Ohio State Hosts No. 20 Michigan This Weekend

Go Buckeyes! Alicia Herron
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Alicia Herron
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April 5, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State softball team continues conference action this weekend, hosting No. 20 Michigan at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes will play the Wolverines at 5:30 p.m. Friday live on BTN before concluding the series with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Buckeyes (23-11, 5-1 Big Ten) have won eight-consecutive games, including a series sweep at Michigan State March 31-April 1 in East Lansing, Mich. Sophomore Evelyn Carrillo led the Scarlet and Gray to a 5-0 mark last week, batting .722 with 13 hits, 13 RBI, two home runs and a 1.167 slugging percentage and was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

Friday, April 6
• Youth Day
• Student Night - pizza for students
• Live on BTN
• Give-a-way - 500 Fan Fans

Saturday, April 7
• Youth Day
• Face Painting
• Bleacher Bonus Concessions Voucher
• Easter Egg Hunt Between Games 1 and 2

Gametracker will be available for each of the three games vs. the Wolverines. A link can be found on the softball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

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• Ohio State swept its first conference road series at Michigan State March 31-April 1. The Buckeyes are currently tied for second in the Big Ten standings with Michigan with both teams at 5-1.
•Senior captain Alicia Herron is 11th in the nation in RBI per game (1.23), seventh in triples (4) and 13th in on-base percentage (.533).
• In the Big Ten, Herron is first in home runs (10), slugging percentage (.878), on base percentage (.562), total bases (79) and RBI (40), second in walks (25) and tied for first in runs scored (32). Freshman Taylor Watkins is fourth in the league with 42 hits.
• Herron is second on the OSU all-time career home run list with 45 home runs.
• Senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott is fourth overall in the Big Ten in ERA with a 1.99 ERA and third in strikeouts (133) in 27 appearances.
• As a team, Ohio State is in the Top 5 in several conference batting statistics, including third in batting average (.311), second in triples (5), runs scored (192), total bases (419), hits (284) and RBI (172), tied for second in home runs (29) and fourth in slugging percentage (.459) and on-base percentage (.401).
• In Big Ten games, sophomore Evelyn Carrillo is first in batting average (.696), on base percentage (.708), hits (16), RBI (11), second in total bases (21) and third in slugging percentage (.913). Sophomore pitcher Melanie Nichols is first in ERA (.047), second in hits allowed (15), runs allowed (6) and fifth in opposing batting average (.234).
• Herron has reached base safely in a career-high 29-consecutive games. Watkins has reach based safely in 15-consecutive contests.
• Freshman Taylor Watkins is currently on a season-high 15-game hit streak. She leads the team with 42 hits and is second in batting average at .382.
• Sophomore Evelyn Carrillo is batting .576 in the last 10 games, collecting 19 hits, three doubles, three home runs, 16 RBI and a .906 slugging percentage.
• 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.

Sophomore Evelyn Carrillo was named Big Ten Player of the Week, while sophomore Melanie Nichols was named Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

Carrillo, a native of Corona, Calif., hit .917 in Ohio State's three-game sweep of the Spartans over the weekend, combining for an OPS of 2.167. The OSU first baseman was 11-for-12 during the three-game set, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate in games two and three of the series. Carrillo drove in eight runs, including a career-high six RBI in the opening game of the series and scored three more on the weekend. She wins her first career conference accolade.

Nichols, a native of San Jacinto, Calif., earned two wins and a save last week in three appearances, allowing no earned runs in 12 innings of work. She earned the win in a midweek game against Wright State, striking out three against just five hits. Nichols pitched a complete-game against the Spartans in game two of the set before coming on in relief for a three-inning save in the finale, combining for just six hits in eight innings of work against Michigan State. She wins her first career conference accolade.

The Buckeyes improved to 6-1 at home after sweeping Buffalo in a doubleheader Wednesday at Buckeye Field. Offensively, Ohio State was led by freshman Taylor Watkins, who was 4-for-7 with two runs scored and two RBI, while senior captain Alicia Herron collected a double and three RBI. Freshman Maddy McIntyre posted her first career home run on a three-run long ball in game two vs. the Bulls. Senior Mikayla Endicott claimed the victory in game one to improve to 14-7 overall, tossing six shutout innings, while allowing just three hits with six strikeouts. She posted her third save in game two, collecting two strikeouts.

The Buckeyes swept a three-game series at Michigan State March 31-April 1 after the team batted .438, combining for 29 runs on 42 hits against the Spartans. Sophomore Evelyn Carrillo batted .636 with eight RBI followed by junior captain Megan Coletta, who claimed a .636 average with five runs scored. Sophomore pitcher Melanie Nichols notched a spotless ERA in two appearances, going 1-0 with a save in eight innings pitched.

Michigan is 24-10 overall and ranked 20th in the nation in both national polls. Last time out, the Wolverines won two of three games at Indiana March 31-April 1 in Bloomington, Ind. Michigan is batting .286 as a team led by Amanda Chidester at .333 and Lauren Sweet with a .330 batting average. In the circle, Haylie Wagner is 17-4 with a 1.42 ERA, throwing 14 complete games in 123.2 innings pitched with 70 strikeouts.

The Wolverines lead the all-time series between the two schools, 70-25. Last time out, Michigan swept a doubleheader in Ann Arbor in 2011.

In her final season as a Buckeye, Alicia Herron is chasing multiple OSU career batting records. Most recently, Herron passed former Buckeye Stacy Roth (1999-02) for second on the career RBI list with 168 RBI after posting two RBI vs. Buffalo Wednesday.

• Second in home runs (45)
• Second in RBI (168)
• Tied for fourth in triples (11)
• Fifth in batting average (.372)
• Fifth in walks (86)
• Seventh in doubles (37)
• Eighth in hits (212)

Senior captain Alicia Herron has reached safely a career-high 29-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 .415 with 34 hits, 23 walks and a .568 on-base percentage during the span.

Freshman Taylor Watkins and junior Danielle LeBeau are having great starts in their first season with the Buckeyes, batting .382 and .357, respectively.

Watkins, a native of Bonney Lake, Wash., is first on the team in hits with 42 and third in runs scored with 24. The Buckeye lead-off hitter is currently on a season-high 15-game hit streak, hitting .463 with 14 runs scored, 11 RBI, a .556 slugging percentage and a .516 on-base percentage during that span. She also leads the team with 11 multi-hit games. LeBeau, a junior from Poway, Calif., is third on the team in RBI (19), slugging percentage (.476) and on-base percentage (.476).

LeBeau, who has 22 starts as the designated player, collected a nine-game hit streak from March 2-March 20. She has posted seven multi-hit games, including a two-double performance in game two vs. Buffalo Wednesday.

Senior Mikayla Endicott is 14-7 overall with a 1.99 ERA in 27 appearances in 2012. The first-year Buckeye has collected 133 strikeouts, which is third-best in the conference. In her last five appearances, the native of Roseburg, Oregon, is 4-0 with a 2.72 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 18.0 innings pitched, including two saves. Last time out, Endicott claimed her 14th win of the season in game in game one vs. Buffalo Wednesday, throwing six shutout innings, allowing just three hits with six strikeouts.

Freshman Maddy McIntyre posted her first career home run last time out in game two vs. Buffalo Wednesday to up Ohio State's grand total in 2012 to 29, which is tied for second in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have seen 12 players combine for 29 home runs this season with senior shortstop Alicia Herron recording a team-high 10 in 31 games. Sophomore Evelyn Carrillo, who has 10 career long balls, is second with four home runs, while junior Megan Coletta and freshman Caitlin Conrad each have three. Junior Danielle LeBeau and senior Vanessa Spears each have two long balls.

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

The Buckeyes conclude their six-game homestand with a midweek game vs. Dayton at 6 p.m. April 11.