Buckeyes close the season with 10 wins in their final 12 games
Ohio State to face third-seeded Minnesota tomorrow at 2:30 CST
Ohio State enters the tournament winners of eight of its last nine
Ohio State will head to Northwestern for Big Ten Tournament next week
Buckeyes extended their winning streak to eight games
2014 (Senior Season): Started 46 of the 51 games she played in ... hit .242 with 18 runs scored, five doubles and 11 RBI ... improved her batting average by 49 points between junior and senior seasons ... 84 putouts and 71 assists from her position at second base ... caught a line drive and doubled off runner at first with one out in top of the seventh of 3-1 win vs. Northwestern (4/25) ... hit a two-run, go-ahead double in the fifth innings of a 4-1 win over Pacific at the Fresno State Classic (3/15) ... had a season-high three hits in a 12-2 victory over Indiana (3/30).
2013 (Junior Season): Played in 35 games, starting 32 ... batted .193 with five runs scored and four doubles ... had a .959 fielding percentage with 73 putouts and just five errors ... had four multi-hit games ... went 3-for-3 with an RBI against Bethune Cookman (Feb. 15) ... started out the season by hitting .375 (6-for-16) in the first five games that she played in ... was 2-for-3 with a double against George Mason (March 15).
2012 (Sophomore Season): Played in 31 games, starting in 28 ... batted an average of .147 with 10 hits on 68 at-bats ... earned two doubles and one home run ... scored seven runs ... had a career-high five total bases vs. Longwood Lancers (March 2) while going 2-for-4 ... hit 11 RBI, including a career-high four RBI vs. Longwood Lancers (March 2) ... slugged a .221 percentage.
2011 (Freshman Season): Played 48 games for the Buckeyes with 41 starts ... earned five doubles, one triple, and two home runs during first season ... scored 11 runs for the Scarlet and Gray ... produced 11 RBI with .337 slugging percentage ... scored two runs vs. UCLA (Feb. 27) ... tallied two runs at Minnesota (April 2) ... batted .400 in series at Northwestern with a two-run home run (April 23) ... had a five-game hit streak in 2011.
Prior to Ohio State: Played four years of varsity softball at Fred C. Beyer High School ... team captain sophomore, junior and senior year ... hit .420 senior year ... all-league team four years ... all-district freshman and senior year ... offensive player of the year for team in 2007-2008 ... coaches award winner sophomore and senior year ... team made it to sectionals for the first time in 10 years during sophomore year.
Personal: Daughter of Kurt and Sonita Saalfeld ... has two younger brothers, Braden (17) and Caleb (14) ... would like to be a softball coach or become an athletic trainer after graduation ... lists placing seventh in the nation at The 18 Gold Nationals as her greatest sports thrill ... also played one year of varsity basketball in high school.
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