Vanessa Spears
Vanessa  Spears


Brea, Calif.

High School:
Brea Olinda





Twenty-one Buckeyes Receive Degrees at Summer Commencement Sunday

Student-Athletes from 17 sports received their degrees


Buckeyes Claim Series Victory at Penn State to Conclude 2012 Campaign

Sophomore Evelyn Carrillo posts grand slam vs. Nittany Lions in 4-1 win


Buckeyes Split Doubleheader at Penn State

Alicia Herron breaks OSU career runs scored record with 167 following two runs in game one


Ohio State Concludes 2012 Season at Penn State

Game one vs. Nittany Lions will be live on BTN at 4 p.m. Friday


Athletics Good Stuff

April 30 - May 6, 2012

At a glance: Very athletic ... played in 28 games for the Scarlet and Gray as a sophomore ... recovered from shoulder surgery to come back and play in 49 games as freshman ... will see time in the outfield again this season ... true left-handed hitter and is becoming a 'triple threat' at the plate for the Buckeyes.

2011 (Junior Season): Started 12 games in 15 appearances in the outfield for the Scarlet and Gray.

2010 (Sophomore Season): Started 20 games and appeared in 28 for the Buckeyes ... batted .209 in 67 plate appearances ... recorded 14 hits, including three-multi hit games ... scored 14 runs with three multi-run games ... posted 11 RBI, including two vs. Stetson (Feb. 19) ... was 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts ... finished the season with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 20 putouts.

2009 (Freshman Season): Started 42 games and played in 49 overall ... spent most of season batting in the second spot ... made 24 starts as the designated hitter and 18 in left field ... batted .248 on the year and had three multiple RBI games, including a four RBI performance against Penn State (May 9; G1) ... scored 21 runs off of 31 hits ... stole six bases, the fourth-most on the squad ... completed the season with five doubles and three home runs, including a home run vs. Kentucky May 16 for the win in the NCAA regional ... recorded a .875 fielding percentage.

Prior to Ohio State: Played four years in outfield and at first base for Brea Olinda High School ... holds school records for batting average (.459) and triples in a season (5) ... batted .400 as a senior in 2008, finishing third in the Century League ... four-time scholar-athlete .... three-time All-Century League honoree and team MVP ... earned Orange County all-star team recognition ... also played one season of water polo for Brea in 2004-05.

Personal: Daughter of Ira and Karen Spears ... Has three older siblings, brother Ian Keller (28) and sisters Sarah Keller (27) and Janiece Spears (24) ... enjoys spending time with friends and family and making ceramics in her spare time.