March 22, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State softball team hosts Indiana in its first Big Ten series of the season at Buckeye Field this weekend in Columbus. The Buckeyes open their home slate with a doubleheader vs. the Hoosiers beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday and will wrap up the series at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Ohio State is 14-10 on the season after dropping two games at No. 13/14 Louisville Tuesday to wrap up its spring break trip. The Buckeyes claimed a 3-0 mark at the 2012 TSU Classic March 16-18 in Nashville, Tenn., to finish the tournament season with a 14-8 record.
Saturday, March 24 - Schedule cards and posters as well as bleacher bonus concessions voucher giveaway
Sunday, March 25 - Schedule cards and posters giveaway/Kids run bases and team autographs post-game
Gametracker will be available for each game this weekend. A link can be found on the softball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
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Ohio State claimed its 1000th win in program history after claiming a 5-0 shutout vs. Georgetown in game one and a 12-3 victory in five innings vs. Longwood in game two March 2 at the 2012 Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla.
Senior captain Alicia Herron is second on the OSU all-time career home run list with 43 home runs.
With one RBI, Herron will tie former Buckeye Courtney Pruner (2006-10) for third on the OSU career RBI list with 158 RBI. She is currently tied for fourth with former Buckeye Jennifer Link (2000-03) with 142 runs scored.
Herron is fifth in the nation in slugging percentage (1.034), fifth in RBI per game (1.45), sixth in triples (4), 14th in on-base percentage (.566) and 23rd in runs per game (1.1) in 2012.
In the Big Ten, Herron is first in home runs (8), RBI (29), triples (4) and total bases (62) and fourth in batting average (.422).
Senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott is fourth overall in the Big Ten in ERA with a 1.85 and third in strikeouts (99) in 19 appearances.
As a team, Ohio State is in the Top 5 in several conference batting statistics, including tied for first in triples (5), fourth in batting average (.295), on-base percentage (.382), fifth in stolen bases (29) and slugging percentage (.424), runs scored (126) and RBI (110).
Three Buckeyes are on hitting streaks heading into the weekend. Herron leads the team with a career-high 14-game hit streak, junior Danielle LeBeau has a season-high nine-game streak and freshman Taylor Watkins has a four-game hit streak.
Herron has reached base safely in 19-consecutive games - one game shy of her career high set in 2010. Watkins has reach based safely in five-consecutive games.
Ohio State returns 13 letterwinners and five starters from its 2011 squad. Nine newcomers join the Buckeye roster for this season, seven of them freshmen.
The Buckeyes have made four NCAA appearances in the last six years, including their first run in program history to the NCAA Super Regional in 2009. Ohio State also made the tournament in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Indiana enters Big Ten play with a 15-13 record after claiming a 4-0 mark, hosting the Hoosier Classic last weekend in Bloomington, Ind. The Hoosiers are batting .301 as a team, led by Jenna Abraham with a. 382 average and Samantha Berenter at .377. Meaghan Murphy is 6-5 with a 4.74 ERA in the circle for Indiana.
The Buckeyes trail the all-time series between the two schools, 34-53-2. Indiana won both meetings last season in Bloomington.
BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior shortstop Alicia Herron was named Big Ten Player of the Week Monday after help leading the team to a 3-0 mark at the TSU Classic Tournament March 16-18 in Nashville, Tenn.
The Cypress, Calif., native batted .500, drove in eight runs, scored five more and stole two bases in the three games. She finished the week with an OPS of 1.917 after hitting two home runs and two singles, while also drawing two walks. This is the third accolade for Herron in her career and the first for Ohio State this season.
HERRON CHASING MULTIPLE RECORDS
In her final season as a Buckeye, Alicia Herron is chasing multiple OSU career batting records. Most recently, the Buckeye shortstop passed former Buckeye Kristine Himes for second in home runs after posting two long balls vs. Belmont March 17 and now has 43 career home runs.
Here is where the OSU captain sits in other career batting categories:
- Fourth with 157 RBI
- Tied for fourth with 11 triples
- Fifth in batting average (.371)
- Tied for seventh in doubles with 36
- Tenth overall with 202 career hits
THREE BUCKEYES NAMED TO THE TSU CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Seniors Alicia Herron and Vanessa Spears and freshman Taylor Watkins were named to the 2012 TSU Classic All-Tournament Team after leading the team to a 3-0 record at TSU Classic Tournament March 16-18 in Nashville, Tenn.
Herron, a three-time All-Big Ten honoree, posted two home runs, eight RBI, five runs scored and two stolen bases in the three games in Nashville. Spears, a native of Brea, Calif., batted .455 at the plate with five hits, a team-high six runs scored, one home run and three RBI. Watkins, a native of Bonney Lake, Wash., led the team in hitting with a .583 average, collecting seven hits with a double and five runs scored.
HERRON DRAFTED BY AKRON
Senior captain Alicia Herron had a day to remember March 8 after being drafted in the fourth round (14th overall) of the 2012 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) College Draft by the Akron Racers. Akron Racers President/GM Joey Arrietta added another Buckeye to the Racers roster as she selected Herron at the shortstop position.
"We've had an eye on Herron for a while now," said Arrietta. "Playing down the road in Columbus we've seen that she moves well up the middle and has a powerful swing at the plate. She has a future in the NPF and could fill a hole at shortstop for us as a rookie."
CATHEDRAL CITY CLASSIC
Ohio State was 3-1 in action at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs. Mikayla Endicott pitched the Buckeyes to shutout wins over Fresno State (3-0) and Cal State Fullerton (9-0) and the senior also got the win against Colorado State in a time-shortened 9-8 Buckeye victory. At the plate, Danielle LeBeau hit .400 with five RBI and Melissa Rennie hit .500 with a three-run home run.
IN LAS VEGAS
The Buckeyes posted a 4-1 record in the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, with wins over Idaho State, Long Beach State, San Jose State and host UNLV. Outfielders Taylor Watkins and Vanessa Spears led the Buckeyes at the plate. Watkins hit .500 in three games, with a double and three RBI. Spears, who hit .438 in five games, tallied seven hits and two RBI. Shortstop Alicia Herron accounted for 18 total bases, hitting three home runs and a double among her seven hits. Mikayla Endicott posted a 3-1 record in the circle over the weekend with a 1.99 ERA.
AT THE DOT
Ohio State was 2-3 in the Dot Richardson tournament held at the National Training Center. Vanessa Spears hit .538 for the weekend, with seven hits and two RBI. Alicia Herron accounted for six hits, a home run, two triples and five RBI. Melanie Nichols was 2-1 in the circle in 15 innings pitched.
ON THE ROAD
Ohio State opens the 2012 campaign with five early-season tournaments on the road, playing 24 road games before hosting a Big Ten series vs. Indiana March 24-25 in Columbus. The Buckeyes were 2-3 in opening-weekend action at the Dot Richardson NTC tournament in Clermont, Fla.; 4-1 in action at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas; 3-1 in the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, 2-3 at the 2012 Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla., and 3-0 at the TSU Classic in Nashville, Tenn.
AT THE HELM
Head coach Linda Kalafatis, in her 16th season at the helm of the Buckeyes, is one of the most successful coaches in the Big Ten and the NCAA. She is one of four conference coaches with more than 700 career wins, placing her among the Top 30 active coaches in the country. The 2007 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Kalafatis is third among current Big Ten coaches in number of victories - with five fewer years coaching experience than her nearest colleague. Assisting Kalafatis in coaching the Buckeyes are associate head coach Ali Viola (seventh season), assistant coach Danielle Henderson (second season) and volunteer coach Dana Degan (first season).
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