58 Ohio State student-athletes posted 3.7 or better GPAs in 2011-12
Alvarez and Elliott named Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winners
Alicia Herron breaks OSU career runs scored record with 167 following two runs in game one
Game one vs. Nittany Lions will be live on BTN at 4 p.m. Friday
April 30 - May 6, 2012
At a glance: Suffered Achilles injury during 2010 fall practice and missed the 2011 season ... played shortstop in high school at nearby Dublin Scioto ... utility/outfielder for the Buckeyes ... her quickness and agility makes her a threat on base and in the outfield for the Scarlet and Gray.
2011 (Junior Season): Did not compete for the Buckeyes ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... OSU Scholar-Athlete.
2010 (Sophomore Season): Appeared in 37 games for the Buckeyes ... scored 16 runs ... a valuable pitch runner ... went 9-for-10 in stolen base attempts, which was second-best on the team ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... OSU Scholar-Athlete
2009 (Freshman Season): Played in 44 games, proving to be an asset as a pinch runner ... recorded 10 steals, second highest on the team ... scored 19 runs, including one against Brigham Young for the win in the NCAA Regional (May 15).
Prior to Ohio State: Lettered four years at Dublin Scioto under head coach Todd Bright ... posted a .404 career batting average in high school with 11 triples, seven home runs, 99 stolen bases and 44 runs batted in ... Named first team All-Ohio after senior season and was a two-time all-district and four-time All-Ohio Capital Conference selection ... ... also lettered three years in field hockey and one in track ... was a two-time All-OCC honoree in field hockey ... also member of National Honor Society and French Honor Society ... recipient of the OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award in 2004 and 2008.
Personal: Daughter of Rick and Donna Simonton ... has two brothers, Kyle (23) and Kris (17) ... hopes to become an elementary school teacher in the area after graduation ... enjoys playing outdoors, reading, watching television and hanging out with family and friends in her spare time ... uncles David and Dennis Bell ran cross country and track at Notre Dame and Western Michigan, respectively ... cousin, Summer Bell, swam at Florida State ... lists her greatest sports thrill as meeting former Cleveland Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel.
Buckeye Spotlight - Anna Kirk