March 21, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State softball team opens the home and conference schedule this weekend, hosting Indiana in a three-game series Friday-Sunday at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes enter league play with an 18-8 overall record after posting a 5-0 mark at the Cherry Blossom Classic March 15-17 in Fairfax, Va.
With multiple events in the area this weekend, fans are asked to enter from Olentangy River Road and park in either the Gray 7 or Biggs lots.
Fans who will not be able to watch Ohio State and Indiana at Buckeye Field can catch all the action on BTN.com as part of the Big Ten Digital Network. (Note, there is a fee to view games airing on BTN.com. Fans who have already subscribed to Buckeye Vision can use the same log in information for the Big Ten Digital Network as both are part of CBSSports.com College Network.)
FOLLOWING FROM HOME
A link to Gametracker for each game this weekend 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.
Friday (3 p.m.) - Opening Day - free schedule posters
Saturday (2 p.m.) - Buckeyes Go Pink -first 200 fans receive a free pink item, post-game meet and greet
Sunday (1 p.m.) - Kids run the bases following the contest
Ohio State vs.
Indiana: 36-53-2; Last season, the Buckeyes won the series vs. the Hoosiers in Columbus, winning game one (4-3) and game three (7-3). Ohio State holds a 6-3 mark vs. Indiana in the last three seasons.
The Hoosiers are 15-14 overall this season and are returning to action after falling at No. 11 Louisville, 4-1, Wednesday in Louisville, Ky. Indiana has claimed two wins against a ranked opponent this year, sweeping then-No. 24 Georgia Tech in two games at the Georgia Tech Classic in Atlanta, Ga. Offensively, Amanda Wagner leads the team with a .439 average, which is fourth-best in the Big Ten. In the circle, Lora Olson is 6-5 this season with a 2.38 earned run average.
PRANTL NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Ohio State freshman Cammi Prantl has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The award is the first career Big Ten weekly honor for Prantl.
Prantl, a native of Ashville, Ohio, hit .560 (14-for-25) with one double, eight runs scored and five RBI, helping Ohio State to a 6-1 record on the week. The OSU outfielder recorded five multi-hit games, including two 3-for-3 efforts, and scored at least once in five contests. Prantl becomes the first Ohio State Big Ten Freshman of the Week since Melissa Rennie was honored during the 2011 campaign.
DIDOMENICO IN THE CIRCLE
Ohio State sophomore Alex DiDomenico is having a great start to the 2013 campaign, posting a 7-3 overall record with a 1.21 ERA, which is second best in the Big Ten. She leads all Big Ten pitchers in earned runs allowed (11) and runs allowed (13) in 2013. DiDomenico was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week Feb. 18 after notching a spotless earned run average pitching 15 innings in three appearances at the Jacksonville Tournament Feb. 15-17 where she held opponents to a .130 average.
Overall, DiDomenico has claimed wins against three Top 20 teams this season, including Georgia, Louisville and Arizona. She also has collected a team-best four complete-game shutouts.
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 18-8 overall after going 5-0 last weekend at the Cherry Blossom Classic. The Buckeyes collected four shutouts at the tournament, outscoring their opponents, 36-2.
- As a team, Ohio State leads the Big Ten in on base percentage (.397), RBI (140), doubles (38), second in batting average (.314), runs scored (154), hits (231) and third in total bases (335) and slugging percentage (.456).
- 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.
- The Buckeye pitching staff has combined for a 2.45 ERA, which is fifth-best in the conference.
- Sophomore Taylor Watkins leads the team with a .402 batting average, which is eighth in the Big Ten. She also leads the squad in hits (35), total bases (55) and stolen bases (9).
- Freshman Cammi Prantl has a .400 batting average with 34 hits, six doubles and 12 RBI. Prantl leads Ohio State with 11 multi-hit games in 2013.
- Sophomore Maddy McIntyre leads the Big Ten in walks with 23 and is fifth in the conference in on base percentage (.500).
- Junior Leesa Gresham is third in the Big Ten in slugging percentage (.743), leading the Buckeyes with six home runs and seven doubles. In the last 10 games, Gresham is batting .375 with one double, one triple, four home runs and a .844 slugging percentage.
- Sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico is second in the Big Ten in ERA (1.21) and opposing batting average (.167).
- The Buckeyes 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.
- The Buckeyes defeated No. 16 Louisville, 1-0, Feb. 16 in eight innings, marking the second win vs. a nationally-ranked opponent this season.
- Ohio State downed No. 14 Arizona, 6-0, Feb. 22 at the Marry Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs for its third win over a Top 20 opponent.
The Buckeyes will be guided for the first time this weekend under first-year head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly, who spent six seasons at Miami, posting a program-best 188 wins for the RedHawks.
Schoenly led the RedHawks to their first MAC Tournament title in 2009 before winning again in 2012. Schoenly also helped the team to two NCAA Tournament berths in both 2009 and 2012, respectively. Prior to her stint at Miami, Schoenly was an assistant coach at Penn State (1998-2006) for eight seasons and helped guide the Nittany Lions to seven Big Ten Tournament appearances and six NCAA Tournament berths. Before her time in State College, Schoenly was an assistant at her alma mater, Michigan, for three years (1995-98), helping the squad reach the NCAA Women's College World Series three consecutive times.
During her collegiate pitching career at Michigan (1991-95), Schoenly earned numerous conference and national awards, including 1995 NFCA First-Team All-America honors. A two-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and three-time all-conference selection, Schoenly was a member of three Big Ten Conference Championship teams.
Ohio State hits the road for its first Big Ten trip with a three-game series at Purdue March 29-31 in West Lafayette, Ind. Game two Saturday will be televised live on BTN.
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