Junior pitcher Kasie Kelly
April 16, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State softball team is set to host Ball State in a midweek contest at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes (26-14, 6-6 Big Ten) return to competition after sweeping Penn State last weekend, while the Cardinals (28-11; 12-0 MAC) travel to Columbus after sweeping a series on the road at Ohio.
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.
WATCH THE BUCKEYES LIVE
Ohio State fans can watch the OSU home softball games by logging on to OhioStateBuckeyes.com for live video streaming on Buckeye Vision. Packages available for purchase include a one-month subscription for Buckeye Vision for $9.95 or a yearly all-inclusive pass for $79.95. Sign up today and watch the Buckeyes from anywhere.
BUCKEYES ON BTN
After traveling to Wisconsin this weekend, Ohio State will host Michigan State in a midweek doubleheader at Buckeye Field April 24. The two contests vs. the Spartans will be televised live on BTN.
Ohio State vs.
Ball State : 15-6; Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. the Cardinals. Last time out, the Buckeyes swept the Cardinals at home in a doubleheader during the 2009 campaign.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
The Cardinals travel to Columbus on a nine-game win streak and have claimed victories in 17 out of the last 18 games. Offensively, 2012 MAC Player of the Year Jennifer Gilbert is in the Top 10 in multiple national statistical categories, including batting average (.500), home runs (19), slugging percentage (1.032), RBI (58) and runs scored (45). In the circle, Nichole Steinbach is 12-7 overall with a 2.29 ERA.
- The Buckeyes are currently on a five-game win streak, outscoring their opponents, 32-13, during the span.
- Ohio State is 26-14 overall and 6-6 in Big Ten play after sweeping a home series vs. Penn State April 12-14. The Buckeyes are currently tied for seventh in the conference with Purdue.
- As a team, Ohio State leads the Big Ten in doubles (62), second in hits (337), runs scored (227) and RBI (209), fourth in batting average (.300) and fifth in slugging percentage (.450).
- Sophomore Taylor Watkins leads the team with a .381 batting average. She also leads the squad in hits (51), stolen bases (12) and runs scored (35). Watkins leads the team with 15 multi-hit games and second on the squad with eight multi-RBI games.
- Freshman Cammi Prantl has a .356 batting average with 48 hits, seven doubles and 21 RBI. She has notched 13 multi-hit games.
- Sophomore Maddy McIntyre is fifth in the conference in walks with a career-high 29 free passes. She leads Ohio State with a .450 on base percentage.
- Junior Leesa Gresham is seventh in the Big Ten in slugging percentage (.685), leading the Buckeyes with nine home runs, 13 doubles and 34 RBI (all career highs).
- Ohio State is 20-1 this season when scoring first, 16-0 when holding its opponents to 0-2 runs and 16-0 when leading after six innings.
- 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.
Ohio State improved to 6-6 in the Big Ten after claiming three wins last weekend at Buckeye Field. The team shut out Penn State, 2-0, in game one April 12 before downing the Nittany Lions, 16-7, in five innings April 13. The Buckeyes claimed the sweep with a 4-3 win in eight innings in game three April 14.
Offensively, Cammi Prantl batted .444 in the series with five runs scored, a double and two RBI, while Melissa Rennie notched a home run, double, four RBI and three runs scored. Maddy McIntyre plated a team-best five RBI, while Caitlin Conrad, Evelyn Carrillo and Leesa Gresham each homered vs. the Nittany Lions.
In the circle, Alex DiDomenico finished off a strong week with two complete game wins vs. Penn State in game one and game three, respectively. In her last three appearances, DiDomenico is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA, posting 26 strikeouts in 22.0 IP.
LAST TIME IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
Ohio State swept a doubleheader at Ohio April 9, 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.
AND IT'S GONE
Sophomore Caitlin Conrad knocked a two-run home run off the scoreboard at Buckeye Field in game two vs. Penn State April 13 to up Ohio State's grand total in 2013 to 30, which is sixth in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes have seen seven players combine for 30 home runs this season with junior designated player Leesa Gresham recording a team-high nine in 40 games. Sophomore Taylor Watkins is second with a career-high seven home runs, while sophomore Maddy McIntyre, Conrad, junior Evelyn Carrillo and senior Megan Coletta each have three. Junior Melissa Rennie posted a two-run home run last weekend for her second long ball of the season.
Sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico tossed a career-high 17 strikeouts in a 6-1 win at Ohio April 9, which marked the second-most strikeouts by a Buckeye in a single game in program history. She was just one shy off the school record held by former Buckeye Kristi DeVries, who posted 18 strikeouts in a contest during the 2001 campaign.
Sophomore Taylor Watkins posted a two-run home run in game two at Ohio April 9 and leads the squad with 35 runs scored and 32 RBI in 2013. Watkins, a native of Bonney Lake, Wash., is currently batting .381 at the plate. The OSU centerfield also has compiled 12 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 .685 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 April 7, 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.
Prantl is currently second on the team in batting (.356), hits (48), doubles (7) and stolen bases (8) through 40 games.
DIDOMENICO IN THE CIRCLE
Ohio State sophomore Alex DiDomenico leads the Buckeyes in the circle, posting an 11-6 overall record with a 2.54 ERA. She is first among Big Ten pitchers in hits allowed (79) and fourth in opposing batting average (.205). 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. She posted her 100th strikeout of the season last time out in a win vs. Penn State April 14.
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 travels to play a three-game series at Wisconsin Friday-Sunday.