games, hit .438 with 11 doubles, 19 RBI and a .725 slugging percentage … led the conference in hits during the regular season … Big Ten and NFCA National Player of the Week March 1 after hitting .786 with nine RBI, eight runs scored, three doubles and two home runs in games vs. Virginia Tech (twice), Morehead State and USC Upstate … over the final week of the regular season, hit .611 with 11 hits, five doubles, five RBI and a 1.056 slugging percentage … led the team with 22 multiple hit games, 15 multiple RBI games and had a 14-game hitting streak (Feb. 26-March 20).
2015 (Junior Season): Hit .337 with a team-high 16 doubles, seven home runs, 35 RBI and 45 runs scored ... had 44 doubles in three seasons ... started all 52 games, primarily at catcher ... played 19 games in left field ... .971 fielding percentage with 180 putouts ... 17 multi-hit games (tied for second most on the team) and 10 multi-RBI games ... against Michigan State (4/10-4/12), went 7-for-12 with seven RBI, two doubles, two home runs and four runs scored ... scored a career-high five runs vs. Indiana in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament (5/7), going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI ... in 23 Big Ten games, hit .321 eight doubles, 17 RBI and 23 runs scored ... had a 10-game hitting streak from April 4 through April 18 ... a .388 hitter with runners in scoring position ... recorded her 100th career run scored at Michigan State (4/10) and 100th career RBI vs. Indiana (5/7) ... selected to the Big Ten All-Tournament team.
2014 (Sophomore Season): First team All-Big Ten ... started all 55 games ... hit .329 with six home runs, 16 doubles, 34 RBI and 34 runs scored ... had 22 RBI in 23 Big Ten game while hitting .406 ... slugged a team-best .696 in conference games ... her 11 doubles in Big Ten games was tops in the conference ... was sixth in the conference in batting average and RBI ... seven assists from her position in left field ... 13 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games ... ended the season with a seven-game hitting streak ... hit a two-run double to center field in the eighth inning of a 7-5 upset over second-seeded Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals ... went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored in a 7-6 victory over Iowa (5/3) ... also collected three hits, including two doubles, in a 13-6 triumph over Michigan State (3/21) ... hit a home run in the fifth inning to ignite a come-from-behind victory over Ohio (4/9) ... hit .600 with three doubles and six run scored in three-game sweep of Michigan State ... batted .386 with runners in scoring position and collected 15 two-out RBI, third highest on the team.
2013 (Freshman Season): Second team All-Big Ten ... started all 56 games that she played in ... led the Buckeyes in batting average (.346) and hits (65) ... tied a freshman record with 40 runs scored ... drove in 38 runs and added 12 doubles, seven home runs and one triple ... ranked eighth in the Big Ten in hits ... second on the team with a .431 average with runners in scoring position (28-of-65) ... finished with a team-high 20 multiple hit games and seven multiple RBI games ... went 2-for-3 with four RBI against Ball State (April 17) ... was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on March 18 after hitting .500 with one double, eight runs scored and five RBI over a seven-game stretch ... hit a two-run home run to left field against Illinois (May 3) ... hit safely in 17 of the last 22 games ... made a diving catch against Michigan State (April 24) that appeared on ESPN SportsCenter's Top Plays ... had a .965 fielding percentage.
Prior to Ohio State: Four-year starter at Teays Valley High School ... three-time first-team all-conference, two-time first-team all-district ... two-time first-team all-metro, second-team all-state ... Mid-State League Player of the Year as a junior ... also earned three varsity letters in volleyball.
Personal: Will major in business ... plans to attend culinary school after college and open a bakery ... member of National Honor Society ... daughter of Herb and Donna Prantl ... has one sister, Erica.
Buckeye Spotlight - Anna Kirk