Junior Melissa Rennie
April 4, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team begins the Big Ten road schedule this weekend, traveling to play a three-game series at No. 12 Michigan Friday-Sunday at Wilpon Complex in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes (21-11, 3-3 Big Ten) are currently sixth in the conference, while Michigan (28-7, 6-0 Big Ten) sits at the top of the standings through two weeks of league competition.
Softball Series at No. 12 Michigan
Friday, April 5, 2013 – 6 p.m. ET (BTN.com)
Saturday, April 6 2013 – 2 p.m. ET (BTN.com)
Sunday, April 7, 2013 – 1 p.m. ET (BTN.com)
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.
Fans who will not be able to watch Ohio State and Michigan in Ann Arbor 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.)
Ohio State vs.
Michigan: 20-78; The Buckeyes dropped three games vs. the Wolverines last season in Columbus. Maddy McIntyre batted .333 in the series with a double and an RBI, while Evelyn Carrillo posted her first career grand slam with five RBI vs. the Wolverines.
The Wolverines have won 10-consecutive games and have moved up two spots to No. 12 in the USA Today/NFCA poll. Last weekend, Michigan swept Penn State in a series in State College to improve to 6-0 in conference play. Offensively, the Wolverines are first in the conference in batting (.329), slugging (.494), RBI (201) and on-base percentage (.410). Sierra Romero holds a .395 average with 14 home runs and 38 RBI to lead the squad and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second-consecutive week Monday. In the circle, Sara Driesenga is 19-5 with a 1.73 ERA in 25 starts in 2013.
SOME NOTES FROM PURDUE SERIES
- Ohio State claimed back-to-back home runs in the top of the tenth in game three vs. the Boilermakers when Evelyn Carrillo and Maddy McIntyre posted solo shots in the 5-3 win. It marked the first time Ohio State has hit back-to-back home runs since the 2010 campaign.
- Carrillo batted .455 at the plate vs. Purdue, boasting a double, home run and three RBI, while Taylor Watkins had five hits, including a double and a home run with three RBI to lead the team.
- Sophomore Olivia O’Reilly got the win in game three vs. Purdue to improve to 7-4 overall. She pitched 11 innings in two appearances vs. the Boilers, allowing just two earned runs.
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 March 18. 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 spring break trip March 13-17. 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 an 8-4 overall record with a 1.98 ERA, which is seventh-best in the Big Ten. She is second among Big Ten pitchers in earned runs allowed (23) and runs allowed (29) 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.
- First-year head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly returns to her alma mater this weekend for the first time at the helm of the Buckeyes.
- Ohio State is 21-11 overall after going 1-2 last weekend against Purdue in Columbus.
- As a team, Ohio State leads the Big Ten in doubles (51), second in runs scored (189), hits (288), RBI (174) and total bases (420) and tied for second in on base percentage (.385) and third in batting average (.309).
- Sophomore Taylor Watkins leads the team with a .411 batting average, which is ninth in the Big Ten. She also leads the squad in hits (46), on-base percentage (.481) and runs scored (31). Watkins leads the team with 14 multi-hit games and tied for first with eight multi-RBI games.
- Freshman Cammi Prantl has a .364 batting average with 40 hits, six doubles and 18 RBI. She has notched 13 multi-hit games.
- Sophomore Maddy McIntyre is third in the conference in walks with a career-high 26 free passes.
- Junior Leesa Gresham is sixth in the Big Ten in slugging percentage (.687), leading the Buckeyes with seven home runs and 10 doubles (both career highs). In the last 10 games, Gresham is batting .368 with three doubles, one triple, three home runs and a .737 slugging percentage.
- Sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico is seventh in the Big Ten in ERA (1.98) and fourth in opposing batting average (.195)
- 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 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 are guided by 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.
Kelly Kovach Schoenly is assisted by Amanda Buchholz and Jenna Hall. Buchholz comes from Miami (Ohio) where she spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach under Schoenly. During her time at Miami, Buchholz helped put together three of the Top defensive units in program history highlighted by the 2010 campaign when the RedHawks broke the team record for best fielding percentage with a .975 mark, breaking the .968 fielding percentage set in 1987 (The .975 fielding percentage was ranked tenth in the country). Her following two defensive squads notched .967 and .966 fielding percentages, respectively, despite having to replace more than half of the starting lineup. Buchholz was the starting shortstop for the Huskers from 2000-03, earning first team All-Big 12 honors, as well as Academic All-Big 12 honors. She led Nebraska to the 2002 College World Series and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Iowa City Regional.
Hall spent the last five seasons at Ohio University. Serving under head coach Jodi Hermanek, Hall helped guide the 2012 team to the best offensive season in program history as the Bobcats broke school records for most home runs (47), RBIs (255) and runs scored (293) in a single season. Prior to her time in Athens, Hall served as the student assistant coach at her alma mater - Illinois - under head coach Terri Sullivan.
Ohio State travels to face in-state opponent Ohio April 9 for a doubleheader in Athens, Ohio.