COLUMBUS, Ohio – After assisting the Buckeyes in outscoring their opponents by a 37-8 margin, Ohio State senior Shelby McCombs and freshman Niki Carver garnered Big Ten weekly honors, the conference announced Monday. McCombs was tabbed as Pitcher of the Week while Carver earned Co-Freshman of the Week laurels. It is the first weekly honor for both.
The duo helped the team to a perfect 5-0 record at the FAU “First Pitch” Classic, the first time Ohio State swept its opening weekend since the beginning of the 2015 season.
McCombs started her senior campaign in stellar fashion as she picked up three wins in the circle, including two complete games. She had a 0.34 ERA and tallied 25 strikeouts in 20.2 innings of work. Batters only hit .164 against her and she did not give up an extra-base hit. Against FAU, the RHP tallied a career-high 12 strikeouts and only walked one of the 26 batters she faced.
The Newark, Ohio native led Ohio State’s pitching staff that recorded a 1.00 team ERA through five games. She was essential in stifling the opposition as they hit .169 against OSU pitchers with just two extra-base hits.
Offensively, McCombs hit .500 (4-for-8) with two RBI and a home run. She picked up a career-high three hits against the Owls, including the third homer of her career.
Carver had an impressive debut in Scarlet & Gray as she started every game over the weekend. She connected on eight hits in 18 at-bats for a .444 batting average and added seven RBI and five runs. She spent time covering first and third base, where she notched 29 putouts, two assists and a .969 fielding percentage.
The rookie from Gainesville, Ga., went 4-for-5 with a career-high three RBI and two runs against FAU. Carver’s first four-hit game of her collegiate career come on a pair of singles, a double and two-run homer. With that, she is one of only five athletes to record four hits in a single game as a freshman. Carver successfully reached base in all five contests and is on a four-game hitting streak.
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