April 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team continues the Big Ten schedule this weekend, hosting Penn State in a three-game series at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes (23-14; 3-6 Big Ten) open play vs. the Nittany Lions at 6 p.m. Friday and continue the series at 2 p.m. Saturday. The two teams will close out the series at 1 p.m. Sunday. Game one and game three will both be streamed on 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.
The Ohio State Department of Athletics is celebrating its 100th year as a department and a member of the Big Ten Conference during the 2012-13 sports season. Commemorating this special anniversary, centennial t-shirts and coins will be given away (while supplies last), while the first 100 fans at the contest Sunday will get a free Ohio State seat cushion.
Fans who will not be able to watch Ohio State and Penn State at Buckeye Field can catch all the action from games one and three 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.
Penn State : 42-29; Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. the Nittany Lions. Last season, Ohio State won the conference series in State College, Pa., winning the game one and game three at Nittany Lions Softball Park.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions are 10-23 overall and 1-7 in Big Ten play. Last time out, Penn State defeated Pittsburgh, 11-7, on the road Wednesday after downing Saint Francis (Pa.), 4-1, Tuesday in University Park, Pa. Offensively, Cassidy Bell is second in the Big Ten with a .462 average, posting 38 runs scored, 43 hits, 36 RBI and 16 home runs in 33 games this year. In the circle, Macy Jones is 8-9 overall with a 4.08 ERA.
- First-year head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Penn State (1998-2006) help guiding the Nittany Lions to seven Big Ten Tournament appearances and six NCAA Tournament berths.
- Ohio State is 23-14 overall after sweeping a doubleheader at Ohio Tuesday.
- As a team, Ohio State leads the Big Ten in doubles (54), second in hits (314), runs scored (205) and RBI (189), third in batting average (.298) and fifth in slugging percentage (.440) and on base percentage (.374).
- Sophomore Taylor Watkins leads the team with a .329 batting average, which is 11th in the Big Ten. She also leads the squad in hits (49), on-base percentage (.473) and runs scored (34). Watkins leads the team with 15 multi-hit games and second on the squad with eight multi-RBI games.
- Freshman Cammi Prantl has a .349 batting average with 44 hits, six doubles and 19 RBI. She has notched 13 multi-hit games.
- Sophomore Maddy McIntyre is fifth in the conference in walks with a career-high 26 free passes.
- Junior Leesa Gresham is sixth in the Big Ten in slugging percentage (.696), leading the Buckeyes with nine home runs, 11 doubles and 34 RBI (all career highs).
- 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.
LAST TIME IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
Ohio State swept a doubleheader at Ohio Tuesday, defeating the Bobcats, 4-2, in game one before downing Ohio, 6-1, in game two at Ohio Softball Field. Highlight the sweep, was sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico, who posted a career-high 17 strikeouts in game two, retiring the first 15 outs by strikeout. Offensively, sophomore Maddy McIntyre batted .500 (3-for-6), including a double and triple, while junior Leesa Gresham, sophomore Taylor Watkins and senior Megan Coletta each had a home run vs. Ohio.
Sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico tossed a career-high 17 strikeouts in a 6-1 win at Ohio Tuesday, which marked the second-most strikeouts by a Buckeye in a single game in program history. She was ust one shy off the school record held by former Buckeye Kristi DeVries, who posted 18 strikeouts in a contest during the 2001 campaign. DiDomenico improves to 9-6 overall in her fifth complete game victory of 2013.
Sophomore Taylor Watkins posted a two-run home run in game two at Ohio Tuesday and now leads the squad with 34 runs scored and 31 RBI in 2013. Watkins, a native of Bonney Lake, Wash., is currently batting .392 at the plate with a squad-best .473 slugging percentage. The OSU centerfield also has compiled 11 stolen bases for the Buckeyes.
GRESHAM AT THE PLATE
Junior Leesa Gresham is having a breakout year for the Buckeyes at the plate and has become the team’s top power hitter in 2013. Gresham, a native of Fresno, Calif., leads the squad with nine home runs, 34 RBI and a .696 slugging percentage. She came into the 2013 season with one home run in her Buckeye career.
SOME NOTES FROM MICHIGAN SERIES
- Junior Leesa Gresham boasted a career-high five RBI in game three vs. the Wolverines, crushing a two-run home run in the top of the third before clearing the bases on a three-run double in the top of the fifth. The performance marked her team-best ninth multi-RBI contest and 11th multi-hit game.
- Junior Melissa Rennie collected a hit in each of the three games vs. Michigan, going 4-for-6 at the plate.
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 leads the Buckeyes in the circle, posting an 9-6 overall record with a 2.81 ERA. She is first among Big Ten pitchers in hits allowed (69) and fourth in opposing batting average (.204). 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 Feb. 8-10 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.
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 continues its home schedule at 6 p.m. April XXX vs. Ball State at Buckeye Field.