Ohio State Travels to Purdue This Weekend

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Shelby Pickett
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April 13, 2012

Ohio State at Purdue
April 14-15, 2012
Varsity Softball Complex – West Lafayette, Ind.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team travels for a three-game series at Purdue Saturday-Sunday at the Varsity Softball Complex in West Lafayette, Ind. Last time out, the Buckeyes (24-14, 5-4 Big Ten) defeated Dayton, 3-2, Wednesday at Buckeye Field after freshman Maddy McIntyre claimed a two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh vs. the Flyers.

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

The final game of the three-game series vs. Purdue will be televised on BTN at 2 p.m. ET. Marney Gellner will be the play-by-play with Heather Lyke as the color analysis.

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• The Buckeyes are currently tied for fifth in the Big Ten standings with Iowa at 5-4 in league play.
• Senior captain Alicia Herron is seventh in the nation in on-base percentage (.576), 11th in slugging percentage (.898) and 12th in RBI per game (1.20) as of April 8.
• In the Big Ten, Herron is first in home runs (11), slugging percentage (.880), on base percentage (.574), runs scored (36) total bases (88) and RBI (42), second in batting average (.420) and third in walks (29). Freshman Taylor Watkins is tied for fourth in the league with 45 hits.
• Herron has reached base safely in a career-high 33-consecutive games.
• Watkins and Herron are tied for first on the team with 11 multi-hit games.
• Herron leads the squad with 12 multi-RBI games. She has 43 multi-RBI performances in her career.
• Sophomore Evelyn Carrillo has collected 11 multi-RBI games. In the last 10 games, she is hitting .500 with two doubles, three home runs and 18 RBI.
• Senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott is sixth overall in the Big Ten with a 2.46 ERA and third in strikeouts (144) in 30 appearances.
• As a team, Ohio State is in the Top 5 in several conference batting statistics, including tied for second in RBI (184), third in batting average (.299), hits (305), runs scored (206) and total bases (451). The Buckeyes are fourth in slugging percentage (.442), on-base percentage (.391) and home runs (31).
• In Big Ten games, Carrillo is first in batting average (.600) and hits (18), second in on-base percentage (.647) and third in slugging percentage (.867).
• 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.

The Buckeyes improved to 5-0 at home in non-conference action defeating Dayton, 3-2, Wednesday at Buckeye Field. Freshman Maddy McIntyre came up with the big hit in the bottom of the seventh, collecting a two-out, two-run walk-off single vs. the Flyers. The single marked the second walk-off hit for the Scarlet and 2012. Senior Vanessa Spears went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored, while classmate Mikayla Endicott improved to 15-9 overall, striking out eight batters in seven innings of work.

Ohio State improves to 12-2 all-time vs. Dayton.

Ohio State dropped three games against Michigan last weekend at Buckeye Field. Offensively, the Scarlet and Gray were led by senior captain Alicia Herron, who hit .625 with a double, a home run and two RBI, while freshman Maddy McIntyre batted .333 with a double and an RBI. Sophomore Evelyn Carrillo notched a grand slam and five RBI.



Purdue is 25-13 overall and 7-2 in Big Ten play after claiming one victory in a three-game series at Indiana April 7-8 in Bloomington, Ind. The Boilermakers are first in the Big Ten in batting with a .332 average led by Lindsey Rains at .381 and Andie Varsho and Ashley Courtney, who each are hitting .379, respectively. Purdue also is first in the conference in slugging percentage (.484), on-base percentage (.419), hits (326), triples (14) and stolen bases (79). In the circle, Lexy Moore is 16-4 with a 2.37 ERA in 131.0 innings pitched.

The Buckeyes lead the all-time series between the two schools, 19-13. Last time out, Purdue claimed a series sweep in Columbus in 2011.

In her final season as a Buckeye, Alicia Herron is chasing multiple OSU career batting records. Most recently, Herron passed former Buckeye Sam Marder (2006-10) for sixth on the OSU career hit list with 217 hits after posting two singles vs. Michigan April 7.
• Second in home runs (46)
• Second in RBI (170)
• Third in runs scored (156)
• Tied for fourth in triples (11)
• Fourth in batting average (.375)
• Fifth in walks (90)
• Tied for seventh in doubles (38)
• Eighth in hits (217)

Senior captain Alicia Herron has reached safely in a career-high 33-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 .424 with 39 hits, 27 walks and a .579 on-base percentage during the span.

The 2012 senior class has stepped up to the challenge of leading a team. Along with senior captain Alicia Herron, who is leading the squad and the Big Ten in several offensive categories, classmates Vanessa Spears, Mikayla Endicott and Katie Simonton are putting together solid performances on the field for the Scarlet and Gray.

In the circle, Mikayla Endicott is 15-9 overall with a 2.46 ERA in 30 appearances in 2012. The first-year Buckeye has collected 144 strikeouts, which is third-best in the conference.

Spears, a native of Brea, Calif., is batting .324 with a team-high seven doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI. The OSU starting left fielder, Spears went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and four RBI in game two at Michigan State March 31 in East Lansing, Mich. Last time out, Spears was 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored in a 3-2 win vs. Dayton Wednesday.

Simonton, a native of Dublin, Ohio, has a .316 batting average and leads the team with nine stolen bases in 30 starts in right field. She has collected five multi-hit games this season.

Freshman Taylor Watkins and junior Danielle LeBeau are having productive seasons at the plate in their first campaign with the Buckeyes, batting .357 and .316, respectively.

Watkins, a native of Bonney Lake, Wash., is first on the team in hits with 45 and third in runs scored with 26. The Buckeye lead-off hitter claimed a season-high 15-game hit streak, from March 3-April 4. She is tied for the team-lead with 11 multi-hit games. LeBeau, a junior from Poway, Calif., fourth in slugging percentage (.414), RBI (19) and fifth in on-base percentage (.382).

LeBeau, who has 26 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 March 28.

Sophomore first baseman Evelyn Carrillo has found solid contact at the plate in the past two weeks as one of the team’s top RBI contributors. In the last 10 games, Carrillo is batting .500 with two doubles, three home runs, 18 RBI, a .867 slugging percentage and a .583 on-base percentage. Last time out in Big Ten play, she collected her first career grand slam in game two vs. Michigan.

Sophomore Evelyn Carrillo posted her first grand slam last time out in game two vs. Michigan April 7 to up Ohio State’s grand total in 2012 to 31, which is third in the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes have seen 11 players combine for 32 home runs this season with senior shortstop Alicia Herron recording a team-high 11 in 35 games. Sophomore Evelyn Carrillo, who has 11 career long balls, is second with five home runs, while junior Megan Coletta and freshman Caitlin Conrad each have three. Junior Danielle LeBeau and senior Vanessa Spears each have two home runs.

The Ohio State pitching corps has allowed its opponents to hit just 13 home runs this season.

Five Buckeye freshmen have made key contributions to the OSU lineup in 2012. The 2015 class has been led by lead-off hitter Taylor Watkins, who is second on the team in batting with a .357 average, collecting 45 hits, 26 runs scored and 19 RBI. She has started in center field in 36 games for the squad this season.

Freshman Maddy McIntyre has become a regular in lineup the past few weeks, starting in 20 games at second base for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is 14-6 overall when McIntyre starts at second base. In the last five games, McIntyre is hitting .357 with a double, home run and six RBI. Caitlin Conrad, a native of Richwood, Ohio, has shown signs of power at the plate for the Scarlet and Gray, nothing three home runs with seven RBI in 14 starts, including nine starts in right field.

Freshman Shelby Pickett has started in 20 games behind the plate for the Buckeyes, posting a home run and two doubles. In the circle, freshman Olivia O’Reilly is 1-0 with a 2.21 ERA in eight appearances. She claimed her first career victory in her first start as a Buckeye vs. Belmont March 17, throwing four innings, allowing just three hits and no earned runs with four strikeouts.

Sophomore Evelyn Carrillo was named Big Ten Player of the Week April 3, while sophomore Melanie Nichols was named Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week.

Carrillo, a native of Corona, Calif., hit .917 in Ohio State's three-game sweep of the Spartans over the March 31-April 1 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 March 28-April 1 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.

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. "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."

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.

The Buckeyes return to Columbus for a five-game homestand next week, beginning with a doubleheader against Ohio at 5 p.m. April 18.