March 12, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State softball team continues its spring break schedule with seven road games in five days on the east coast this week. The Buckeyes (12-7, 0-0 Big Ten) will first travel to play George Washington at 1 p.m. Wednesday followed by a contest at Towson at 2 p.m. Thursday. Ohio State will then travel to Fairfax, Va., to play five games Friday-Sunday at the Cherry Blossom Classic hosted by George Mason University.
The Buckeyes open the classic against Pitt at 2:30 p.m. Friday before facing the Patriots at 7 p.m. at George Mason Softball Complex. Ohio State will then play two games Saturday, taking on Canisius at 10:30 a.m. and George Mason at 3 p.m. The team closes out the weekend with a second contest vs. Pitt at 12:15 p.m. Sunday.
FOLLOWING FROM HOME
A link to live stats Gametracker for each game this week can be found on the Ohio State softball schedule page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Follow live action and play-by-play also on our twitter page at @OhioState_SB.
Ohio State vs.
George Washington: 0-0; this will be the first meeting between the Buckeyes and Colonials.
Towson: 0-0; the Buckeyes and Tigers will meet for the first time Thursday afternoon.
Pitt: 8-3; Ohio State fell to Pitt, 4-0, in 2012 at the Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla.
Canisius: 2-0; the Buckeyes downed the Golden Griffins, 3-0, at the 2009 NCAA Regional in Columbus.
George Mason: 1-1; last time out, the Scarlet and Gray defeated George Mason, 1-0, at the Buckeye Invitational during the 1988 campaign in Columbus.
BIG TEN OPENER
Following the team's spring break trip, the Buckeyes will open the home and Big Ten schedule vs. Indiana March 22-24 at Buckeye Field.
RECAPPING THE MIKEN INVITATIONAL
Ohio State went 3-1 at the Miken Invitational hosted by University of Maryland last weekend in College, Park, Md. The Buckeyes picked up wins against Maryland, Radford and St. John's.
Offensively, junior Melissa Rennie batted .600 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI, while classmate Leesa Gresham batted .385 with a double, home run and four RBI with a .692 slugging percentage. Sophomore Taylor Watkins was .333 from the plate with a double, home run, five RBI and five runs scored, while freshman Cammi Prantl posted a .429 mark with a double, two RBI and two stolen bases.
In the circle, sophomore Olivia O'Reilly claimed a career-high 15 strikeouts against Radford for her fourth win of the season. She scattered three hits in seven innings of work and becomes just the fourth pitcher in Ohio State history to post at least 15 strikeouts in a game.
Sophomore Alex DiDomenico improved to 5-1 overall after helping out in a 4-0 win over St. Johns in the final game of invite. DiDomenico, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, threw her third complete game shutout of the year. In seven innings of work, she allowed no runs on three hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts.
DIDOMENICO NAMED BIG TEN PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Ohio State sophomore Alex DiDomenico has been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The award is the first career Big Ten weekly honor for DiDomenico.
DiDomenico, from Youngstown, Ohio, posted a spotless earned run average last weekend, pitching 15 innings in three appearances at the Jacksonville Tournament where she held opponents to a .130 average. She closed the weekend with an eight-inning effort against No. 16/17 Louisville, scattering just four hits while striking out three in the win Feb. 16. DiDomenico won the opening game against Bethune-Cookman Feb. 15, striking out four, before coming onto pitch three innings of scoreless relief against the Wildcats Feb. 15.
CARRILLO NAMED OHIO STATE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
First baseman Evelyn Carrillo helped the Buckeyes become Red and Black Showcase Champions with a 4-1 record last weekend in Athens, Ga. She batted .444 with eight hits, seven RBI, a home run and a stolen base in five games. Carrillo went 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI in the 5-4 extra inning, upset victory over No. 8 Georgia Feb. 9. The win marked the first for the Buckeyes against the Bulldogs in program history.
- Ohio State is 12-7 overall after going 3-1 last weekend at the Miken Invitational. The Buckeyes defeated Maryland, Radford and St. John's.
- The Scarlet and Gray were named the 2013 Red and Black Showcase Champions Feb. 10 after going 4-1 at Georgia's opening tournament. The weekend was a highlighted by a 5-4 upset over No. 8 Georgia in eight innings Feb. 9. The win marked first win against the Bulldogs in program history and first road victory against a Top 25 opponent since the 2010 season.
- Overall, Ohio State has three wins against Top 25 opponents in 2013, including No. 8 Georgia, No. 14 Arizona and No. 16 Louisville.
- First-year head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly picked up her first win at Ohio State in the opening game of the season after the team downed Elon, 10-2, in five innings.
- As a team, Ohio State is third in the Big Ten in the Big Ten in on base percentage (.383), tied for third in doubles (27) and hit by pitches (17) and tied for fifth in walks (64).
- The Buckeye pitching staff has combined for a 2.72 ERA, allowing just 50 earned runs in 128.2 innings pitched.
- Sophomore Taylor Watkins is tenth in the Big Ten in batting average (.397), ninth in on base percentage (.474), tied for ninth in runs scored (18) and hits (27).
- Junior designated player Leesa Gresham is batting .455 at the plate with a .697 slugging percentage in the last 10 games.
- Freshman Cammi Prantl has a .333 batting average with 20 hits, five doubles and seven RBI. Prantl is tied for first on the team with seven stolen bases this season, including a 3-for-3 mark vs. Winthrop Feb. 10.
- Sophomore Maddy McIntyre is second in the Big Ten with 18 walks.
- Sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico is second in the Big Ten in ERA (1.21) and third in opposing batting average (.198). She is 5-1 overall in 2013.