Buckeyes At Michigan State This Weekend

Go Buckeyes! Maddy McIntyre
Go Buckeyes!
Maddy McIntyre
Go Buckeyes!

March 30, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team travels for its first Big Ten road series this weekend at Michigan State at Secchia Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes face the Spartans in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday and conclude the three-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Buckeyes (18-11, 2-1 Big Ten) have won seven of their last 10 games, including a doubleheader sweep at home against Wright State Wednesday. Sophomore Evelyn Carrillo led the OSU offense against the Raiders, posting a double, a home run and five RBI during the mid-week twin bill.

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 went 2-1 over March 24-25 in its first Big Ten series against Indiana at Buckeye Field. •Senior captain Alicia Herron is sixth in the nation in slugging percentage (.943), 13th in RBI per game (1.24), sixth in triples (4), 15th in on-base percentage (.553) and 35th in runs per game (1.0).
• Herron is second on the OSU all-time career home run list with 44 home runs.
• In the Big Ten, Herron is first in home runs (9), RBI (33), triples (4) and total bases (68) second in walks (22) and eighth in batting average (.400).
• Senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott is fourth overall in the Big Ten in ERA with a 1.87 and third in strikeouts (116) in 23 appearances.
• As a team, Ohio State is in the Top 5 in several conference batting statistics, including tied for second in triples (5), fourth in batting average (.297), on-base percentage (.384), slugging percentage (.433) and runs scored (138) and fifth in stolen bases (31) and RBI (131).
• Freshman Taylor Watkins is currently on a season-high 10-game hit streak. She leads the team with 34 hits and is third in batting average at .374.
• Sophomore Evelyn Carrillo is batting .412 in the last five games, posting two doubles a home run and eight RBi with a .706 slugging percentage.
• Herron has reached base safely in a career-high 24-consecutive games. Watkins has reach based safely in 10-consecutive contests.
• Ohio State claimed its 1,000th 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.
• 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.

Michigan State is 10-20 overall and 0-3 in conference play. The Spartans fell in the three games at Purdue to begin the conference season March 24-25 in West Lafayette, Ind. Michigan State is batting .260 as a team led by Kylene Hopkins with a .413 batting average, which is third-best in the Big Ten, and Stephanie Standers at . 348. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series between the two schools, 54-41. Last season, Ohio State split two games at home against Michigan State.

In her final season as a Buckeye, Alicia Herron is chasing multiple OSU career batting records. Herron needs one run scored to pass former Buckeye Sam Marder (2007-10) for third on the runs scored career list with 148.

Here is where she stands in other career batting categories:
• Second in home runs (44)
• Third in RBI (161)
• Tied for fourth in triples (11)
• Fifth in batting average (.369)
• Fifth in walks (83)
• Tied for seventh in doubles (36)
• Ninth in hits (205)
• 10th overall in hits (205)

Senior captain Alicia Herron has reached safely a career-high 24-consecutive games this season. The OSU shortstop posted a career-high 15 game hit streak during the stretch between Feb. 19 and March 24. Herron is batting .403 with 27 hits, 20 walks and a .560 on-base percentage during the span.

Junior Danielle LeBeau and freshman Taylor Watkins are having great starts in their first season with the Buckeyes, batting .377 and .374, respectively.

Watkins, a native of Bonney Lake, Wash., is first on the team in hits with 34 and third in runs scored with 19. The Buckeye lead-off hitter is currently on a season-high 10-game hit streak, hitting .486 with nine runs scored, six RBI, a .600 slugging percentage and a .550 on-base percentage during that span. She also leads the team with nine multi-hit games.

LeBeau, a junior from Poway, Calif., is second on the team in RBI (16), slugging percentage (.478) and on-base percentage (.449). LeBeau, who has 18 starts as the designated player, collected a nine-game hit streak from March 2-March 20. She has posted six multi-hit games.

Senior Mikayla Endicott is 11-7 overall with a 1.87 ERA in 23 appearances in 2012. The first-year Buckeye has collected 116 strikeouts, which is third-best in the conference. In her last five appearances, the native of Roseburg, Oregon, is 3-0 with a 1.97 ERA, 17 strikeouts, allowing six runs in 21.1 innings pitched.

Last time out, Endicott claimed her 11th win of the season in game one vs. Wright State, throwing six shutout innings, while limiting the Raider bats to four hits. She claimed her second save of the season in game two.

Junior Megan Coletta posted a solo home run last time out in game two against Wright State Wednesday to up Ohio State’s grand total of homers in 2012 to 23.

The Buckeyes have seen 10 players combine for 23 home runs this season with senior shortstop Alicia Herron recording a team-high nine in 29 games. Coletta, who has seven career home runs, has collected three this season followed by junior Danielle LeBeau, sophomore Evelyn Carrillo and freshman Caitlin Conrad with two each.

The Ohio State pitching corps has allowed its opponents to hit just eight home runs this season.

Senior shortstop Alicia Herron was named Big Ten Player of the Week March 19 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ohio State begins a six-game homestand next week beginning with a doubleheader against Buffalo at 3 p.m. April 4.